What’s Going On…
Today we say goodbye to August…I’m in a bit of shock that the summer has seemingly evaporated. I do look forward to the nicer weather that fall should bring. I’m over the heat in every way.
My diet and exercise endeavors are pretty much like the City of Atlantis these days. They are a mysterious fairy tale that I believe to exist but there just is no hard evidence. I have a friend that did a type of fasting diet. Only shakes and veggie broth. I’m desperate – I’m not sure if I’m that desperate. I’m giving it a sort of attempt. Some how my love for pizza always wins.
So, today I’m making veggie broth. It’s simmering on the stove as we speak. I tasted it – not gonna lie, it’s gross. I mean I’m sure it’s fine veggie broth…but, well it’s veggie broth. It tastes like shit no matter how good it is.
I’ve had some Vega powder for shakes for awhile. I make them sometimes. I suppose I have to come to grips with BUYING the healthy food isn’t enough. I’m gonna have to suck it up and eat that crap.
Other adventures as of late included a trip to a Norfolk Tides baseball game. The nice thing about hot days are the beautiful summer nights. The Tides are the AAA affiliate team for the Baltimore Orioles just an FYI for you. But that explains how I got to have my pic with the bird. That creepy looking dude is Triton, the seahorse mascot for The Tides. We think it looks like a scary dragon.
The Sassy Cats have all been lazy as of late – what’s new. Simon has enjoyed the fact that mom is out walking again and has been taking advantage of some stroller time. It’s so great not to be a gimp anymore! I’m taking it easy though – no running in my future 🙂
In Book News…
I’m awaiting some book mail from my friend at the newspaper. I’ve got my TBR pile down to a manageable size so I’m overdue for a new batch. My to-review board is stacked though! The hubs may have some travel coming up and I’ll have to take advantage.
I finished up Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. It was so good! I can’t believe it’s a debut novel. It hit shelves this past Tuesday so be sure to snag that one for some fall reading.
I also just wrapped up Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers. I’ve not read anything by her but it was enjoyable. Liar’s Key is sixth in a series and I always feel you miss out by reading a middle novel as a stand alone. This was no different. It was a good book but the development of characters and stories takes place over the entire series – you just feel depth is lacking when you take a book as a stand alone. In any case fans of her work or the Sharpe & Donovan series will love it for sure.
This one is one of my recent favorites and I 100% recommend you all read it. Here are my thoughts on The House at the Edge of Night:
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner
Published by Random House on July 12th 2016
Tucked away on a tiny Mediterranean island sits a quaint little cafe’. It’s the heart of Castellamare and has been named by the inhabitants The House at the Edge of Night. With its old stone walls draped in bougainvillea, it rests atop nearly the highest point of the island and melts into the dark sky and vast sea that surround it.
Catherine Banner has created this fictional island off the Italian coast and I desperately want it to be real. Her beautiful prose bring Castellamare to life and I enjoyed every page of her gorgeous novel. I was lost in the warm breezes and the sounds of the sea while indulging in the story of the Esposito family that spans nearly 100 years.
We begin with Amedo Esposito who is a foundling, or orphan, in Florence. He grows up to become a doctor and eventually finds work on Castellamare. Amedo comes to make The House at the Edge of Night his home and works to continue running it as the local pub. Eventually, he marries a woman from the island and they have children. The story journals the many generations of the Esposito family in Castellamare.
It’s not often you can call reading a book indulgent but The House at the Edge of Night truly was decadent in every way. This is one of those rare gems that the reader should take their time in appreciating. Banners beautiful prose, lovely characters and absolutely charming setting make this a delightful read.
I loved every aspect of this novel. It’s the perfect summer read. You’ll surely wish you could visit Castellamare, as I did, once you’ve put this one down.
That’ll do for me today!