Tuesday, June 30, 2015

this one's a winnner.

How sad was everyone when Stieg Larsson died? I mean seriously WHAT A WASTE. Bah. On a brighter note, Sweden's Crime Queen, Camilla Lackberg is truly fantastic and has definitely helped Larsson fan's get over their grief. Her latest, The Drowning transports readers to the small shipping town of Fjallbacka where Christian Thydell's first novel is being released with excellent reviews. He realizes that maybe he revealed too much truth in his work of fiction when he starts getting threatening messages, and when a body is discovered in ice, Christian realizes that his past has come back to haunt him.


In walk detective Patrick Hedstrom and his partner Erica Falk (who is also a writer) to solve the case. Lots of mystery, lots of intrigue, and lots of tension ensue.

use every crayon in your box, or colored pencil, or gel pen.

I don't know what to tell you, I am just totally into these adult coloring books. I have recently started doing those painting classes where you drink a lot of wine and all paint the same basic thing, I find those to be very relaxing, and they get my creative juices flowing. Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relation by Wendy Piersall is much cheaper and the chances of drinking an entire bottle of merlot by yourself is slim (or maybe not?)

Anyways, Piersall is a fabulous artist and has created gorgeous flower outlines with lots of different levels of detail to color, her goal being to help readers relax, focus and reach a higher state of mindfulness. Take 30 uninterrupted minutes out of your day, play some music, and color, it's supposed to be soothing and meditative. See how it makes YOU feel.

Friday, June 26, 2015

women and relationships.

Going from reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed to The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright was kind of ironic. Both about women who recently lost their mothers, ended their relationships and walked a lot of miles. I am glad Kim Wright's latest showed up when it did.

Che Milan (noted wine blogger) has just been dumped, and her mother has died of cancer recently, but not the promise Che made to bring her ashes to Canterbury. Wanting to get away from her horrible life anyways, she decides to hire a tour guide and take the pilgrimage on foot - sixty miles outside of London to fulfill her mother's wishes (even though she didn't even like her that much). Eight other very different woman join her for their various reasons, and the whole thing turns into a giant journey of self discovery. Great read.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

for cooks young and old.

A comic ITALIAN cookbook? Dreams really do come true in The Silver Spoon Kitchen's, Chop Sizzle Wow: The Silver Spoon Comic Cookbook which includes 50 classic Italian recipes that are easy enough for the little ones to help make. Every recipe is impressively illustrated step-by-step in comic book style, which makes everything extra fun. The Silver Spoon Kitchen leaves nothing out, sharing recipes like bruschetta, pizza margherita, and tiramisu. My favorite? The gnocchi hands down.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

history is written through the eyes of the author.

Philosopher Roman Krznaric believes that the future of the art of living can be found by gazing into the past in his book (now in paperback) titled How Should We Live: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life, and I don't disagree.

Krznaric takes readers back in time and covers twelve major issues of life to help us live better. To St. Valentine to teach us the art of loving. To St. Frances to teach the art of family. He's not really asking us to live like these Saints, or the Greeks, or the Aztecs or any of  the other historical figures mentioned throughout the chapters, not really. He's asking us to empathize with each other, and to consider doing things slower and more simply.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

get something out of coloring.

Adults can now color their stress away with new adult coloring books from Running Press. Color Therapy and Creative Therapy are both therapeutic coloring books that use coloring as a way to help you focus and generate creativity, calm your nerves or relax.

Color Therapy by Hannah Davies, Richard Merritt, and Jo Taylor is separated into different sections of color pallets, each with a different purpose. Some pages are already fully colored in (which was a con in my opinion), but there is still plenty of room for you to color when you need to get our of your own head for a while. Very relaxing.

Creative Therapy by Cindy Wilde, Laura-Kate Chapman, and Richard Merritt is a coloring and doodling book that is becoming extremely popular with those who struggle to unwind. Designed to help unleash creativity, most of the pages are partially completed so that you don't get overwhelmed with a blank page.

Monday, June 22, 2015

intelligent. funny. mildly innapropriate. all of my favorite things.

Modern Romance by stand-up comedian/fricken hilarious, Aziz Ansari was more fun than any "self-help" book should be. Being married, it mostly made me laugh out loud and be grateful that I am not longer in the dating scene. But I appreciated his take on finding romance in this tech-heavy world we live in. And seeing how there are SO many different ways to communicate and meet people these days, how ironically difficult it is to find love. I have a girlfriend who lives in DC dealing with this. Between online dating, going out in bars, Tindr, Facebook, she has countless ways to meet men, seemingly makes connections with them, and it then leads to a big black whole of nothing. WHAT IS GOING ON? Well Aziz teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg to give you some insight on why finding your perfect match is so hard.