Saturday, July 31, 2010

Reading: Pretty in Plaid

Okay!! Another Jen Lancaster book!  This one takes you through her past, her childhood and time in university.  I love her sorority girl stories and she continues to delight me with her awesome sense of humour!!  I don't know of another author that can make me laugh so hard. I may have woken my husband up a couple of times while reading this book late at night!!  Ooops!

Happy reading and have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.




Monday, July 26, 2010

Cutest thing in the Mountains!

We just came back from a trip through the Rocky Mountains.  I have to share the cutest thing we saw!

This little Bighorn Sheep decided to cross the water to climb a mountain.


Cute, right?!!


It makes it across.


Now, on with the climbing.


Whew!  That was exhausting I need a break!


Some more climbing.  But wait... I miss my mommy!


Boing!


Splash!


Turns out sheep are really good swimmers!
Wasn't that the cutest thing?!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Reading: Such A Pretty Fat

Jen Lancaster does it again!  In her book Such A Pretty Fat - One Narcissist's Quest to Discovery If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer I found myself laughing freely at so many of Jen's descriptions of her inner story.


"If you're anorexic, you're doing it wrong." 

I swat him with a dish towel. "No, no, I mean anorexics look in the mirror, and even if they're eighty pounds, they still see a fat girl. I'm a hundred pounds heavier than I was in high school, my veins are full of creme fraiche, and yet I look in the mirror, take in the hair and makeup, and think, Damn, baby, you fiiine."

These thoughts may have crossed through my own mind a few times, so I felt that I could definitely identify with her state of mind!  I love this story about Jen's struggles with weight loss.  She certainly doesn't sugar coat the journey, and she isn't scared to share the bad stuff too! 


Happy reading and have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.




Saturday, July 10, 2010

Reading: Bright Lights, Big Ass

I think I have found my new favourite author! Bright Lights, Big Ass is the second book in a series of memoirs by Jen Lancaster. She is witty, sarcastic and a totally hilarious read! Her first book Bitter is the New Black was so good I couldn't wait to purchase a copy for myself and to get the rest of her library! If you wanted to get a good glimpse of what to expect in her books the subtitle for her book is all you need.  A Self-Indugent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door To Me?  How can you resist that?!!!
If you want to check out her blog there is a link in My Blog List on the right:  Jennyslyvania.

Happy reading and have  a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.




Reading: The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.  This book was fascinating! It tells a multigenerational story that weaves in between different time periods. It happens so smoothly it is like buttering toast. Upon completion of the book I sat back and wondered how does one even write a story like this? The flow from chapter to chapter by linking the story of one generation to another was very smartly done. The characters were lively or interesting and kept you guessing at their antics, however it was never dramatic or overdone.

The central character is Nell. She was found on a dock when she was 4 years old, having just travelled around the world. Alone. She doesn't know who she is and has no explanation as to how she got there. She does have a small suitcase that contains a magnificent book of fairytales.

As you read The Forgotten Garden you will come across some of the fairytales from Nell's book. It is such a treat to read these tales, as they are beautifully written and weave right into the story being told. Just as you think you have this story all figured out, it makes a turn and takes you in an unexpected direction! I don't know how much to say, as I would highly recommend you pick up this book for yourself! It is a fairly large book, but it is a quick read that will draw you in with its interesting characters and lovely settings. I read this book as part of the local library book club, and it is exactly the reason I love being a part of the club, for fascinating books like this!

Happy reading and have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.