I'm Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
2015 Book #: 9
My Rating: *** (3 out of 5)
The painted postcard cover drew me to this book, and I'm glad I picked it up. The story takes place in Paris and follows a British artist, Richard Haddon, through the experience of losing his mistress to another man (who she marries) and attempting to repair his own marriage. As an artist, Richard falls back on his creativity to help him win back his beautiful French wife.
This book was witty with a dash of French style and overall, I really enjoyed the story of marriage, love and art.
It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
2015 Book #: 10
My Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)
I LOVED this book and already want to read it again. I felt like Andie Mitchell was an old friend. A New England girl, who also loves food, studied abroad in Italy and had a teenage crush on Leonardo DiCaprio (I still love him). But by the age of 20, Andie had reached almost 300 lbs. This memoir follows her through a difficult childhood, a tumultuous relationship with food, and her roller coaster weight loss journey (including starting the food blog: Can You Stay for Dinner). An inspirational story that I highly recommend... And I can't wait for her cookbook!
Lean In: Women, Work and The Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
2015 Book #: 11
My Rating: **** (4 out of 5)
This book has been on my list for a while and I'm happy I finally picked it up. Sheryl discusses the progress women have made in history, but also brings to light how much we still have to overcome. Whether a career woman or a stay-at-home-mom, Sheryl's advice is appropriate for everyone: whatever your aspirations are, you should "lean in" to the opportunities you are given... and don't be afraid of what others might think. This book is not only inspirational for women, but educational for men. It brings attention to the struggles women face in and out of the home and how we can all better support each other in pursuit of our passions and goals. Definitely add this one to your list!
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
2015 Book #: 12
My Rating: **** (4 out of 5)
Victoria's life has been spent in foster care with an inability to get close to anyone. The one thing that has kept her going is her connection to flowers and their meanings in the Victorian language. At the age of 18, Victoria is finally out of the foster care system, which puts her on the streets. But not for long, as her floral talents are soon discovered by a nearby florist... and noticed by a mysterious flower market vendor.
This was well written and definitely a perfect book to read in spring!
I can't believe we're already halfway through April, but I'm so happy spring is finally here. The cherry blossoms just reached peak around the DC area and it's so beautiful! Growing up in NH, this time of year always meant melting snow and "mud season" with Spring still a month away, so I really appreciate seeing the flowers in full bloom around here. I've already taken advantage of a few warm afternoons, basking in the sun with a good book. Before spring (and allergies) get too far along, here are the 4 reads I added to my bookshelf in March:
A New England girl living in Virginia. Sharing my love of books.... with some travel, food and creativity mixed in.