What I’m Into January 2015

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Once again, I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to share some of what I’ve been into this first month of the new year.

Books

Out of the 10 or so books I read this past month, my favourites were all time-travel themed. I know it’s a theme that’s played out, but both of these had a new take that I appreciated.

Kindred by Octavia Butler: This book is set half in the antebellum South and half in Los Angeles in 1974. The main character, Dana Franklin, travels back in time and becomes part of the lives of her great-great-grandmother (a slave) and her great-great-grandfather (a plantation owner). It was a bit of a tough read, but also really good.

The Chronos Files Series by Rysa Walker: This one is more YA standard time-travel fare, but I love it because in this universe a) time travel is invited by historians to facilitate research (want!) and b) the religious movements historian goes rogue and alters history to create his own religious movement (complete with an apocalypse he tries to engineer himself), which is a completely believable conflict to me.

Movies

January 2015 was the month of movies in the Moss household. I saw no fewer than 3 different movies in theatres: Into the Woods (recommend), The Imitation Game (not bad) and Selma (definitely recommend). I also watched The Other Woman on TV and found it surprisingly enjoyable (mostly because I find movies about jerks who get what they deserve deeply satisfying).

TV

You guys, that last Parenthood episode! Aaron called it and I didn’t want to believe him. I’ll miss the show, but I’m especially glad to see Joelia back on a solid footing again. I’ve also been watching through Happy Endings on Netflix, and just started Jane the Virgin, which I’m loving. The narrator makes the show, imo.

Music

I just downloaded Bethel’s new album We Will Not Be Shaken, and I’m especially liking No Longer Slaves

I’ve also been listening to Bellarive’s Before There Was and really enjoying the whole album. They don’t have a lot of it up on Youtube, but this track is one of my favourites (though I’m not sure how much I care for the video).

And of course, since watching Selma, I have not been able to get Glory by John Legend and Common out of my head. So good!

Food

I tried so many favourite new recipes this month, it’s hard to pick just a few. These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Chamomile Whipped Cream were stunning, as was this Mixed Green Salad with Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette and Bacon-Wrapped Roasted Pears¬†and this Lasagna Dip (to be enjoyed with homemade baguette crisps). As always, you can find all my favourites of the month on my monthly What I’m Into Pinterest board.

IRL

I got right into the academic swing of things after Christmas break, as I had a conference at the Newberry Library in Chicago. I enjoyed getting to see the city again and presenting and meeting other grad students at the conference. I experienced a bit of culture shock, however, when I realized that the Newberry Library had to put no firearms signs on all its doors. I also came home to a clean apartment and these lovely flowers in my office. Did I mention that my husband is the best?

That’s it for me for this month. Be sure to head over to Leigh’s blog to check out some other submissions.

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