july books by lettergirl First, the read-alouds. I'm so grateful to Jennifer, the reader who suggested The Port Chicago 50 earlier this month. It is exactly what I was looking for: tense with action, but equally thought-provoking. The boy and I have had several impassioned conversations while reading it (and at least one other, hours later, on the couch, because it lingers in your mind). A+. Long road trips this month have called for long books to read aloud. We're still working our way through a re-read of the Mysterious Benedict Society. We finally got to the good parts of book two on our long drive home last Tuesday. I love a good book about reading, so picked up The Pleasure of Reading with my usual high hopes. Essays by forty authors about their love of reading and the books they love most. While a few of the essays are down to earth and engaging, most everyone else is anxious to tell you they adore T.S. Eliot and can't be bothered with the modern novel. Worth a skim, or read the essays by authors you admire, and call it a day. Belgravia, how I want to take you with me on vacation next week, but alas you're due back at the library and I haven't even opened you up yet. That's because I started Everyone Brave is Forgiven first, and I'm much too absorbed to give it up. Yes, another World War II book, but a fresh perspective if that's possible. Sweeping, intimate, quietly compelling. What's missing from the stack? They May Not Mean to, But They Do, which I started (in fact, read nearly half of) before I set it aside. I kept it from the library another two weeks, but do you know in that time I never missed it? Never wondered about the characters, never thought of one of them in their kitchen while I was in my kitchen. So back to the library it goes. My favorite for the month (a bit of a dark horse, actually, as I didn't expect to be so enamored) is Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic. I started reading Eat, Pray, Love when everyone else was reading it, but it just didn't work for me. After a couple of years, I tried the audiobook instead and that did the trick. What sounded entitled and indulgent when I read it became self-deprecating and endearing when she read it. So that's where I started with Big Magic: the audiobook. I listen to 15 minutes a day as I'm walking to work each morning and I am full-on inspired by the time I reach my studio. I'm going to pick up a copy as an early birthday gift to myself and underline the heck out of it. This past week I also wrapped up my 100 Day Project, wearing handmade everyday from April 19-July 27. I wish I had a major revelation to share, but really I chose the project because it was easy (I have to get dressed anyway) and in the end it was...easy. 100 days of feeling anchored, 100 days of acknowledging my own history, 100 days of selfies: 100 days by gina sekelsky studio 12 100 days by gina sekelsky studio 11 100 days by gina sekelsky studio 10 100 days by gina sekelsky studio 13 100 days by gina sekelsky studio 09 100 days by gina sekelsky studio 08
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2 Responses to What’s on my nightstand :: July 2016

  1. Huge congratulations, Gina, on wearing 100 days of handmade!! I can’t think of anyone else who could achieve this! It was fun to see all of your stitched pieces over the past 100 days. Thanks for suggesting the audio book of Big Magic! I’m going to see if the library has one. This book has been on my reading list for a few months. Time to get started! Wishing you happy August days! ♡

  2. Jennifer says:

    Glad you liked the book! In case you don’t know about the audiobooksync.com project (two free YA audiobooks every week of the summer!!) one of this week’s books is another Sheinkin book, the one about Daniel Ellsworth and the Pentagon Papers which was really good too about Watergate era. Love your Alabama chanin. I’m making her patterns too, though without the embellishments!

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