Book Club|May Reads

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I may be one of the few people who love summer in Arizona. I relax at the pool before work (on my giant pineapple float) and read, read, read. I have read quite a bit this month and thought I would share. I love a good book recommendation.

The Girls- Emma Cline 
Rating: ***
I was expecting to be riveted by the fictional "Girls" that were loosely based on the Charles Manson murders. I mean, come on, who would not love to try and get in the twisted minds of those girls?!?! Instead, the story was based on an insecure 14 year old (Evie) who was drawn to a couple of free spirited girls and sort of joined a cult but not really. There is no build up or anticipation for the upcoming events that you know are going to take place. Once it does it's like an after thought with zero emotion. I so wanted to love this book but it fell flat for me.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee 
Rating: *****
I know, I am extremely late to the game with this one. I am sure I had to read this book in school many years ago. But, for the life of me, I did not remember it. (I must have used the cliff notes) I can't say enough great things about this book and it's easy to see why it's such a classic. You are instantly invested in each character. Love, love, love. If you have not read this one in a while or simply do not remember reading it (like myself) I highly recommend picking it up again.

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk- Kathleen Rooney 
Rating: ****
"I am old and all I have left is time. I don't mean time to live; I mean free time. Time to fill. Time to kill until time kills me." 

It's New Years Eve in 1984 and Lillian Boxfish takes a walk down memory lane in her beloved New York City. This beautifully written novel is like sitting down with your grandmother telling stories about decades of her life. Ambitious career women, published poet, falling in love, becoming a mother, trouble with addictions, depression, and infidelity are all stories that lead up to the women she is today; independent, witty, vulnerable, and one tough cookie.

What She Knew- Gilly Macmillan
Rating: ****
Every parents worst nightmare comes true for Rachel Jenner. Her son ends up missing while allowing him to wonder ahead of her during a walk through the woods. Her endless search for her son makes you wonder how well you really know the people around you. Secrets, lies, twists and turns keep you engaged all the way to the end.

Captured Wild

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My mind wonders without you
Distance becomes ignorance
Moments fleet and flash
Fearing that it's all too fast 

There is no courage in a lonely crowd 
Fear breeds strength otherwise unfound
Only since our meeting
Has comfort been allowed

 Worry should never visit 
Concern will remain bound
Nothing could disrupt
What we are now

With all there is 
Endless insignificant stuff
Somethings were designed to be one
Similar to us

-by JJF (aka...the hubs) 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Temperatures are rising. Flowers are blooming. Spring is here.

Desert Rain

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I woke to the sound of raindrops on our window. Grey, cloudy skies that make most people want to curl up in a cozy blanket and binge watch their favorite shows. For me, it had been a while since we had a heavy rain and I wanted to enjoy it.

Piestewa Peak

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It's hard not to take full advantage of the great weather in Phoenix during the winter months. It's the perfect time to get outside and conquer the many hiking trails in the area. 

This past weekend we made our way to the second highest peak in Phoenix, Piestewa Peak. Our My plan was to hike the Summit Trail (#300). We made our way to the start of the trail and ignored the signs that stated it was extremely difficult and forged ahead. 

One thing to keep in does get crowded. It gave me a bit more motivation because there were all ages and all physical types on the trail. Giving me that extra boost of energy to keep pushing to the top. I mean, you feel kind of bad when your gasping for breath and an eighty year old passes you like it's just another walk around the old block. 

Watson Lake

Monday, January 23, 2017

After a full week of non stop rain, clouds, and being cooped up in the house I was eager to get outside. Thankfully, Arizona has unlimited options for outdoor adventures/hiking trails. 

We drove a little over an hour north to Watson Lake near Prescott. The temperature dropped about 30 degrees in that short amount of time. So, although, I received a few strange looks at our local gas station the parka and snow boots came in quite handy.  

Exploring Telluride

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

There is nothing quite like the first sight of snow and the crunch beneath your shoes to get you excited to play in a winter wonderland.