Friday, August 28, 2015

The Two Best Books of Summer

"I was made for this" - LL

THIS IS IT. The final week of summer is upon us. And if you haven't yet found the perfect summer read, I'm here to help you. Here are the two best books I read this season. Let's get right into it.

The Rosie Project is the hilarious and heartfelt story of a socially awkward genetics professor looking for love. He creates a survey to weed out the smokers, drinkers, unfit, unintelligent, and the always lates, and yet he finds himself falling for a woman who is all of these things and more. This story had me stifling LOLs late into the night while poor Michael slept next to me. I'm pretty sure I haven't laughed so hard reading a book in ages (I will never forget the dance scene.) Annnnnnnnd, always something to make me happy -- The Rosie Project is being made into a movie!!!!! With Jennifer Lawrence. I. Can't. Wait.

Rosamunde Pilcher wrote The Shell Seekers in 1987, but I read it recently because the cover caught my eye at a recent BJ's run (yes, I judge books by their covers... who doesn't?) Bottom line -- it's a sweet story about a matriarch of a British family reflecting on her life. It's set in 1980s England and Ibiza, but a large part of the book takes place during World War II. Beautiful and compelling, this book has it all: love, heartbreak, family drama, art, war, lasting friendship and beautiful settings. It's the kind of book that makes you want to curl up with a cup of tea on a rainy day, but also run to the ocean and jump in. Read it!

Right now, I'm reading Pat Conroy's The Great Santini. I simultaneously love and hate Conroy's books. He is the one of the best storytellers I've ever read, but often with the most disturbing stories. We'll see how this one goes.

My little astronaut

After that, I plan on reading The Martian! In a compulsive fit of spending, I dropped a whopping $5 on this book at the grocery store yesterday.  The Martian is not at all my typical read (it's about an astronaut stuck on Mars and his survival and rescue.... that is NOT my genre,) but let's be honest, Matt Damon's face is on the cover because the movie version of the book comes out in October. Need I say more?? We all know that the best part of Interstellar was when they open the space sleeper machine and Matt Damon pops out. Surprise! So I'm sure another space movie with him can't be too bad. And The Martian is apparently really funny despite the serious nature of being stuck on Mars and fighting for survival.

Ok sooooo I actually mentioned four books here! Two were freebies... I guess I'm feeling generous. Gottta jet now, but not without a few Liza Love pics to brighten this already gorgeous late summer afternoon.

At the Outer Banks a few weeks ago
Legs moving at the speed of light. Get out your summer whites while you still have time!

Practicing our sunbathing pose


  1. Hey, hope this comment doesn't come across as stalkerish :). I am currently a significant other of a 1st year medical student in Oregon who wants to be a nuersosugen. So far so good, lots of studying but overall good. Anyways, last night Paul started talking about 4th year rotations. I know that's a few years out. But it really scared me. He wants me to travel with him, kind of like what you guys did. I got a lot of encouragement from your posts, plus it sounded like you really enjoyed it. I know its a few years out still so why stress. I wanted to say your blogs have been a helpful tool to give me peace. I hope the best for you and your husband.

    1. Hi Tiana, Thank you for your comment! Your words encouraged me so much to keep blogging (I've been slowing down a lot recently since having a baby) so THANK YOU! As for 4th year rotations, you are right -- they are still pretty far away so no need to get too worried about them now. If your job allows you to go with Paul, I would definitely recommend it! It's hard to be separated so I'd try to avoid having to do that, and it's also a good time for you to get a feel for the town/city as a potential place where you may be moving if he matches at one of the programs where he does an away rotation. You definitely don't see him very much as those rotations are a time for him to put his best foot forward, but it's also good practice on learning to do things on your own and keep yourself busy when your hubby/significant other is working such long hours. It's good practice for what neurosurgery residency is like! Please do keep me posted on how med school is going... and tell him to do an away rotation at Chapel Hill :) We really like it here! All the best, Carey Beth

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  3. Aww thanks Carey :) I will. Medical school is going good so far, he stated in August so we're entering our 3rd month. He studies a lot at school which is fine because he can focus better with other students, and I'm always finding a project to do. Recently, I've been thinking of getting a dog so I have a buddy to hang out with on his late study nights. Thanks for writing back, and for your newest update. I enjoy how real you are in your posts. My bible verse through the medical school application process and towards the future is.. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart - Psalm 37:4


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