Okay, so maybe I need a better name for this new “series” I’m thinking of doing, but Saturdays are super and you have the alliteration, so I think it works for now 🙂 Some of my favorite posts on blogs I read are posts that talk about what the author is reading/doing/pinning/craving, and because I also do things other than cook, and want to share things other than delicious recipes from time to time, I thought I’d do a weekly series where I talk about randomness in my life. Books I’m reading, movies/shows I’ve been enjoying, places I’ve gone to or restaurants I’ve eaten at, inspiring things I’ve seen on Pinterest, etc… whatever goes for this series. I think it’ll also be nice to have a time capsule for myself when I look back at these posts in the future, as I’ll be able to remember what was going on a year in the past for example.
So here’s what’s going on!
I’m in the middle of a reading frenzy right now and I’m loving it! I have always loved reading, but I go through phases where I just don’t read as much as I want to. For a while I was only reading my books for the book club I belong to and really nothing else, and even those books were taking me a long time to get through. It wasn’t even because they weren’t enjoyable… I just wasn’t making the time to read. There was always something else I felt I should be doing instead… and it wasn’t important things either… I was just getting distracted by Pinterest (which I love, but don’t have to spend 100% of my time doing), magazines (again, which I love, but shouldn’t be my only reading material), TV… just anything and everything that wasn’t a book. I seem to have finally broken out of that, and have been making time to read everyday, and I feel so great about it! I feel like my brain is re-growing brain cells. Speaking of Pinterest… I saw this on Pinterest and it really spoke to me:
So just what am I reading? Well, I seem to have gone to the opposite end of the spectrum, and am now reading not just one book, but five.
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I am reading this for the book club I belong to. I’m almost finished with it, and I’m really loving the story of two teenagers in love, who also happen to have cancer, and yes, it is as sad as that sounds. It’s funny, and heartbreaking, and it would be a very quick read, if I didn’t feel I had to put it down after every chapter with fear that I am going to burst into tears. I don’t read sad books, or watch sad movies that often due to this propensity for crying easily.
2. Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin. Like many, many people I know, I have also become hooked by the HBO series based on these books, and I figured that it’s high time I read the series… especially since we have to wait until it comes out on DVD to catch up on the adventures of the Starks and Lannisters. This is Ron’s favorite series of books, and so I borrowed his copy, and got down to reading. I’m not very far in, but so far it is pretty much exactly like the television series- it seems the adaptation is extremely faithful.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling- I already read the whole Harry Potter Series years ago, but I thought it was about time for a rereading. I am on the third book and it is still as great as I remember. I just love the magical world of Harry Potter, and while the books are for children/teenagers, they are no less exciting to me as an adult. Now I’m really in the mood for some butterbeer!
4. John Dies at the End by David Wong- The movie adaptation of this book is one of the funnest/wackiest horror movies I’ve seen this year. When I was at my parent’s house for the 4th of July, my brother Patrick had a copy which he had just finished, and asked me if I wanted to borrow it, so of course I had to say yes, and start reading it despite already reading 4 other books. The more the merrier, right? I’m only a couple of chapters in, and it is exactly like the movie so far (or vice versa). If you like weird horror movies, I would definitely recommend the movie.. and I have a feeling I’ll be recommending the book as well.
5. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan- I need some kind of nonfiction book in my lineup, right? I’m only in the first section of this book (all about corn), but I have a feeling it’s going to give me some things to think about when I’m shopping at the grocery store in the future. I haven’t read any of Michael Pollan’s works, although I’ve certainly heard of him, and thought, since he just came out with a new book (Cooked) I should start reading one of his earlier ones and catch up.
New Girl– Last summer, my aunt mentioned this show as one she was really enjoying and thought I’d like too… and I’m embarassed to say I only just started watching it this week. In my defense, Ron and I don’t have any sort of television channels whatsoever. We watch a lot of movies on DVD, and shows on Netflix, so we have to wait until things come out on DVD or on Instant Watch to actually see them. New Girl has been on my DVD queue for a long time now, but it is now on Instant Watch!!!! Yay!!!! As soon as I saw this, I started watching it, and now I am hooked. It’s quirky and hilarious, and I am loving it! Zooey Deschanel is fantastic, and I hope this show goes on for a while!!
Are You Afraid of the Dark? – So I mentioned this last week, but Are You Afraid of the Dark? is on Amazon Instant Watch!!!! I have been enjoying this immensely! Seriously, putting an episode of this on instantly makes my day better if it’s been a tough one. Some of the episodes are a little cheesy, but still fun nonetheless, and there are some legitimately good ones. I’m going to be sad when I finish watching all the available episodes.
Photo Source: epicurious.com
Popsicles– So, after seeing a multitude of amazing looking popsicle recipes this week, I have decided it’s high-time I finally buy new popsicle molds!!! I can’t keep putting it off, especially now with temperatures rising into the 90s! Popsicles will be a great way to make some delicious and health(ier) treats for the summer. Here are some of my favorites:
Sparkling Strawberry Pops from Cooking Light
Creamy Mango Pops from Living Life Brightly
Double Berry and Coconut Pops from An Edible Mosaic
Honey Yogurt Berry Pops from Joylicious
Coconut Macaroon Pops from Cooking with Alison
Roasted Strawberry and Toasted Coconut Pops from Joy the Baker
This Lobster Tote Bag
From MaineUptown Studio on etsy.com
This Kitchen Island Table
from the Butcher Block Co.
This Julia Child-inspired print
From Susan Newberry Designs on etsy.com
This Seahorse Print Dress
I hope you guys enjoy this new series! I’ll be back later today with a recipe 🙂