Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Let's go over to Yo's for Mexican Time.

This post comes from Yolanda -

May was a busy month. April was a busy month. I can't believe May is almost over and I still haven't posted the review.
So..... welcome to my house. I had to do a little cleaning up. I do apologize.

Follow me down the path to the patio.

Ahhhh.... that's better.

In honor of On Mexican Time, I made enchiladas

and margaritas. (Now I really want enchiladas. In real life.)

Yum. Let's lounge by the pool that overlooks the ocean and discuss the book.

Or we can lounge by the pool that overlooks the vineyard.

Either way, lounging must lead to a siesta, in true Mexican form. I don't know who these chicks are, but one of them stole my hat.

And this guy? I don't know who this guy is, either.

It's getting late.

Let's sit at the patio and have some coffee and really discuss the book.

I loved loved LOVED the colors of the book. I loved the warmth. It was hard to get into at first. I didn't know if I'd be able to finish it. It took me a while, and I actually read The Lovely Bones and The Handmaid's Tale (highly recommend both) in the same month that I plodded through Mexican Time. Such a great book. It was all about adjusting. Slowing down. They couldn't do anything on their time. They wanted to redo the house? They had to wait for the workers to get to it. And that's just how it was. This afternoon could mean three days. (A book review for May could mean the last week of May.)

It was hard to get into, but relaxing once I did get into it. Now go vote for next month's read.

images: google and restoration hardware.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Next Book on the shelf....

I nipped into Mr B's today for booky inspiration - they were in celebratory mood having WON the Independant British Bookshop of the year!!!!!! They deserve no less as  they are quite fabulous.

Caroline from Mr B's runs another book group and suggested the following - which of these appeals the most?

Self Help author Ed Docx is doing a 'gig' at Mr B's in a few weeks time - he looks utterly GORGEOUS - not that that should cloud our descision!
But I could force myself to go meet the author!!!! Hahahaha!

Alone in her native St Petersburg, Maria Glover send an urgent summons to London and New York. Her son and daughter arrive too late to see her, but the end of their mother's life marks the beginning of their own story: one of secrets, strangers and the ultimate retelling of everything they thought they knew.

ISBN: 978033044614 published by Picador

Set in Manhatten over the course of one year and executed with exquisite sympathy, tenderness and emotional nuance, Either side of winter moves through a series of linked events and characters, season by season. Touched by a wry humour, it is a lyrical and moving picture of people whose lives are inextricably linked by circumstance, community - and a need to be loved.

ISBN: 0571226663 Published  by Faber and Faber

A lost little girl with her notebook and toy monkey appears on the cctv screens of the Green Oaks shoppping centre, evoking memories of junior detective, Kate Meaney, missing for 20 years. Kurt a security guard with a sleep disorder and Lisa a disenchanted deputy manager at Your Music, follow her through the centres endless corridors - welcome relief from the behavior of customers, colleagues and Green Oaks mystery shopper. But as this after hours friendship grows in intensity, it brings new loss and longing to light.

ISBN: 0955138418 published by Tindal Street Press

This last book comes highly recommended as Caroline's book group's favourite read to date, and has just won the Costa First Novel award, shortlisted for the Guardian, Man Booker and Orange prizes.

Please vote on the book you would like to read next month.

Images courtesy of Amazon.co.uk