movies + books = summer fun

summer books and moviesi really am going to get back to the series on co-pastoring that i started a few weeks ago.  the last post on friendship was related but today’s has absolutely nothing to do with it because it’s part the august synchroblog. this month’s topic is light & fun, no theology or politics or deep intention, yay!   just “what’s your best summer movie or book?”   honestly, sometimes i get tired of my own intensity on this blog (i swear i’m fun in real life), so it’s nice to have a break.  plus, i’m hoping to get a few good movie & book recommendations out of the other bloggers (links at the bottom & i’ll add more as they come in through tonight).

some of you who know me well or have read this blog for a long time know i love the movies.  three summers ago i wrote about watching a lot of them.  i haven’t watched TV regularly for over many years now and am always so busy with people & kids & work & life that there’s something really awesome for me about escaping to the movies.  it’s my therapy. and way cheaper by the hour.  with the kids home & a bunch of movie tickets from my birthday (plus my mom spoiling us) we saw a bunch together.

here are a few summer movie highlights:

loved kung fu panda 2, just no way not to adore the sweetness of it all, especially that beautiful adoption story.

we are all super-hero fans & with 4 boys, that’s always the top choice.  i loved x-men: first class & captain america the best.  the kids mocked me for liking the green lantern as much as i did but i am corny & liked the whole fear metaphor.

best laughs were in horrible bosses, which is naughty and definitely not for everybody but i was in the mood for it.  if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t go see it on account of this review because you will lose respect for me.

i loved midnight in paris for all kinds of reasons–for pulling off a wild concept and making it work & for the challenge to enjoy the now instead of always looking back or forward.

super 8 made me the happiest because i went with the kids & we all loved it together.

at home i watched a few way-too-intense ones with my oldest son–restrepo, a documentary about an army unit in afghanistan that just about did me in, and then the departed.  i had seen it before but couldn’t remember it all until the end.  yikes! we watched whale rider for refuge outdoor movie night, too, and that is just a beautiful film.

i also made a pledge this summer to not read any non-fiction & just get lost in a few summer novels.  my husband got me a kindle for my birthday in may & i’m totally digging the large print (true sign of getting older, when you get giddy over large print!).

good summer books:

the book thief – intense story set during the holocaust. i think hans huberman will be etched into my mind forever as one of my favorite characters of all time.

a visit from the goon squad – amazing character development & the wild ways she pulled it all together.  so fun.

the hunger games – yes, i got sucked all 3.  then i sucked my kids in & bought them a copy of the trilogy that they all shared. i felt like i definitely got my money’s worth because it kept them busy.

same kind of different as me – i am reading it right now, about a third of the way done & enjoying it so far   it is extra interesting on the heels of finishing down we go.

so there you go, more than you probably wanted to know about what i saw & read this summer! if you have any awesome recommendations, send them my way.

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check out these posts by other synchrobloggers so far:





Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar is dedicated to creating safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing in real life and online. She co-pastors at The Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver and is the author of Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World, Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.


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