I Rec’d It! {7}

Posted June 11, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 8 Comments

I rec it

I rec’d it a monthly(-ish) feature in which I share latest recommendations for books, apps, TV shows, etc. Basically anything that catches my fancy!

Books:

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

Bittersweet

Since I don’t really review non-fiction, thought I’d recommend a non-fiction book I really enjoy. It’s been a few years since I’ve read this one(though it was totally a 5 star read), so I’ll just give you the Goodreads summary:

In her follow-up book to Cold Tangerines, author Shauna Niequist shifts her gaze to the challenges and blessings of change in Bittersweet. Drawing from her own experiences in a recent season of pain and chaos, she explores the bits of wisdom and growth we earn the hard way, through change, loss, and transition, and offers her own reflections on what brought her hope along the way.

You definitely don’t need to read Cold Tangerines to understand this book(and I find this book way better, so. . . ) I really enjoy Niequist’s essays on life and loss, and there’s one chapter in here that’s always stayed with me. I will say that this book is published by a Christian publishing company if that’s not your thing, but the style is more personal essays and memoir than anything else.

TV shows:

Friday Night Lights

FNL

I’m so surprised I haven’t recommended this show already! I watched Friday Night Lights at the beginning of the year and it’s SUCH. GOOD. TELEVISION. It made me think about all my favorite parts of TV. The way you get to know characters little by little. The potential TV writing has to do different things. I also loved this show on a personal level. I grew up in a small Texas town, and I was in high school in the same years the early seasons of the show are set(around 2005/2006–I started high school in Fall 2005), so a lot of it makes me think of my high school experience. Plus, it has one of the most amazing episodes of TV I’ve ever watched in season 5.

 

Music:

Fairly well known, but I’ve been listening to lots of stuff by The Naked and Famous lately.

ALSO the new Florence + The Machine album of course! I don’t like every song, but I really enjoy the album as a whole.

 

Beauty product:

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

nymseasaltspray

I have hair that has. . . well, a texture identity complex. Some days it’s straight as a board! Other days I look at it and there are RINGLETS by my ears. Not waves. Actual curly ringlets. Most days it’s straight, wavy, and curly in different places, and I’ve found it easiest to meet my hair in the middle and wear it wavy-ish. This spray is perfect because it emphasis the natural waves of my hair and gives more volume to the areas that are flat. I try to not put too many products in my hair, but I really love this one and it works like a charm(it also smells wonderful, which has no bearing on the way it works but is a nice plus).

Recipe:

This Spinach Artichoke dip is always a hit with my family! They beg to me to make it as an appetizer every holiday. (I mean, it has 4 kinds of cheese in it. How could it not be good?) I substitute sour cream for the mayo(because I hate using mayo as a base for anything) and double the amount of garlic(because my family loves garlic), and it’s delicious with crackers or chips.

 

 Your Turn!

What are you recommending lately? Feel free to recommend to me(and other readers!) books, TV shows, songs(or artists), apps, products, etc. in the comments!  I’m always eager to find some hidden gems.

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8 responses to “I Rec’d It! {7}

  1. I actually started reading Bittersweet today, which I wasn’t really planning to do (today at least, I bought the ebook a little while ago so I intended to read it sometime), but the first two ebooks I tried to open up needed to be unlocked over wi-fi (which has never happened to me before so that was weird), and sadly we don’t have wi-fi at work, so I clicked on Bittersweet to see if it would open, and it did, so I was like well, I guess I’ll start reading. I’ve only read like the first 3 or 4 essays, but so far, so good! Shauna has been on the Relevant podcast that I used to listen to religiously (I still listen when I can but I’m nearly a year behind right now, yikes!) so that was how I was familiar with her in the first place.

    • Stormy

      Wow, I don’t think I even knew Relevant had a podcast. . . and I’ve read the website version off & on for years! Oops, behind. I’ll be interested to see your thoughts when you finish the collection! I liked her first book, Cold Tangerines, but I thought something was missing through it. Bittersweet felt much more personal to me. It’s been a few years since I read it, but there’s this one essay in there about how when something bad happens the anniversary of that bad thing can feel like a minefield on the calendar, and that always stuck with me because I totally get that, or if you lose someone when they’re a certain age when you’re that age it can be bittersweet, etc.

      • If you have the time you should listen. They sprinkle in serious stuff and interviews but it’s really hilarious. I just don’t even know how to describe it.

  2. I totally needed a new spinach artichoke recipe. I swear my husband was ready to divorce me after the last “healthy” attempt I made- 4 kinds of cheese will win him back.

    I’m OBSESSED

      • Stormy

        hahaha I’m sure that 4 kinds of cheese should TOTALLY make up for that attempt. I’ve only seen the first few episodes of Orphan Black. I started watching over a holiday once but then kinda let it slip when life returned after said holiday, but it’s definitely on my to-watch list.

    • Stormy

      Ooh that’s good to know because I currently have that book on my “maybe” shelf on GR! I wanted to read some reviews first.

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