Tuesday, August 09, 2011

words. motion. yay.


There are a few things in this world that I really do love. Like, deeply love. As in oxygen-comes-in-a-close-second to these things.  Boston Terriers. Hot tea. Donuts. Boston Terriers. {Did I say that one already?}

And books.

Oh, Lordy, do I love me some books.

And they are one of the things that just so happen to be helping me battle the severe depression I've been experiencing for the past few months. Honestly, I'm sometimes convinced that a good book can be just as effective as a prescription for Prozac or Zoloft or Lexapro. 
I've been devouring books lately. Like, inhaling them at Mach 3. Embracing them, engrossed in them, totally making out with them. {Okay, not really on that last one. But you get my drift.}

Here's a sampling of the lovely stories I've been throwing myself into for the last couple of months. And I highly recommend that you do the same.


I'm currently reading Agatha Christie's The Clocks. I read it a bazillion years ago when I was in high school. I remember taking it to the beach when my family and I took a summer vacation. And I got a HORRIBLE sunburn {my dermatologist said that if I got a burn like that again, it'd most likely lead to cancer}. I remember being laid up in the hotel room, spraying Solarcaine on my blistering skin, The Clocks my only hope to distract me from my misery. And I remember it being a Very. Good. Book. Indeed.

I've also been watching all manner of things on Netflix. People. If you do not have Netflix, you simply Must. Get. Netflix. Like, now. Go. Do it.

I've been watching the following ditties, and I adore them fully. You should watch and adore them as well. {Sidenote: I am obsessed with period films. Also known as "costume dramas."}

Downton Abbey {Best. Show. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.}
North and South {the BBC's version}
Bleak House
Horatio Hornblower
Revenge of the Bridesmaids {HILARIOUS.}

Tell me, friends. What do you read and watch when you're feeling blue? Or, actually, when you're feeling not blue too. I'm always looking for recommendations.

{Photo above? Oh, goodness. I want to go to there.}

9 lovely bits o' feedback.:

Steve S. said...

I just watched The Kings Speech last night, and it was excellent.

But, some Netflix-able (I assume) shows that I would recommend...

Arrested Development is great, if you haven't seen it. Mad Men is also one of my favs - and you would have time to catch up before season 5 next spring. It might not be your thing, but, I'd be remiss if I didn't suggest The Wire. Not your classic "costume drama" though. :)

callmecupcake said...

I read Tina Fey's book "Bossypants" and laughed so hard on the bus that people were staring at me.

It's light and you'll breeze through it, but I plan on going back to re-read it when I need a pick me up.

laura said...

steve-

i LOVED the king's speech. holy moly. colin firth and geoffrey rush are two of my all-time favorite actors, and they outdid themselves in this film.

also, i adore mad men and arrested development. i've heard good things about the wire, and i think i'll just go ahead and it to my queue. thanks for the recs!

laura said...

cupcake-

ooooh, tiny fey! GIRL CRUSH ALERT. thank you so much for letting me know about her book! i'm going to get it ASAP...as in, today after work. :)

Lauren said...

Have you read The Happiness Project? I listened to the audiobook, as read by the author Gretchen Rubin, a few months ago. At the time, I didn't walk away thinking "Oh! that was a great book!" but the more I think about it, the more I realize that points in that book pop into my head on a regular basis. She's funny and a great storyteller - it's a great read!

(And, she's a keynote at the Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women this year!)

laura said...

lauren,

i've never read the happiness project. will definitely have to look into that. thanks for the recommendation!

p.s. i miss your face.

Skeptical Czarina said...

If you like escapist things (and it's YA) The Hunger Games is a can't put down read. I'm in a book club here and some of the highlights of late have been The Forgotten Garden - Victorian intrigue, Like Water For Chocolate - an oldie but a goodie and Sarah's Key - WWII drama.

Akirah said...

I wish I could contribute to this conversation, but grad school means I barely have time to breathe, let alone read. I did read The Help, though. Astounding.

goodniteirene said...

aaaaaaah!! baby girl!! what has happened???!!
your feeder hasn't come through on my mac in months??? i thought it was merely you were taking time off?? thank you for the comment so i could click back.
oh sweetest ever. i am so sorry. dear god. you KNOW i have been there....i'll privately message you.

my rec's of late:
you already have read one of my most favorite books: 'i know this much is true."
for a hilarious read: "this is where i leave you".
'shadow of the wind', 'bel canto', 'double bind', 'plainsong'....that's just to get you started on books...
have you rented "damages" on netflix? seen "the pacific'? "the pacific" always puts things in perspective for me when i'm feeling a bit blue..which is nowhere near where you are darling....you're deep, deep burgundy, purple.
love you.