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!
Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
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.
Friday Night Lights
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.
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.
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
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).
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.
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.