What I'm Loving this Month

I thought now might be a good time for a good old “heart happy” post of a sorts. Remember those?

Makes My Heart Happy

I’ve been rethinking a few blog-related things, and how I might like to change them. Keeping things fresh, right? I’m not doing product reviews anymore – it was simply too time consuming, and frankly, a little boring even to me. I think it was more that there were so many of them than anything else. So I stopped.

And then there were the monthly posts of all the books I’d read, with a book of the month. I know some of you enjoyed it, and in a way I did too. But it was exhausting. I read….a lot. And not everything I read is….notable? I mean, I read a ton of cozy mysteries, a fair amount of romance, and quite a bit of young adult. Every so often I throw in a reputable book (in addition to our monthly book club picks). And while most of what I read is in fact enjoyable, it’s also not something I’m generally like “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS NOW.” So trying to post about every single book was tiresome and not all that valuable anyway.

But recently I realized that I can still share my favorite things – including books – with you, and what better way to do that than bring back the Makes My Heart Happy posts. We’ll keep this one flexible, and lump it under the general “What I’m Loving” heading – who knows what you’ll get. Books, food, music, beauty products, funny Internet memes…anything goes. Maybe it’ll be monthly, maybe it won’t. No guarantees, since I’m somewhat flaky and unreliable and we all know I’ll change my mind in about 5 months anyway.

As for the books, I’m going to do my best to give you only the books I think are “READ THIS NOW” worthy. If you really want to keep up with everything I’ve read, friend me on Goodreads. (But leave me a comment here so I know to accept you!)

Sound good? Sounds good. So without further ado…..

What I’m Loving this Month

Books

November Book Loves

The Graveyard Book and Furiously Happy

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, it should come as no surprise that Jenny Lawson’s second book is one of my “READ THIS NOW” books. I absolutely loved her first book, and Jimmie pre-ordered Furiously Happy for me the day we found out about it. I don’t read her blog, which is going to strike some of you as strange, I’m sure. The reason I don’t is complicated, but basically comes down to the fact that I think her books are both hilarious and touching, and I look forward to them so much that I don’t want a daily dose of it. Weird, I know. Furiously Happy is seriously hysterical, but it’s a deeper book than Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I loved them both, for different reasons. (And yes, once again Jimmie had to take the book away from me because I was laughing so hard while he was trying to sleep.)

The Graveyard Book was one of our October Book Club picks. It’d been on my list for years, just never got around to it. I adored this book. If you’ve ever read The Phantom Tollbooth it reminded me a little of that, only in the whimsy and the fact that Bod meets all different sorts of people. There’s no real conflict in the book, but the characters are touching and I enjoyed this immensely.

Music

I’ve had Andy’s second album for months now, but haven’t listened to it much until recently. This song is beautiful. My favorite line is “I was born with a compass in my hand and a restless soul.”

Pins

November Pin Loves

Knit Penguin, Chess Pie, and Turkey Snack

The penguin is way beyond my knitting ability, but isn’t he just the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? Same with the turkey snack – super cute. As for the chess pie, I haven’t made it yet, but I’ve been craving chess pie since reading one of Ellery Adams’ Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries so it’s just a matter of time.

Beauty

Tarte Golden Days and Sultry Nights Palette

Tarte Golden Days and Sultry Nights Palette

Last year I wanted this sooooo badly, but I wasn’t willing to spend however much on it. (I think it was $36?) I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so finally I got on ebay and found it for a much lower price. Score. This palette has all but replaced my entire eye shadow collection. The colors are buildable so it’s great for work and also great for going out. The colors last all day, too. I’m 100% in love.

Everything Else

Dog Emotion and Cognition - Coursera

Dog Emotion and Cognition

If you haven’t heard of Coursera, you’re missing out. Basically it’s free university courses that anyone can take online. You can pay $50 for a certificate if you need one, but it’s not required. I’ve been a member for a few years, but this is actually the first class I’ve completed. Linda suggested this one to me, and I was immediately interested!

The course is fantastic, and is geared towards anyone who just wants to know more about dogs. It’s got some science, but Dr. Brian Hare makes it accessible and interesting, so you don’t really even feel like you’re taking a course. I could go on and on about it, and probably should give the course it’s own blog post….but just take my word for it, it’s worth the time. It’s an 8 week course, and each week’s videos will take between 2 and 3 hours to watch (it’s a bunch of short videos, so you can split it up over time). It’s easy to go at your own pace, and the only assignments are multiple choice quizzes. Definitely worth if it you love pups!

 

Well, that’s it for my first “What I’m Loving” Post….hope you found something in there that you love too!!