what i'm into this month of july.

Happy Wednesday! It's the last day of the month, so I'm sharing what I've been reading, listening to, and watching over the last month.

 

BOOKS I READ: 

The Cuckoo's Calling  by Robert Galbraith (who is actually JK Rowling): A fantastic crime novel. Should have been a bestseller in it's own right, aside from Rowling's fame. This book proves that she's got chops well beyond the world of Hogwarts. Definitely worth the read!

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents with Special Children, by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian: If you're a mom to a special-needs kid, you need to read this book. It's a funny, light-hearted approach to raising a kid with special needs, that will have you nodding your head, giggling and yes, even crying, sporadically throughout the book.

Real Love for Real Life: The Art of Work and Caring by Andi Ashworth: This is a wonderful book for anyone who considers themselves a full-time caregiver. Ashworth points to the holy work of care-giving as essential to the Gospel and Christian life, even though it's so often overlooked.   

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple: Such a fun, unique novel! It takes a while to figure out the format of how the novel is put together, but once you get the hang of it, it's a quick, delightful summer read.

Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women, by Sarah Bessey :  I have a lot to say about this book, and I'll divulge a bit more when it's closer to release time. But, I was one of the lucky few who was given an advance copy for endorsement, and I have to say - this book is critical and profoundly important for all in the Church. Pre-order it NOW.

 

BOOKS I'M CURRENTLY READING

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II,  by Denise Kiernan

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan  

 

THROUGH THE SPEAKERS

Magna Carta Holy Grail by Jay-Z: I actually love this album. Great hip-hop with an old Jay feel to it. Favorite tracks: "Tom Ford," "Holy Grail," "BBC," and "F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit"

 The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand by Matt Pond: Such a great summer album! You'll be singing "Loved to Get Used" long after the record is over.

Golden by Lady Antebellum  : Nothing makes it feel like summer like some good country. Lady Antebellum delivers. Favorite tracks: "Get to Me" and "Can't Stand the Rain."

 

ON THE SCREEN

Gasland (HBO):  A documentary series on HBO, taking an in-depth look at the horrific consequences of the natural gas fracking process. Please take the time to watch this if you're able.   

The Newsroom (HBO): I know this show has been panned by some critics, but I adore it. It'll never live up to The West Wing, but I think Sorkin is doing a great job.

 Orange is the New Black (Netflix): I'm only one episode in and it's fantastic. I blame Kristen Howerton for getting me hooked on this show.

  

FAVORITE INSTAGRAM

This was such an incredible moment. I'm so happy I had my phone on me to snap this picture.

Rowan avoids his sister like the plague. He has since her birth. It's been a struggle getting him used to her, to even be around her, and he absolutely NEVER interacts with her on any level. He'll play parallel to her on a good day, but interaction never happens. One day last week, I went to go get Scout after she woke up from her nap, and Rowan followed me in to her room. We walked over to the crib, and I reached down to grab her when Rowan motioned to me that he wanted to get into the crib. I lifted him up and placed him there, fully expecting a meltdown and clawing at me to get out because he changed his mind. But, to my surprise, he laid down next to her and began to show her his toy car. She would even touch the car and he wouldn't freak out. And there were a few times when Scout would kick him, and he didn't scream or throw a fit, he just giggled.

It was a monumental moment for my son. And for me.

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That about sums it up for me this July! I'm linking up with Leigh, you should, too! What are you into this month?