For some reason, every spring I get obsessed with books. I read all year long, but there is something about the upcoming “lazy days of summer” (I can barely type those words with a straight face) that makes me start to scour Amazon and Target for books to add to my already over-flowing bookcase. It is like I can just picture myself sprawled out on a deck chair reading for hours while the children frolic around in the yard. The actual scene looks more like me reloading bubble wands and fetching snacks while attempting to sneak in a couple pages of my latest beach read, but it doesn’t stop me from arming myself with plenty of book options every April.
Since I am also obsessed with food and TV, I figured I could make it a threesome (ewww, y’all) and share three things I am currently loving…something I am reading, something I am eating, and something I am watching. I will probably make Lisa do this topic at some point here soon, too, so you can get a full behind-the-scenes look at the lives of The Dose Girls. Somewhere, Lisa is like, “Stop trying to make your theme happen, Ashley and just write a post”.
What I am reading
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Full disclosure here. I read Eleanor & Park a couple months ago, and Lisa wisely advised me to wait a bit on this book. I loved Eleanor & Park, by the way. But, I love this book so much more. It is one of those absolutely perfect books that you want to stay up until 3:00 a.m. devouring while also trying to go as slow as possible so it never ends. There is one particular scene (no spoiler alert needed, I won’t give anything away) that just so perfectly captures that feeling of being in college and all that it entails. You know that feeling. Trust me, you do. And when you read this book, you will feel it all over again. I definitely recommend picking this one up.
What I am eating
Ah, Swedish Fish. I tend to go through phases with candy where I will find one that I have not had for a while and then just buy it in bulk. Think ten pound bags at Costco, and you are not far off. Each time I go to the grocery store I will have a little talk with myself about how it is almost bathing suit season and even though Swedish Fish are *technically* a fat free food (it says so right on the bag!), I should probably skip the candy aisle just to be safe. And then somehow, three bags appear in my shopping cart and I find myself sneaking into the pantry to grab handfuls before carpool pick-up. Something has to give here, and I am afraid it will most likely be the waistband of my pants!
What I am watching
Parenthood. Specifically, the season (series?) finale. I can’t stop watching it. I find myself going back to the scene with Victor’s speech and then watching the last 30 minutes all over again. I want to be in this family y’all. I want this family to stay on my TV longer…producers, network people, listen up…the Braverman story is not over. We NEED another season of this show. I have to know that Julia and Joel are okay.
What you did to them this season was practically unforgivable, but you renewed my spirit with the scene in Sydney’s room. That was the Joel we all fell in love with from the beginning.
If at the end of the day, though, what I watched was the end of the series, then I thank you. Because the closing scene with the lights, the dinner, the backyard and that song playing, well it worked perfectly.
Tell me in the comments what you are reading, eating and watching these days!