Books I have read recently

  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte — I'm reading a giant biography of the Brontes "Wild Genius on the Moors" By Juliet Barker (amazing!! but I'll post on that when I finish) So I'm reading each novel as it's discussed in the book. I loved Shirley. I have to agree with the critics that it is a slow painful start and it does take about 150 pages till we meet the title character Shirley. But besides that, it is so well written. Caroline Helstone’s angst is beautiful and poignant. And knowing that the last third of the book was written after Emily & Anne died explains so much about the change in the book. Charlotte likes to fix her world by writing about it and in her version the sick heroine recovers where her sisters did not. I definitely recommend Shirley for the Bronte fan. Don’t skip it.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas --- It took me a couple chapters to really dive in but after that I was in love. I had read somewhere that it was based on Beauty & the Beast, which is great. What I did not know is that it is a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon!!! What a treat when I discovered that. I love that story. It's whimsical and the girl saves the day which I love love love. Sarah does a beautiful job of it and I can't wait for the next one!!
  • Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson —What a little treat. My mom gave these books to me for my birthday and there are so much fun. It’s a light easy read and it made me chuckle.
  • Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder— I adore her soul finder books. I’ve been reading them for years. She builds beautiful strong women and sweeping romance. Her magic system is unique and I want to live in her world.
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E. B. White — A must read for every writer. Thanks to Stephen King for the recommendation. It has all those little things that I had questions about and answered them quickly and succinctly. It’s not the funnest read but it’s helpful.
  • Click of Titles to go to the book's Amazon page

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Photo updates

Hey dears here is a update of our life in D.C.

We went to the 100th cherry blossom festival last week. so gorgeous!!



The Jefferson Monument
The Washington Monument



This glen was the most beautiful peaceful place in the world. I wanted to live there. Everyone was laying down gazing up at the blossoms and having picnics.

So I laid down too.

Migraine status: better until yesterday.
I was doing overall a little better I thought until yesterday which was horrible all day. So I feel like I've had to take own the "Days without incident" sign and start over. I'll let you know.


and now my trip to Charlotte.
This picture cracks me up. It looks like she is salsa dancing.
Look who's walking :)




5 comments:

Britt Watt said...

Shawn and I literally laughed out loud for a good 20 seconds at the salsa dancing photo! Your caption was great. Oh goodness, so funny

Megan said...

Yup now she can marry Sebastion Koppens.

Candace said...

I love your pictures! Those blossoms are absolutely beautiful! Mae does totally looks like she is salsa dancing! What a cutie!

I love you cousin! I'm praying that your 'days without incident' will never have to be taken down. :)

Anonymous said...

haha that picture is hilarious! She certainly has some sass in her step. Hopefully Sebastian gets my dads dancing skills and not the from the koppens. I think the most popular dancing there is either terrible techno music or traditional dutch tulip festivals.

Those trees look absolutely divine megan. How lovely you were there to witness them.

Love you guys,
T

Anonymous said...

Cherry blossoms in a land with MLK Jr. statues? This is my favorite place! The pictures are strikingly beautiful. Mae too :) 1,2, cha cha cha....

-Bri