What I'm Into Right Now (October 2017)

Danielle Ayers Jones, freelance writer

It's really too bad that I've missed two whole months of sharing what I've been into. But I had some due dates for other writing projects and with the beginning of a new school year, I've just not had time to share!

But now as it's finally starting to turn cold here it's time to cozy up with some new reads and good listens.

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Listening:
I often long for some sort of old favorite in the fall. Something that's cozy and comforting, which for me usually means L. M. Montgomery or Jane Austen. I had Pride and Prejudice that I'd gotten for free on Audible and so I decided to listen to it, because I'd heard such good things about it being read by Rosamund Pike. Wow, she did SUCH a fabulous job narrating it, it was a delight and just hit my sweet spot for something familiar and comforting.

Reading:
I'm in the middle of Louise Penny's most recent Inspector Gamache novel (yes, I've finally caught up to her publishing schedule). So far it's a bit different in the way the timeline is set up between past and present compared to her other novels but I'm enjoying it. Also, the kids and I are listening to Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon for co-op Literature and they are loving it!

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Watching:
Season 3 of Poldark is out, hands down one of my favorite historical dramas. You just never know what is going to happen next. And it's set in Cornwall, which has inspired my imagination since I read about the area the first time in Rebecca and other Daphne du Maurier books like Jamaica Inn. If you love historical drama, intrigue, and a sweeping generational saga, this is for you.

Eating:
It's finally soup season and so I've made my favorite easy Kale and White Bean Soup which I like to pair with grilled cheese. This was also a big hit with the kids.

What are you into right now?

Me Too

I've known Ashleigh for a long time. She was one of my first "blog friends" back when I got started in this thing called blogging, and we've been able to meet in person twice. She was my editor when I contributed regularly for her website, Ungrind and now she's just published her second book, Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard.

To go along with this new release (and it's so good--I'm still in the middle of reading it) Ashleigh is giving away a copy of her Ebook, Me Too: More Stories of Faith, Community, and Braving Sorrow Together to those who subscribe to her mailing list for weekly encouragement.

I was privileged to contribute my own story to this free download. In this companion publication to Ashleigh's new book, you'll discover the power of hope and community in the lives of those of us who've experienced divorce, infertility, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, and cancer, among other struggles and difficulties. 

If you or someone who know is experiencing sorrow in their life, I highly recommend Ashleigh's book and this companion Ebook.

As C. S. Lewis wrote, when "grief is great. Let us be good to one another."

Get your copy of Me Too here.