A well kept secret

Because who doesn’t love a good secret? i know that I do, so when I started reading Sophia Kinsella’s Can you keep a secret? I know I had some high hopes  about the book. Not only do I like Kinsella as a writer, but the book happens to the nail on the head with fun and romance. it was my first good read of the summer, and hopefully it won’t be my last.

Emma gets on a plane with the intentions of making it through it, but when it starts to hit some turbulence she starts to go into panic mode. She starts dishing all of her secrets to the handsome gentleman sitting next to her. What this underachieving, newly started marketing agent doesn’t know is that when she shows up to work on Monday she’ll run into him again.

This handsome stranger happens to be the co-owner of the company she is working for. She didn’t just tell him her little secrets she told him the big fat ones, like how she has never been in love. But, wait.. Now he finds out she’s about to marry someone? See the problem?

At first she’s nervous, then she starts to love the nerves and the rest.. well you’ll just have to read to find out.

That also brings me to another one of my new obsessions, www.fortydaysofdating.com . The best experiment I’ve heard of, a girl and a guy who are really good friends decided that they were going to date for 40 days. Right now it is only day 20, but I know exactly what I’ll be doing every day for the next 20 days. So far at day 20 we haven’t hit any physicality, but here’s hoping. I want to know that things like that can actually happen. Leave it to the romantic in me to want to see more develop from it. Right now their dating is really interesting, it is just the two of them seeing each other every day and liking it. Which, seems weird for him but not for her. I love how comfortable it sounds between the two of them. I love being comfortable with someone, I think that is one of the cornerstones of any good relationships, but then again what do I know?

Well, I need to go make dinner or find something new to read.

Love,

Lindsey

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July 29, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . books. Leave a comment.

Royally interesting

There are very few things that are easy to do when it is sunny out. All I’ve wanted to is sit outside, but it is next to impossible to see a computer screen outside. I did go for a drive and ended up shopping instead of just getting Starbucks. I’m getting prepared for all the sorority life crafting I know that is coming up in the following weeks. I’m actually really excited to be crafting again, I never thought I’d be any good at it but I do a half decent job.

So since a computer screen is usually off-limits for outside, and shopping well let’s face it can get pretty pricey, the best thing to do outside is grab a towel and a book (maybe some Starbucks) and enjoy the sun! A really great, cheap, small, and entertaining book is Niki Burnham’s Royally Jacked.

This funny teen read is one of those great books that flies by. It’s little size makes it perfect for the beach or for on the go reading. The poor girl has a lot of random things happen to her that cause a situation where her dad moves to some European country to be a chief for a royal family. She decides to go with her dad, because the situation with her mom just wasn’t what Valerie (main character) wanted to deal with at the time.

She then goes on to live my dream life, the family of course has a really cute son her age. It isn’t easy at first, like any relationship ever is, and she struggles with the fact that he’s a real life prince. All bets are off when they meet and it makes Valerie really happy that she took the chance and went with her dad. It also has two sequels, which I was also obsessed with. Who doesn’t love a cute, quick read? I don’t always have time to finish a major novel, but these little books are easy to start and finish!

Simon Pulse does a lot of these cute quick reads, I was really into reading them at one point and am starting to get back into them again. I’m a bit of a bookworm if you can’t already tell.

Well, time for me to go outside and get off this computer! Hopefully you get to do that too!

Love, Lindsey

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April 18, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . books. 2 comments.

When it happens

I have been way off of my blog flow this week, and strangely enough even though I’ve been really busy I’ve missed blogging. Blogging is such a great source of  creative energy and a good mind cleanse. It just helps to get all of my thoughts out there, without being annoying and texting everyone in the world. Plus, I’m talking about something I love.

When bookstores still existed I used to go into Borders with my Dad and he would let me go pick out a few books. It became how I started to love to read. He used to come over after he finished his book shopping and he would help me decide which books to read because I always had trouble deciding between two or three of them. I want to read everything!

One time in Borders my dad helped me pick out Susane Colasanti’s book When it Happens. It is a really cute chick lit novel that revolves around a relationship inept teenager, like me, who as never really had a boyfriend. Going into the school year her one goal is to change that, she wants the real thing, the total package.  What girl doesn’t want that? I know at my school where it is 60% female and 40% male the choices are slim pickings.

Sara, the main character, first gets a chance when “total package” Dave asks her out on a date. She loves his popularity and how it seems like a real relationship. All the while, bad boy Tobey thinks Sara is the real deal and tries to get her best friend Laila to help him out. He may have the bad boy reputation, but he wants more.  I guess guys actually want relationships too sometimes, or maybe this is just wishful thinking fiction.

