My Halloween reading last night. This kids book has some of the most spookily beautiful scenes I‘ve ever seen. 👻 🎃
Saturday morning reading: A collection of honest and insightful essays on motherhood—“the good stuff, the hard stuff, and everything in between.” 🤱🏼(also, our stuffed lion spies another 🦁 on the cover...)
Well his labour felt far from “little” (long, difficult & ended in an emergency C-section), but we are so grateful for the safe arrival of our little man. And I‘ve been saving this highly recommend book—a poetic and honest reflection on the early days of motherhood—for just this season. The short bursts of prose make it ideal for reading with my often exhausted mind in snatches of time between feeding/changing/smuggling/swaddling, etc!
Welp, since there‘s no sign of baby yet I can‘t quite break into my new parenthood listography.com journal, but could get started on the literary one. Such beautifully illustrated books with creative categories to capture everyday life at your own pace. E.g. I‘m excited to keep track of some of the things our incoming kiddo will “pretend to do and be.” And perhaps I‘ll spend some time reflecting on my high school reading days...📚 📖
O how eagerly I‘ve been anticipating this listen! Not *quite* as eagerly as the arrival of our first baby, due tomorrow, but timing-wise it sure works out to have this final book in an absolutely captivating trilogy to keep me company in these exciting waiting days. 👶🏼 📖 🗓
Post 2 of 2: I‘m terrible at narrowing down to official “top ten” lists. But as I look back on 2018, here are 10 books I‘m grateful to have read this year. 📚
This story collection is *such* a great Christmas read/listen. Cozy, spooky, poetic, and festive. With recipes!
BECOMING MRS. LEWIS, a historical novel about Joy Davidman & C.S. Lewis, is an intimate and imaginative chronicle of the love story between two brilliant people with a gift for artfully pondering the mysteries of faith. Review: bit.ly/2KXAOHo #booksforyourchristmaslist
Catherine Ricketts‘ stunning and beautiful essay on The Millions is worth reading and pondering. https://themillions.com/2018/10/what-i-saw-when-i-really-looked-my-late-brother-... (Had me reflecting back on Stephanie Wittels‘ journey in her powerful memoir about losing her brother, comedian and actor Harris Wittels.)
Current Mood: Blazing through all Maya Angelou audiobooks available on the library app while weathering weird pregnancy sleeping patterns. 🤰🏼🤷♀️📚
Intrigued already... “Motherprayer is the result of a seventeen-year investigation into the Jewish and Christian traditions relating to pregnancy and childbirth. At the same time, most of the readings and poems in Motherprayer are my own original compositions. In these two apparently contradictory sentences lies a silence. It is the story of this book.”
This was such a pleasant, poignant YA book, set in the 1960s. The teacher and student friendship/mentorship is the heart of the story, but not in a sentimental way—and there are beautiful moments with family members and friends, as well. Never has a book made me crave cream puffs so passionately (and fear escaped pet rats so fiercely!). Also inspired me to brush up on my Shakespeare.
Thankful for the opportunity to read and review this complex and thoughtful memoir about Haiti, which stirred up some memories of my own travels there a few years ago. https://adelegallogly.com/2018/10/19/a-missionary-childhood-in-haiti/
In an interview with Katherine Paterson and her son at the end of the Bridge to Terabithia audiobook, she mentioned The Secret Garden as one of the childhood books that influenced her writing. And just like that, I‘m revisiting another classic, this time read by Julie Christie.
My booksellin‘ dad in action! Thankful for this article in Georgetown‘s local paper (even if there are a couple lil‘ grammatical errors 😉 —good publicity is good publicity for White Rabbit Books!) 😀📚👍 https://www.theifp.ca/news-story/8851307-shop-local-in-the-age-of-amazon-and-onl...
Bryan Bliss‘ newest young adult novel is *such* a powerful read. Grateful for the chance to read and review it. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://adelegallogly.com/2018/08/09/a-teenagers-journey-on-death-row/
Juuuust a bit captivated right now by books about Joy Davidman, otherwise known as the wife of C.S Lewis. Rewatched the movie Shadowlands, of course—my first encounter with Joy. 😭But there‘s SO much more to this passionate, ambitious, and brilliant writer‘s fascinating life story.
My mom had this bookish/writerly onesie ready before we even told her the news...👶🏼📚
This riveting, thought-provoking novel that explores religious faith, prejudice, friendship, and fatherhood is fitting reading/listening for a heat wave weekend.
“The heat was thick as curtains. Night was fixing to slide over the world and the cicadas were calming down for that hushed time between daylight and darkness, when crickets rosined their bows.”
Ice storm Day 2 = WONDERBOOK weather
“As much as possible, allow yourself to be a raw nerve end that internalizes whatever is experienced in life. When you allow this, you not only create fertile soil for stories, novels, and nonfiction, you also build a better understanding of your fellow human beings.” -Jeff VanderMeer
Randomly opened a flash fiction anthology to a story that matches the current horrid weather here in Ontario and in many other areas right now. At least in the story this ice storm happens in *winter*— you hear that, spring?! This ain‘t April weather. No siree.
Man do I ever 💗 Liz Climo.
Aaaaaand now I want to hunt down some Reese‘s Peanut Butter Easter eggs... and maybe some ...meat? (Mmmmmmmm storytelling) 🍫🍗
Another audiobook adventure outside of my comfort zone/particular artistic ambitions. These storytelling lessons & anecdotes are geared at verbal storytellers — e.g. the people you hear telling incredible true tales in The Moth podcast. That‘s not my area—I tend to stick to pen & paper. That said, there‘s plenty of applicable wisdom here for writers & other artists/communicators. A sharp, smart, and LOL-inducing journey in telling better stories.
An inspiring and entertaining read for anyone with big dreams and creative ambitions—and bonus points of joy for fans of The Office! Audiobook is stellar—but get a print or digital copy too, if you can, so you can see all of the fun photos of Jenna and friends.
Aaaand that's a wrap on @24in48 Winter 2018 edition! So many excellent books, and I enjoyed keepin up w/ everyone's #24in48 posts. Hard to pick a favourite reading experience, but "Abel's Island" was an absolute delight. What a hilarious, beautiful little story of love & survival (and Abel's such a creative creature—and a fellow reader ?) I kept stopping to read great lines aloud to my sister! And thanks to my 2 cats for keepin me company. ??