As I anticipated, maternity leave has given me a lot of time to read – you know, Kindle in one hand while breastfeeding baby in the other. And through many a bleary-eyed night, these books have given me a little entertainment, joy and inspiration.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Both were incredibly quick reads with a bit of a thriller/mystery component. And both books were so fun I was a little let down when they were over. Most of the Liane Moriarty books would make great beach reads, actually.
The French word “salon” most literally translates to “living room or parlor” but finds its roots in the concept of a gathering of people for the exchange of ideas.
It’s just a fancy way of saying…
Recommended Reads – 11 Oct 13
Ever since the three of us were roommates in the college sorority (yes, we were “Carnation Sisters”), we have enjoyed sharing with each other the interesting things we read, hear, or watch. Here are a few things “the sisters” came across in their lounge reading this week and are sharing with each other. We figured we’d pass the list along to you, too.
Friday Afternoon Boredom Busters
Slowing Down by Eat, Live, Run – We all three tend to take on more than we can chew. It’s always good to have a reminder to unplug sometimes.
Bring Holidays Down a Notch – One of Laura’s favorite bloggers out in the OC, this is an oldie but a goodie that popped up in Laura’s “you may be interested in” feeds this week. Rage Against the Minivan’s Kristen Howerton is a “real” blogger who actually gets paid and stuff. She deserves it … she has great stuff.
Doctors Say Changes In Wheat Do Not Explain Rise Of Celiac Disease – All Things Considered (aka ATC) is one of our favorite parts of NPR. This week Emily and Laura both caught the same story and immediately texted each other. Please listen to this if you have given any second thought to the “wheat is evil” rhetoric. (We’re pretty sure it’s bunk.)
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (Mary is reading this still! She’s savoring it – and thinks it’s good because it’s about climate change but not in an in-your-face kind of way.)
Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen (Laura’s Kindle). This is a beach-read type mystery written in a lighthearted way. You can tell the author enjoys the inherent irony in things, like we do.
SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt (Emily’s Kindle via the public library). You did read Freakonomics, right? Such an interesting book. This is the next fascinating read by the same authors. Love the way the authors can explain a novel (har har) point of view. Read this and you’ll want to go back to school to major in economics. (I do!)
Emily and her husband love audiobooks! What else are you supposed to do when sitting in traffic in your SWEET minivan, NOT texting and weary of listening to the news? Audiobooks are also great for easing the pain of certain chores, like ironing. (Emily detests ironing.)
Codex Alera: Furies of Calderon the first in a fictional series by Jim Butcher. Did you like Game of Thrones? These books have a similar feel, but, personally, this series is better. Emily’s betting on a movie or HBO series to come soon.