favorite coming-of-age books

October 30, 2014

Coming-of-age is more of a theme than a genre, I suppose, but I tend to really like books that can be categorized this way. Maybe it’s the nostalgia (I am very prone to it) or the fact that all humans share the adolescent experience so it usually resonates with me.

I think, also, that any good novel will have characters that change over time (usually when they encounter some sort of difficulty) and coming-of-age provides a perfect framework to make that happen.

I don’t know, do you think the term “coming of age” has any real meaning when it comes to books? Is it too broad?

Regardless, here are my favorite coming-of-age books at the moment:

favorite coming of age novels- kapachino

A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving – this is also still in my top five novels of all time.

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith – slow, sweet, tender. Amazing characters.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – flawless writing; completely drew me in to obsess about these strange but beautiful girls right along with the collective narrator.

favorite coming of age novels - kapachino

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – this is everyone’s favorite for a reason. Anytime I re-read it I’m blown away.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – just the sweetest and most heartbreaking story ever.

Joyland by Stephen King – along with the excellent character development you get an interesting setting, element of mystery, and a satisfying ending.

What are your favorites? Any I need to add to my list?

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project life 2014 : weeks 41 – 42

October 29, 2014

Here is my Project Life spread from October 6 -19. It has a hint of fall to it (even though we are still nearing 90 degrees daily, but let’s not go there). I wanted to mark the season somehow, so I put a photo of our fall mantel right at the top center. The rest of the left-hand side is mostly updates on Liam. On the longer journaling card I wrote kind of an overview of the two weeks. On the right-hand side are a few pictures from our trip to the pumpkin patch, and a few everyday photos. I have fun making my own filler cards when needed, but I usually end up doing something super simple like this,…
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cross stitch #5 : autumn sampler

October 28, 2014

Well, I finished this autumn sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery back when I was on maternity leave. My intention was to get it framed and then share it, but since it’s square I haven’t been able to find a cheap frame yet. (So far I can rarely bring myself to spend much on framing…I tend to repurpose thrift store finds.) But since it’s autumn now and I worked so hard on it, I really wanted to display it! So this is my temporary fix for the season. And actually it’s hanging in our living room, but the walls there are green and don’t photograph well. So I moved it to our room for these pictures. I had a lot…
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around here : full weekend

October 27, 2014

Things I did this weekend: >Chores & laundry >Finished a Project Life spread >6.2 mile run >Attended a birthday party for one of Meredith’s old classmates >Pushed through M’s meltdown during said birthday party >Met a friend for coffee sans kids >Took the kids to the park >Finished reading Attachments >Planned dinners for the week ahead >Cooked chicken >Went to church >Drove across town & back for a Halloween party >Attended book club >Church family life group >Crafts with Meredith Things I didn’t do this weekend: >Vacuum >Any cleaning other than the bare minimum >Make a homemade dessert to bring to life group >Open the computer even once >Have any time to myself >Or with my husband >Or see the rest…
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link roundup / 19

October 25, 2014

Today I’m sharing some stuff I found around the internet. Enjoy! >I did not know this about Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken. So fascinating! >I want to go through these cooking school lessons. I’m really trying to learn! >So true. Lol. >I loved Bridget’s perspective on her twenties. >I’m a sucker for a good birth story, and this one doesn’t disappoint. >Our days are built with stories. These are the kinds of things I want to document. >Bible reading for the modern woman. Lots of great ideas to get you excited about Scripture here. >This. >I want to do more documenting by theme, maybe make it a goal for next year. 0 Like

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currently

October 24, 2014

Genius: Listening to my gut on Wednesday and taking Liam back to the doctor even though he had just been there on Monday. Turns out he has asthma and now we have much better treatment for it. I’m hoping he’ll be looking much better by next week. Fail: Well the morning I documented last week felt like one big fail! But also, we are struggling with dinners for Meredith. Right now I am cooking mostly paleo, but Meredith doesn’t want to eat just meat and veggies. But if she doesn’t eat, she gets suuuper cranky. And I also don’t want to cook her something different every night. I don’t want that to be the norm. Any ideas? Currently: administering breathing treatments. elbow-deep…
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