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, online, and outside. She co-pastors at The Refuge, a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration in North Denver, co-directs #communityheals, a non-profit organization dedicated to making spaces for transformation accessible for all, 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.


  • Kathy – I loved Green Lantern also (although it could be partly because I like to look at Ryan Reynolds) and I loved the Hunger Games trilogy! I read Same Kind of Different As Me several years ago when it first came out and was lucky enough to get to hear Ron Hall and Denver Moore speak about their experiences (they are from my neck of the woods).

    • liz, ha ha, he was awfully cute. yeah, i am about halfway done and enjoying it a lot. fun synchroblog!

  • Yes, I can attest that you are for sure fun in real life. 🙂 Speaking of, I really want to see Glee 3D. Maybe you will go with me, as a fellow Gleek? I am so in need of cinematherapy, haha. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • i’m up for that even though i’m not a big 3d fan, you know i love glee! let’s do it.

  • just finished all of the Hunger Games- and The Giver- and 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp- giving away one of the “1000 Gifts” books (poetic and beautifully written work about learning to live in a state of gratitude)

    Anyone interested can just leave a comment on my blog stating that you want to read it and I’ll enter your name in the drawing! (i like to keep it simple)

    look forward to checking out some of these other ideas/books! 🙂


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