Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
This summer, I've just been in the mood to re-read some of my all time favorite books. This is the first book in a series that began 20 years ago, the 8th of which is coming out in March at the same time as the mini-series. It's the story of a post-World War II nurse who travels to Scotland with her husband to reconnect after years apart. During a plant-gathering expedition, she falls through a cleft stone in a circle of standing stones, and finds herself back in 1743. Sounds odd, I know, and yet it's such a good book. This is not a Christian books, so I'll be completely honest in disclosing that there's a decent amount of language and (married) sexual content. It's no Fifty Shades of Grey, but it's there. I've read the books enough that I know which parts to skip over and yes, it bothers me, but the rest of the story is so good that I'm willing to put up with the inconvenience of skipping parts of the book.
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon
The second book in the series. My advice about this one is to have the third book in the series in hand ready to pick up immediately. Diana Gabaldon is great at cliffhanger endings. If you are just starting the series, be glad you're starting now. She takes about four years to write a book and that is a VERY long wait with a cliffhanger like this one!
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K Rowling
I am aware that this series is extremely controversial in some Christian circles, but I have no problems with it. This is my third time reading the series and I love them. I can't wait to introduce them to my boys.
Half the Sky - Nicholas D. Kristoff/Sheryl WuDunn
I've got a post lined up about this book for next week but for now just know that this is a fascinating book about the oppression of women around the globe.
Parenthood - Although Dave and I had heard of this series several times before and I tried to watch the pilot episode once on Netflix, we finally got sucked in. This month we finished the third season and are anxiously awaiting the 4th season to be put on Netflix soon. We love how accurately the writers and directors were able to capture the dynamics of human relationships and we find ourselves crying at nearly episode. Also, we thoroughly appreciate that the men are masculine and the women are feminine; men are not portrayed as idiots (apart from the genuinely immature younger sibling) and women are not portrayed as superior. Each character is unique and you either love them or hate them.
Band of Brothers - I might be really odd for a girl, but I love this HBO miniseries on the true story of an elite band of paratroopers during World War II. Since summer television is so awful, it has become a tradition with Dave and I to watch this almost every summer for the past five or six years.
Homemade salsa from our farm share produce. Speaks for itself.
On the Internet
Finally, just for fun...if you haven't seen this series of videos by a dad about "Convos With My 2 Year Old", you need to start watching. I'll leave you with the first episode.
What about you? What have you been into this past month?
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