Month: August 2012

What I’m Reading Now: Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

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From Amazon.com:

Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they’re together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share ofups and downs.

Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem?

Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage — can she bring another life into her very precarious world?

And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?

In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their thirty-third-year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents’ dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome. A family comedy about sibling rivalry, Three Wishes is an assured and warmhearted debut.

My Thoughts on The Watchers by Jon Steele.

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This book had one of the most amazing introductions. I was captivated early and excited to read more. But then it become horribly ordinary. I stopped reading it and eventually had to turn it back into the library. Maybe it picked back up? From the reviews on Amazon.com, it appears that I did not give it enough time? Maybe a few hundred pages in the author found a way to match the brilliance of the first five pages? I am not sure, but maybe I will try again if I find the book on the shelf again at the library.

Bookclub Menu For Matched: Brazilian Lemonade

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Since I am hosting bookclub this month, I am starting to think what to serve that would fit the book Matched by Condie. I have thought since color plays such a strong role in the book, I would prepare something that would fit the color scheme of Green, Blue & Red.

For Green, I think that I will serve Brazilian Lemonades. I use a recipe printed in the cookbook “Our Best Bites” but this one from allrecipes.com looks great as well!

2 limes
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
3 cups water
ice

Directions

1. Wash limes thoroughly. Cut off the ends and slice into eight wedges. Place limes in a blender with the sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water, and ice.

2. Blend in an electric blender, pulsing 5 times. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove rinds. Serve over ice.

August Bookclub Selection: Matched by Ally Condie

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This month we are reading Matched by Ally Condie. It is Book One of her trilogy: Matched, Crossed and finally Reached which will be released in November.

Here is a summary from Amazon.com:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to  read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at
her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The
Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop
thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the  Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander
and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.