I’m back, friends! There was no medicine Monday post this week because my sister unexpectedly had to have her gallbladder out on Sunday and I flat lost track of days. Today I want to share a few of my recent favorites in books, podcasts and music. I go through phases where I’ll absorb several books a week and then hit other periods, like now, where I have to make myself finish the four books I’ve started reading but haven’t finished. All that to say – here are a few I’ve enjoyed in the last four months!
- The Book Thief. This came out over a decade ago, but I just got around to reading it. A friend of mine had said more than once that it was her favorite book ever, so I picked it up when I was wandering around the library one day. It’s World War II fiction, but it’s not like anything I’ve ever read before. Told from the point of view of Death, the story follows the book thief, Liesel, as she navigates growing up in Germany during the second world war. It’s enchanting and mesmerizing and haunting, all at once.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns. This is from the same author that gave us Kite Runner, which I also loved. Set in Afghanistan, the story is often hard to keep reading. I remind myself to look at hurt and pain and weep with the characters, and that’s certainly what you will do here. It’s about love and loss and danger and female friendship.
- A Man Called Ove. This book has been in print in English for four years, but I feel like I just started hearing people talk about it this year. I read this in one sitting. It’s an endearing and delightful surprise of a book and I fell in love with all of the characters.
- Pretty Girls Dancing. I rarely reach for a suspense/mystery, but this was on Kindle First Reads and was free. When I get my monthly free new release from Amazon, I try to pick something I might not normally reach for, and it’s sometimes a total flop. This was not that! It was dark and suspenseful and a page turner. I was completely captivated, and read it in one plane ride. It got mixed reviews, but I liked it.
- Radiolab Presents: More Perfect, The Gun Show. An intriguing discussion on the emergence of the second amendment and what the NRA initially stood for (and what they didn’t.)
- Off Camera with Sam Jones – Mae Whitman. I loved Mae Whitman from the first episode of Parenthood, and have followed her career since. I had no idea she had been acting since she was a toddler, and enjoyed this candid, intimate conversation between her and Sam Jones.
- TED Talks Daily: My descent into America’s neo-nazi movement – and how I got out. I can listen to TED talks for hours, and this one grabbed my attention. After hearing of how this man both got in and then got out of the neo-nazi movement made me really think differently about the people shown in the media who are currently a part of that movement. I think we often forget that people cannot be put into the binary categories of good or bad, and we let hate and fear blind us. Give this a listen – it’s not very long but will certainly make you think.
- TED Talks: Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE. Concussions and sports medicine are some of my favorite medical topics, but I had not heard about this man or his movement to study CTE, which we don’t know much about. It’s a disease that’s killing professional athletes well before their time, and we currently have no cure. So, he’s asking people to give their brains.
- Johnnyswim: Ring The Bells. This song is catchy and has delightful lyrics. I already have tickets to see them in Memphis in August and I cannot wait.
- P!nk: Beautiful Trauma. It’s P!nk – what’s not to love?
- WALK THE MOON: Work This Body. Great for dancing in the car. Or the kitchen.
- Ed Sheeran’s DIVIDE. Yep, we’re a year in and this is still my fave. The entire album. Mom and I were driving back from Houston last October and the third time this played through she finally said, “How many times are we going to listen to this?!”
Hope this inspires you to find something new to listen to or read! I would love to hear what you’ve been loving lately.