Twitterature – {April 2013 Linkup}



April has descended with a whirlwind of crazy weather, emotional high’s and lows, and questions about the future. (Is that dramatic enough for you?  No worries – nothing life altering at present.)

Thankfully, to balance and calm the drama–there are wonderful books to read.

I’m reading a few new books currently, along with picking up some un-finished reads, as well as happily consulting my recently completed read, Bread & Wine, for inspiration as I blog my way through cooking the book’s recipes.

Here’s my reading stack, Twitterature-style:


The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy & Women’s Work by Kathleen Norris

I started this book a few months ago, and am just now getting around to finishing it.  I discovered this book years ago at my favorite bookstore, but just recently realized I’d never read it.  The roots of Norris’ most recent memoir, Acedia & Me came from this richly dense little chapbook and spirituality lecture.  #awittytitleforathoughtfulandintimateread

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent A Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

I’ve had this book for quite some time, I’m not gonna lie.  I stopped reading it last year when I hit the ‘kids’ section.  (My only ‘kid’ is my sweet puppy dog pictured above).  Needing a little spring in my step lately has caused me to pick this book back up, and I’m enjoying it’s research, whimsy & advice.

My Life In France by Julia Child

Reading Bread & Wine has made me hunger for all things ‘foodie’ – including this captivating and heartwarming read of Julia Child’s life abroad.  The movie Julie & Julia was in part based on this book as well as Julie Powell’s memoir, and I appreciate the beautiful details I find in Child’s writing, that showed up in Nora Ephron’s delicious screenplay.  This book feels like April in Paris – a true spring fling.  #juliaismyhero

Bread & Wine: A Love Letter To Life Around the Table With Recipes by Shauna Niequist

I have waxed poetic about this book on my blog until I’ve become blue in the face.  (I also wrote a glowing review with it’s own ‘foodie playlist’ here.)  I really don’t re-read books hardly ever, but I have continued to come back to the words of these essays for writing inspiration while the pages of the recipes are acquiring new food stains in my kitchen–bliss. #amustreadforfoodiesandjustabouteveryoneelse

Start: Punch Fear In the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters by Jon Acuff

I’ve got to admit something: I wasn’t sure at first this book would speak to me.  I truly don’t have a problem ‘starting’ something, it’s the follow through that gets me every time.  But punching fear in the face – now THAT had me intrigued!  I’m honored to be a part of this book’s launch team, and was uber excited to receive an advance copy at the Blissdom blogging conference from Jon and his team.  (That man is one fantastic speaker!)  I love Jon’s writing style – he keeps me engaged as a reader, entertained as a listener, and fed as a learner.  This book releases April 22nd, and is available for pre-order here.  #thebestmapintheworlddoesn’tmatterifyoudontknowwhereyouare

What are you reading these days?


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11 comments on “Twitterature – {April 2013 Linkup}

  1. I did the same thing with the happiness project. Finally got through it last year. Not life changing but I found it really interesting and there were definite take-aways.

    1. That’s exactly how I’m experiencing it. I highlight interesting passages, and am generally enjoying it…But I have to admit, it’s not changing my life or anything. 🙂 I’m so enjoying reading your blog Reeve – glad your back! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for reading Amy! 🙂 I know I’ve raved and raved about B&W, but for me, it’s really that good – my favorite book of the year thus far. And Start is a great read – honestly, I’m enjoying it way more than I expected to! 🙂

  2. Yay! I love a book list. I have Bread & Wine on the way. Can’t wait to read it. I’ve been reading The Happiness Project on and off. I had some others take priority so I had to set it aside but I hope to pick it up in the summer. The quote by Groucho Marx is one of my all time favorites : )

  3. Love these types of posts!! CanNOT wait for Bread & Wine, which I will have to get…at some point….maybe summer. 🙂 I’ve also always wondered about The Happiness Project, so I’m glad to see someone that’s read it! And the Julia Child book looks fascinating.

  4. I really, really have to read Bread & Wine! I’ve got another Shauna Niequist book in my library reserve list right now, but they don’t have B&W yet. I may have to make an exception to my normal no-buying-books rule!

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