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great books and other stuff

Despite the fact that it’s Friday and the weather has made vast improvements, I am dragging today!  The culprit?

This book.

Yesterday I was killing a little bit of time before picking the husband up from work, so I ran across the street to Border’s because they’re having a huge closing sale.  After wondering around for awhile, my eyes landed on the cover of Euna Lee’s memoire.  I am a big fan of memoirs; I just recently finished two different ones, Thin is the New Happy by Valerie Frankel and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – two books that could not be more different, but were equally engaging and wonderful.  I highly recommend both, but to give you fair warning, The Glass Castle is very harsh and somewhat disturbing at times…like when you see something so devastating that you want to look away, but you just can’t.  But in the end it shoots straight to your heart as it speaks of redemption and the ability to rise above any situation, and I walked away feeling inspired and more aware of the world.

But back to the book of last night.  I read a few pages right after I bought it and knew right away that it would be hard to put down.  After running a couple of errands and making the trek back home, I picked it back up; three hours and 275 pages later I stumbled into bed.  Lee’s account of her time in captivity in North Korea took me on a journey that ended in a renewed thankfulness for the most important things in life and a new perspective of how God leads us through the toughest of times.  Thought provoking and emotional, at times I felt I was right there with her as she agonized over missing her baby and having no certainty over her future – and upon her arrival back home where she embraced gratefulness, safety and those she loved most.  I loved it.

This morning I had plans to get some work done at Starbucks, but I just had to finish the last 15 pages or so.  This is my problem with books – if they’re riveting enough to keep me flipping the page, then I simply cannot walk away from them.  Gets me every time.  Having rushed out of the house in a blur of bags, laptops and keys this morning, I didn’t have time to eat breakfast, but Starbucks perfect oatmeal to the rescue once again!  The best option for breakfasts on the run.

topped with dried fruit and nuts

I also wanted to toss in one my favorite easy lunches that I had yesterday.  I’ve made a version of this before with just black beans, but the spices in this one had me over the moon.

Baked sweet potato with leftover Amy’s Chili poured over top. And a side of kale chips.

This could even be a portable snack to take to the office (which I’ll be needing soon!) if you have a microwave.  Maybe subbing out the kale chips for a bag of steamable broccoli?   I just love little meals that are warm and homemade tasting, but take minutes to prepare.

I’m so happy it’s Friday (duh), and I’m so excited because the husband and I are going to the OKC home show this weekend.  We’ve got some serious house decisions to make in the next week, so hopefully we’ll come away with some direction and inspiration.

Have a lovely weekend!

What is your favorite book you’ve ever read?
If I had to choose one, I’d probably say Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible – read it while we lived in Thailand, and could read it a thousand more times.  Side note – the other day I was re-listening to My Sister’s Keeper in the car, and I had this sudden realization that books can take on a whole new meaning and impact with each time you read them.  There are different things going on in my life right now that cause me to read it in a completely different way than last time.  Love that about books.

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8 Responses to “great books and other stuff”

  1. I love BOOKS!!!!!! Especially memoirs. I read the Glass Castle a few years ago. Such a poignant story about overcoming. I cried, I cringed and I too was left with an awareness of the world. I just finished Sarah’s Key. so good! What is weird is my son checked out a library book at school called the Butterfly http://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-Patricia-Polacco/dp/0142413062/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301685022&sr=1-10
    a book based on true events during the Holocaust. It was a good teaching tool but I couldn’t read it to him in all one setting b/c I would have been bawling. Especially after reading Sarah’s Key. I’m currently reading Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure. It’s a little cheesy in spots but overall a good message.

    I currently have Poisonwood Bible on my shelf (unread). It’s on loan from a friend. I started Prodigal Summer last summer and then put it down and haven’t finished (a bad habit I have).

    My niece and I were just talking about My Sister’s Keeper. I didn’t want to read or watch a depressing story. Is it worth the read(or movie viewing?). Are there any other Jodi Picoult books you recommend? I haven’t read any of hers.

    I plan to start reading Water for Elephants along with my long-distance friend for our unofficial book club.

    I love Sbux Oatmeal. I eat it at least once on most weekends. It’s like my little breakfast treat ;-) The thing I like the most is the texture. I can’t seem to get my oatmeal that texture. Do you know any secrets?

    Okay so that was the longest comment to date maybe. I haven’t had any adult convo today and the kids are napping {sigh}

    Anyhoo I want to share one more thing…I just signed up for the Memorial Marathon Relay. I’m excited but freaking out at the same time. Don’t feel super prepared but I guess I have a month…eek!

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    candice Reply:

    love this comment. so much good stuff in it! let’s go bullet style;)
    - I read Sarah’s Key last summer and absolutely loved it. I love WWII stories. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum are next on my list
    - I also have this bad habit about starting and not finishing. I want to get better at finishing even the books that I can put down.
    - I haven’t actually read MSK – only audiobook and movie. It’s sad for sure, but compelling and thought provoking as well, so totally worth the read…er, listen. I really want to read it now also…I think it would be even better.
    - I haven’t read any other JP books yet, although I really want to. My list is too long! I know they must be fantastic, though. I’ll get to them eventually. Thinking I’ll go for House Rules first.
    - Haven’t heard of Water for Elephants – must check it out!
    - Totally agree about the oatmeal texture. I know they just add really hot water to the oats and let them absorb. I’ve never tried this method – I always mix the water and oats and then heat. Maybe that’s the trick? Only one way to find out:)
    - So exciting about the relay…yayayaya! You’ll do great. How long is your leg? Do you know which miles in particular you’ll be running? If it’s between 1 and 13 maybe we’ll see each other!

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  2. I love books!! I got a Kindle for Christmas and I read WAY too much for the first months of the year. And once I start a good book, I’m almost good for nothing … logic is thrown to the wayside, and I MUST finish it, ha. There were many tired days at work, and very late nights :)

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  3. That sweet potato looks so good. Reminds of a much healthier version of a loaded potato I used to put together from a potato bar we had in 7th grade. They did that like once a week and I love it LOL. I love to read, but it makes me sooooo sleepy. I typically read before bed just to help me fall asleep.

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  4. so far my favorite has been the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series! It’s amazing! There are tons of other wonderful books that I’ve read but thats the most recent read and its stuck in my head!

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    candice Reply:

    I haven’t read that series yet, but I’ve heard so much about it! I’ll definitely have to pick it up soon:)

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    Halley (Blunder Construction) Reply:

    Gory, but addictive!

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  5. I’m not sure if I really have a ‘favorite book.’ Usually, just finishing a book is a sign that I really liked it. I have favorite authors (Picoult, Brown, etc.) and I’ve read all of their books but I couldn’t pick one as a favorite. I’m currently reading the 48 Laws of Power, it has been very inspirational!

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