“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”—
We have been enduring the longest coldest Winter that I have ever experienced. For the most part I loved it - I love cold weather, I love snow - but even I have reached my limit. The warm weather we have in Florida right now is definitely more enjoyable as a result.
My Facebook newsfeed is jammed with junk these days. But I did come across two articles that are worth sharing (in my opinion!).
First - this is a short and worthwhile read if you have daughters. I made a conscious decision to never talk badly about my own body or go on about diets etc (not that I was ever really like that anyway). But this takes it a step further. Here is the article.
Second - I read about a new app that speeds up your reading allowing you to read a novel in less than 90 minutes. Lord knows my Book Club could do with this app! We are all busy Mums and the majority of us never finish the book in time for our monthly meeting. Have a click through - there is a real example of how you can go from reading 250 words per minute to 500 words per minute. Genius. Although, I don’t know about you but I would need a pause button because sometimes I come across words that are so beautifully woven together that I need a minute to re-read and ponder them before moving on.
Despite concerns that it can heat up and burn, there is no recall of an intensely popular toy for toddlers.
I spotted this article in my Facebook newsfeed over the weekend. I have never had a problem with any of the four (!) seahorses that we have but given the fact that I’ve recommended this toy to every man and his dog I wanted to share this scary article..
“A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face she inquired, “How heavy is this glass of water?” The answers called out ranged from 8oz to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stress and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them for a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed - incapable of doing anything.” Always remember to put the glass down.”—
From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage—about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding.
So I was kinda meh about this book. I didn’t like the fact that there appeared to be a bunch of completely unrelated story lines. The constant chopping and changing between them was annoying. I did like learning about the marketing that was behind the booming diamond engagement ring industry.
I give it 3 out of 5 and probably wouldn’t recommend it.
It’s about a young woman who moves from Nigeria to the U.S. for college. It talks a lot about race (which is very interestingly told from the perspective of a “Non American Black”) but at its core is a love story. However in no way is it a romance novel! It is so fantastically well written alternating perspectives between the two main characters.
It is highly rated on amazon and was on the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year. But perhaps more telling for me - Jen and I both loved it and we don’t always have the same taste in books!
It’s no secret that I love love love snow. This Winter has been chock-full of it.
On Monday we got a great big dumping of it. It was incredibly pretty with thick layers sitting snugly on all the tree branches.
I’m so grateful to live in a part of the world where each season is so noticeably different - snow in the Winter, some serious heat and sunshine in the Summer, incredible Autumns with perfectly sunny cool weather and a Spring that wakes you up after a long cold spell.
And then last night and this morning we got even more along with some nasty icy pellets that pinged against my window for most of the night.
This is probably the worst I’ve seen it since I moved to Greenwich. The snow plows still haven’t been through and the entire neighborhood is literally blanketed in an icy layer of snow. It’s very pretty but I’m much happier staying inside. I might have to spend the afternoon working in front of the fireplace. It’s that kind of day.
I started reading Americanah and then realized my Book Club is meeting next week so i had to switch over to The Lost Wife and attempt reading it in less than a week. Done and Done. It was so good that I wanted to do nothing but read.
Description from Amazon:
In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers…
Sounds so cheesey, right? And some of the the love story part is painful to read but overall I loved it.
From reviewing my Goodreads profile it looks like I read 26 books this year. This makes me happy. It means I was able to get through one book every fortnight. I hope to continue this pace next year. Life is busier than ever now and so it’s harder to squeeze in reading time but I’ll find a way!
Anyway, here’s what I read recently.
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve - I used to devour every book Anita Shreve published. I didn’t love-love this one but still found myself wanting to read more.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - I really loved reading this book and getting a glmpse into the life of…well….crazy rich Asians. It’s hard to imagine being quite that rich so it was fun to have it explained in great detail. There are a lot of characters in the book which makes it a bit confusing but overall I highly recommend it. Good beach read.
The Circle by Dave Eggers - I enjoyed reading it until the very end when I finally realized this book is shite. We read it for my book club and my friend emailed me about something else entirely but ended the email with and btw May is a moron. (May is the main character). She was spot on with her assessment. Overall the book is stupid and yet I did enjoy reading it. Make of that what you will.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty - an Australian author. I may have already blogged about this one. I love reading Australian books (anyone got any recommendations….?). I was going to say it might be for everyone but then I noticed it got 4.5 stars on Amazon with almost 4,000 reviews.