I LOVE the cover of this book. It might be one of my favorite covers ever. I hoped so much that it was created by hand and not by computer and it was! This makes me very happy. I also loved the title. . As for the book beyond the cover, I liked it but didn’t feel especially moved. I couldn’t get past Daniel’s character who didn’t feel believable enough to me. There are hopeless romantics out there but I just couldn’t believe that these were the thoughts and words of a teenage boy. Or maybe it’s just that I am more practical and logical – like Natasha – and not really a hopeless romantic myself. The book touches on bigger themes of the immigrant experience and what it means to belong and I loved that the characters represented that. I also liked peeking into the importance of minor characters in the book and how it all came together in the end. . But *whispers* I think I realized I’m just not a huge fan of YA in general. There are exceptions for sure. Just recently I loved The Hate U Give which was much bigger than being a YA book. But in general I don’t actually care that much about teenage love and angst. I’m happy to have left those years behind and don’t even care to visit fictionally. I’m much more interested in characters living their adult lives and making their way in the world – characters I can relate to, I suppose. Maybe this genre will be slightly more interesting when my boys are older? . If you read this one what did you think?
Bests from yesterday: story podcasts that keep the boys quietly engaged on a windy, chilly day (Story Pirates and Circle Round are faves), hosting impromptu neighbor playdates, finding Dash and a friend talking and drawing together, brown butter chocolate chip cookies from the @joythebaker cookbook, and a whole bonus day with my boys that felt easy and fun (I wouldn’t have always described a day of solo parenting that way!).
February 14 is also Arizona’s birthday! Happy birthday to this rugged western state that we’ve come to love. I never EVER imagined I’d live in Arizona but can’t imagine my life without the wonderful people we’ve met here. You turned me into a cactus lover, AZ. 106 years beautiful today 🌵☀️🎂 | 📷 in Prescott town square last summer
🚴🏼♂️🙌 . I love his proud smile at the end.❤️
“You can’t beat a good whodunit: the twists and turns, the clues and red herrings and then, finally, the satisfaction of having everything explained to you in a way that makes you kick yourself because you hadn’t seen it from the start. But ‘Magpie Murders’ wasn’t like that. Unlike me, you have been warned.” . MAGPIE MURDERS is a cozy mystery WRAPPED in a cozy mystery! It was a really fun - and yes, cozy - read. Best read while wearing slippers and drinking tea. Weirdly just before I read it I was thinking that a plot with a mystery inside a mystery would be great. And then this came up at the library which I don’t remember requesting. Am I inside a cozy mystery?? (As long as there is no death and nothing scary happens I’m fine with it.) #kelseyreadinglately
Today is grey (😍) but I spent many sunny hours yesterday at the ASU Poly campus - my new favorite spot for weekend writing, editing and podcasting. It’s bright and airy, there aren’t many people (but there is a Starbucks), and someone always comes to practice on the grand piano. I totally bring my own snacks which is my favorite. When I need a break I take a quick walk outside and admire the architecture and desertscape. 💻🌵🌤