But I feel so blessed by all the support, positive feedback, and new opportunities coming my way. It reaffirms that I'm on the right path, even on those occasional days when it feels like nothing is easy.
Back on Sunday, four of us met up at El Jardin for Mexican food (including chicken fajita quesadillas and a large order of guac!), margaritas and a little discussion of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Okay, we talked about the book for about two minutes once the check arrived and we realized we'd been chatting about dogs, health, weddings, babies, and all kinds of things that were not the book. But hey, isn't that sometimes what book club is about?
Bottom line, we all enjoyed this selection! The language took some time to get used to, given the book was written in the early 1800's, but once we got going, the story kept us engaged. If you're looking for a great classic read, be sure to pick up Persuasion.
Our next choice is One Day by David Nicholls. This is one of those books that I've picked up in the bookstore, but I never actually purchased or read it. The plot sounds intriguing though, and it's been made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway (which I haven't seen yet either!). A few months back, I borrowed a copy of the book from a friend and have been wanting to dive in since then. Hopefully between reading books and stories for class, writing papers, nannying, and working on my business, I'll find time to read One Day too.
The Hollywood-ready latest from Nicholls (The Understudy) makes a brief pit stop in book form before its inevitable film adaptation. (It's already in development.) The episodic story takes place during a single day each year for two decades in the lives of Dex and Em. Dexter, the louche public school boy, and Emma, the brainy Yorkshire lass, meet the day they graduate from university in 1988 and run circles around one another for the next 20 years. Dex becomes a TV presenter whose life of sex, booze, and drugs spins out of control, while Em dully slogs her way through awful jobs before becoming the author of young adult books. They each take other lovers and spouses, but they cannot really live without each other. Nicholls is a glib, clever writer, and while the formulaic feel and maudlin ending aren't ideal for a book, they'll play in the multiplex.