The Lady in the Palazzo

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I finished The Lady in the Palazzo yesterday while it was so dreary out.  If you’ve read past blogs from me, you’ll know that I love Marlena De Blasi’s writing.  It’s so descriptive and some what magical.  Here is my review of my latest find, picked up at the used bookstore for $4.00.

Was it an interesting book?  It was, although I have to say I prefer the others I have read from her better.  This one was a little slow, but still wonderful writing.

Does this book help/relate to my life in any way?  No except that I enjoy cooking and entertaining like she does.

If I was stuck on a desert island with this book, how many times would I read it?  That’s a tough one.  I would like to say I would read it again, just because it’s Marlena.  However, I don’t think I would.  I found my mind drifting away from the story.

Would I recommend this book to a friend?  I let a coworker read this book.  She, too, loves Marlena’s books, but she didn’t really like this one too much.  I don’t think I would recommend it unless they have read other things from her.

I have way to many books I need to read.  Next up, Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand.

 

A Year In Provence

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Last night, I finished reading A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle.  Oh how I love books on traveling.  I got it at the used bookstore for $2.00.  Here is my review of it:

Was it an interesting book?  I was.  It had a little of everything.  A little humor, a little sarcasim, a lot of passion when it came to food.  I had always heard how slow things are in Europe when trying to build something (i.e. Peter’s renovation to his house), but never realized the hoops it takes to come to the final product.  Patience is definitely needed!

Does this book help/relate to my life in any way?  Not really.  I mean, I would love to go to Provence for an extended vacation, and have – very slowly I might add – been trying to learn French.  That is on my bucket list and could have been handy when reading the book.

If I was stuck on a desert island with this book, how many times would I read it?  I think I would read it again.  I mean, it’s not one that I am going to keep.  While I loved the insite to “country” France, I did miss out on something.  I can’t put my finger on it, but it just lacked something for me to whole-heartedly love it.

Would I recommend this book to a friendI think I would. 

I haven’t decided what the next book will be.  It’s a toss up between 3.

Happy Birthday To My Sweet Niece

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Saturday morning was filled with pampering for 7 little girls

They were there to celebrate my niece’s 6th birthday party.

Manis and pedis, chocolate facials, candy, chocolate, and cool cucumber for the eyes to wash all their troubles away.

And for the adults, a little Bieber music and yummy Bieber cake.

She got lots of cute presents…

and one special present from Aunt Leslie.

I made this for her out of acrylic paint and glued on beads and tulle.

She is taking ballet so “plie” above is a ballet term.  I think she really enjoyed it.  Happy birthday Mac!

The Christmas Sweater

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My mom gave me The Christmas Sweater last year at Christmas time to read.  It is by Glenn Beck who apparently is a big name.  I don’t know much about him, or at least I didn’t before I read the book.  It is one of the smaller books that are taking up space in my book pile and need to be weeded out.  I thought I could knock out another book while on vacation.  Here is my review of it:

Was it an interesting book?  I was really surprised with this book.  I thought it was going to be too touchy-feely with a cheesy message, but I actually enjoyed it.  It takes a small town boy losing both of his parents and lots of struggles in his life to realize the meaning of life.  In the end, the story wasn’t totally true about Mr. Beck, but a lot of story related to him.  You know me…true life stories is my niche when reading.

Does this book help/relate to my life in any way?  It really makes you feel thankful for what you have and takes it back to a simpler time when the real things in life can’t be bought with money.

If I was stuck on a desert island with this book, how many times would I read it?  I think I would.  It is motivational and touching.  If I was stuck someplace with no one, it would help me keep my spirits up.

Would I recommend this book to a friend?  Yes, although my non-christian friends may view it as cheesy or unrealistic.

Stay tuned for the next read, A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle.

The Doorbells of Florence

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After finishing Londoners, I moved on to The Doorbells of Florence by Andrew Losowsky.  A coworker of mine let me have the book.  In this book, Andrew takes pictures of doorbells around Florence and creates short stories to go along with them.  Most of the doorbells had names on them so he integrated those names within the stories; some stories would reference just one person on the doorbell and others multiples names/people.  Here is my review of it:

Was it an interesting book?  I thought it was.  It only has a little over 100 pages which was good for me.  If it were 300 or so, I might have gotten a little bored or would of broken it up by reading something else and coming back to the short stories in between.

Does this book help/relate to my life in any way?  It doesn’t.  I do enjoy looking at pictures from photographers and what they view as fascinating or interesting.  I would have never thought to take pictures of doorbells and make a book with it, but it worked for Andrew.

If I was stuck on a desert island with this book, how many times would I read it?  I don’t think I would read it again.  Once is good enough.

Would I recommend this book to a friend?  Maybe, if they enjoyed short stories.

 

Londoners

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Given my love for London, my two weeks vacation from work, and my love for some good-ole story telling, I picked up the book Londoners by Craig Taylor.  I first learned of this book here, and given that I have read several books recommended by Stephanie I knew it was going to be great.  It takes real people and tells real stories of how they came to London, what they love about it, what they hate about it, those who stayed, those who left, etc.  I viewed it as little short stories into those people’s lives who share my passion for such a great city.  Here is my review of it:

Was it an interesting book?  Yes!  I would read this book again.  I love how one person talks about what they love with the city, then the next story talks about how depressing London is.  It’s very diverse.

Does this book help/relate to my life in any way?  Yes!  I tend to sugar coat things…almost fairy-tale like.  This book is anything but.  It’s reality, which…let’s face it…I need at this point in my life when it comes to London.

If I was stuck on a desert island with this book, how many times would I read it?  Multiple times!  I have added it to the book shelf which now has 3 books on it worth keeping. 

Would I recommend this book to a friendI would.  You have to love London and know a little about the different areas in the city for it to sink in.  I will, though, let them borrow mine.  Where I live, this book was $30 in the book store.  The only reason I didn’t order it on-line was because I had a gift card to this particular store.