what i’m reading | june, july, & august

Let’s start with the obvious: it’s been a bit quiet around here, and I won’t break the cardinal rule of blogging about not blogging, but I will offer my sincerest apologies. I intended on telling you about what I was reading, listening to, and thinking about, but somehow my life caught the better of me and blogging fell ever further down my list, somewhat regrettably.

Did I tell you that my husband was traveling this summer? Well, now you know, which can explain my absence (a little). He’s in grad school right now (in a program specifically designed for teachers), which means he was gone a lot this summer and we all missed him tons. Our dog was seriously in the dumps, which only confirmed my suspicions of her true feelings about me. And I probably shouldn’t mention that I got completely addicted to Cherry Coke Zero all thanks to Sonic’s happy hour. (Self control, you say? Nah.)

But in the midst of the summer chaos, I did find a few nights to tuck away and read some really good stuff, so I’d love to share some of my favorites with you:

At the very top of the list, I devoured Jojo Moyes’ novel Me Before You. I was a bit unraveled by the last page, and cried off and on for a few days after I finished it. It’s somewhat controversial, but it is so, so good. I’ve already put my name in on the waiting list for the rest of her books at our local library, and I fully anticipate going on a Jojo Moyes binge here in the coming months.

Next up: Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Kyle and I love The Mindy Project and The Office, so I could hear her voice in her book. She definitely has a “Tina Fey’s little sister” vibe going on, which hey–who wouldn’t love that?

I think I already told you this, but I really loved Myquillin Smith’s The Nesting Place. I’ve listened to her a bit on The Art of Simple podcast, and I adore her. She feels like an older sister who doesn’t revel in being “the oldest,” but one who just simply wants to share the things she’s learned along the way. She inspired me to think about my home in such different ways, and it’s definitely one I’ll come back to.

And lastly, I’ve been reading Jen Hatmaker’s Interrupted. I’ve got an expanded book review coming soon, but I didn’t want to lie and review it before I finished it. I’ve been a fan since I found her on the Twitter, live-tweeting her hilarious heart out during the London Olympics. I resonate with her on so many levels, like discussions about marriage, church, culture, and motherhood. But mostly? It’s her sense of humor; she just gets me. Or do I just get her? Either way, I love her, and if I meet her in person one day I will be so totally weird and probably say something completely embarrassing. But I don’t care because she’s my comedy spirit animal. And I will tell her that.

I could go on, but the babe is waking. So here’s what’s currently on my nightstand:

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P.S. Did you notice? I changed my URL to annemwilson.com, because I’m having a complete blog identity crisis. My Twitter and Instagram handles are @annemwilson, so I figured I’d drop the cutesy name and just be consistent, since I’m clearly confused. I don’t know, just pat me on the back. Thanks for your patience, friends. 

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