Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Review: The Lord God Bird by Russell Hill

I have been reading up a storm lately and so I am going to try and catch up with all my reviews!

The Lord God Bird is a really sweet different story.  The book is not long so you don't need to feel intimidated by it.  I personally had never heard of these birds before (I assume that they are real???) but in the book they are viewed as extinct and is a really big deal with this man sees one.  Then the story is about how the media gets involved and needs to report on the sighting of this bird and scientists get involved and need to study this bird, etc.  The author also does something interesting when he writes some chapters from the bird's perspective.  This may sound weird, I know, and I was skeptical...but I did find it endearing. 

I recommend this book and think you won't regret reading it!  Enjoy!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday

Thanks for Lauren for Fill in the Blank Friday:

1. The best thing to do on a hot day is to find somewhere cool to be (if necessary inside) and read a book.
2. The best place to be on a hot day is where ever you can feel cool.
3. The best thing to eat on a hot day is ice cream!
4. Hot days make me tired cause we have lots of humidity and it makes me sloth like!
5. My go to uniform on a warm summer day is hmmm...not sure, probably a shirk with a loose shirt.
6. The scent that reminds me of summer is suntan lotion.
7. My favorite thing about summer is the long evenings and getting to go to Clear Lake, Manitoba.

Wanna play?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Book Review: Dune Road by Jane Green

I just finished reading Dune Road this morning and I enjoyed it.  I have never read a book by Jane before and I honestly can't remember how I heard about this book.  Light story, interesting characters and lots of goings on.  I found it to be a fast read but refreshing and I suggest reading it.  The easiest way for me to describe it is a story about many characters living in a small town close to New York.  Some of the people work together, some are friends, family, lovers, etc.  There is a little bit of romance, suspense and drama - something for everyone!  Happy reading!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

For the Love of Tea!

I realized lately that I haven't shared much of another love I have:  tea!  I'm not a coffee drinker but I do love a good cuppa'.

A few of my favorites are:

Black Tea: Earl Grey (but it has to be Twinings)

Green Tea:  Royal Garden from Cornelia Bean. Here are the ingredients...yum...Green tea, currants, black currants, elderberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberry bits, flavour!

Rooibos Tea:  This is tough for me because this is my favorite type of tea:  Jessie's Tea from David's Tea, (FYI Bear Trap and Paradise Found are really great too)

Organic Tea:  This one is amazing: Midsummer's Night Dream from David's Tea

I would also like to give an honourable mention to Starbucks tea - I enjoy most of their flavors and love that they make loose tea in tea bags.  If you are on a tea budget, this tea is really yummy and afordable:  Mulled Apple from PC

I also love collecting tea pots.  I have several in my kitchen which you can see below:

Japanese style with matching cups!

Classic White

Clear - for flowering teas

Perfect single cup - the cup in on the bottom!

Rustic / old fashion looking

Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Review: The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

I just finished reading the most amazing book - The Shoemaker's Wife.  I absolutely LOVED it.  If you love character stories that center on their whole lives you will love this book too.  I feel like this is the best book I have read since The Help.

The story is about a boy and a girl and their whole lives.  Sounds simple, I know but it is not.  They meet when the are children, are separated, meet again when they are adults, are separated and meet again later and...wait I better not give it away!  The book starts off in Italy and then into America and keeps moving.  I just love the character development in this book and kept thinking throughout that I wish I knew these actual people.

Well, I hope I have whetted your appetite because I highly recommend this book!