Reading and Watching


I grew up without a TV, which meant as a kid I spent a lot of time reading. We’d go to the library with big paper bags and leave with them full. My love for reading waned a little in college, when I had so much required reading that I got burned out. Now that I’m out of school, I’ve been trying to read a bit more, and I’m feeling that old love resurge. There’s something about getting lost in a book that is so relaxing! But reading is a solo activity (for the most part), so I also really love being able to cuddle with Ben and watch a movie or a good TV show together. Here are some of the books, movies, and shows that I’ve enjoyed lately, as well as some that I’m looking forward to. What have you been reading and watching? Any recommendations for me?

My recent favorites: 1. The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman. I love all the pretty illustrations! / 2. The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers / 3. Safety Not Guaranteed. Cute feel-good movie, and it’s set here in Washington state! / 4. Decorate Workshop by Holly Becker / 5.  My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult / 6. White Collar. Season 5 starts on Tuesday! I’m pretty excited...

On my list: 1. The Luminous Portrait by Elizabeth Messina / 2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower / 3. Blog, Inc. by Joy Cho / 4. Making a House Your Home by Clare Nolan / 5. Les Misérables / 6. Pretty Pastel Style by Selina Lake

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  1. Posted by Chloe Moon on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

    Ooo I just won a giveaway for the Decor Book by Holly becker so I can't wait! Wasn't Safety not guaranteed a cute movie!!! I too can't wait for Perks of being a wallflower to come out on DVD...I missed it in the theaters! =)
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

      That’s so awesome! You will love it. She includes quite a few pictures of her own house, which is so inspiring. And I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD either! I’ve heard good things.
  2. Posted by Jenn V on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

    I LOVE white collar! Tell me, is season four available to watch yet? I've been hoping and hoping to see it.

    PS. i hear that reading the abridged version of les mis is a great idea. My sis says the long version just has nonsense added to make the book longer.
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

      Good to know! I think I’ve read it before (like in high school?) but I can’t remember much about it. Maybe I didn’t actually read it, maybe I just saw the play. Anyways, I know the storyline in general, but I don’t remember all the details.

      And we followed season 4 of White Collar as it was actually playing on TV...so I’m not sure if it’s available anywhere. It doesn’t look like Netflix has it yet. Hopefully soon!!
  3. Posted by Sarah D on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

    I can't wait to see Les Mis! Ahhhh no one wants to go with me. I wish I lived closer so you, me and Jenn could go together :)

    The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers is on my to-read list! I love Redeeming Love by her, have you read that one?
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

      Aww, that would be super fun! I’m probably going to wait for it to come out on DVD. I don’t Ben wants to go to it either...

      And yes, I’ve read Redeeming Love! That was the first one I read by her. I think you may have told me about it to begin with, actually. Love that book!
  4. Posted by Renae on Friday, January 18th, 2013

    1. Absolutely love White Collar!! Can't wait for next week!!
    2. Have you watched the BBC mini series called Sherlock, episodes are 90 minutes each, kind of like mini-movies. Matt and Jenn got us watching those.
    3. I'm reading Blog Inc right now, has some really interesting points... need to finish it.
    4. I've also tried reading the unabridged version of Les Mis and man, talk about trouble getting to the point. Maybe we should all get together and watch Les Mis when it comes out on DVD? Girl's movie night would be fun!
    Haha, sorry for the long comment!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, January 18th, 2013

      I haven’t seen the Sherlock series, but I’ve heard about it too! It sounds up our alley. And yes, girl’s movie night sounds PERFECT!
  5. Posted by Van on Sunday, January 20th, 2013

    I recommend the ABRIDGED version of Les Mis. Hugo is great, but a little windy. :)
  6. Posted by tors (girl meets wolf) on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

    I have the 'Making Your House A Home' book and absolutely adore it, it's been incredibly helpful with some layout issues I was having and been a great resource when it comes to colour and painting (currently in progress in my home) - I'm sure you'll love it!