Let’s Talk About Books Baby!

February

Books Read

Jump…and Your Life Will Appear by Nancy Levin

Look at me! Posting this before the end of the month... I wish I could say that my doing this wasn’t me putting off other things... but hey, I’ll take it, it’s a victory nonetheless.

Life has been so busy that I only read one book in February! 

Something that I said in therapy one day made my therapist get up out of her chair and pull this book off of her shelf.  She leant me her copy, and I have to say my favorite part of reading this book was seeing what parts my therapist had underlined or put exclamations next to. None of it was very shocking or insightful, it was just completely her. Passages about being kind to yourself. That’s always her thing. No matter what you did. No matter who you are. How do you talk to yourself? It better be lovingly. I like that about her... I still have loads to learn from her.

But about the book. I wish I could remember what I had said in the moment that made my therapist think this was the book for me. Mostly because she’s normally so spot on, but this didn’t feel right. The author of this book had some huge secret that she had to divulge- she had an affair, and she was caught when her husband read her journals. And then began a phase of him kicking her out, taking her back, kicking her out... until she just decided she’d had enough and she wasn’t going back.  

The book has some tiny little golden nuggets and is a quick read... if you all are a fan of Hay House authors then I’d say go ahead and check out this little one from your local library... and bonus! The author calls Boulder home, so there’s that.  

Not much else for you lovelies this month.... hopefully I’ll have some good stuff to write about for March! Until then! <3

Let’s Talk About Books Baby!

January

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Books Read

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Health, Healing, and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya by T.K.V. Desikachar

…So… yeah… February ends in just 4 days, and I’m just now getting to write about January’s books. Better late than never… but really I need to make this a priority.

Here we go…

First up was The Immortalists, I started this book in that sweet, sweet period that lies between Christmas and New Year’s. I had just finished A Place for Us, I was combating a cold that had made it’s way through the whole family… and I delved head first into this book, knowing that in a matter of days it would be life back to normal. Work. The routine. I always find it so funny that whenever I’m taking a break from normal life (vacations or holiday breaks), that the break itself isn’t enough, I have to dive head first into a fictional world. Every time. I love it. I live for it actually. Anytime I’m about to leave for a trip or for a long stretch at “home” then I always pack way more books than I’ll realistically have time to get to. So… when I finished one I had tons to choose from, but I finally chose The Immortalists. I say finally because I think I’ve owned this book for like a year before I finally got to it.

I both loved and was underwhelmed by this book. I know, weird, right? How can it be both? And here’s why… this book is about 4 siblings and when they are kids they go see a gypsy fortune teller who tells each one of them the day they will die. After that intro the book moves into parts… 4 parts, one for each sibling. Some of the sibling’s I loved their stories more than the others. For instance the youngest brother’s story was sooooooooo good that when his time came to an end and we were on to the next sibling I just found myself missing the other story so much. It ended up being that both of the brothers were my favorite parts.

The book toys around with fate vs free will, destiny vs self fulfilling prophecy. If you like thinking about these types of things then you would probably enjoy this book. The book came out right at the beginning of 2018 and was on practically everyone’s “best books of the year” lists (NPR, and The Washington Post- that’s “everyone” in case you were wondering. I know you were).

Anyway… I recommend it, but I don’t think it was the best book to come out last year. It’s worth reading though, even if for Simon’s section alone. So good. There are worst ways to start the year off than by reading one of the most noteworthy books from the year prior.

Ok- next up may seem like a strange choice but it is a book about the yogi Krishnamacharya. In yoga teacher training we were supposed to write a paper about Krishnamacharya and my teacher Raj made some comment about people always just copy Wikipedia and write the same thing. So… I was taking FOREVER to turn this paper in because my intention was to actually read a legit book about the dude so that I could drop some knowledge bombs and blow Raj’s mind. So… at Joy’s wedding I promised Raj that I would turn in the paper before a year had passed. So, now that I’ve read the book the paper is up next.

I’m glad I read the book. The book was written by Krishnamacharya’s son. I’m not going to write a lot about it here, because well, quite honestly it’s been a month since I’ve read it and details are escaping me… but no sense recalling it all here when I actually need to write a legit paper on it. lol

Here’s what I’ll do… when I write the paper, it will have it’s own separate post in case anyone is interested!

Anyway… I’ll be back in a couple of days with February’s reads! I swear!

Best of 2018

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I know, by now you’ve probably exhausted yourself on the “Best of 2018” blogs and you are probably thinking... “Girl, it is 2019, January is halfway over... there is no one out there interested in what were your favorite books & tunes of 2018!”. But, because I’m a rebel and do things on my own schedule... here you go.... My best of 2018! 

 Books

“Heart Talk” by Cleo Wade

”I Am Her Tribe” by Danielle Doby

”Becoming” by Michelle Obama

”A Place For Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza

“It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” by Lynsey Addario

”The Dirtly Life: On Farming, Food, and Love” by Kristin Kimball

Because I’ve already posted about each of these extensively I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here. What I am going to make note of is that once upon a time, I not only said, but I actually believed with all of my heart and soul that men wrote the best books. That their stories were meatier, that they were more bold, that they said things that a woman never would.  My how my outlook has changed. I actually feel embarrassed admitting that I once held that view. But like everything, I am unlearning. 

I am unlearning so much.

We all are, I hope. 

There are some things that I need to admit.  Mostly that just because when I held that belief I had never read a woman that shook me to the core, doesn’t mean that there weren’t ones out there. Women who had probably risked everything to write what was on their heart. Or the fact that “chick lit” is even a thing- could it be because no one would want to hear from a woman that had ugly stuff to say? Real truths? 

Anyway, this past year my favorite books I read were written by women and they are all each uniquely their own. What were some of your favorite books of 2018?

 

Music 

Some of you might not know that I used to LOVE music. As I’ve gotten older I’ve traded in tunes for news & podcasts... and that does cause me some sadness. I’d like to get into music as much as I used to be... but it just feels like it has changed. And that’s what all old people say. Maybe it’s a rite of passage that we get boxed into a time period where we loved music the most and we rarely leave it. When we do it takes something really special, something miraculous... and when that happens we feel compelled to share. So, without further adieu here are the two albums that shook my soul in 2018: 

”Tearing at the Seams” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

”Dirty Computer” by Janelle Monae

These two albums were everything! 

I can honestly say that prior to these two albums I had never listened to either of these artists, and man have I been missing out! For a good couple of months I cruised around listening to that Janelle Monae album and I felt so young! That’s right, it appealed to 90’s Karstee- the girl who loved little rap cameos and it appealed to feminist Karstee, and it appealed to Karstee who is waking up. God, it was a good album! Back in the day I would watch award shows and root my favorites, and I don’t do that anymore... but if people are paying attention then I imagine this one racked up all the awards. Who knows? 

And as for Nathaniel Rateliff, it’s like every moment that led to growth was to this album. Drives home from Yoga Teacher Training, writing pieces that I was going to submit, chopping veggies and dancing! This album seems like it’s from another time. It’s such good music. Real music. Listen now if you haven’t already!

That’s it peeps, my final bow to 2018. Peace!