4.23.2015

Happy World Book Day; Book Review: Paper Towns


Happy World Book Day! I love reading and want to celebrate by sharing another book review with you! Paper Towns by John Green. Read on to find out what I thought about it. 



Are you looking for an easy beach read? Look no further than John Green’s Paper Towns. 

The synopsis via the publisher:
"Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew..."
My thoughts?

This was a good read; the dialogue between all the characters is great. I laughed at many parts in this book. John Green was able to paint a perfect picture of the personalities of the characters and the complexities around each character.

This story is very young-adult (YA) but can easily be translated into life situations. The main characters are getting ready to graduate high school but I graduated college not too long ago – I was able to relate to all their feelings they had about leaving, wanting adventure and the future.

My Rating:

On a scale of 1 to 5 (one being the worst and 5 being the best), I would rate it a 4. It was a quick read and the characters were relatable. I, however, didn’t really care for the character, Margo Roth Spiegelman too much.


Have you read Paper Towns? What did you think? Let me know your thoughts! 

P.S. Are you on Good Reads? Let's connect, I would love book recommendations! 

4.15.2015

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins



This book for me was a little bit hard to get into. I loved Gone Girl and based on my Goodreads recommendations and numerous friends recommendations, I bought it.

A quick synopsis via the publisher:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. 
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”  
My thoughts?

For me, it was a little hard to follow, since it switches between the three main characters quite often. It was hard for me at first, to really connect with the main characters (each and every one of them truly are horrible human beings). But this weekend I was quite determined to finally finish it. Once I sat down and really committed to it, I couldn’t put it down!

It was a quick read (about 300 pages) and I would recommend it to anyone that likes a good psychological thriller. There are definitely some twists and turns and some “NO WAY” moments BUT I was a little disappointed. I was told this was going to be the next Gone Girl and to me, there was no comparison. It was well written and the pace was a little quicker than Gone Girl. 


My Rating

On a scale of 1-5 (one being the worst and 5 being the best) I would rate it a 4. It was a quick moving, edge of your seat, psychological thriller. I bet it will be made into a movie too since that seems to be the trend. Go ahead, read it on the train, I dare you.

Have you read it? What did you think? 

4.07.2015

{Easy} Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

I was looking for an easy dessert to bring to my Aunt Myrtle's Easter dinner. Everything I was planning on making was either chocolate (which I am not a fan of) or elaborate and time consuming. While I was at the farmer's market on Saturday I saw fresh, local strawberries and knew what I was going to make, a strawberry shortcake trifle.

This trifle is easy to make and is perfect for a dinner party, Memorial Day BBQ, bridal shower and anywhere in between.

{Easy} Strawberry Shortcake Trifle



Ingredients

One container angel food cake or pound cake
3 containers fresh strawberries, cut
1 container blueberries (if you want)
1 box instant vanilla pudding
Fresh whipped cream

All the ingredients for a delicious dessert! 

Instructions:

  1. Prepare angel food cake according to package directions. To speed up the process, just buy a store made angel food cake.
  2. Mix vanilla instant pudding according to package directions. Once the pudding has firmed up, add fresh strawberries and blueberries. Don't add all the strawberries, you'll need some for garnish. Tip: The pudding should be a little runny -- it's fine!
  3. Make fresh whipped cream. Simply combine 2 tablespoons of sugar and one cup heavy whipping cream in a mixer and combine until stiff peaks form. 
  4. Assemble your trifle (directions below).
  5. Enjoy!
Assembly:
To create your first layer, put pieces of angel food cake in the bottom of your dish and squish it down to create a flat surface. Spread half the pudding mixture onto the layer of angel food cake and top with whipped cream. Repeat the layers in the same order; cake, pudding and whipped cream.


That's it! You're done! Simple, right? Garnish with additional strawberries on top for an instantly elegant dessert. Your friends will think you spent hours preparing your trifle. I recommend making this a few hours before you plan on eating it and be sure to refrigerate it.

4.03.2015

21 Day Fix -- Week One

So my roommate and I bit the bullet and bought the 21 Day Fix from Autumn Calabrese. We have less than 180 days until my best friend's wedding and less than 115 days until her bachlorette party (eeeeek). It's time for us to get our rears in gear.

She got engaged a little over a month and a half ago and the Monday after her engagement we started hitting the gym three times a week and eating healthier BUT we weren't seeing the results we wanted.

I've seen all my friends posting on Facebook about "1 red, 1 green...blah, blah, blah" but I honestly kept scrolling and would ignore them. I didn't think little colored boxes would work. I guess all the pictures and statuses worked because I finally decided to look up the reviews. Let me tell you, I was skeptical but I wanted to try it for myself. Enter the 21 Day Fix.