I’ve completed Month 4 of the Fiftyfifty.me challenge! The goal is to read 50 books and watch 50 movies in 2012. Here’s a recap of my April progress.
Favorite Book of the Month
I don’t watch Access Hollywood, but something made me pick up TV host Maria Menounos’s book, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life. I’m glad I did! The book offers up Maria’s tips and tricks on how to lose weight, make friends, organize your work, and dress in style. It’s a lot like Sweet and Sage.
I have a ton of magazine subscriptions (31 and counting!), and I love how The Everygirl’s Guide to Life is designed like a magazine with short how-to articles and fun photos. I especially like how every page has glossy, full-color images. I’ve read a lot of “fix your life” type of books, but this one is more engaging and helpful than anything else out there. I highly recommend it.
Favorite Movie of the Month
I’ve begun to notice that my movie tastes include a lot of cartoons and spiritual dramas. It’s a weird combination. Maybe I can only take the woo-woo stuff for so long before I have to zone out by watching a superhero movie.
Do you prefer one type of movie genre or are your tastes all over the place?
My favorite movie this month was The Wizard of Oz, which I’ve seen a million times. The songs are fun, the Technicolor is beautiful, and the story really resonates with me. Growing up as an atheist kid, it was difficult for me to relate to other children who had religions, especially those who thought I was an evil person for not believing that some man in the clouds controlled my destiny.
The Wizard of Oz gave me so much comfort. After a long, perilous journey to find a magical wizard to fix all their problems, the main characters discovered that the power had been within them all along. They already were smart, loving, and brave. This movie taught me not to wait for someone else to save me or validate me.
You are in control of your own life, and if God exists anywhere, that place is within you.
What books and movies did you enjoy in April?
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