Sunday, November 27, 2011

Never Regret Staying Home With A Good Book: Wonderstruck

It's been awhile since my last book recommendation, over a year in fact. I tend to lean towards a lot of young adult literature in what I read, and today's pick is no different. It's Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck.

To quote the blurb on the book's website,

"A boy named Ben longs for the father he has never known. A girl named Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room, and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Ben's story, set in 1977, is told entirely with words, while Rose's story, set fifty years earlier, is told entirely with pictures. The two stories weave back and forth before ultimately coming together. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful—with over 460 pages of original artwork—Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary." 

It's a wonderfully written and illustrated book (Selznick is a Caldecot medal awardee) and I really appreciate Selznick's ability to tell two different stories in such rich detail using two different mediums. I also love how Selznick pays homage to another great book, I adore.

Do check the Wondestruck out. Chacic posted some images in her reccomendation post Wonderstruck Friday

P.S. Selznick's other book, the award-winning,  The Invention of Hugo Cabret has just been released as a film by Martin Scorsese called Hugo and its been getting good film reviews. I haven't read the book or seen the movie, but I plan to do both.

Book cover photo via Ringo the Cat

Giveaway! Hop on Over!

My good friend Carla is having a giveaway to celebrate the 1st year anniversary of her online clothing store Carla's Closet. It's over at her wonderfully photographed blog Carla Reads the World! The giveaway is open until December 28, 2011 so hop on over there and get a chance to win some pretty neat clothes, bags, jewelry etc!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Advice I Need To Remember

Sources:Unknown (Meaning I forgot where) YMCYMCSwiss Miss and another unknown except I know its from tumblr.  

Saturday, November 12, 2011


We took a three week sojourn to explore Europe together hence, the blog neglect. We left in late October and arrived home last Thursday. While exploring Amsterdam, one store in particular caught our eye, Hema, a homegrown Dutch brand that designs and manufactures a plethora of items ranging from clothing and cosmetics to food and dining items at reasonable prices.

I fell in love with their party materials. Including

 these cute floral and plaid print containers

these sunny printed napkins in floral and nature themes

festively packaged apple and strawberry drinks
and their festive party streamers.

And for cleaning up lovely 4 packs of dishtowels for 5 Euro and in a variety of colors.

All images via Hema


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