Here are my recommended reads for summer 2016…Read More
I wish this book was longer — not because it was lacking in content or character development, but simply because I enjoyed it so much. That is the power of an Ian McEwan novel – he chooses his words carefully and packs more quality into his prose than quantity. The Children Act is the story of a judge presented with an unusual case that requires a difficult, literally life-altering decision, all while dealing with the beginnings of her own crumbling marriage. McEwan takes common themes and subjects that are so often written about and makes them fresh and new again by creating a cast of interesting and charismatic characters in judge Fiona and the boy at the heart of the case she is presiding over. A great read, I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.
The temperatures have officially dropped, winter is here, and all I want to do is curl up under a cozy blanket with a steaming cup of tea and immerse myself in a really good book. I haven't had much time for reading lately and I really miss it. I used to read a couple of books a month...now I read that many in a year. So now that my classes have ended, I find myself with a lot more free time that I can spend reading. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining with a very influential booklover and a group of other avid readers, so the conversation naturally turned to books and we all shared what's on our reading list at the moment. That discussion reignited my passion for reading and I'm eager to get started on my new book list! I recently finished two engaging books, Gone Girl and Girl with a Pearl Earring; I highly recommend both. Up next for is a mix of titles that were recommended, and a few that I've been anticipating myself (click the image for a full synopsis of the book):
Have you read any of these titles? If so, what did you think? I will be posting reviews of each one as I finish reading so check back to find out what I thought of them!
Please, can we all get rid of those "big box, female anatomy-looking light fixtures?" You know the ones Tommy is referring to. The addition of good quality lighting can be in any form, but I prefer to spend a bit more on ceiling or wall fixtures, since they're a little more permanent. If a candelabra-style chandelier is too formal/traditional for you, try something a little more contemporary like this one from Living Lighting:
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Tommy talked about several kitchen items to invest in, and for this point I'm going to share the items he showed on the segment instead of showcasing my own suggestions.
Cookware - buy a matching set of pots and pans. If you can't afford to buy them all at once, buy them piece by piece and invest slowly over time. (Tommy featured a copper set by Williams Sonoma.)
Dinnerware - a set of 12 (or a baker's dozen since, let's face it, dishes will break) is ideal. Start with a good set of white plates that can act as a workhorse but that also look really nice. (Tommy recommends Sophie Conran dinnerware, available at HBC.)
Table Linens and Flatware - a set of 12 for each. How lovely is this Kate Spade pink gold flatware set?!
Knife Set - get a beautiful knife block that can be left out on the counter. Even better - this version that has an integrated cookbook or tablet holder for easy recipe viewing.