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How an Avid Reader Approaches New BooksI’ve been on a huge reading tear lately. I had recently finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth series and am now working on the Pretty Little Liars series. I started a week ago, and I’m already on book #3 (I read the second book most of Sunday while watching football and yesterday evening.). Gotta say, I really love it so far!

Anyway, I saw this when I woke up this morning and thought it was funny. This is totally like me, minus the red hair and cat, of course (I have a beagle who cuddles with me similarly to that, though!). I love the feel of books (especially new ones), the way the pages make that little “flick” sound when you flip them, and definitely the “new book” smell. Mmmmmmm. What can I say? I’m definitely a bibliophile!

Have you read any good books lately? I’m always seeking recommendations. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

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Sufjan StevensWhat’s this I hear? Sufjan Stevens, who just got back from going on a Christmas tour, is doing another concert? WHAAAAAAAAAAT???

Of course, after scrounging around for information, I found that he’s only doing one concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as part of the Brooklyn Festival.

And of course he’s performing with Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly, doing the Planetarium set.

YOU GUYS. This means a few things:

1.) It totally sucks to live in the middle of nowhere far, far away from a coastline that isn’t a Great Lake (and I’m probably 500 or so miles away from the tip of one!).

2.) This gives me some hope that Sufjan could tour some more in the near future doing the Planetarium set.

3.) Maybe Sufjan will release the set on disc/mp3 or something!

The Planetarium is a set about, you guessed it, the planets and the sun and moon. I find it very captivating while maybe others could be turned off by it. My absolute favorite one of the set is “Mercury” – I STILL get goosebumps when I hear the middle section of that song. Check it out here! 🙂

You can read more about the concert here.

PLEEEEEEEAAAAASE, Sufjan, PLEASE come over here so I can see you! If I /have/ to go all the way to Chicago, I will, but St. Louis is preferable!

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Stormy WisconsinAnyone who knows me is well-aware that I am an enormous fan of Sufjan Stevens. No words can truly describe how I feel about the music he writes and what it does to me.

I would’ve passed up this song if I hadn’t heard it again on the way home from Michigan.

My husband put on Sufjan’s first album, A Sun Came!, an album that we really don’t listen to very much, mostly because we’re so enveloped in Sufjan’s other music. My avoidance toward his debut album decreased significantly on the trip. Somehow the serenity of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin really helped me open my eyes and focus on the music, to see how tribunal and magical it really can be.

As we drove by Green Bay, “Wordsworth’s Ridge” came on, and for some reason I didn’t remember ever listening to that song because I was struck with such a strong case of the goosebumps in the 2nd half that I couldn’t stop the sensation. There was something in that chord progression, the way that Sufjan whispers “takes me” over and over again, and the way the melody seemingly glides along that catches my attention and still to this day won’t let me go. Every time I hear it now I can’t help thinking about that wonderful road trip through Michigan and Wisconsin, and it always makes me think of Lake Michigan and the rainbows that kept popping up in the dying Wisconsin light as we traveled through many storm cells to get to our destination.

Check out his song here and see for yourself if you get goosebumps as badly as I did and still do:

Feel free to leave me a comment about how you liked his tune or which songs give you inspiration! 🙂

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