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Leisure Book

So if you have been following our weekend links to love posts, you know I have been dying to make a leisure book. I got the idea from Oh Happy Day. This is a book to have around on the days that you have free time, but don’t know what to do with it. Especially when you are on a budget and want to have fun without doing the obvious fun pastimes: going to a movie, going to the mall to shop for things you don’t need, etc.

I can’t count how many times I have thought to go to the library and borrow a book or movie, but can’t remember what the ones I have been wanting to check out are. I knew the day before, when I didn’t have time… but when it comes time to actually go, my brain has lost any and all ideas. That’s when this comes in handy!


I made little tabs out of plain white paper and scotch tape for the categories, and filled it with as many ideas I could think of that we could do. My first tab was Utah because my husband and I have a “Utah Bucket List” (that we keep losing — not anymore!) with things unique to Utah that we just haven’t ever done since we live here and never take advantage of things a lot of people would consider “must do” if they were visiting.

The other tabs I made were Eat Out, Films, Places, Music, Treats, Books, and Misc. I left a lot of room for new tabs too so that I can add them as I think of them. The book cost me $5 at Wal-Mart, the tabs & tape cost nothing since I had the stuff at home, and I found a pretty metallic sharpie to write on the front with.

I’ve been brainstorming and filling up the pages with ideas, but I could use some help. I want to add more books, movies and music to check out since generally we’d do more than one at a time and I don’t want the list to run out! Here are some questions I thought up to ask you all and if you have a good idea or recommendation please share in the comments so I can add it to my book (and become a more cultured person!)

+ I typically do not like explicit language, sexuality or violence in my entertainment :)

What is your favorite documentary? 

What movie changed your views or really made you think about something in a new way? 

Who is your favorite musician or band that isn’t often on the radio? 

What is your favorite book in the world? 

What is the funniest book you have ever read?

Who is your favorite comedian?

I will also share what I recommend or what is on my pages so far: 

FILMS:

I recommend for your list:

Amistad (Rated R - which I do not typically watch, but it’s R because there is brief nudity, it is non-sexual nudity, slaves were not clothed. I highly recommend this movie and consider it to be clean.)
Temple Grandin – Inspiring!!!
Moonrise Kingdom

My list:

Waiting for Superman
Les Miserables (Liam Neeson version)
Hotel Rwanda
SNL: A Very Gilly Christmas
Freedom Writers
Beyond the Blackboard

MUSIC:

I have nothing on my list yet!

But for yours:

Mason Jennings
Ray Lamontagne
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

BOOKS:

My list:

Freakonomics
The Book Thief
The BFG (I want to re-read this. Was a childhood fave.)
The Glass Castle
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Man’s Search for Meaning
Jim Gaffigan – Dad is Fat

I recommend:

Tina Fey – Bossy Pants
Mindy Kaling – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns
(Both of the above have sporadic swearing, just to warn you. It wasn’t too much for me.)
Nobody Don’t Love Nobody
Room
The Help
Goodbye, I Love You
The Bookseller of Kabul
Redeeming Love

So guys what are your recommendations?!

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  • http://www.prettyprovidence.com/ Jessica

    Sar if you haven’t read Jane Eyre yet that is a must read in my book. Also, a movie (it’s actually a play but there is a film version) that changed my life is Death of a Salesman. It’s a little bit depressing but I feel like all adults should be required to watch it, it keeps the priorities in line! Love this post.

    • prettyprovidence

      I haven’t! You are right I definitely should. I am quite excited to go rent Death of a Salesman. Thank you! xoxo

  • Jessica

    Sar if you haven’t read Jane Eyre yet that is a must read in my book. Also, a movie (it’s actually a play but there is a film version) that changed my life is Death of a Salesman. It’s a little bit depressing but I feel like all adults should be required to watch it, it keeps the priorities in line! Love this post.

  • yzzilyzzid

    I loved the book “Fireflies in December” by Jennifer Valent. It very much reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird. There are some dark themes to the book but nothing explicit. And one of my favorite movies of all time is the 1957 version of 12 Angry Men.

    • prettyprovidence

      I have seen that 12 Angry Men and I loved it. I should probably watch it again though. I can’t wait to check out that book! They have both been added to the pages! Thank you for the recommendations!

  • yzzilyzzid

    I loved the book “Fireflies in December” by Jennifer Valent. It very much reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird. There are some dark themes to the book but nothing explicit. And one of my favorite movies of all time is the 1957 version of 12 Angry Men.

  • prettyprovidence

    I have seen that 12 Angry Men and I loved it. I should probably watch it again though. I can’t wait to check out that book! They have both been added to the pages! Thank you for the recommendations!

  • prettyprovidence

    I haven’t! You are right I definitely should. I am quite excited to go rent Death of a Salesman. Thank you! xoxo

  • Lauren Sportsman

    Read Special Topics in Calamity Physics. INCREDIBLE.

    • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      Okay it is on my list! At first I thought you were recommending a textbook, but after a quick google realized it is a novel, haha, phew! :) Thank you!

