FINALLY. A complete book report :)

So...after a bit of a struggle, I completed those three reads from so far back.

The first two were great. That last one? Not my thing but I forced myself to finish it.

Here's the scoop:

My Life in France by Julia Child was just what I expected. It took me back to my appreciation of food and my love for all things Provencal. I loved that she is unapologetic for any stumbles in her cooking adventures. She says such "admissions only draw attention to one's shortcomings."

The best thing about this book is the love story that saturates it. Her husband's belief in her dream and encouragement is inspiring and makes them such a likeable pair. Their tradition of sending out Valentines is so adorable.

Her descriptions of her place in Provence take you there as she writes about the "deeply quiet, sparkling nights" and "the little owls talking back and forth."

Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' in the Moment: Getting to Ecstasy Through Wine, Chocolate, and Your Ipod Playlist was a fun read that was also fun-ny. He encourages us to enjoy one delicious moment, one beautiful moment, and one funny moment every day and who couldn't use more of that kind of advice? I also thought this would be a great daily topic for journaling and have been trying to do just that :) Some of my favorite passages:

"A human who's able to simplfy their life moves faster and farther toward their purpose than one who's bogged down with emotional and financial baggage."

"I say it's worth every bit of social awkwardness to remain true to yourself, to put yourself in the light even if nobody can see you there."

And that last read. The City of Falling Angels. It actually didn't turn out to be fiction and actually says so in the very first sentence (oops). It is journalistic nonfiction. Though an interesting take to visit a city and piece together actual occurrences to create a plot with actual real-life characters, I couldn't get into it. The strong historical aspect combined with so many characters was rather puzzling and hard for me to follow. I thought I would enjoying learning more about Venice but not so in this context. Oh well. Did learn some interesting tidbits though. Did you know that the ambient nocturnal sound level in Venice is a very low 32 decibels? 45 decibels is typical for most other cities. Of course, this is due to no automobile traffic but contributes to making Venice so peaceful.

So there you have it. It has been a very busy few weeks for me. I ran a half marathon, attended the Kentucky Derby, and, most recently, returned from a good friend's wedding in Mexico. It has been an absolute blast but I am ready to lie low for awhile and get some reading and cooking done. My three next selections:

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin:

I followed her blog for several years while she was writing this book so it has been on my list for awhile...time to nail this one down.

Next up: Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

This one has been on my radar for a few months. I mean...COME on. A love story with recipes? Need I say more?

And the third:

An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser

Okay, so I didn't go for a fiction pick this time. I am definitely gravitating toward travel memoirs that focus on good food in a European country. That's just me and like apologies needed :)

Happy Reading!


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