What I’m Reading Now

by jenna on October 25, 2012

I’ve been such a reading machine lately! Don’t you just love those good book kicks you get on when you’re on a roll reading awesome stuff?

This book is an oldie but a goodie. And by “oldie” I mean it was published in 2009 but I just discovered it last weekend.

Sidenote: You want to know what else I just discovered last weekend?!

PARENTHOOD.

Oh.my.gosh. I’ve been under a rock for far too long. Adam and I are starting with season one and have knocked out about eight episodes so far this week {we have no life}. I’m totally hooked! It’s soooooooo good. Every episode makes me both laugh and cry. I love it.

Anyway, I loved both Blue like Jazz and Through Painted Deserts so it came as no surprise that I enjoyed this one a lot, too! I just love the way Donald Miller writes. This book is a memoir about him learning to live his life more fully {or as he puts it, “living a better story”}. He talks about his faith, the human condition, family and the different means he goes through to get himself out of his comfort zone in order to live life to the fullest. I just loved it. Every word. I read it on my Kindle and pretty much highlighted/underlined a sentence or paragraph on every page.

If you’re not familiar with Donald Miller, you should know he sort of writes in a form of stream of consciousness and, often times, his narrative can come off as choppy. However, it’s like being right inside of his head and the things he thinks, and writes, are downright hysterical. When a book makes you want to be a better person and live a better life, I’d say it’s a good book….and this was one of those. I’ve always admired the way Miller writes about his faith because it’s not as much preaching in your face as it is conversational and laid-back. I really wouldn’t call any of his books “religious” as I would just call them books on life.

So…moral of the story: take a break from 50 Shades of Grey to read this! It’s a good one.

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Sonal October 25, 2012 at 3:57 am

Whoa this book is coming on my kindle for sure, I love your recommendations! Thank you!

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Betsy October 25, 2012 at 4:13 am

I also love both Donald Miller and Parenthood! If you like Donald Miller, you might also enjoy Anne Lamott – her ‘Traveling Mercies’ is another “oldie but a goodie.” :)

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natalie October 25, 2012 at 9:05 am

LOVE Traveling Mercies by Lamott, cried my way through it on the subway in DC:)

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Heather @ Girlyeverafter October 25, 2012 at 4:33 am

I discovered Parenthood recently too and am on season 3 after only 2 wks;) It’s so good!

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carrie October 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

Me too!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 25, 2012 at 4:42 am

If I had an extra 5 hours in my day, I would
1) sleep for at least one of them
2) do more yoga
3) read blogs
4) play (cook) in my kitchen
5) read all of these wonderful books you keep telling us about!

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Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess October 25, 2012 at 4:43 am

I literally watched the first three seasons of Parenthood in two weeks. Such, SUCH, a good show. And I love Donald Miller, but haven’t read this one yet. But I can’t wait to!

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Charise October 25, 2012 at 4:45 am

Oh, man, if you think the early episodes of Parenthood make you cry, JUST WAIT until you get to this season. EVERYepispode so far has left me ugly crying.

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natalie October 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

yes, when Haddie left for school! wah!

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polly October 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

yes ugly crying here!! wimpering, sobbing, etc. i love love LOVE that show!!! jenna i am so happy you found it!!!

love YOU little sis!!!!!! :) XOXO

yes, this season is the best by far! eeks! can’t wait til you get there!!!!

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Jenny October 25, 2012 at 4:54 am

The girl who suggested Anne Lamott is spot on. She is by far one of y favorite authors. Try her novels as well as her faith based books. She is a gem :)

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Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama October 25, 2012 at 5:02 am

I am reading Travelling Mercies by Anne Lamott right now. I have had a hard time making time for reading lately though so I have been reading it for a couple months! I really liked Blue Like Jazz as well.

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Molly @ RDexposed October 25, 2012 at 5:02 am

I’m surprised I didn’t pick this up already thinking that it was about Le Tour de France!

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katie @KatieDid October 25, 2012 at 5:38 am

I just ordered that at my library the other day and now I’m even more anxious to receive it!!

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Nikki October 25, 2012 at 5:46 am

Omgosh…Parenthood is the best show ever!!! I just watched all seasons over the summer (while on the treadmill so, really, it was beneficial to watch!) so I could start watching this fall. It seriously just keeps getting better!

