Things I Love Lately

Raising Dudes that are Manly in All the Right Ways – This piece on the Good Men Project is resonant for me in general, and in particular right now as I think about the fact that my son has lost two grandfathers in two months.  My husband, and his father, is a good (great) man and I know he’s paying close attention, but this feels like a particularly salient list right now.

Books I’m Giving this Holiday Season – I write a post like this every year but this year it got a little lost in the shuffle of my Real Life.  My father loved books, and I know I inherited my passion for them from him, so it feels appropriate to re-share this now.

Little Fires Everywhere – I loved Celeste Ng’s book and will review it more fulsomely before long.  This story is entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time, as well as beautifully written.

OK, fine.  I’m not loving a lot lately.  I’m sorry.  It’s been a difficult few weeks in an already-difficult season.  But I would really welcome your suggestions for things I should read, watch, or listen to over the holiday break.  What are you loving lately?

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  1. Posted December 12, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Lindsey, so sorry about your dad and your father-in-law. Big hugs from far away to you. Book recommendations: “turtles all the way down” (havrvyout dsughter read it too; that’s what I did and I loved sharing it with my teen) and the memoir “the book of separation.”


    admin Reply:

    Thank you, Nancy. Turtles All the Way Down is on Grace’s list and mine too for the break!


  2. Nadine
    Posted December 12, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing these even during such a difficult time. I’ve been thinking of you and your family a lot from afar.
    I’ve recently watched and enjoyed the documentary “Spielberg”. His movies accompanied me through my childhood and youth, and I loved learning more about him as a person.
    I also love your Christmas book list and agree – it’s another beautiful way to honor your amazing dad. I went through the old lists, too, and we got “Miss Rumphius” out of the library. My son adores it and so do I. xo


  3. Posted December 12, 2017 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Dear Lindsey, I have been thinking of you. Such a tough season for you and your family. I just wrote a long post with my favorite reads of this year but many of them center on family and loss. But for something that is engaging and a bit lighter, Young Jane Young is a good escapist read and Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley is now an annual read for me and I am really enjoying Moby Dick (first time reading.) On a completely different note, my daughter and I just watched the first season of The Great British Bake-off which is delightful. Sending good thoughts to you, julie


  4. pamela
    Posted December 12, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I’m so sorry Lindsey. What a dark time this must be for you – your gift is to find the light, and I know your family must be leaning on your lately.

    I just watched “Given” on Netflix and it was so beautiful. I think you might enjoy it. I’m reading “Devotions” which I know you already have. And Claire Dederer’s new book, “Love and Trouble” which I devoured.



  5. SallyT
    Posted December 12, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I am so sorry for all of your loss.

    I just read a FANTASTIC YA novel, Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway, that was so distracting and beautiful. I highly recommend it.


  6. Posted December 12, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Lindsey, so many prayers you are able to find some peace. If you haven’t already, get lost in The Crown on Netflix for awhile. The Elin Hilderbrand Christmas Series is another worthy escape route. Winter Street is the first of the 4 novels. Hugs for you and your family❤️


  7. Posted December 12, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing. Little Fires Everywhere was one of my favorites of the year and I got to see Celeste Ng talk last night. It was so, so interesting.

    I am currently hiding from the crazy world we are living in by watching Broadchurch on Netflix and loving it!! I think you would enjoy it 🙂

    Sending love.


  8. Trish
    Posted December 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Sending continued support, strength and kindness to you during these tender times.

    The Outlander Series starring Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan based on Diana Galbadon’s books are pure escapist viewing. You, will feel liked you traveled from 1942 to the 1700s in the ongoing series.

    I have Little Fires Everywhere at home and will begin reading tonight. Have you read Ruth Ware’s books, The Dry Season by Jane Harper or The Lying Game by Ruth Ware? I read The woman in Cabin 10 and The Luckiest Girl Alive…All these suggestions are from Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. On Instagram it is: The recent recommendation is The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. Have been pleased with the books that I have read referenced above and it’s a solid list.

    I heard ‘The Crown’ is amazing. Starting to watch ‘This is Us’ Season 2.

    Saw the movie Begin Again with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly. Loved it. So original. Adam Levine was in it and he was a breath of fresh air. The sound track is gorgeous.

    Some random thoughts. Take gentle care of yourself.



  9. Posted December 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I loved Little Fires Everywhere, too.

    And you know what– I LOVE that you’re doing a post like this right now. There’s still always something to love and what a good message even when it’s a few special things in a hard time.



  10. Leah
    Posted December 13, 2017 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read all but one of Tana French’s mystery novels and highly recommend them. They are excellent page turners, and the one I read most recently, Faithful Place, is also a great exploration of the consequences of the recent Irish economic bubble. (There’s one called The Likeness that is, in my opinion, far far too derivative of The Secret History, but if you love The Secret History, you might enjoy it.)


  11. Amy
    Posted December 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Mary Oliver’s DEVOTIONS; Joe Biden’s book PROMISE ME YOU’LL BE OK DAD. Stranger Things and The Crown on Netflix. Hoping you are getting through these long, dark days.


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