even eddy is curious as to what i've been reading ...
it has been a long time since i've read into the wee hours because i can't put a book down ... right after i finished Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald for book club, i jumped back into the Violets of March by Sarah Jio which i had started in june, and i was hooked, not because it was the best writing ever or won any awards, but because the mystery of a found diary and a dual plot line spanning several time periods kept me invested and intrigued, it was the perfect summer chic lit read and exactly what i needed ... light romance, setting on Bainbridge Island off the west coast, nothing deep ... two nights and i was finished and sad that it was over ... i checked out some of the other reviews over at goodreads.com and it seems you either like the book or hate it ... i will stick by my assessment and put it on my "i loved this book" list ... don't judge! sometimes a girl just needs a simple, straightforward story that isn't trying too hard and a summer book should be easy ... this is one that you can recommend to any woman in your life ... great for the beach or pool ...
a day later, on a lazy, warm, sunny, sunday afternoon i found myself with cocktail in hand, flipping through The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith which had arrived on my doorstep from indigo books earlier in the week ... you don't normally think of reading a decorating book from cover to cover, but this isn't so much a book about decorating, as it is about living in the messiness of life, and enjoying and making the best of what you have right now ... it's in the vein of what i've been attracted to lately regarding my continuing self-improvement reading diet - embracing everyday life, accepting where i am, finding happiness ... i enjoyed her conversational tone and want to be invited to her house for tea so we can chat on her slipcovered couch!! ... i enjoyed the story of her journey to realizing her house doesn't have to be perfect ... the whole book really resonated with me and i've decided to look at my home in a different light as well ... unlike many decorating books that can often make you feel inadequate, this one did just the opposite ... another late night reading session and i was dreaming of my own slipcovers for my tired and ripped couches!!
aside from reading i've been indulging in quite a few cocktails ... you know i'm determined to cross that item off my summer bucket list!! so it would be remiss of me if i didn't share this super, easy one that i've been enjoying quite frequently ;) ... i think a good cocktail is one that is fairly simple to prepare, doesn't require too many crazy ingredients and of course is thirst quenching ... this one fits the bill and seemed to be quite the hit at a recent family bbq because no one refused refills, always a good sign!!
1 oz tequila
1/2 oz grand marnier or cointreau
3/4 cup grapefruit juice (i've been using the ruby grapefruit variety)
Mix all the liquid ingredients together, pour over a salted rimmed, ice cube-filled glass, toss in a lime slice and sip away! I made a pitcher of these for the bbq and for ease of entertaining, skipped the salted rim and added a few pinches of coarse sea salt right into the cocktail. The salt cuts the sweetness and adds a deeper dimension to the tequila and citrus flavours. I've also found several other versions of this cocktail that substitue lemonade for the grapefruit juice.
cheers to summer chic lit, decorating ideas and dogs!!