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Abby@ Totes Delish October 25, 2012 at 5:49 am

I love Donald Miller for exactly the same reasons! Blue Like Jazz was one of those books that I got done reading and thought “Why didn’t I read this before now?!”

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 25, 2012 at 5:52 am

Sounds great! I need to get some more reading time in my life.

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Robyn @ thereallife_RD October 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

I love your book recommendations! I just finished the world we found and LOVED it, its something I totally would have never picked up. thank you thank you!

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alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] October 25, 2012 at 6:40 am

definitely adding this to my to read list [which is sadly growing longer than shorter as I'm still trudging through Book 4 of Game of Thrones!].

glad you’re on the Parenthood train. be prepared to continue laughing + crying with every episode. that’s exactly what happened to me w/this week’s ep. it’s a fabulous show!

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Em (Wine and Butter) October 25, 2012 at 7:05 am

You’ve got me convinced :).. lovely review Jenna! xo

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April October 25, 2012 at 7:06 am

I really appreciate your book recs! I usually add them right to my library requests. Thanks so much!

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deva at deva by definition October 25, 2012 at 7:22 am

This sounds like a great book. I’ve also been a reading machine the past few weeks – and a writing one! I’ve just been terrible about composing emails. Oops. It seems like I can’t read enough books right now, so I’m glad to have a new one to add to my queue.

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Krysta October 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

I love Partenhood. My friend Adam and I play a game we call “What part of Parenthood made you cry this week” where we try to guess which scene brought the other to tears, because there is one in every episode!

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meagan October 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

Have you watched Friday Night Lights? Try it after Parenthood. It’s produced by the same guy (Jason Katims) and has a lot of the same writers and producers. FNL is probably the greatest television show I have ever watched, ever. I want to be like Tami Taylor when I grow up!

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Serial October 25, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love Parenthood! My b.f. though has a hard time with it, only because it’s so SAD all the time. I like a good cry though.

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Katie @ Livehalffull October 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

Parenthood makes me SOB! Last night’s previews did.me.in.

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl October 25, 2012 at 8:08 am

I always love your book recommendations! I will definitely be checking this one out.

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Danielle Daunt October 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

If you liked that book, he’s put out a workbook that goes along with his Storyline Conferences:
http://www.amazon.com/Storyline-Finding-Your-Subplot-Story/dp/0615653715/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351177727&sr=8-1&keywords=storyline+donald+miller

I’ve just started working through this, but I’m really excited! Also, have you heard of Bob Goff, Love Does? Miller talks about him in a few of his books. I’m a big fan of this community of writers/life changers :)

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Lauren October 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

Fan of donald miller and parenthood–but now im totally hooked on downton abbey!!! which you would LOVE! All of my fave shows like parenthood went on hold as i plowed through downton abbey. it is addicting!

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Sarah October 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

Love that you do book recommendations- I’m always looking for new ones! Especially to fulfill the hole that 50 shades left after I finished the series this summer ;)

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health October 25, 2012 at 8:22 am

50 shades of grey was for me!! I love reading books that helps me become a better person. this is certainly going on my list. I am little embarrassed that being a 25 year old, I am hooked with 90210 !!

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Katie D. October 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

Do you read Relevent Magazine? I think you’d really like it! Bob Goff (mentioned above) contributes to it and I just read a great article from him last night. And a funny one about Christmas.

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Poetesswug (Deb) October 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

I just thought I’d take a minute to say…Welcome to “Parenthood”! ^_^ Hubby and I don’t have any children, but we both have parents, we both were teenagers, our parents are getting older, we have friends with autistic children, etc…. I could be here all day talking about the different familiar and funny, heart-rending and deep, themes of story line that run through “Parenthood”!! The story line now, with breast cancer, is so poignant! I look forward to laugh and cry and find a bit of familiar family dynamic every week! Enjoy!! :-)

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natalie October 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

i started parenthood too!!! just a few weeks back. loving it…and always, always cRY!

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dominique October 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

My husband and I love that show. We did the same when we first discovered it, think we finished a season in two weeks! Sometimes when we are discussing what we want to do on a friday night one of us will say ” i think i’d really like to spend time with the braverman’s”…it is sad but very true.

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angela October 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

If you like Parenthood, try Friday Night Lights (if you haven’t already)! It’s great and the producer started Parenthood after FNL ended, so similar laugh/cry type of episodes.

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Jen Papaya October 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

OMG PARENTHOOD. Best show on TV. You need to catch up this season is crazy! But sadly I have a feeling its not coming back next season. It was on the chopping block this season though and made it through, so who knows.

