A Book Recommendation for Your Wednesday…

FINALLY!

I just finished reading Bury Your Dead.

It took me a really long time.  NOT because it wasn’t good.  It was excellent.
It took me a long time because I’ve been a little preoccupied with this blog I’ve been writing.  Maybe you’ve read it?

Anyways, it’s the One Book, One Community program pick for the year.  Yeah, I’m a little late to tell you about the events associated with the book.  The author came.  She’s gone.  I would have liked to talk to her, actually – Louise Penny must have had to do an abundance of research to write this book.  Either that or she’s just really, really smart.  It was fascinating.  You should read it.

Also cool – it appears that this book is part of a crime and mystery series that all feature the same main character.

The synopsis is here.

Highly recommended!

Thank you, Harvey for lending it to me!

Success!

I am feelin’ good – I just had a really good, successful lunch break. 

First – I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious my lunch was – I threw it together at the last minute this morning and I didn’t have high hopes.  I had a couple of rye crispbreads spread with chive flavored cream cheese, topped with cucumber and deli roasted chicken.  Gosh, it was awesome.  Just thought I’d share.
And yes, I’ll be starving in 20 minutes.

More importantly – I successfully completed a task that I have been putting off and dreading for the last couple of weeks.  This coming weekend I’m headed to Hamilton to celebrate my university-friend Heather’s 30th birthday – ladies only, limo, wine tours, fun.  I have to come up with a gift.  I HATE buying gifts, I hate shopping for other people and I am terrible at it.  BUT – I think I might have gotten it right this time. 
Maybe. 
I guess I’ll never really know. 
But I’m happy, so who cares.
If someone gave me this gift, I’d be stoked.

I went to Chapters.  GOD, I love that place.  I bought her the following:

My Future Listography by Chronicle Books: for those who like to write lists.  I am one of those people.  Heather is one of those people.  We are the coolest people I know.

Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn: I haven’t read this book, but it’s on my list.  It looks funny.  Heather and I are both a little particular about how we keep our houses.  We are the cleanest people I know (in a fun, OCD kind of way).

I threw this is for good measure:

Made by Knock Knock.  Heather’s getting married, these will come in handy.  After they are married of course, when all women start to show their true colors. 
I’m just saying.

The first two are on my wish list.  Yep, I have a list for my wishes.  There is probably a spot in the Listography book for wishes.  I’m totally going to buy it.  Upgraded from WISH to NEED.  I’m going back tomorrow.

Another Top 5 Books I’ve Read Lately…

I told you in my last book post that I have a terrible memory.  I didn’t even consider these in my first top 5, which obviously should have been my Top Ten.  In any case, they are good and you should read them (in no particular order):

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert:  I LOVED this book and recommended it to my mom and Grandma – they read it and both had the same opinion – that the author is a spoiled brat.  It hadn’t even occurred to me.  Yeah, she totally is…and I want to be just like her.  Kidding.  Sort of.

2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen:  I totally judge books by their covers (people, too) and I did not want to read this one, but I did and I couldn’t put it down.

3. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin:  this book changed my life for like…three days.  And then I forgot everything I read.  But, MAN – I was HAPPY for those three days.

4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel: this book left me thinking whhhhhhaaaaatttt?  And then I googled it and realized that I’m NOT dumb and that was kind of the point.  Oh, I hate books like that.  BUT – it was a good story.  Hate-love.

5. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman: this is a memoir written by a woman who spent a year in a woman’s prison in the States.  I am dying for someone to write the same book about a Canadian woman’s prison.  I’d like to think it’s different.  I’m not curious enough to go to jail and write it myself.

Oh, and I already have 5 but  Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis was good too.

Top 5 Books That I Have Read Lately…

I have a horrible memory since having a child – so this list would probably change day-to-day as other recent reads come to me.  But, today – here they are (in no particular order):

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett:  Read it.  NOW.  Please don’t see the movie first.  I hate it when people do that.

2.  Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: this was an excellent read and I was so sorry to see it end.  Her second one was good too – Her Fearful Symmetry.  But, it wasn’t as good as…

3.  Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond: this one I’ve added specifically to make my sister and Hilary cringe.  It’s a loooooovvvve story.  It’s cheesy and cute.  Ree Drummond is my personal hero and I am trying to change my husband into a cowboy.  We need some cows.

4.  The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill: graphic and depressing, but such a good story.

5.  The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway: also depressing but an amazing story.

I’ve come a long way from reading only Emily Giffin books.  I said only.  I still read them.

Yeah, I don’t have much to say about them other than they are really good (like my cooking).  I read good books and I make good food.  Who wouldn’t want to be my friend?  I KNOW!