I’ve read a few good books lately that are worthy of sharing.
Dancing on Broken Glass, by Ka Hancock, is a tear jerker. Like maybe the last two hundred pages made me boo-hoo. It is an incredibly sweet book about love, mental illness, accepting people for who they are, and sisterhood. My sister would love this book because she loves books that make her weep. I just get mad that I am readying a story–by choice–that seems to be ruining me. But I did love it. I just wouldn’t subject myself to it again. Worth a read if you like to cry.
Loves God Likes Girls, by Sally Gary, was a really good, insightful read. I provides a look into a woman’s life who struggles with homosexuality and her faith. I appreciated her honesty and her willingness to tell her story. I typically do not read about real life, but was glad I read this one. I would recommend it to just about anyone.
Mr. Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson, was a delightful book. I laughed out loud and loved taking my time to read it. The first bit of the book was a little slow, but the story is worth discovering. It is about an older British man, living in a small village, who decides to lives the “later” years of his life with boldness. His observations about those younger than him are hilarious, and very true. I would recommend it to men and women who like a good, charming story.
Next up for me: Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes, and The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, by Anton Disclafani.
I really am a blog junky. I love reading blogs. Mainly about design and about food. One of my favorites is Cocina Marie. She is a childhood friend, though more of my sister’s than mine. She is also a lawyer who has turned into a foodie, cookbook writer, wife and mom. She may be practicing a little law too, but she doesn’t talk much about that on her blog. A blog about practicing law would be pretty boring, given the attorney client privilege and all. Recently, Marie highlighted an idea that I am taking on myself.
It is a memory book for five years. Each page has a day of the calendar year with space for all five years of memories. This makes it easy to compare your memories on a given day from year to year.
At first, I thought I would wait until January. Starting a memory book mid-year seems weird and disorganized. But then I had a bad day and thought about the book, and how nice it would be to log goodness in my day. And so I decided to start it, and write a line everyday of something good that happened–my highlight of the day. In theory, this will make me focus on something good everyday. And lately I have needed it. Our office moved up north, which means a commute to and from work. And the commute is to a rather depressing location in the middle of office building/cubicle land. It sort of sucks the life right out of you. Except it is just work–not life. I need to focus on the good in life. And this book is meant to help.
Here goes nothing.
Expect a report in 5 years. Maybe sooner.
Hi again. It has been awhile. No real excuse other than life. I don’t even have the excuse of spending more time reading than writing. In fact, I have done very little of either. But I did just finish a book I thoroughly enjoyed.
Frances and Bernard is a lovely story about the relationship of two writers, told in letters, based in the 1950s. I am drawn to stories with strong women characters and this one is definitely that. Beautifully told and quick to read, I would recommend it to anyone interested in smart but easy reading. It is a love story–sort of–but turns out well in the end.
My friend, Colleen, and I went to lunch one day and saw a lady with a pretty purse. We asked her about it and got enough information to find it online. That was in the fall. And I am now the proud owner of one myself thanks to my parents for my birthday. I am loving it. It fits everything and more.
I got this in a free sample and think it will be a new go-to. It has sunscreen, which is increasingly important to me and just a little color.
Fabulous K recently did her favorite list, and I have embraced one of hers. I put a few drops of this hair oil on the ends of my hair to protect it before I dry it. It has made my hair look much healthier.
I have been a lover of Lululemon since my friend, Kate, hooked me up before the New York Marathon. Thanks to Kate, Lululemon “outfitted” Scott and me for the race. I guess they thought that by outfitting super slow runners, the spectators could get a good, long look at us and admire our clothes. Those clothes are some of my favorites but they are pretty expensive. I have decided that I would rather buy less stuff, but get the “good” stuff. And for running gear, that seems to be Lululemon. I just bought this top with gift certificates and am really loving it.
I am also loving this shirt from Nordstrom.
The shirt is perfect for work with J Crew pencil skirts.
And last but not least, I am loving my new wok. It was not expensive, and is perfect for easy week night dinners. Tonight I made stir fried cabbage and it worked great.