      • Lauren Sportsman

        Haha! I always smile when I recommend it because I know that will be the reaction. I saw Room on your list (great story….stayed with me for days!) and if you liked that, I think you will like this too.

  • Lauren Sportsman

    Read Special Topics in Calamity Physics. INCREDIBLE.

  • Brianna Smith

    If you want documentary recommendations, http://www.documentariesreviewed.tumblr.com has some great ones!

    • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      I will check that out, thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=533728106 Brianna Smith

    If you want documentary recommendations, http://www.documentariesreviewed.tumblr.com has some great ones!

  • Andi Sanders

    Any book by Charles Martin is great!
    I loved “Redemming Love.”
    Music – 10th Avenue North
    I love this idea!

  • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

    I will check that out, thank you!

  • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

    Okay it is on my list! At first I thought you were recommending a textbook, but after a quick google realized it is a novel, haha, phew! :) Thank you!

  • Lauren Sportsman

    Haha! I always smile when I recommend it because I know that will be the reaction. I saw Room on your list (great story….stayed with me for days!) and if you liked that, I think you will like this too.

  • Lia Hall

    I had not seen this idea! I love it!!! Especially because we do always talk about doing / seeing / reading things but cannot remember when it is actually time to pick something!
    We’ve just recently started watching documentaries, I like any and all of the food ones I have seen, but cannot think of names. I also just recently watched chemerical and enjoyed the viewpoint / topic.
    Books I recommend over and over because they are too amazingly awesome not to: fried green tomatoes, the art of racing in the rain, the school of essential ingredients, and Life of Pi.
    Just recently heard of Ronald Jenkees music. Check it out!

    • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      Thanks Lia! I will definitely put all of those in my book. I haven’t heard of most of those so they are great suggestions!

  • Lia Hall

    I had not seen this idea! I love it!!! Especially because we do always talk about doing / seeing / reading things but cannot remember when it is actually time to pick something!
    We’ve just recently started watching documentaries, I like any and all of the food ones I have seen, but cannot think of names. I also just recently watched chemerical and enjoyed the viewpoint / topic.
    Books I recommend over and over because they are too amazingly awesome not to: fried green tomatoes, the art of racing in the rain, the school of essential ingredients, and Life of Pi.
    Just recently heard of Ronald Jenkees music. Check it out!

  • Carol@arewethereyet

    If you have never read “Gone With The Wind” you really need to – one of the best books ever written. Also “The Secret Garden” and “Girl of the Limberlost” are great books also. As far as movies go – all the “Pirate” movies (with Johnny Depp) always makes me laugh. While some people don’t like the wizard aspect of the Harry Potter books/movies I love the friendship of the characters and the good vs evil and good winning aspect of the series – especially the first couple of movies. However, I realize that some don’t like them so they may not be your cup of tea – just a suggestion.

    • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I’ve read all the books twice. I only wish every book could be as exciting as those were! And yes, I should definitely read Gone With The Wind. I’ve heard it’s like a woman’s right of passage. Thanks for the suggestions! They’re on my list now :)

  • http://www.thriftydad.ca/ thriftydad

    Ah… love it! I keep lists of this stuff all the time

    One of my fave books is Kite Runner, a heart-wrenching tale, and probably R-rated in parts, but a great book, nonetheless. Secret Life of Bees (I know, but NOT the movie). Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Favourite musicians not on the radio… hmm, tastes vary greatly, but lately been listening to a lot of The Be Good Tanyas, Regina Spektor, Nick Drake, Billy Bragg & Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue (ala Woody Guthrie). Movies…hmm sucker for the 80′s, Amélie’s pretty fun, also just watched Craigslist Joe, interesting concept/doc.

    • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      Ooh thank you for the suggestions! I will have to add those to the list. I started reading Kite Runner once when I was a teenager, it was too sad for me to finish, but maybe now that I’m older I can give it another try!

  • http://adventuresindressmaking.com/ Adventures in Dressmaking

    What a cute idea!! I would love to do this but I worry about having digital versions of everything… I could try to make an Evernote version. ;) Or just get a really cute physical journal and keep it nearby all the time to write down ideas!! ;) As for music, my happy place involves the Lumineers Pandora station. So calming and peaceful and pretty.

  • Rosie492

    This is a great idea! :) Definitely want to try this! (It’s about to get pinned, haha).

    As for music, you should definitely check out the band Keane! They have absolutely fantastic lyrics (they are all clean- and meaningful!) & their sound changes so much with each album that they’re a total surprise! I would try their album Hopes and Fears first (most of their more well-known songs are from this one) & their latest CD, Strangeland. I hope you end up liking them! Their side-project band, Mt. Desolation, is also pretty good! Hope this helps. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.rouland.9 S Lee Rouland

    Try reading “Why be Happy when you Could be Normal” From the lists you give, I think you’d like this one. Also, I see Victor frankels book on your list. That’s a good choice IMHO.