Friday, July 28, 2017

Monthly Recap vol. 45 ~ July 2017 The Beach and some news!

~Lately~

It has been a hot July, though we've had a lot of beautiful blooming trees, thunderstorms, and cool nights perfect for catching fireflies.






Also, lately... a beach trip to Pensacola, Florida.  This is a great beach for us. It's only 6 hours away and a beautiful area.  So much fun to be had!!!!:)

~Reading~

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

I thought it would be cliche to read the story of the famous Fixer Upper stars, but it turns out their story is fantastic.  Chip Gaines was sorta a hero around town, helping homeless, mentoring young kids, and generously employing college kids.  Turns out they do not only seem nice, they're legit Christian people with a really amazing story to tell. 5 stars!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I had extremely mixed feelings about this book. If the premise isn't a reflection of L.A. culture, I don't know what is.  A woman with seven husbands, who doesn't love a single one of them.  There are plot twists from the beginning, that continue to the end. She keeps the reader guessing. It's an easy read with plenty of drama. I didn't expect the emphasis on race, but that ended up being a highlight for me. :)  She brings to light the emptiness of spotlight culture, but it's deeper than that.

The reviews rave about this book being heartfelt, but that's not why I was interested in reading to the end. Rather, the drama and the star-worthy writing which reflects the shallow LA culture kept me interested. The let-down in this book, however, lies with her desire to be culturally relevant and instead hitting some really clangy desperate-to-be-politically-correct notes instead.

Wuthering Heights-- by Emily Bronte~  review to come!

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (reread!)

~Watching~

Young and Hungry

This is such a great example of how the marriage vows are a total joke in our culture. If you want to see what American culture gets **Wrong** check this show out (on Netflix).

The Office (American version)

I do recognize that the subject matter here is the problem with dirty jokes. I have to take what I can get.... and at least Steve Carell is actually funny.

Nine Lives

The kids have been into Tom and Jerry recently, so watching this cat movie as a family was a nice change. Starring Kevin Spacey and some others.

The Descendants 2

Apparently Disney is trying to show that you can fight evil with evil (the descendants of Disney's famous villains).  Hmm... not sure that's a valid premise, but the dancing in water scene was a hit with my girls.

~Linking~

For Years, I Felt Guilty For Not Liking the Hook-up Culture @ Verily

I am loving Oui Fresh, the newly updated (or is it new?) shop from A Beautiful Mess!  Check out this t-shirt!

~Writing~

I got very few hits this month, mainly because I have let link-ups go.

A Few (Some) Thoughts on Parenting

Why Covenant Theology Matters (And Why Catholics *Should* Take Note(s))

The Life-Changing Marriage Advice That Really Works 

"Am I mad? Else wise the world is mad and I the tortured same trapped within it."

I do have some very exciting news to share, though. I am going to be a regular contributor and book reviewer for Dappled Things, starting this Fall. I can't wait to update you on that.

Cheers and Cheerio!

linking up with Leigh Kramer

4 comments:

Michele Morin said...

Lots of sun and sand and some great reading going on at your place in July! Thanks for sharing it all and congratulations on Dappled opportunity!

Tacy said...

Thanks, Michele! :)

Kendra @ KendraNicole.net said...

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Magnolia Story, especially since I don't watch the show. They seem like a genuinely nice couple. Wuthering Heights is a favorite of mine!

Tacy said...

We don't have regular cable, so I don't watch a lot of Fixer Upper. Although when I stayed in the hospital with Conrad (his birth) HGTV was doing a Fixer Upper marathon for 24 hours, so I watched a bunch, maybe enough for a lifetime. Haha:)

Yay for Wuthering Heights!!!