Gems {2}

I really hate when ice cream melts. That’s why (I say) I eat my ice cream so fast. Really it’s because I have no self control. Here is a round up of my favorite works of ice cream that will never melt or require any kind of restraint. Indulge yourself. You deserve it.

21 :: Ice Cream – ORIGINAL Illustration (He redraws each order, what!?!) $7
2 :: Gelatology 005 Gelaty – A3 Risograph print $34
3 :: I Like It by Sarah Walsh $20 (Exactly how I look and feel when eating ice cream.)
4 :: Ice Cream Cone Vintage Sign – photograph starting at $12.50


5 :: Parisian Ice Cream Sign – photograph $30
6 :: We All Scream For Ice Cream – print $35
7 :: Perfect Twist – poster $50 (My personal favorite!)
8 :: Ice Cream – print $25 (available in more colors)


Gems {1}

booksI am writing this in dreams of having a book club. Yes, that’s right. I want to be in a book club. Anyway, I’ve never really considered myself a reader but I always seem to have a book (or blog or article or magazine) recommendation. So today I am going to bestow upon you some of my most recent book recommendations.

First, I will tell you a little bit about my taste in books. I like page turners whether it is a traditional suspense filled mystery or just because the plot/characters/information is so good it makes me want to keep reading. I like a variety of fiction to memoirs to more informative (but not technical and boring) books. I do not like romances (a la Fifty Shades of Grey or Twilight) or inherently sad sappy stuff. OK, here we go..

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
If you are a fan of Harry Potter or watched Charmed growing up I would suggest this book to you. It’s magical but somehow believable. It is definitely a page turner. There could be a little more on the character development side but no doubt it will keep your imagination perked. As the title suggests, it is about a circus that happens only at night and everything is decorated in black and white. So chic, right? Oh, and I heard it’s going to be made into a movie so hurry and read.

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jennette Walls
I read this book months ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. It is called a “true-life novel” because the author wrote in the voice of her grandmother as if it were a memoir. The stories are true but some of the details are embellished but who cares. It’s crazy and fantastical and makes you feel like you can (or should) overcome that obstacle in your life. I suggest reading this book after reading Walls’ own memoir, The Glass Castle, which is another crazy good read.

Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey
This is my wild card pick. I must warn you that this is kind of a long book (564 pages). Remember James Frey is the author Oprah called out on his book, A Million Little Pieces? Anyway this book is unique because there are thirteen-ish plot lines that the book jumps back and forth between and an array of characters. It all takes place in Los Angeles and has short blurbs about the history of LA between chapters. Despite the many characters and plot lines, it’s not confusing to follow. If you like believable characters (anywhere from a bum to a movie star) I suggest giving this book a try.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I’m calling this pick “If you haven’t read this book already, you should.” This book is awesome because you feel smart and informed after you read it. Serious. I put off reading it for a while because of the cover (I know what they say!). It seems like a scientific book but it’s not. It’s definitely a human interest read as well as a piece of little known American history (that’s where you start feeling superior to those who don’t know). If you ever stay home on a Friday night to watch Dateline, I recommend this book to you.

Other popular books I recommend that you’ve probably heard of or possibly read are:
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Popular books I’ve read and would suggest you pass on are:
Life of Pi – Just watch the movie, it’s probably better and takes less time.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – UGH! <— that’s how I felt when I finished this book.
The Marriage Plot – I absolutely hated all the characters. HATED.

Books on my reading horizon:
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
Signs and Wonders by Alix Ohlin
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Do you have a good recommendation? I’d love to hear it!


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