year of books: July

2014 goals, reading

YOU GUYS. I read THREE books in July.

First up, I finished the first and second Game of Thrones. They are so good! The story lines are starting to vary from the TV show – or vice versa – so I’m excited to see just how different the books are.

I would have finished the third, but I don’t have it yet. 🙂

I also read “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed. I had heard about this one a few times before I finally picked it up. It’s fantastic. The book is a compilation of entries from an advice column Strayed wrote for The Rumpus under the pseudonym Sugar. The letters and columns are so raw and real, I loved every minute of it. Even the ones that made me cry, and especially the very first one, which sold me on the book hook, line and sinker.

“Do you realize that your refusal to utter the word ‘love’ to your lover has created a force field all its own? Withholding distorts reality. It makes the people who do the withholding ugly and small-heated. It makes the people from whom things are withheld crazy and desperate and incapable of what they actually feel.

“So release yourself from that. Don’t be strategic or coy, Strategic and coy are for jackasses. Be brave. Be authentic. Practice saying the word love’ to the people you love so when it matters the most yo say it, you will.”

YES.

I didn’t have internet in my apartment until last night, (!) so I listened to SO MANY podcasts and read my little heart out. Now that I’m caught up on all the books I brought with me, it’s time to start watching TV again!

Just kidding. Kind of.

Until the rest of my books arrive from Alaska, or I find #3 on a store shelf somewhere, I’ll be catching up on some TV. 🙂

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