Month: March 2014

What I’m Reading Now: Home Matters

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From Amazon.com:

According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can’t even get a decent acting gig?

Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She’s confident that her destiny is finally within reach.

When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.

My Thoughts On Calling Invisible Women

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While brushing her teeth one morning, Clover looks in the mirror and realizes that she is gone. She is completely invisible. She rushes into her son’s room and asks, “Do you see me?” and he assumes that she wants to have a theoretical discussion. Absorbed in his own problems, he never really looks at his mother. He can smell her. The laundry is getting done. He can hear her. Does it matter that he cannot see her?

Her husband and her daughter also do not notice that things are terribly amiss.

But she does find great support from her mother-in-law, her best friend and her dog.

I thought this book would be a little funnier. It did go back and forth between clever and somewhat depressing but Clover is able to spin all situations for the best.

There is a little hope at the end, but nothing is tied up with a lovely bow. But it does make me wonder, with my eyes buried in my laptop or on my I-phone screen, am I really looking at — seeing — the people around me?

A Great Idea For Book Clubs!

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Do you know what your book club is reading this month? No? That’s why I love this idea — it’s a bookmark with the cover image of the book of the month! So cute! Check out this amazing blog for more ideas at http://currentcreekdesign.blogspot.com/.

What I’m Reading Now: Calling Invisible Women

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From Amazon.com:

A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads the way she used to, and she’s only really missed when dinner isn’t on the table on time.

Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she’s invisible–truly invisible. She panics even more when her family doesn’t notice a thing.

Her best friend immediately observes the change, which relieves Clover immensely–she’s not losing her mind after all!–but she is crushed by the realization that neither her husband nor her children ever truly look at her. She was invisible even before she knew it.

Clover discovers that there are others like her, women of a certain age who seem to have disappeared. As she uses her invisibility to get to know her family and her town better, Clover leads the way in helping invisible women become recognized and appreciated no matter what their role.

My Thoughts on Me Before You

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I really loved this book. In fact, it was one of the books I recommended to book clubs on NBC’s Studio 5.

Louisa has lost her job at the Café and is desperate for a new one. Her father is going to lose his job any day now, her mother is taking care of her ailing grandfather and her older sister wants to go back to school. The family is looking to Louisa to bring in a consistent salary.

Louisa leaves her comfort zone and begins working as a companion to Will, a man who was paralyzed in a horrible accident from the neck down.

The first few days are horrible and Louisa wants to give up. But eventually she develops a friendship with Will and when she discovers that he plans to die in six months, she decides to try to change his mind.

I loved the themes in this book — the idea of embracing life fully and living fully. I love how Louisa decides to be brave. I was not a fan of the ending, but I still loved this book.

Now, Jojo Moyes is British, so you do have to watch out for the language. No one swears quite like the British.

What I’m Reading Now: Me Before You

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From Amazon.com:

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

My Thoughts On The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

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I enjoyed this book. In a literature world full of sequels and trilogies, this is a stand-alone book that carries a story through 50 years. The author worked on this book for 20 years, and you can tell!

Ciro is a young boy when his father dies and his mother is makes the decision to leave him and his brother at a convent in Italy. When Ciro is forced to leave the convent, he is able to gain an apprenticeship in New York. While there, he is reunited with a girl he met quickly when he was living in the convent. But the stars do not align for them, and they are separated by other relationships and a World War until they find one another again.

If anyone is willing to take on a 500 page epic tale that will make you smile and cry, sometimes in the same chapter, I highly recommend this book.