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What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

(Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

Well, I finally watched Avengers: Infinity War and I’m not sure that I know what I think of it. It ended a lot differently than I expected and I’m just hoping that there will be some sort of clarity/redemption in the next movie. Because right now, I’m just confused as to what’s going on and whether I’m supposed to like it or not.

Note: There’s a lot of action, some violence, and some language in this film. The details here on IMDB do a great job of giving specifics so you can decide whether you want to watch it and whether you think it’s appropriate for your kids (if you were thinking of watching it with them).

I feel like the Avenger movies have so many moving parts and characters now, that it’s harder to keep up with and follow and enjoy. You might totally disagree, but that’s how I felt. And I also feel like some of the characters haven’t had the chance to develop to the depth that other characters have so I don’t know whether I like them or not! 🙂

Have you seen the movie? If so, I’d love to hear what you think!

I also finished This is Me by Chrissy Metz. I actually listened to the book because I was able to rent the audiobook for free through the Overdrive app (check to see if your library is affiliated with this app. It’s the best!)

While Chrissy and I come from very differing viewpoints in many areas (she does acknowledge God and a Higher Power, but theologically, our beliefs would be very, very different) and has a lot of crass language in it (beware listening to it when little ears are around!), as someone who loves This is Us and has been so curious about Kate’s character in that show, I found the book to be very interesting and insightful.

I appreciated how honest and open she was about her struggles and shortcomings and thought that there were many good nuggets of wisdom to be gleaned from the book. Plus, it was just a fascinating look behind-the-scenes into her life and journey. I found it so interesting how much her story parallels Kate’s story and am guessing she can play that character so much more authentically because in many respects, she is Kate.

Her book gave new depth to her character on the show and it made me look forward even more to when Season 3 of This is Us comes out!

Did you see my list of 15 Books You Should Read This Summer? I also have a free printable Summer Reading Challenge Pack that you can download here.

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies or shows you really think I need to read or watch?

What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

(Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

What I Read This Past Week

As I told you last week, I slowly savored this book. It was really thought-provoking and I didn’t want it to end!

This book delves into racism and brings up a lot of the current issues that, sadly, are so rampant in our day and age. I think it’s a worthwhile read and will really make you think.

What I Watched This Past Week

Jesse and I watched Dunkirk and, well, I was unimpressed with it. I felt like the storyline was really lacking and it just felt disjointed and confusing.

We also watched a few more episodes of Designated Survivor. We are still really enjoying that show!

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies you really think I need to read or watch?

What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

(Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

Silas and I went to two different movies this past week! We went to I Can Only Imagine — which I thought was very well done. It was more raw and real than I expected and an inspirational story. Not entirely factual, but mostly factual.

Note: There are a few dramatic scenes involving an abusive father that might be scary to kids. Silas was a little scared in one part, but overall, he said he was really glad that he went to the movie.

Silas and I also went to see Sgt. Stubby — which was an animated film based upon a true story of the most decorated American dog.

I had never heard about Sergeant Stubby before and now I want to get a book on him to read to the kids. The movie — while animated and clearly for kids — was interesting and fascinating! (I found this long article that detailed a lot of the true story that would definitely be worth reading after you’ve seen the movie.)

I’m reading No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert right now. I’ve read and enjoyed some of her other books and so far, I am very intrigued by this one and have no idea how it will end up!

It touches on some really hot button topics — like race and class — and I think it’s going to be a very thought-provoking and worthwhile read. The Amazon reviews alone made me want to read it! I’ll keep you posted!

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies you really think I need to read or watch?

What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

(Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

Last week, I read a pre-release copy of It’s All Under Control by Jennifer Dukes Lee. This book comes out in September and, like the author’s previous two books, it’s well worth the read!

Here’s the endorsement I wrote for the book:

Jennifer is a weaver of words and a master of metaphors — and she’s done it again in her third book! If you constantly carry around anxiety and stress because you’re afraid something won’t go according to plan, this book is for you!

In her gentle but powerfully convicting style, Jennifer gives you tools and inspiration to help you let go of your need to try to control and micromanage your life and everyone else’s life. In this refreshingly honest book, you’ll discover how to find freedom from being a control freak!

Jesse and I went to see Chappaquiddick using our Movie Passes. It was a sad but fascinating film. Here’s more information on it:

In the riveting suspense drama, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever.

Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America’s most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies you really think I need to read or watch?

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year.

What I Read This Past Week

I got a beautiful package in the mail right around the time we moved into our new house. In it, was this handwritten note from Dan Miller and this book — Giftology — he highly recommended from John Ruhlin.

I’d never heard of it before, but I have now proceeded to recommend it to multiple people since I finished it. It’s a very quick read, but it packs a punch!

If you have a business, if you are in sales, if you are thinking of building a business, if you are in leadership in your company, or you know someone who is any of those things, I’d recommend checking out this book. The ideas are so good, so inspiring, and so outside-the-box.

A big thank you to Dan Miller for introducing me to John Ruhlin. This is a book I will be thinking about, seeking to put into practice, and recommending to others again and again!

What I Watched This Past Week

Well, I didn’t watch much this past week — other than basketball. And I’m totally cheering for Villanova tonight since I chose them to win the National Championship on our family bracket challenge! 😉

How I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies you really think I need to read or watch?

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year.

What I Read Last Week

Last week, I read And It Was Beautiful. This book is written by the late Kara Tippetts — a blogger who passed away from cancer a few years ago. It’s beautifully written, moving, and inspiring.

It really challenged me in how I mother. Am I embracing the everyday, ordinary moments? So much of the time, I think that I miss a lot of moments because I’m not not slowing down enough to see them.

I’m also slowly reading — and absolutely loving — Mom Set Free. I love it so much that I asked a new friend if she’d be interested in doing a book study on it together. We start that on Saturday and I’m really excited about it!

What I Watched Last Week

Paddington 2 — Silas and I went to see Paddington 2 together and he really loved it. He said it was interesting and sad. I thought there were some really beautiful parts of it… especially the encouragement to be kind and nice to everyone. We definitely need all the reminders of that that we can!

The Darkest Hour — Jesse and I went to this on our anniversary and Jesse loved it. I thought it was interesting, but definitely not my favorite movie. In fact, I may have fallen asleep for a few minutes during parts of it (we were in the theater with recliner seats!)

By the way, we got MoviePasses for Christmas and we have fallen in love with them. You just can’t beat $10 per month to be able to see one movie of your choice every single day. I’ll be doing a really in-depth review of it on Friday.

We also loved watching the next episode of This is Us and Designated Survivor — two of our favorite shows.

How I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies you really think I need to read or watch?