embarrassing reading

Posted: September 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: books | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

One of those “funny ’cause it’s true” things. Don’t act like you haven’t thought about this before! I may be considered ashamed of what I’m currently reading… but not fully ashamed because it’s still entertaining, and after all, it’s still reading. I decided to give the Emily Giffin books a go, and I’m on book 4. I’ve read Something Borrowed, Something Blue (my fave), Baby Proof (least fave), and now I’m reading Love The One You’re With. They are easy to read and hold my attention for the most part, but it’s not like I’m learning anything or challenging my mind while reading. And I certainly wouldn’t read them in public. The very definition of chick lit!  Let’s face it, it’s cooler to be seen reading something that makes you look slightly more intellectual. At least it’s not Twilight!

I am not sure if reading the books back to back is something I would recommend, because I am starting to get that feeling you get when you eat one too many chocolate caramels. Good in small doses but really, really hard to stop even once you realize you’ve had enough. It’s leaving me feeling glazed over and like the story lines and characters (all female, with cool jobs, living in NYC, caught in an undesirable romantic situation) are starting to blend together.

Anyone else read these books? What did you think?

 

Shamefully, I have no idea where that image came from and the Internet isn’t helping me out here.


i’m reading a book

Posted: January 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: books, funny, music | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

I owe you all a proper update, but until I muster up the energy, here’s a little something fun for you to watch. It’s my hubs’ latest video, one that he worked extremely hard on I might add! I guess Julian felt a little bad for making me listen to him editing this song for weeks on end, so he gave me a little cameo. First timer!

I’m a big fan of all his vids, but this one is especially fantastic. I think it’s my new fave.

Last thing. Let me take this moment to debunk the myth that Julian actually reads books… I’m the library nerd around these parts.


What I’m Reading.

Posted: February 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: books | Tags: , | No Comments »

A couple months ago, I decided it would be cute to add a little section to the sidebar of my blog that shares the books I’m currently reading. If I were honest, that list would be longer than the entire sidebar, but I’m trying to keep this site (and my mind) clutter-free. You see, I’ve got this bad habit of starting [several] books and not finishing them. I’ve always been an avid reader, but these days, I’m so busy it’s hard to discipline myself enough to finish a solitary book. Plus, I read the most at night before bed, so reading always makes me fall asleep. I also tend to buy educational books, which can be a snore if you’re not in the right frame of mind. It’s quite the sad story.

via remodeling center.com
Adorable home library loft.

In reality, my “Currently Reading” list looks like this:

On Writing Well
Mere Christianity
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Jesus For President
Velvet Elvis
Franny and Zooey
Glamorama

Quite the eclectic mix, right? And this is only off the top of my head – I’m positive there are more. Many of those I’ve given up hope on months or years ago, but the truth is the truth.

I’ve also got quite an extensive collection of unopened books that I’ve either purchased or borrowed from friends. It would be great to start making a real dent in that collection. I’m not going to go as far to say that I’ll start a book club or even review books on my blog (how boring is that), but I would like to draw your attention to the sidebar and let you know that I’ve added the feature.

My list of books that I want to read grows tremendously by the day, so cross your fingers I can stay focused on reading more books, less blogs.


r.i.p., frank mccourt, you were an icon

Posted: July 21st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: books, life | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

This weekend was one of the best I’ve had in quite a while, thanks to a new stress-free attitude and two straight days of no work and lots of sun, sand and waves. Sadly, it wasn’t completely smudge-free. One of my favorite authors, Frank McCourt, passed away after a battle with cancer.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading. It’s one of those things that was instantly woven into the fiber of my being- reading came more naturally to me than speaking. I’ll blame it on my parents, both of whom consume books at an alarming rate. To this day, my Mother will come home from the library with a stack of 10 books and return them less than a week later. My Dad’s library is one of the most fascinating I’ve ever seen, full of everything from history to science fiction to vintage comic books that I ruined the pages of while reading them as a kid.

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It’s no stretch to say that Frank McCourt was one of the most inspirational, influential, and talented individuals to ever survive. I use the word survive because that is what he was – a survivor. His first memoir, Angela’s Ashes, was an instant favorite of mine after reading it in my ninth grade English class. Reading about his struggles as the son of an abusive alcoholic father in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Limerick, Ireland showed me a side of humanity I never knew existed. There was something oddly beautiful about the challenges he experienced right from the get-go. He went on to put himself through school at New York University, which he chronicled in his second memoir, ‘Tis, and continued to tell his tale in his final book, Teacher Man. McCourt rose to the top and defeated all things that stood in his way – eventually becoming a much adored and respected Pulitzer-prize winning author.

Although both of my parents led by a strong example in making the best with what you’ve got, McCourt’s story taught me a lesson in strength and survival that I never realized until long after I had graduated high school. Not only did Frank McCourt survive, he thrived. What a way to live.

Positive things:

- Stress-free lifestyle.

- Beach days.

- Boyfriend visits in less than two weeks.

- Philosophy pure grace and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.

Negative things:

- AT&T’s service.

- Cancer.

- When theaters oversell movies.

What I’m Listening To:

- Bright Eyes
- Andrew Bird
- Bat For Lashes
- Adele


Two Things I Love, NYLON + NYC

Posted: July 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: art, travel | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Just spotted this photo on the NYLON blog and I have to say, it makes me crave NYC even though I was just up in that piece last week.

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The photo is of the NYLON logo in the window of the Nike store on Mercer. Sigh…. I miss you, New York!