My favorite books are the ones I can’t seem to put down. The ones I sneak in to work with me so I can read on my lunch break. The ones that make me stay up way too late because I can’t wait until morning to find out what happens next. Little Bee is one of those books. I bought it at Half Price Books on Tuesday afternoon and finished it Thursday afternoon. Addicting. Seriously.
Little Bee is a book about two women from two very different worlds: a suburb of London and the beaches of Nigeria. When their worlds collide, neither woman leaves the encounter unaffected. This book is the story of their second meeting and the events that follow. I would tell you more about the plot, but here’s the thing… I can’t. Because if I did, Little Bee just wouldn’t be quite as good. Its page-turner quality is in the suspense. This book kept me guessing from start to finish; the story’s surprises just never seem to end. That’s what makes Little Bee a great read: the “oh, I need to find out what happens next!” feeling as you turn the pages.
Overall, I would recommend Little Bee. As long as you don’t plan on using it as a “bedtime reader.” Just trust me and don’t do it. For one, you won’t sleep because you won’t be able to put it down. And two, well, it’s not exactly a lighthearted frolicking-in-the-fields kind of read.
So go read this book. And then let me know if you find it as surprising and well-written as I did.
I am a woman who NEEDS a cup (or two) of coffee every morning in order to function. Just ask my family. Or my roommates. Or my boss… You get the idea. And for some reason, drinking my morning coffee out of my favorite mug just makes my day seem that much brighter:
THE “diva” mug. It just makes my coffee taste better, I’m telling you.
Or maybe it just makes me feel extra feisty and fabulous and ready to start my day… I guess we’ll never know.
Do you have a favorite “I feel extra special today” coffee mug?
First things first. Before I tell you all about my most recent heavenly food discovery, I have to take a second and tell you about one of my favorite blogs. Jenna writes about healthy living and eating, and I just love love love reading her blog. It’s a teeny bit addicting. (AND she mentioned my little blog today in one of her posts!! Thanks, Jenna!)
Now, on to serious business. I have found a new favorite condiment/food group: White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co. WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER, people!! I stumbled across this little jar at Central Market last week, and decided to give it a try…
As you can see, I’ve given it more than just a try. (And I’m not ashamed.)
Moral of the story: you should try this stuff. Because it’s amazing. I love it in steel cut oats mashed up with bananas and brown sugar… and I love it straight out of the jar on a spoon. Say it with me: mmmmmmmmm!
So many things to love about this routine from this week’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance. I love Travis Wall’s choreography, I love these two dancers, and… well, I just love everything about this.
Also, I feel like these two would probably make the cutest couple in history. I mean, really.
Things I love about the 4th of July:
- Barbecue food and fruity desserts
- Family time
- 4th of July sales at the mall (my mom and I definitely tore a few of THOSE up today!)
- A day off from work and 42nd Street rehearsal
- Patriotic songs
- ONE MONTH until my birthday. Yes, that’s correct. ONE. MONTH.
To help us all celebrate this obviously fabulous day, here is my all-time favorite version of “God Bless America,” sung by tenor Ronan Tynan at Yankee Stadium. Enjoy!
Here’s a little riddle for you:
What’s red or yellow, makes a “blink blink” noise, and could save your life?
Call me old fashioned, but USE YOUR TURN SIGNALS, PEOPLE!!
(Phew! I guess driving 85 miles every day to work and rehearsal has caused a bit of pent-up road rage.)