Winter Essentials

Winter isn’t that hard to get through around these parts although we are experiencing much colder temperatures than normal this last week or so.

For the rare cold and rainy days I require:

Hell on Wheels

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Gilmore Girls

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Hot Apple Cider

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Hot Toddies

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Hot Tea (and every other day of my waking life)

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Books

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Reading List

Today’s challenge is a post on your favorite novel. I just did a post on my all time favorite novel, Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates. Instead let’s talk about where I am in my reading currently.

I recently finished:

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

It’s a collection of essays with an obvious general theme of feminism but it also hits on race, weight, dating and sex, sexual violence and other more important topics like reality TV, Scrabble, Sweet Valley High and the Hunger Games. I didn’t agree with everything Gay wrote but every single thing she wrote made me do one of the following things: question the way I thought about or perceived the subject, laugh out loud or cry. At one point I had to close the book and walk away because it was so overwhelming. Much of the book I was cracking up. The entire time I wanted to just call up Gay and ask her to be my friend. She’s a bad ass lady.

What I’m reading now:

Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwyne

I’m only 4 chapters in but so far this non-fiction book about the rise and fall of the Comanche Indians is incredible. I’m learning so much about the history of the Comanches but also the history of Texas and the west. So far, this shit is wild. I don’t know if I would be able to hack it back in the wild west.

What I’m reading next:

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

This is the next book for book club. I know I need to start it pronto but I’m having trouble putting down my current book. It’s a collection of short stories.

For some reason there is simply not enough hours in the day for reading….