I was tagged for a friendly game of “What’s on your playlist?” by Meghan from Gotmeghan . I decided to use the Daily Mix playlist from Spotify. Although, I’ve heard some of the songs, Spotify threw in a couple that I might like based on my listening history.
This playlist is too long to go into detail about so I will just say that my listening history says that I like falling in love, campfires and surfing.
I Found You. Alabama Shakes
It’s Your Thing. Marc Broussard
Brighter. Cass McCombs
River. Leon Bridges
Real Love Baby. Father John Misty
Heart it Races. Dr. Dog
Savor.Waves. The Head and the Heart
Grass is Greener. St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
Part of Me. Tedeschi Trucks Band
Jolene. Ray LaMontagne
No Hard Feelings. The Avett Brothers
What a Woman Wants to Hear. Anderson East
No Woman. Whitney
Stay in My Corner. The Arcs
According to Meghan, I’m supposed to tag 7 other people so that they also do this playlist challenge. I’ll make suggestions and we’ll see what happens. Check out their blogs anyway!
There were a few grammatical errors in the beginning. The mistakes are forgivable because the story is intriguing.
During the first half of the book, it switches between the present and past. In the present, Madison and her brother, Ben, inherit a house in England, as well as a considerable amount of money. In 1881, Alexandre and his family leave Paris to go on an archeological expedition to find a lost city.
I was curious about how their stories would be combined. Madison is definitely more curious about what is in the cellar than most people would be. Most people would have been content with walking around the gardens, spending their fortune or reading in the library. In the back of my mind, I was yelling at her not to go down there.
Of course, there would not be much of a story if she didn’t go into the cellar. I’m not going to tell you what happens. You should read it for yourself. Everything will be revealed in the end.
If I have to rate this book, I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. The story is enjoyable. I would read the second book in the series.
I cleaned my kitchen. It looks like real people live there again. Well, people that don’t have so much clutter live here.
I’ve been getting back to a blogging routine without feeling pressure to be perfect or go viral. I still have that FOMO thing. Fear of Missing Out. However, I also have that thing where I don’t want to leave the house or talk to people. It’s a struggle for sure.
Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry? Yes, I had a heart-shaped rock that I kept from one of the first camping trips that I went on with my boyfriend. I don’t know where the rock is but I still have the boyfriend.
Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Usually, I’m a non-hugger. I’m trying to be more open to the idea.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? I’ve been watching a lot of Small Desk Concerts on YouTube. Singers that I like on YouTube: Allen Stone, Marc Broussard and Brian Owens.
In the midst of all of the videos that my kids and I watch on YouTube, this guy appeared like an answer to my prayers. I’m grateful that Shawn James made it through the hodge podge of Minecraft and “Don’t Laugh” challenge videos.
He used to be in a band called Shawn James and the Shapeshifters, which played more hard rock. James solo stuff is a mix of hard rock and the blues. Some people say there’s a folk music element. I guess I’m not familiar enough with folk music to hear it.
His last album, On the Shoulders of Giants, is available on Bandcamp and Spotify. My favorite song on the album is Delilah. It’s nothing like Delilah by Tom Jones. I’m pretty sure that James writes his own music. Maybe he could do a cover of the Tom Jones song on YouTube. Until then, you can follow Shawn James on all of the usual social media outlets.
I have been wrangled into doing a short blurb about photography for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Not wrangled exactly but I feel the same feeling of anxiety that I would have if I were being literally wrangled with an actual lasso.
It’s silly to be nervous about talking in front of 7-8 young girls, right? I want to tell them everything that I know about photography. There are two problems with that scenario. #1 The girls have the attention span of . . . . That is a lie. They don’t have an attention span per se. Plus, at least one of them screams. Then they alllll scream.
#2 There is too much information to tell them in the 5-10 minutes that they might actually listen.
There is another mom doing the project with me. We both know about photography. We’re going to have to keep it simple.
So that means I should not be looking up DIY photography projects that will take more money and time than I have. Right. I should not do that no matter how cool light boxes make every thing look. So cool . . .
However, for the sake of keeping it simple, we’ve decided to do a photo booth. The meeting area has nothing interesting to take pictures of at all. There’s a basketball hoop, a table and a few chairs. It’s a very boring spot as far as photography.
I think a photo booth will be fun for the girls. It will be fairly easy to make props. Feather boa, giant sunglasses and a viking helmet are on the shopping list.
It will be fine. New year + new me = less panic attacks. I will try not to hyperventilate. I should be thankful that I wasn’t chosen for the horseback riding badge.
You won’t hear me say this about very many books but I loved this book. It’s not really about dancing. I mean, there are people dancing at homecoming dances and weddings. There is one character that wishes they would have pursued a career in dancing.
So what is this book about? In a nutshell, this book is about family and forgiveness. People sometimes want to avoid their families because it’s easier than dealing with everyone’s issues. Is all of the avoidance worth it in the end?
To summarize, Amina goes back home to see her father, who may or may not be ill. He’s been talking to ghosts for a little while. The family has had two major tragedies so Amina isn’t sure if he’s having a mental breakdown or if it’s something else.
I liked the combination of the past and the present. Some writers make flashbacks that don’t mesh.
The characters were written so well. I feel like I know them or would recognize them if I saw them on the street.
The relationship between Amina and her mother has been difficult like many other mother/daughter relationships all over the world. Still, she goes home even though she doesn’t want to deal with her mother. She also stays longer than she wants but that’s what people do for their families.