This Post Is Brought to You by the Letter M

I first encountered this meme on Trish's blog Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity.  It seemed like fun and a good way to think outside the box about my reading habits and other preferences.  So I asked Trish to assign me a letter.  At first she chose K, but then I said I would have to cheat, so she gave me M instead.  Much easier!  For the meme, you list out your favorite book, author, song, film, and thing that start with your letter.  Unfortunately, I left my draft of this post in Tulsa (more on that at the end of the post), so I am going at this from memory because I really wanted to get a blog post up and this seemed like a relatively easy way to do that.

Favorite Book Starting with the Letter M:
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Well, I had to get a Hemingway novel on here somehow!  This was a really fun book to read.  It's about Hemingway's time in Paris.  Though he's looking back from a distance and was writing at a time when Fitzgerald was rather popular (which made him super jealous), the stories in the book are really interesting, even if they are a bit embellished.

Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier

Technically I am just in the process of reading this one, but it's been really super good so far and I think it is going to be a favorite book, which is kind of weird to say about a non-fiction book.  I had seen tons of promotions for the show, but that was not a channel I had access to.  I happened to catch an episode at the end of season 1 while at a friend's house last weekend and fell in love with the show!  I immediately bought the book (as in, I was sitting on their couch watching the episode when I ordered the book) and haven't looked back.  I need to buy the first season of the show so I can see it from the beginning.

Favorite Authors Starting with the Letter M:
Margaret Mitchell!  I am so happy I was able to include her in this list.  I really need to re-read Gone with the Wind soon.

W. Somerset Maugham is apparently becoming a favorite author of mine.  I read The Razor's Edge not too long ago and I recently read The Painted Veil, then I immediately ordered Of Human Bondage because that sounded really good.  His novels are what I would call "good reads," they're good stories, but not super substantial.  Except for when he just sucker punches you with an amazing bit of writing.  I underlined several really good quotes from The Painted Veil that I will share when I finally get around to writing my review.

Favorite Song Starting with the Letter M:

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra
"Memories Are Made of This" by Dean Martin

I just don't see how you could go wrong with songs by these two.

Favorite Movie Starting with the Letter M:

Midnight in Paris was one of those movies that just really stuck with me the first time I saw it.  I love the story of this guy finding a portal to the 1920s.  I love the cast of characters (real life figures!) that he meets back then.  I love the lessons he learns.  It's been way too long since I've watched this movie, so I'll have to rectify that soon.

Favorite Object Starting with the Letter M:

When I was first doing this, I was going to be super cheeky and say "My _____" because "My" starts with M.  But I actually thought of something--Macbook.  I love my laptop.  It does a lot of great things and has helped me out a number of times.  I wish I were more techy because I sometimes feel like I am not using it to its full capabilities.

If you want a letter, just let me know and I will pick one for you.  I have to say--this post was a lot of fun to put together.

***OK.  Now for that bit of stuff I said I'd talk about at the end of the post.  Zach and I broke up on Monday.  I moved back home on Tuesday.  I gave my two weeks' notice on Thursday.  I've been crashing on friends' couches and will continue to do so until I finish my job.  I've had a huge outpouring of concern and support from the friends I have told and of course my family has been amazing.  I appreciate it.  But I want to say that it's not the relationship I mourn.  We had some problems and I think we really broke up about a year ago, but only just recognized it.  Honestly, I will miss his friendship.  Over the past year, we've lived together essentially as roommates and not as a couple and I had a wonderful time hanging out with him.  That is what I will miss more than words can express.  I am also sad that I'm moving an hour away from my best in real life friends.  On the whole, I am really excited about the opportunities I now have available to me.  I can find a job in my field, I can live in a city again, I can go to law school (which I've been mulling over for a while now), I can do a lot of things that I wouldn't otherwise have been able to do.  So believe me when I say that this is a good thing.


  1. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear your news, Lori, but so happy to know that you are seeing the potential in new opportunities. Law school sounds so exciting & impressive. Thinking of you and sending hugs. xx

    (I want to say "YAY Margaret Mitchell" but it seems irreverent in the middle of your personal note.)


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