book report / we were liars

 

WE WERE LIARS by E. LOCKHART

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (4/5 stars)

This story was beautiful, haunting and suspenseful. It was a quick read, perfect for a day at the beach.
I had goosebumps when the twist was revealed and also felt sadness. Maybe I will go back and re-read in the future….just to figure out if there were any clues early on of what was happening.

 

I’m glad I went into this book not knowing anything (except that I knew it was Young Adult genre and that it showed up on everyone’s reading recommendations last summer). I skimmed reviews quickly prior to picking up the book and most of them said that it’s better to read it without knowing anything. Fair enough. I would recommend the same thing.

*******Skip the paragraph below if you don’t want the synopsis******:

This is a story about how money and inheritance and greed warp family relationships. It’s about inseparable best-friend cousins who summer together on their family’s private island off of Cape Cod, and what happens as their mothers (all sisters) are pitted against each other in vying for the top spot in the inheritance. The story comes from Cadence’s perspective as she remembers the past summers and tries to figure out what exactly happened in the 15th summer, the summer of her “accident” that she has no memory of, and suffers debilitating illness and estrangement from the family because of it.

 

Memorable Quotes:

“They know that tragedy is not glamorous. They know it doesn’t play out in life as it does on a stage or between the pages of a book. It is neither a punishment meted out nor a lesson conferred. Its horrors are not attributable to one single person. Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.”

“Be a little kinder than you have to.”

“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”

book report / year of yes

 

YEAR OF YES BY SHONDA RHIMES

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (4/5 stars)

This book is written by Shonda Rhimes, creator of hit TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy religiously in the early seasons, so Shonda’s name was familiar to me.

She chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life. I enjoy reading memoirs and this one I enjoyed because even though there were a few things I could not relate to (i.e. working in Hollywood), I can recognize parts of myself in her book, such as being an introvert, being a working mom and being a woman in the corporate world. I was inspired by her story.

I was switching back and forth between reading the book in print and also listening to the audio version while in my car. I enjoyed listening to the audio better because Shonda is the actual narrator and it felt like I had a girlfriend talking to me during my commute.

She had some good stories about balancing work and personal life. I love that she got inspired to exercise more and start eating better, and she lost 100 pounds.

Memorable Quotes:

“I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.”

“There is no list of rules. There is one rule. The rule is: there are no rules. Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be. Being traditional is not traditional anymore. It’s funny that we still think of it that way. Normalize your lives, people. You don’t want a baby? Don’t have one. I don’t want to get married? I won’t. You want to live alone? Enjoy it. You want to love someone? Love someone. Don’t apologize. Don’t explain. Don’t ever feel less than. When you feel the need to apologize or explain who you are, it means the voice in your head is telling you the wrong story. Wipe the slate clean. And rewrite it. No fairy tales. Be your own narrator. And go for a happy ending. One foot in front of the other. You will make it.”

(Linking Up with Modern Mrs Darcy)

 

 

currently

    spending time with grandma and grandpa O and playing games at their house. Uncle Mark was in town visiting. going to a baby shower that was catered by The Habit burger (yummy) with an under the ocean dessert table theme (so cute) going to Mila’s 1st birthday and she was so adorable eating […]

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book report / one true loves & everything everything

    One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4/5 stars) This is like the Cast Away movie, but in this version Tom Hanks comes home just before the wedding. Emma Blair married her high school sweetheart Jesse in her twenties: they traveled the world together and were blissfully happy—until Jesse’s helicopter disappeared over the […]

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currently

  visiting Eric Carle kid’s exhibit at our local kids  museum. It’s our 3rd visit in the last 2 weeks volunteering as a parent chaperone to H’s pre-school field trip. This month’s trip was to the post office. going to the park and playing with the ducks bringing food for our picnic. It was H’s […]

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{recipe} gluten free banana bread

When given a choice, I would like to lean towards gluten free eating. After doing Whole 30 for a month a few  years ago, I learned which food triggers reaction to my body, such as bloating and headaches. Sugar and gluten (in that order) is something I try NOT to have on a daily basis. […]

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book report / eligible & the one in a million boy

  Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (4/5 stars) This is a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and has been updated for the modern times, including a reality TV show mixed in. I think I would have still enjoyed the story even if it wasn’t an adaptation. This classic gets adapted often, but this is the […]

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what we ate for dinner

  For our family (maybe most families?), dinner is the only meal where we are all together. My toddler is usually hungry around 6pm, which means we eat dinner as a family around the same time. That leaves me about half an hour between getting home from work and dinner time. I try to make […]

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currently

    making a batch of protein pancakes to eat throughout the week. I like eating it with fresh strawberries and agave syrup. enjoying a few sunny days by staying outdoors. We visit different parks and hangout by the duck pond filling our bag with library books during our visits. H chooses his own books […]

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{recipe} nutella sugar cookie cups

I made these nutella sugar cookie cups for Amy’s bridal shower. The decor for her theme looked so whimsical and romantic. I wanted to make a treat for her special celebration and I came up with these cookie cups filled with nutella mousse. I’m planning to make them again next week for Valentine’s Day. I’ve […]

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