I’ve been having a less than stellar week, some bad things happened that culminated with the loss of my tablet, the one I use for reading eBooks. To say I was upset would be understatement; I went to bed and cried into my pillow for a bit after the incident happened. I’m coming to terms with it now, and I’m already looking for a (cheaper) replacement as I’ve completely given up hope on retrieving it.
So today I decided to treat myself, and those who read my blog know that there’s no better way to cheer me up than with books and sweets! Yes, folks, it’s time for one of those posts again. I’m thinking it should be a regular segment on this blog! 😉
I discovered that we have the Magnolia Bakery here in Lebanon (I’m guessing some of my American readers will recognize the name). As is the case with any new discovery, I tend to splurge. My sister and I shared a slice of red velvet cake, a Snickers icebox pie with cream cheese frosting, a mini caramel pecan cheesecake, a mini white chocolate macadamia nut cheesecake and finally, a cheese marbled brownie. I was on a sugar high.
An extreme sugar high.
After that I went book shopping! Usually I just stick a picture of my stack of books and let it do all the talking, but this time I thought I’d talk about each one a little bit. Maybe it would help one of you pick out your next read. 🙂
Dream London by Tony Ballantyne: I’ve actually never heard of this book (or the author) before now, but I loved the premise. A sort of bizzaro fiction where London changes a little every night and parks hide themselves and streets get up and move to new locations. Sounds pretty fascinating!
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson: I became a fan of Sanderson after reading his first book in the Mistborn Trilogy. This is the second book. And it is thicker. This makes me very happy. I recommend this book for those who want to read a fantasy novel that is sophisticated, gripping and at the same time clean.
Cress by Marissa Meyer: I have been waiting so long to read the third installment in the Lunar Chronicles, and this is the one I’m excited about the most because it stars Rapunzel, my absolute favourite fairy tale princess. I clapped my hands in glee when I saw it’s nearly twice as thick as the second book! I do recommend checking out this series, it is different from other YA fantasy out there with its fresh spin on fairy tale characters. I mean, I would’ve never in a million years thought about creating a cyborg Cinderella!
The Wizard of Oz: I don’t believe this needs any introduction. I bought it because it was a beautiful edition with leather binding and engraved words on the cover, spine and back. I’m a sucker for a pretty book.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy: This is a silly book. It is written from the point of view of the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel… and have now been rejected by them and cast out of their castles. It’s a children’s book, but that has never stopped me. Plus the premise of this one is too funny to pass up!
Finally, The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente: I have spoken before of my love for Valente’s writing, specifically in the Fairyland series. She writes so beautifully you can almost taste her words. This is the third book in the series and my first hardcover by her.
So… I am now a happy girl! Sadness completely cured, as I’m sure a day of sweets and books binging would cure anyone’s mood! That said, how has your day/week been? Had any yummy desserts lately? Read any of these books or any awesome books? 😀