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Haley October 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

Parenthood is the BEST show ever!

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Patra @ I Do Declare October 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

I LOVE Donald Miller!

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Stacey October 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

I love Parenthood so much! I have so much emotionally invested in that fictional TV family. Also, THANK YOU for the “put down the 50 Shade of Grey” line. Gross. Definitely not for me.

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Caroline L. October 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

He sounds like such an interesting writer – I definitely will check this out!

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Carly October 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Hi Jenna!

I am a pretty new reader of your blog (I think i stumbled across it while searching for recipes through another blog, lol).

Anyway, just wanted to say 1) Parenthood is a fabulous show and yes – you laugh, cry, get angry, and love right beside each of them; and 2) your book reviews are so great! I love to read and just ordered 3 that you have recommended. So far Pictures of You is way too tough to put down. So, thank you for the wonderful reviews!

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Carla October 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Haha I loved your “moral of the story”

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope October 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

YES!! Parenthood=awesome.

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Ashley October 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I must be tired because when I read you discovered ParentHood… I thought you were pregnant!! hahahaha :)

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Hannah October 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I love Parenthood!! It gets better and better.

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J October 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Love Parenthood! It’s the only show I’ll stay up past 10 to watch. An oldie but goodie Jason Katims show?? Roswell! Ha! Alien high schoolers. Man I loved that show…
Did you know there’s a movie of Blue Like Jazz? It was so-so. Honestly, it’s been several years since I read the book, so I was unsure if I liked the movie depiction of it.

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Elisabeth October 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Ahhhh….you’ve so been missing out on Parenthood! I loved the movie & I love the show! This season is definitely a blubbery, teary mess…hurry up & get there ;)

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Sydney October 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm

So glad you discovered Parenthood!! It really is an amazing series :)

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Angie October 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

What I’m reading now is . . . . . your book. Actually, I started it yesterday morning before work and had to finish it when I returned home yesterday afternoon. It truly touched me. Congratulations.

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Erin October 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I just did a review on my blog about your book tonight! Check it out…even though you probably already know I loved it :)

xoxo
Erin
readeatcreate.com

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock October 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I read Blue Like Jazz way back, loved it and then completely forgot about the author. My Dad mentioned just the other week that he was reading it and really enjoying it. I’ll have to suggest this one to him. Thanks for the lil’ tip!

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Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) October 26, 2012 at 4:08 am

I’m glad you’re watching Parenthood! Polly (yes, THE Polly – you know who, haha) and I email about it all the time. Great show.

I definitely want to check out that book! Sounds fascinating.

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Heather October 26, 2012 at 6:36 am

Wow, I downloaded this book yesterday and gobbled it up! I’m at a point right now where I’m creating a new “story” for myself, and this book is exactly what I need. Actually, it’s uncanny how many of Miller’s thoughts reinforced my own. A great big THANK YOU for the fabulous recommendation!

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Carrie @ The Cook's Palette October 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

Sounds like a really inspiring book! Will definitely be picking it up. By the way, I love how you add fashion and books and other fun little things to your blog these days. :)

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sachi October 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Parenthood = total sleeper hit. It’s been under the radar for years but has quite a following. One of my all-time faves.

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Tara@Sugar Spice and Bacon October 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I LOVE parenthood! Such a great show!!

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Brittney October 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Parenthood is SO GOOD :) Glad you like it!

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Stephanie @ Food Fit 4 Real November 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

Thanks for the book suggestion, I just bought it for my Kindle. I love to read but the fall is usually my bust time at work and I fall behind on my leisure reading. However I like having new books on my Kindle because I can carry them with me everywhere. In case I find an extra 5 minutes to ready during the day. Btw, I have your book in hardback and finished it in less than a week. Congrats again on getting your first book published!

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Mike Tannian November 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I read this book a little over a year ago and absolutely loved it! Like you, I was inspired to live a better life and to be a better person. It will remain one of my favorite reads. Right now I’m reading his book “Father Fiction,” which was previously released as “To Own a Dragon.” I’m posting one of his quotes on my site and linked it to yours, in case readers want to learn more about the book.

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pambeane December 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

girl…you absolutely HAVE to read Love Does by Bob Goff. He’s the guy Don talks about with the house on the water etc…it’s brilliant and amazing and hilarious and life changing.

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