A few freelance editing projects stole me away from the blog for a bit in May, but I’m back with a new round-up of some of what I’ve been loving lately!
1) Becky vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: I can’t think of the last book I read—especially about teens—that felt so NOW. Becky is an AMAZING writer (if I ever met her, I might get all Wayne and Garth on her), and the story she captures of a young Simon Spier, who’s being blackmailed by a classmate into coming out, is sweet yet filled with hilariously sarcastic undertones. Hats off to Becky for an incredible debut. I also look forward to congratulating her agent, Brooks Sherman, on brokering her deal when I see him at July’s Midwest Writers conference. What an awesome team behind this great summer read!
2) Fit Bit Zip: I know it’s the rage these days to wear a band on your wrist that tells you your steps, your calories, and the last time you peed, but I didn’t want said piece of technology informing me just how much sleep I wasn’t getting at night. All I wanted was something simple and cheap to obsessively track my steps with a la David Sedaris. (Now if I could only remember to wear the darn thing!)
3) Tart’s Tartelette Eye Pallette: Who gets pink eye for the first time at 33 years old? THIS GIRL! Which came with doctor’s orders this month to throw away all my eye makeup (whimper) and start new. In my thirties, I’m trying harder to be more mindful of what I’m putting on my face (and in doing my homework about the practices of these cosmetics companies—yikes!) so I’ve fallen hard for this versatile Tart eye pallette. Check out the reviews—it’s gold-star approved.
4) Mad Men’s final season: I’m in denial of the pop culture void that’s entered my life now that my favorite television series isn’t putting out new episodes to dissect week by week. I’ve been a loyal Mad Men fan from the beginning (my hubby and I even went as the Drapers one Halloween, circa 2009). I loved this month’s series finale and my creative obsession with Matt Weiner hit an all-time high after reading this post-show interview. What did you guys think of Don’s send-off with the Coke ad?
5) Max Wanger: Slowly but surely over the past year, Nick and I have been making serious upgrades to our house. Art lover that I am, this has included collecting some new pieces from artists I’ve long admired—Max is one of them. His Fly Away print now hangs above our living room credenza, making me smile every time I see it (as does the mad compliments I get on it). If you’re looking for new affordable art, check him out!