What We’re Into

Today’s post by our co-founder Marybeth Whalen | @MarybethWhalen

Ariel and I have been running She Reads for five years this summer. We’ve lost track of how many books we’ve read and recommended. And while books are very important to us (both the reading and the writing) our lives are made of so much more.  So we thought it would be fun to take a short departure from the written word and show you a few other things that have captured our imaginations these days.

Summer Plans: I’m slowly pulling together a Pinterest board of fun things I’d like to do with my kids this summer.

This post by Billy Coffey about writing naked. Yes. This is what I aspire to, but manage to fall short of. New note to tape to my computer: BE MORE NAKED.

This moving Ted Talk by Markus Zusak, author of THE BOOK THIEF, waxing eloquent on the value of failure. I teared up at the end and will never see my desk the same way.

Sparkling Ice, Crisp Apple flavor, like apple juice but with no calories.

“Summer Toes,” painted in my favorite color, Cherries in the Snow, a great red that’s not too garish.

And speaking of reds, Oyster Bay Pinot Noir, is a light, perfect red for summer

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a summer project to go ahead and get started with. It’s doing wonders for me.

Toad The Wet Sprocket’s new album: New Constellation is just brilliant. I listen to “The Moment” and “Golden Age” over and over, and over.

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Pillow Fort<— Ariel: I have the flu right now and have spent the last five days firmly lodged in a pillow fort in the middle of my bed. For the most part the only things I’m into right now are NyQuil and Kleenex. That said, I have recently fallen in love with these songs:

John Legend’s beautiful song “All Of Me.” It’s proof that the love song will never die. Really, it’s one of the loveliest things I’ve listened to in a really long time. I heard it once on Pandora and promptly bought it on iTunes.

This song by The Kongos. Sometimes I love a song and I don’t really know why. But the first time I heard “Come With Me Now” I knew I would buy it. In this particular case it might have had something to do with the fact that The Kongos titled a song after the phrase I most often shout to my children. I’m new to this band but I was sold when I found out it was made up of four brothers. Made me think there was hope for my little Wild Rumpus. Maybe one day they can channel their gift for noise-making into something this cool:

What are YOU into these days? We’d love to know.

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

7 Responses to What We’re Into

  1. TracyIt's May 30, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I am in love with the John Legend song too!

    The big thing I’m doing this summer is getting ready to send our son off to college :(. It’s such a strange, yet exciting time for all of us.

  2. dawnomite May 30, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Ooh I’mexcited to hear that new Toad the Wet Sprocket music!

  3. Krystle May 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I LOVE that Kongos song. I didn’t know what it was until it started playing, and I remembered how awesome it was! Thank you for that!

  4. Pat @ Posting For Now May 31, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I enjoyed both videos. Thanks for sharing. I am into walking, blogging and my Boston Terrier these days. Have a great summer.

  5. Leigh Kramer June 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    One of these days I want to go through The Artist’s Way. Thanks for linking up with What I’m Into!

  6. Melissa Crytzer Fry June 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh wow, Marybeth .. I loved the Markus Zusak video; it paralleled a speech by author Sarah Cortez that I listened to this morning at a writers’ conference — about the dark places, about the failures — and how those failures and that darkness improves our writing and pushes us to create things we never knew we were capable of creating. It was a much-needed pep talk for me, and then coming home and reading this was just the icing on the cake.

    But to you, Ariel … the flu during summertime. NO FUN. I hope you’re feeling better!

  7. Sheri Dacon June 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I know what you mean about that John Legend song. Beautiful. I stumbled over here for What I’m Into, and I’m so excited to find another reading blog. Can’t wait to check out some of your other posts!

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