The story is told in alternating perspectives, so you get to hear inside of Tobey’s head too. I love books where you can tell what both characters are thinking, it gives you the full picture of what is going on. It gets beneath the surface and make you feel like you are in on the action. Once I started with When it Happens, I moved on and went through all of Colasanti’s books. She just has a cool writing style that is very easy to read. It’s a quick read, I’d say it will only take you a few days if you read at a semi-fast pace.

I think we’re all waiting for when it will happen, when we will be swept off our feet. I’ll let you know when it happens to me, but for now I’m going to find some new music to blog about.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Love, Lindsey

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February 22, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . books. 2 comments.

Pants?

The snow has officially trapped me in my residence hall, and there is no way I am leaving the comfy confines of these halls. With a kitchen there is very little reason to venture out. The snow has put a damper on our school’s sorority recruitment, which scheduled for this weekend.

In honor of recruitment weekend and Blizzard “Nemo” that has us trapped in our rooms I want to talk about one of my favorite books of all times, Ann Brashares The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants. In the first of five books, Brashares starts us on a journey of friendship, love and loss.

An interesting facet of love, is friendship. The most pure love of all can come from a really great friend. Friends pick you as their family, opposed to family who are stuck with you. Those who are your real friends are best people in the world. Real friends can be defined as:

1. those with your best interests at heart

2. those who love you for all of your flaws and your strengths

3. listen to you unconditionally (even if they don’t want to hear what you have to say)

4. those who support you

5. the people in your life that once they are in your life, you couldn’t imagine being without.

It’s funny how friendship and lovers are intertwined. I think those five qualities are things we should look for in friends and in our partners. The four girls in the story Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget show us just what it means to be a best friend. They have a pair of pants that holds their friendship together, but also stands for versatility of life. Wherever they are the pants are always with them. The cycle follows the girls through their adventures in the summer.

Lena meets Kostos (my favorite story in the book) and falls head over heels in love, which is such a foreign thing for the quiet, artistic and reserved girl. Tibby finds the love of a young girl, who teaches her the simpleness of life. Carmen deals with the addition of a stepmother to her complicated life. While, determined Bridget gets under the skin of one of the trainers at her soccer camp.

The first book was incredible, and each book always had great quotes to live by before each chapter. Each girl takes a turn telling her story, while the pants follow along after their summer ritual that determines the cycle of the pants. If you want to learn something about how to step outside of your comfort zone, or experience friendship this is almost a good manual. Love, it doesn’t have to be cookie cutter or just about the love you have when you fall for someone. It can also be for those who create your “extended” family. The people who make your day just a little bit brighter when you don’t want to smile.

Think about your friends, have you told them you loved them today? If not tell them, then go cuddle up with this book.

Love, Lindsey

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February 9, 2013. Tags: , , , . books. 2 comments.

Do you have 5 minutes?

Well yes indeed five minutes could change your life. In five minutes you could fall in love at first sight, run a mile, or even save a life. I know that seems like a lot to cram into five minutes, but hey anything is possible. I feel like in my crazy busy schedule 5 minutes of pure freedom or business can make all the difference.

That’s what happened in the novel version of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Nick wanted to avoid his ex-girlfriend so he spotted Norah and asked her, “Would you mind being my girlfriend for the next 5 minutes?” I always think the book is better than the movie version of things so I had to blog about the book first.

Can you imagine someone asking you to be his fake girlfriend to get away from his ex-girlfriend why you are trying to avoid your ex-boyfriend who is also in the club? Talk about a really confusing but semi beneficial relationship. Norah’s ex-boyfriend seems like a real loser if you ask me, which make it so easy to root for this unlikely pairing of Nick and Norah. They spend their night playing tag as Nick’s band mates take care of Norah’s not-so-sober friend Caroline and experiencing  New York City together. They also go looking for this obscure band who has secret shows in the city and you have to figure out the clues in order to go. Listening to their mutually interesting taste in music as they go along.

It’s funny to think that we all have songs  that somehow define moments in our lives, there are ones you cry to, ones you scream at and ones that make you feel better when nothing else will. I don’t the NYC very well at all, but I didn’t feel at a disadvantage reading the book. In a way it actually just made it seem like some magical place were anything can happen, which I guess it really is. I’ve never been much of a city girl, but I would love to visit some of the places they did on their journey.

The book is written in altering perspectives, Norah and Nick switch off each chapter so you get to see what both of them are thinking and feeling. The writing is incredibly clever, Rachel Cohn and David Levine really hit this one out of the park. If you want a fast paced story that takes you away from daily life and makes you want to listen to some classic songs you should check this book out.

While you’re reading the book think of the playlist of your life, what great songs come to mind? Have a song you really love?  I like all music and would love to listen to what stands out to you.

Have a great week!

Love, Lindsey

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January 28, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . books. 2 comments.

