1. Reading The Fault in Our Stars and crying
Yeah...go on. Call me a crybaby. I really didn't want to read this book. It sounded too sad. Also, there's something about having so many good reviews that you feel you might be disappointed. That happens to me a lot with movies.
I bought this book while in Philly on a business trip. Mine is autographed. I thought, "Oh, this will make an excellent prize for a blog hop." Then, I never gave it away and packed it for our trip to the beach. I read it and then thought about reading it again. Umm-hmm.
Blurb from Amazon:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
2. Reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson and laughing
So, I decided I had a new author crush. I listened to Looking for Alaska by John Green on the trip to Destin, FL. Then I read The Fault in Our Stars while on the beach. I hurried over to the bookstore and grabbed another John Green paperback since all my books are on my iPad these days. The characters in Will Grayson, Will Grayson are so real, and the humorous dialogue had me rolling. I'm sure I was very annoying to those seated in beach chairs on each side of me. I listened to Green's book, Paper Towns during the trip home. I have it bad for the man.
There are many themes in this book: friendship, bullying, depression, and homosexuality. I think this book is brilliant.
Blurb from Amazon:
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.
3. Eating ceviche at Cantina Laredo
Click here for a recipe.
My husband and I devoured the appetizer. Everyone else at our table kept saying, "But it's raw seafood?" And we kept explaining that the marinade of lime cooks it, so it's not rubbery or slimy (like oysters). No one else would try it.
4. Watching waves between napping
We left our beach vacation at the right time. It seems that after we left, Hurricane Debby moved in.
It was beautiful while we were there. I meant to do some writing while on the beach. I really did.
5. Hearing the ice cream truck everyday
I never bought any ice cream, but the musical sound of the ice cream truck made me smile. He came through our neighborhood twice daily. I hope he made enough to pay for his gas. Who am I kidding? Those ice cream bars probably costs $5 apiece.