Swooning over these posts this week. Topics include Raising Boys, not ‘Bums’, a peek inside the Fun House at @nationalbuildingmuseum , Taking a Leap of faith as a Working Mom, Staying Organized with Stair Baskets, and a Case for Nice Things at home! .
Plus we announced two events we have soon. Check out our FB for ticket info. Cant wait to meet y’all for some fun!
#weeklyreads In @studioerwinolaf’s Grief series, solitary figures brood in tearful silence. He images blend historical detail with staged emotions, referencing the American aristocracy of the 1960s. On view at @izzygallery. Find out more: http://aestheti.cc/wmpas. •
#weeklyreads Using the visual language of photography, @studioerwinolaf’s polished, curated images address social issues in a wider context. @izzygallery until 30 July. Find out more: http://aestheti.cc/wmpas. •
#weeklyreads Through highly stylised images, @studioerwinolaf rewrites the conventions of fashion photography. The Grief series combines an intimate perspective with muted tones. @izzygallery until 30 July. Find out more: http://aestheti.cc/wmpas. •
In my #adventure to nourish my soul, I landed on this book. The foreword by @manof_grace is so powerful, it is like the whole book in itself. By end of the week, I know my soul will be refreshed and challenged. 'Repentance is a rich biblical term that signifies an elemental transformation in someone’s mind, heart, and life. When people repent, they turn from walking in one direction to running in the opposite direction. From that point forward, they think differently, believe differently, feel differently, love differently, and live differently.' Excerpt From: "Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live." by David Platt. Scribd. #weeklyreads #followme#repentance #truedisciples#kingdomtool#wannabelikeJesus
Got a lot of reading done last week. Fueled by the knowledge that all my library books would be overdue when I get back from Ireland.
The Lauren Willig books are really fantastic light reads for those interest in historical fiction. The Teicholz was the last book of my year goal. I am so glad I finished it. If you are at all interested in food science please read it. Really everyone should be reading it. But I don’t like to dictate others behavior so you know, you do you ;)
Off to Ireland this week. Not taking any books because I read to fast to pack enough books for a week :) #historicalfiction#foodscience#read#reading#books#bookshelf#weeklyreads#bookstagram#bookworm
Guess what today is?! It’s the Book by Book Link Up with one of my favorites, @alltheradreads!! We’re each sharing what we read in June and offering you a chance to link up ANY book related post during the month of July! Head to the link in my bio for details. • The last book for June was Us Against You, which I had to listen to in fits & starts because of our vacation. If you had told me I would completely fall in love with a series about teenagers and hockey, I might have laughed out loud. Don’t let the jacket copy fool you, though. This is a story about small towns, family, politics, sports, love, and the human condition. Backman’s storytelling is so good and the audiobook narrator delivers every line perfectly. • (It was excellent.)
#CarlyReads: June 11th-24th, 2017. Two books. First was #HowToBeSafe by Tom McAllister, a #novel about a former teacher and the aftermath of an early false accusation related to a school shooting. An impeccably written, complex story that captures some very real and true experiences that women quite commonly have. I had to keep checking the cover to confirm again and again that it was, in fact, written by a man. Next was #SingleGirlProblems by Andrea Bain. This book gave the impression that it was intended to empower single women, but it often felt like it was alternating between how to kill time until you find yourself in a relationship and an updated version of #TheRules. I wouldn’t write it off completely because it did celebrate some aspects of single life, but it wasn’t what I had hoped it would be. ♀️ #amreading#books#fiction#nonfiction#booklover#bookworm#bookstagram#weeklyreads#reading#bookish#52booksin52weeks#2018readingchallenge
I most certainly returned my latest round of books to the library and forgot to take a picture ♀️ This weekend I will be finishing up this lovely book.
If you want to see my other reads you will have to check out the goodreads plugin on my site https://wheresashawent.wordpress.com
On a whim, I selected this one as my @bookofthemonth for June and I am so glad I did! It’s preeetty spicy, so steer clear if that’s not for you. The main character — an econometrician with Asperger’s — hires a male escort to show her the ropes of being intimate and learning to function within a relationship. Of course, hijinks ensue — she’s perfectly inappropriate, socially awkward, and adorable enough to cheer her on from the very first page; he has a few secrets of his own and a complicated family story. • (I loved this one!)
I don’t normally read Christian fiction, but this one was sweet and unexpected. A love story, set during the Civil War — the main character is forced to confront her family’s feelings about abolition when she becomes a conductor for the Underground Railroad • .5 (I liked it.) • I’m giving away a copy of this book at @tazandbelly. Find this same photo in my feed and enter through Sunday, June 23rd!
This one took me a few days to finish, but only because I savored every single word. It was a slow burn that picked up momentum with every single page. Leni’s story is hard and harsh and beautiful and I wasn’t ready for it to end. • (I adored it.)
My first attempt at a Lisa Jewell novel ended with me abandoning the book, but this was much more satisfying! I read it in a single sitting and it’s probably my favorite recent thriller. Despite recognizing the plot twist pretty early on, the ending did not disappoint! • (I really liked it.) /// P.S. I’m finally all caught up on Mays books and can start sharing again in real time. I’m hoping to share more behind-the-scenes — in Stories — this week, too!
I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I read it on my phone after a late night Reddit / pregnancy rabbit hole and it was fantastic. The short version is: this gives you tons of statistical information about all the things your OB recommends you not do during pregnancy. I loved the practical advice and real life application. • (It was excellent.)
