Summer Reads

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One thing I love about summer is all of the perfect opportunities to read a good book.
Basking in the sun is not nearly as enjoyable without a page-turner to help pass the time. I realize the same can be said about winter, and getting cozy with a hot cup of tea and a good read, but my mindset is still in summer-mode! And with my trip to Florida only a few weeks away, my summer will most definitely be pro-longed this year!
What have some of my summer reads been the past few months?

Fifty Shades of Grey of course.
Who hasn't been reading this trilogy? Seriously. Although I breezed through book one, the next two are patiently waiting on my Kindle for me. I feel it will make my forever long plane ride back to the States go by that much faster ;)

Gone Girl
Many times I base my book purchases on what have been the bestsellers on Kindle, and thats exactly how I learned about Gone Girl. This book was intriguing, and after reading the free preview of the first few chapters I was hooked. I finished this book in a matter of days, and although I don't want to give anything away lets just say I throughly enjoyed it up until the end. Seriously, if I could re-write that ending I would.

Andy Cohen's Most Talkative
I started this book while we were lounging at the pool in Ibiza, and finished on the plane ride home. It's a fun and entertaining read, especially if your obsessed with all things Bravo as I am. It made me love Andy Cohen that much more, and included chapters about the Real Housewives (which is one of my top guilty pleasures).

The Great Gatsby
An oldie but a goodie, I decided to re-read this classic since I could barely remember anything about it from high school. Often I try to read classic literature and can't get through it due to boredom, but the Great Gatsby is still a page-turner to this day. I also hear they are coming out with a movie version starring Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio and THAT is something I definitely cannot wait for. I recommend re-reading this classic before the movie comes out!

Currently Reading: Southern Charm by Tinsley Mortimer
After a surprising lack of chick-lit on my summer reading list, I decided I wanted something light-hearted and Southern (can you tell how excited I am to go back to the States?). This book seemed to be just the ticket. Although I'm only a couple of chapters in, it seems to be everything I hoped for.

Here's a few more titles that are currently on my soon to read list:


Have I mentioned how much I love my Kindle? I seriously can't remember how I went about reading without it. One click of a button (well in my case the touch of the screen) and I have a brand new book. I especially love how I can read previews of books before I purchase them.

What have been some of your favorite summer reads? Anything I need to add to my must read list?

Barcelona, Spain

Monday, August 27, 2012

At the end of May the hubs and I went on a week long vacation to Spain. I know everyone thinks that living in Europe you go on vacation all the time. Well, here's my opinion, you travel all the time, but it's not always a vacation. Many times you are waking up early, rushing around to see everything possible, and you are exhausted by the end of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. But sometimes you just want a vacation where you can relax. And that's exactly what we decided to do in Spain. Instead of trying to visit as many cities as we could cram in a week, we decided to enjoy Barcelona for about four days, and then headed over to the party island of Ibiza for 3 days.
Barcelona is by far one of the most amazing cities I've been to.
On my list of favorite places, I think it rivals Paris for the top spot. We arrived in Barcelona on a Saturday afternoon, and I had already booked a food tour for us that evening. Was the food tour really worth it? Not really. BUT we did get to meet some interesting people.


We leisurely wandered around and explored Barcelona at our own pace. The architecture is truly unlike anything I've ever seen before. Much of it was done by Antoni Gaudi, and his style tended to remind me of Dr. Seuss. The Sagrada Familia didn't disappoint, and it was just as amazing as everyone said it would be. After traveling a lot in Italy and seeing one duomo (church) after another, they all start to look the same. All of the small Italian towns start to resemble one another. Barcelona was like a breath of fresh air, and I would go back in a heartbeat!



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If you are planning a trip out to Europe anytime soon, I would highly recommend making time to stop in this fantastic city.


Welcome Back!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Well, it's been a good FOUR months since I last updated this blog!
What can I say, sometimes you lose interest in things and life gets busy. Honestly, it's been a while since I even thought about or felt like blogging.
But here I am, back with a fresh new look to boot!
These last few months I've been in Italy by myself, which has definitely been an adjustment. I can't complain, during this deployment I've been lucky enough to have friends whose husbands have been deployed as well. That is truly one of the few things that can make an otherwise difficult deployment so much easier to deal with! This summer I've stayed busy working during the week, and going out and having a good time with girlfriends on the weekends. We've traveled a bit, visited wineries, and enjoyed the sunshine.
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A couple of weeks ago I quit my job, and soon I will be heading to the States for a bit! I haven't been back since we moved out here to Italy over a year ago, so I am extremely excited! I plan on getting back into blogging and updating regularly again. Thanks to those of you who are still following!