Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere. But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.
My foodie excerpt today comes from One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Our MC, Emma, lost her first love, presumably, in a helicopter accident a few years ago. She is starting over with an old high school friend-turned-love, Sam. They are enjoying an outing of a symphony and dinner. Emma is our first person narrator.
“I’m ravenous,” I said to him. “I realize we ate dinner but I just had that tiny salad and now I feel like I could eat a full meal.”
Sam laughed. “Should we stop somewhere?” he asked.
“Please,” I said. “Somewhere with french fries.”
Soon enough, I was eating a hamburger with the wrapper still half on as Sam and I walked down the street in black-tie attire. Sam was holding the rest of the bag in one hand—I’d already eaten the carton of french fries—and drinking a chocolate milk shake with the other.
My TBR book today is The Life List, by Chrissy Anderson, which I downloaded in March 2014. Again, like many books hanging out on Pippa endlessly, I don’t know why I have not yet read this book.
Synopsis: When she was just sixteen, Chrissy Anderson made a life list…
…The outcome is a dream husband, a career to envy, and the kind of best friends every girl wants. Then out of nowhere…an affair. What would you do if you realized the life you created wasn’t right for you? You think you know the answer? Think again. Follow Chrissy as she lies and cheats and ultimately learns to tell the truth to herself and those that she loves.
At twenty-eight, Chrissy has been steadily checking off the boxes on her life list as she mocks the style and life choices of everyone around her. She’s got it all—or so everyone thinks. Her life begins to fall apart when she unexpectedly meets a much younger man, Leo, who makes her question just how perfect her “perfect life” really is. With the help of her no-nonsense therapist, Dr. Maria, Chrissy learns more about herself than she anticipates. But it isn’t until she stares an untimely death in the face that Chrissy is catapulted into an overdue reality check. Only then does she scramble to correct the mistakes of her past…trying to figure out if it’s her husband Kurt, her lover Leo, or both that she has to leave behind to make everything right.
What do you think? Should I toss it? Or read it soon?
- What a week! Last Friday, I spent an hour-and-a-half Skyping with my son in Prague. It was a wonderful chat, catching up. We don’t Skype as often as we once did, due to scheduling and time differences.
- This week, I finished reading Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler…and loved it. (Click for my review).
- Yesterday I started reading One True Loves, (see above). A captivating read about choice…and unexpected events.
- I opened an e-mail today, and found an ad from Grove Atlantic, sharing that a 50-year-anniversary edition of Valley of the Dolls is being released!
- Some of you may have read about my Cricket Saga…yes, a couple of crickets appeared, days apart, but they freaked me out enough to lead to calling the exterminator. The last straw was that, even though I saw no more than two, I heard a chorus of them coming from behind the washer and dryer! Yikes! So he came yesterday, and I had to vacate the house for a few hours afterwards.
- I hung out at Barnes & Noble for a bit…sipping coffee and reading. I even bought a bargain book (Lisa Gardner), but then later got home (after I could go home again) and had a strange feeling as I looked at it again. I have already read it, and my copy is in the Kindle Cloud. Have you ever done that?
- In the afternoon I went to my daughter’s salon, where she trimmed and colored my hair, and it was another opportunity to chat with her. Even though we live only a few miles apart, her schedule is very time-consuming. And next month, her birthday month, she and her fiance are going on a cruise to Ensenada, etc. I was invited, but I have this thing about boats and too much water….
- After not being obsessed with any Netflix show at all for a couple of weeks, I found myself addicted to another British drama: The Last Tango in Halifax. Loved it. Stayed up until midnight last night finishing the final episodes of the last season (there were three). I cried, I laughed, I shouted….yes, there were wonderfully flawed and sometimes annoying characters in unexpected situations.
That’s it for this week…I think I’ll try not to find another Netflix show for a few days, anyway, so I can resume reading. What did your week look like?