Monday, August 27, 2018

Happy birthday to me!

Hi, again,

Today I'm celebrating my birthday (I'm 38, which is not an especially exciting age, but the next benchmark age is still two years away.) I like birthday a lot, and I tend to get pretty sentimental as I celebrate. Birthdays are how we mark time, and each year, I spend much of my birthday reflecting on the past year (or, when I turned 30, the past decade) and feeling grateful for all the big and little things in my life.

I'm on vacation from work today and spending it by myself, which is even better for my reflection. After I dropped Hawthorne off at school, I took myself out to breakfast. A lazy Monday morning breakfast is somehow more decadent than a weekend one.
I'm treating myself to one of Taylor Jenkins Reid's backlist novels (I'll have one left when I finish this one): Maybe in Another Life, which imagines two different paths for its protagonist Hannah. Perfect for my reflective birthday, right? Later today, I'm getting a much-needed haircut, treating myself to lunch out, watching the first day of the U.S. Open, and finally having dinner out with Mike and Hawthorne at one of my favorite restaurants. It's already a great day.

You know what else I'm both grateful for and looking forward to? This past year has brought announcements of so many books I've loved being turned into tv shows. I just got HBO Now so I can watch Sharp Objects. In the works are tv shows based on:

There are also two novels that have been languishing on my TBR shelf for years: The Miniaturist, which premiers on Sept. 9 on PBS, and The Passage, which starts on Fox this fall. I'm hoping to read both before the shows start.

Y'all, we are living in the golden age of great novels becoming tv shows, and it's one of the things I'm most grateful for on my birthday this year. Are there other books becoming tv shows I should have on my radar?

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