I’ve seen so many mixed reviews of this one — people either love it or they seem to abandon it?! Despite a few slow chapters right in the middle, I thought this family story was perfect: sweet, complicated, character driven, and timely. • (I liked it a lot.)
Read this week's fable, 'The Cunning Salesman and the Reclusive CEO.' Link in bio.
Confession: I’m not exactly royal obsessed, but I did enjoy watching the Royal Wedding with my girls a few weeks ago! After it ended, I had a prince shaped hole in my heart, so I picked this up (it was recommended to me a few years ago) and thought it was adorable! It’s cute, funny, and perfectly light-hearted — the perfect summer read. • (I really liked it.)
I am now officially down to two books on my goal to “finish all the unread books in my house”.
This is the very interesting story of Jim and Eva, with one tiny plot twist — you get three versions of how their tale unfolds, if one tiny event had happened differently. I think this might be easier to follow in hard-copy, but the audible version is great once you adjust to the storytelling mechanism. • (I liked it.)
#weeklyreads@jamescasebere’s bold, structural compositions blur the lines between truth and fiction, referencing existing buildings and contemporary culture. The unpopulated scenes evoke an uncanny feel, offering reflection upon an increasingly fictitious world. Represented by @galeriahelgadealvear at the 2018 edition of @artbasel, 14-17 June. Read more: http://aestheti.cc/zwyea. •
#weeklyreads@artbasel returns for its 2018 edition, bringing together 290 leading galleries to exhibit a diverse selection of contemporary works over four days. This year’s photography selection includes key voices, raising awareness of ongoing social, political and ecological questions including migration, gender inequality and notions of post-truth. Image: @jamescasebere. •
#ad | We interrupt our regularly scheduled ‘catch up’ to chat about kids + reading: I get asked ALL THE TIME how we cultivate a love of reading in our girls and my best advice is to let them see YOU reading, as often as possible. Josh & I don’t watch a lot of television while the girls are awake (unless we’re all watching together or it’s college football season ) and I’ve made a new goal for the girls not to “see” me on my phone if i can help it. We read together, they see us reading in bed at night, we have regular book store dates and have spent marathon days reading as many books in a day as possible. It isn’t easy, but it is so rewarding and reminds me so much of the reading experiences i shared with my mom as a child. • The second most frequently asked question I get, is WHAT books do we recommend. Today on the blog, I’m sharing our ‘Top Ten Favorite Book Series for Kids’ and the best giveaway ever. Click the banner in today’s blog post, for a chance to win a $1000 gift card to @melissaanddougtoys AND 50 children’s books to add to your library?!
I get asked ALL THE TIME how we cultivate a love of reading in our girls and my best advice is to let them see YOU reading, as often as possible. [#ad] Josh & I don’t watch a lot of television while the girls are awake (unless we’re all watching together or it’s college football season ) and I’ve made a new goal for the girls not to “see” me on my phone if i can help it. We read together, they see us reading in bed at night, we have regular book store dates and have spent marathon days reading as many books in a day as possible. It isn’t easy, but it is so rewarding and reminds me so much of the reading experiences i shared with my mom as a child. • The second most frequently asked question I get, is WHAT books do we recommend. Today on the blog, I’m sharing our ‘Top Ten Favorite Book Series for Kids’ and the best giveaway ever. Click the banner in today’s blog post, for a chance to win a $1000 gift card to @melissaanddougtoys AND 50 children’s books to add to your library?!
I owe you some (lots ) of book reviews here, so I’m going to share as many of them as I can this week, before I head out of town for a few weeks. • According to Adichie, I need a T-shirt that says “Happy Evangelical Christian Feminist who does not hate men and who likes to wear lip gloss and shave her legs for HERSELF and not to please men.” • (It was amazing.)
Good morning fellow book lovers
My Monday has started out on a happy note :) I received some awesome early morning #bookmail !
More Than Words is one of my most anticipated June reads, so I've moved it up to top spot on my TBR list. I can't wait to dive into this read later tonight!
#QOTD: What's the one release you're most excited for this month??
Accidental Empress: The first of two books about Sisi (empress of Austria). But the second I read. In typical Sasha fashion I picked up both at random based on cover alone and only realized hallway through this book that I had already read the sequel. Whole heartedly recommend, but maybe read in order
Part thriller and part sci-fi, but a creative concept that kept me reading. I skimmed over some way-beyond-my-brain-physics-science, but overall I enjoyed it. I was really curious how it would all turn out and liked what the author did. If you like thrillers with hints of sci-fi, this might be for you. #WeeklyReads#PRHReads
(Heads up: A bit of language)
Watching #smackdownlive in the hotel while going through my weekly reads for field week round 2! What are y’all reading this week?
Does anyone else have bookish pet peeves? One of mine is when publishers change the cover design/theme mid-series. I understand reasons why changes are sometimes made, but that doesn’t mean I like it , especially when I'm a fan of the original design. The life of a reader can be rough y’all . Anyway, even with the changes, I’m enjoying this series. Magic, drama and resistance. It’s hard to say no to. I'm also waiting not so patiently for the final book in the trilogy. #WeeklyReads
I can’t resist a Goodreads giveaway, especially because I sometimes win! Here’s my recent win: @tiffanyhaddish’s The Last Black Unicorn. From the bits I’ve heard from interviews, she has an incredible story. Plus the things I’ve seen her in have cracked me up. Looking forward to diving in! (Also, not sure what kind of sticker the publisher used, but y'all, that thing will not come off ) #WeeklyReads