April Book Club – “Water for Elephants”

April Book Club – “Water for Elephants”

I’m pretty sure many of you have read this. I’m way behind the band wagon, and I know it! However, perhaps you didn’t finish it and this gives you an excuse to “git er done.” Or, maybe you never had a chance to discuss and you loved/hated the book, then you can join in on the discussion at the end of the month. See? It’s a win/win.

April’s book is “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

 

 Happy Reading!!

{Suzie}

Book Review- “Swamplandia!”

Book Review- “Swamplandia!”

Ha! I’m late with my own deadline, but I have a great excuse!!!

My sister had her baby early morning, yesterday, and I’m an Aunt!!

 

Anyway, back to our regularaly scheduled post….

Swamplandia!

Did anyone read it with me??

Listen, I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I absolutely loved the writing. I loved the way the author spoke to you like she was talking face to face with you. I loved that she was hilarious at some points. I just loved her “regular speak,” if you will.

However, I hated the story. Was it supposed to be happy? I don’t know. I have to admit that I like a happy ending. I mean, life is hard enough. If I’m going to escape it’s going to be an escape into something wonderful and romantic and funny, or at least riveting and exciting. Know what I mean?

The story was sad and not to spoil things (in case you plan on reading it) but a little girl gets raped. And, I have a daughter! I just couldn’t imagine it and it was tough to read! Also, the father is just horrible. Not like an abuser, but definitely not a good dad and this makes me so angry!!

In terms of the characters, however, I will say that even though I didn’t like most of the characters (I only liked 1, ok Vijay was pretty funny, so two.), I have to admit that character development was pretty well done. I really got to know most characters and I do think that is an important element to novels.

Overall, I would have to give it an “eh.”

Good writing, not so good story.

What did you think?

{Suzie}

 

Still here- no baby!

Still here- no baby!

I know I’ve been MIA, but really it’s because I’m a crazy person and haven’t had enough hours in the day to blog. I’ve got over 200 (other people’s) blog posts sitting in my reader to give you an idea of how little I’ve been on the nets these days. The reasons are simple and none of them include having a baby or another kidney stone (thank GOD!!):

1) I had Spring Break last week and so we met up with some of Matt’s family in Cocoa Beach for 2 days.

2) I’m lazy.

3) I tried cleaning my house. Cause, I’m probably one of the few preggo’s who does not nest, so I had to force myself to clean house. Pathetic. But, my husband thanks me (sort of- I may or may not have made a bigger mess trying to “organize” while I cleaned. MISTAKE!)

4) I got Jamie’s 18 month pictures done. Yeah…my baby is 18 MONTHS OLD!! Post on that later…

5) I finally got maternity pics done. I know, I know. This poor baby is definitely getting the second child treatment.

6) I’m very very lazy right now.

7) I’m 9 months pregnant and taking a course more suited for college and it is KICKING MY BIG MOMMY BUTT.

8) I finally got a Baby Central Station set up in my room (code for I’m a terrible mother and in the spirit of the red-headed step-child syndrome, baby #2 does not get a nursery). BUT, he does now have a place to sleep, which is better than the drawer we were going to have to put him in if I hadn’t set up the Baby Central Station. He also has clean clothes (I did 7 loads of baby laundry) and clean burp clothes, towels, bibs, etc. I also put batteries in the bouncy seat for the vibration effect, because every good mom knows that a vibrating bouncy seat is ESSENTIAL <——-Mommy Tip #675. You’re Welcome!

9) Did I mention I’m freaking 9 months pregnant and exhausted as all hell?

10) I read the entire Hungry Games Trilogy because everyone else has and why not? It’s not like I’m sleeping at night and it takes very little effort. You might be thinking that could be a great time to blog, but taking out the laptop, opening it, turning it on and typing is a lot of work. Plus it requires thinking and I am only using brain cells to get me through this class, work, and mommy duties. I’ll post my thoughts on the trilogy soon!

So, as you see it’s not like I’m sitting around eating bon bon’s, although I have been eating a lot of cupcakes lately. That’s what happens when you make a dozen cupcakes for a BBQ that gets cancelled. Plus, I’ll be eating pretty much air and water after I give birth (maybe ice for treats when I’m good) cause I have two family weddings to go to before Jr. even hits 6 months so ya know….better savor the goods while I can.

To keep me accountable to post on here I will tell you that I will post:

1) The book review for Swamplandia, tomorrow. Anyone read it with me? I’ll also post April’s book.

2) About Rhiannon’s shower I helped plan and show some of my crafts on Friday.

3) About Jamie’s 18 month update on Saturday.

4) Give a baby update and show some maternity pics/Baby Central Station pics on Sunday.

5) My thoughts on the Hunger Games (trilogy and movie) on Monday.

Is that fair? Then you’ll be all caught up with my affairs and we can all do the countdown until I am unpregnant again.

PS- is it bad karma to buy those alcohol strips for breast feeding from BRU? I mean, I could really use some wine once Baby gets the boot, but I’m already feeling all guilty with the whole breast feeding thing. Gah! Sometimes I wish I were a man, but with no facial hair and a great sense of fashion. You know, like a gay man.

{Suzie}