Honesty

Well honesty sounds like a funny title for a blog post, but I’ve had a lot of deep thoughts about the concept lately. I was having a very late night conversation with a friend and we got really deep in thought. We were talking about things I never thought we would talk about, but he said something that made me pause, he said “if you want pity words I’m not the right person to talk to. If you want the truth, I am. “

It got me thinking about honesty and what we want from people. We want things sugar-coated (not me in this situation I was actually saying he was pitying me at the time). So I thought well wow, we should want the truth. I should tell you if that guy isn’t good enough for you, or if I like you in a way that is more than a friend I’m going to tell you.

That comes with a lot of risk, but one day for me I’ve decided it will be worth the reward. All of this honesty reminded me of a great read by Rosie Rushton called The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love. The thing I love about this book is its honesty. The secrets are funny, but they have such an appeal for all ages.

Secret No. 31 Sometimes a kiss says more than words can. (no matter how good a talker you may be.)

It follows three sisters Georgie, Abby and Ellie as they figure out love through the ages. Their dad has passed away and they are trying to navigate love since their “mum” and dad divorced before he died and they feel a disconnect from love.  Georgie is a middle schooler who has her first kiss, Abby is a high schooler who falls for the wrong guy while the right guy who loves her sits back and watches, and Ellie is a college girl who is closed off from love when it hits her.

They are incredibly honest about love, and loving the wrong person. I enjoy the humor that the book brings. It has great moments of love, which gives me hope even though it’s fictional. The characters use a lot of honesty throughout the book with each other and with the audience with their secrets. It is an great look at love through the ages.

The book and recent conversation implore me to tell you to be honest. Be honest with yourself, others and most importantly the ones you love. If you have feelings for someone, tell them. No one else can or even will advocate for you. Unless you do it yourself.

Enjoy your lazy Sunday!

Love, Lindsey

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January 14, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . books. 2 comments.

Something old, something new…

And my personal favorite Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. This is one of my favorite books of all time, and now I religiously read her books when they come out because she is a delightful writer. I highly suggest that you go buy the book, and it isn’t too costly now because it has been out for a while.  I had to write about it tonight with the Notre Dame game being on TV because it’s an inside joke with the book, when you read it you’ll get it!

Something Borrowed is a fantastic chick lit book that focuses on Rachel White, a recently turned 30-year-old lawyer who has nothing and everything at the same time. She is a lawyer, but she hates it. She is single, but semi okay with it besides the fact that now her biological clock is ticking. She two great best friends Darcy and Dex who just happened to be getting married. Darcy is the outgoing, beautiful best friend who always seems to get everything Rachel wants, but she has pretty much accepted it and loves Darcy anyway.

On the night of her 30th birthday Dex and Rachel get drunk at a bar and when Darcy goes home for the evening (due to black-out like conditions) they end up sleeping together. Now before you get all high and mighty and why would I ever love this book you need to read the back story of Rachel and Dex. Plus,  you just feel the chemistry between the two as it jumps out of the page and into your heart.

Over the  course of the summer their romance unravels and the writing is so sweet and fun. It all just makes you want to be in love.  It is one of the best books I’ve read and then downloaded the next one right away. I’ll leave the next book for another blog post, just can’t cover it all.

Now back to full focus on the game as Alabama kicks butt on the field with my friends Carly and Sara. Go Bama!

Love, Lindsey

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January 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . books, emily giffin. Leave a comment.

Curl up with a Book.

I’m a person that wears her emotions on her  sleeves, pretty much all the time and uncontrollably. The best way to really hit those emotions is through reading a good tear-jerker of a book.

Way back in the sweet summertime I picked a random book up when Borders was still a chain and thought it was going to be some cheesy book, but I picked up Angela Morrison’s Sing me to Sleep and had one of the best book cries I’ve ever had.

The book starts off with the terrible high school scenario, ugly girl with a beautiful voice. Beth, the female lead, gets accepted to an extremely important girls choir and becomes a soloist. As a soloist one of the mothers decides to tame the beast to look a little more like she sounds.

Now onto the actual interesting part, while singing she in a competition in Canada one of the guys from the Amabile all boys choir falls head over heels for her. He falls for her because of a clip of her singing on her show choir’s website. When he meets her of course he looks past her looks and falls for her personality. Yet, there’s a catch Derek (the boy who falls for her) has some issues that are huge obstacles in their path. Also, as if dealing with the Derek isn’t enough her best friend from home confesses he’s had feelings for her for a while.

It doesn’t sound like a tear starter, but if I told you anymore it would spoil the beautiful surprises the book holds. Take my advice, grab a box of tissues and try this book out.  It will be worth it!

Love, Lindsey

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December 30, 2012. Tags: , , . books, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.