Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Book Club: A Hundred Summers

Book A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
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Book: A Hundred Summers
Author: Beatriz Williams
Memorial Day, 1938 Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.

But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald—Lily’s former best friend and former fiancĂ©—have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.

As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever…
What I Have To Say:
The reader bounces back and forth between 1932- when Lilly and Nick first met- and 1938- which is 'present day' for this book. The reader gets swept up in the glamour of the 1930's and the freedom and fun of life just before World War II. Lilly is a relateable and lovable character, and a great narrator for this story. All of the characters are well thought out and unique in their characteristics. The plot is also well done, weaving real-world events of the 1930's into this work of fiction. The plot moves along at a great pace, and there are a number of plot twists that keep the story interesting. The 1932 past chapters unfold events that lead us to the summer of 1938- so much happened! Despite that, the story is easy to follow and keeps you guessing.
Final Verdict:
Recommended! This was an engaging story, with well formed characters, and an interesting plot. Not your typical beach read- while there is a romance plot line, it's not overt and is a more original plot line. I loved this book and can't wait to read it again!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Hey, It's Ok!
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To have filled out my first ever March Madness bracket!! I always pick Kentucky to win, but I never fill out a bracket. This year, I did both!! A co-worker organized it, it's fun to see how everyone is doing. Also, since I didn't pick Villanova (or know they were the favourite to win, or know that they won last year), my bracket isn't a bust because they lost on the weekend. 

That I am looking forward to Girls Night tonight!! I haven't been out with this group of girls since December, so we are long overdue! Looking forward to a fun night out. 

To not have Facebook Messenger or the Facebook App on my phone. I use a web browser on my phone to check Facebook. People are amazed and/or shocked to hear this. 

That a friend, and talented artist, is creating a piece of art for me! He makes these cool butterflies (among many other things), which he knows I like. I told him I like the butterflies, but he also has creative freedom to make whatever he wants. I'm excited to see what he comes up with. 

To be excited that Spring is FINALLY here!!! Here's hoping it's here to stay and lead us into Summer- no more snow, no more cold.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Inspire Me: Moments

For a while now- I'm talking a couple of years- I have wanted to 1. see a comedy show and 2. see a childhood/teenage years friend perform. This past weekend, I got to do both! Said friend was in an improve show. It was great to see her and to see her perform. The show was hilarious- I was in tears! On top of that, I had the opportunity to see the show with three friends that I haven't seen in over six months. 

On the way home, we were talking about downsizing and living minimally, which turned into a conversation about how we would rather have experiences instead of things. It was all very "millennial" but so true; we would rather be out living life instead of sitting at home in giant houses looking at stuff. 

All three of my friends, on separate occasions, told me that we should hang out more. I know that's on me. I'm the one who lives out of town and I don't really tell people when I will be in town. I am going to make more of an effort. 
On top of that, I'm going to be more proactive in creating moments to fall in love with. I want to experience life. I want to have memories (and pictures) to look back on, so I can relive those moments.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Book Club: The Pilot's Wife

Book The Pilot's Wife: A Novel by Anita Shreve
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Book: The Pilot's Wife
Author: Anita Shreve
A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plan flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?
What I Have To Say:
This book was given to me by a good friend, who happens to be a pilot's wife. The book starts off, within pages, of Kathryn being woken up and told her husband is dead. While I know Jack dies, I wasn't expecting it to happen so soon in the story. This book jumped right into the plot line; no preamble, no fluff to get things going. I was drawn into the story right away and read this book in a matter of days. The main plot is essentially who was the Jack that Kathryn didn't know and what happened to cause the explosion, the back story of Kathryn and Jack- how they met, how they came to live in coastal New Hampshire, and how their marriage evolved over time- is woven throughout the book. 
Final Verdict?
Highly recommended! Captivating and engaging, with well developed characters, and a great plot. This is a heartbreaking story, but worth the read.