Saturday, June 11, 2011

Book and Restaurant reviews

Books I read in May:

Perks of being a wallflower
- We read this book for book club. I thought it was very similar to Catcher in the Rye. I didn't love it, but I also kept reading to see what would happen. It was a quick read. I felt very differently about the main character after everything that is revealed by the end of the book.

The Skinny: How to fit in your little black dress forever
- My sister was reading this on vacation and loaned it to me. I really liked it! It was a super fast read full of realistic ways to be healthy, while still enjoying food. The main take away I got was to plan what you will eat based on what you have already eaten that day or what you know you are going to eat. For example, if you know you have a big dinner out, have a healthy breakfast and vegetables and salad for lunch. If you have a brunch to go to, plan to eat light healthy things the rest of the day. Not rocket science, but being mindful and purposeful of the choices you make.

A thousand gifts: I read Ann Voskamp's blog and had been wanting to read her book for a while. It is beautifully written and inspiring. That said, I did struggle with the writing style some, and got lost in the wording at times. Overall though, I enjoy reading her blog and her book that inspires me to grow as a Christian, wife, and mother.

Hunger Games
: I've heard on and on the legend of this series and so vacation was a great chance to give it a try. This young adult book is dramatically written, with a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter. Almost to a ridiculous point. But I loved it! :) Finished it in less than 24 hours and can't wait to read the second book in the series.

I finished up my "10 new restaurants" with these two:

Kamps 1910 Cafe
: I have been there twice now, and tried two different sandwiches, a salad, and two different desserts. Everything was great! I would definitely go back!

Nhinja sushi and wok
: We tried this place on our last date night. I am not huge into sushi, but Michael really likes it. We had California rolls, a spider roll, and a dragon roll. It was all really good, and I would actually like going again.

Even though I completed my 10 new restaurants, I plan to continue trying new places. It keeps life interesting!

And just for fun:

A blurry pic of my sweet girl in what we call "her big girl jammies". :)

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