It’s winter so I thought I’d use a winter photo for this post. Of course, as I’m writing this, all the windows in my house are open and 70-degree winds are blowing my curtains around. It’s supposed to get cold again in a couple days, but for now what I’m into is spring weather!
I haven’t written a What I’m Into post in two months, so this one will cover December and January. Feel free to express your sadness when you realize that I didn’t see Les Miserables in either month.
What I’m Reading
Look. I was sick for several days over the holidays with a sinus infection that acted a little bit like the flu. That’s my only defense for mainlining YA fluff like nobody’s business.
The good news is that I found an author I really like, one who writes strong girls and snappy dialogue. And did I mention she writes about teenage spies? Yeah. Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series is great, and even if I’m a tiny bit embarrassed by the fact that I read all five books in the span of less than five days, I’m still happy to recommend the books. She also writes a series about teenage con artists. So whether you like Alias or Oceans 11, she’s got a YA series for you.
I also read the Curse Workers series (intriguing YA fantasy plot with complex characters) and Notorious Nineteen, the latest Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich (same old, same old – I’m not sure why I’m still reading these except Ranger).
Then, I turned a literary corner. I started reading non-fiction.
First I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It’s a fascinating look at her experiment to discover what truly makes a person happy. I loved reading about her research methods, and in a lot of ways, I felt like I have a lot in common with her so her discoveries were actually helpful. Toward the end of the book, I started wishing she was a bit more personable or humorous, but overall I liked it a lot.
Next I read 7 by Jen Hatmaker. Apparently January was my month of experiment books. Like I knew it would, 7 rocked my world (which is why I had the book for MONTHS before I dared pick it up). Last week I found myself going on and on about how I don’t want a live a life that places value on busy and doing and chaos and I STOPPED MYSELF THERE, BECAUSE CLEARLY 7 IS MESSING WITH MY MIND.
I already gave away 75 pieces of clothing. If you hear me talking about buying chickens for my backyard, please for the love, STAGE AN INTERVENTION.
I’m actually reading three other non-fiction books right now. But you’ll have to wait until next month (when I finish them) to hear about those.
What I’m Watching
Okay, let’s just get this out of the way. I haven’t seen Les Mis. I’M THE LAST ONE ALIVE WHO HASN’T, I know. (Am I? Really? Tell me you haven’t seen it either!) But I did go see Jack Reacher on New Year’s Eve for Mark’s birthday. It was GOOD. I know, Tom Cruise is crazy cakes. Agreed, 100%. But he was SO GOOD in this movie. If you like action, see this one. Do it.
I’ve also rented several movies with Smitty. Some of them were awful (Total Recall – even Colin Farrell couldn’t save this no-dialogue bore, This Means War – just no.). I saw both 10 Years and The Vow, and they were okay. Well, what I mean is that The Vow was way better than I expected and 10 Years was not as good as I’d hoped. So if you take an average temperature, they were okay.
Mark and I also watched Trouble with the Curve, and it was interesting. And occasionally funny. If you like baseball or Justin Timberlake, I say watch this one.
As for what I’m listening to and eating and/or cooking, nothing too exciting going on here. I’ve listened to the mix tape I made for Annalyn dozens of times. Thankfully, “Annalyn’s Favorite Songs 2012” is pretty catchy, what with its eclectic mix of One Direction, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Elton John, Lee Brice, Newboys and TobyMac. And I have grand plans for trying lots of new recipes this weekend for our Superbowl party. But until I decide for sure – and actually make them – we’ll just have to wait.
Have you seen this video? Two Dutch men experienced simulated labor pains for a TV show, and It. Is. Hilarious. You guys, I laughed so hard I was crying. So worth the few minutes.
And have you seen Target’s new commercials? Its ads for The Everyday Collection spoof super serious fashion commercials – and they crack me up.
So – What have you been up to in the last two months? This post will be linked to What I’m Into at Hopeful Leigh.
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What, no TV shows? Who are you and how did you hijack Mary’s Blog?!
Anyway, in case the real Mary checks these comments: no, you’re not the only one who hasn’t seen Les Miserables. This is particularly shameful as I do consider myself the original Hugh Jackman fangirl. I’m talking The Man From Snowy River (the TV show) and Paperback Hero, baby. Don’t even look at me!
One final thought: when I worked in a children’s bookstore I literally had to read lots of young adult fiction. You know, for my job! Upside: you never have to apologise for this reading habit. Downside: it puts you off YA novels FOREVER.
Love these posts. I’ve linked up with Leigh too. :)
Nope, haven’t seen Les Miserables yet either, but I’ve only been to the movie theater 3 times in the last 5 1/2 years. I DO watch TONS of movies, just like to watch them from Netflix and Redbox and save some money, so I WILL watch that one eventually.
I do have to say that I read The Happiness Project and was disappointed, it got really boring for me.
I feel like I’ve heard of Gallagher Girls before. I’ll have to see if the library carries them. I do enjoy me some YA lit. Now that you’ve read Happiness Project, you need to read Happier at Home. I swear Rubin’s books are changing my life in such simple ways. I have seen Les Mis but if it makes you feel better, I haven’t seen hardly any other movies in months.
Thanks for linking up!
I read 7 recently and LOVED it. And, I haven’t seen Les Mis yet either…
What’s wrong with buying chickens for your backyard??
I love the Gallagher girls!! Last week, a book called Double Crossed was free on Kindle. It puts the Gallagher girls against the Heist Society girls. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks like it’ll be good!
Mary, thanks for all the suggestions!
Because of this post, I checked our library for the Gallagher Girls books and am now reading the first one. Thanks for the suggestion. I have read both your NF books and enjoyed them both. I plan to read Rubin’s latest at some point.
I have not seem Le Mis yet either. It does not arrive here until Feb 14TH, so I have some plans more my V-day date night with the hubs! Hope you can see it soon.
I always enjoy reading these posts!