(39) My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry // Bookish Blurb

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

So this is actually Backman’s second book which is set right before Britt-Marie Was Here (which I didn’t realize when I started it). It follows the life of Elsa, a seven- almost eight year old girl who is different. She gets bullied in school and she’s super smart and her parents are divorced and she lives most of the time with her mom and her mom’s partner (and their soon to be born child – her half sibling- Halfie )in the same building as Britt-Marie.

Basically this book follows the events that unfold when Elsa’s eccentric grandmother dies. She was Elsa’s only real friend but when she dies she leaves Elsa with a letter which leads her on an adventure to discover the past of her grandmother’s life and also to learn more about the other people in her building. Continue reading “(39) My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry // Bookish Blurb”

(32) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb

15768648In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

Like many books, I read this book on my mom’s recommendation. She was reading it for book club and thought I might like it. Basically this book is about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (something I basically knew nothing about) through the eyes of a seven year old girl. She starts off as the daughter of a prince and then a revolution occurs, one that wants to eliminate all remnants of the former leaders and generally create chaos. Continue reading “(32) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb”

(28) I’ll Give You the Sun // Bookish Blurb

16109340I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This is a YA coming of age story about twins Jude and Noah.

This story is about family, guilt, loss, being broken and trying to put your life back together and yet it manages to still have moments of humor and . I don’t really know how to explain this book very well without giving too much away. Continue reading “(28) I’ll Give You the Sun // Bookish Blurb”

(27)The Secret Life of Bees // Bookish Blurb

81bdonfzzolThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I had been meaning to read this book for a while especially after I read The Invention of Wings and realized that it was written by the same author. I knew I needed to read this book. In this book we follow 14 yr old Lily Owens as she escapes the horrors of her existence and tries to find out more about her dead mother. It is about race and strong women who have lots of hardship.  Continue reading “(27)The Secret Life of Bees // Bookish Blurb”

(8)Between Shades of Gray // Bookish Blurb

51rmnofyfsl-_sx332_bo1204203200_Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I’m trying to remember how I heard about this book but I think I might have found it on some NYT bestseller list. This is a YA novel about Lina and her family in Lithuania during WW2.  Continue reading “(8)Between Shades of Gray // Bookish Blurb”

(6)One Plus One // Bookish Blurb

one-plus-one-jojo-moyesOne Plus One by Jojo Moyes

After I saw Me Before You, I was going to go read the book (I didn’t realize it was a book before it was a movie and yes it made me cry) but when I went to get the book I realized that the author (Jojo Moyes) had written a bunch of other books. Unsure what to do I decided to just get her first book even though I didn’t know anything about it. Continue reading “(6)One Plus One // Bookish Blurb”

Christmas Toothbrush // Random Ramblings

As Christmas has just passed (at least at the time of writing this), I thought I would keep track of some of the things that say ‘Christmas’ to me and some of the traditions my family has at this point.

  • Toothbrush in your stocking: We’ve had various years of ‘do we do stockings or not?’ but ultimately everyone expects to receive a toothbrush for Christmas. Side Note: unfortunately there were no toothbrushes this year as Santa (aka Mom) couldn’t find the ones she knows she bought. Also in our stockings we usually get: socks, chocolate, fruit (typically an orange), and any other random stuff people want to buy.
  • ‘Santa’s Workshop’: typically there is a particular room or place in the house where all the wrapping stuff is put during this season. If someone is wrapping a present or otherwise ‘being Santa’ they have to put a sign on the door saying ‘Santa’s Workshop’ so that everyone knows they are not to go in that room.
  • Cinnamon Rolls: a few years ago (or maybe it’s been longer now…) I decided to be adventurous and made cinnamon rolls from scratch (yes, completely from scratch). It’s not as hard as you might think but it does take a long time (think: rise time of 4 hrs…). Anyway, somehow it has become a tradition that I make cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast. I make them Christmas eve and just heat them up the next morning. (I’m all in favor of this tradition by the way, no one is forcing me to make cinnamon rolls).
  • Indian Noodles: my family is really big on food, especially when we are all together, and on Christmas Eve we almost always eat these Indian noodles which is this coconut milk noodle curry thing which is delicious and although we eat it other times of the year, it definitely reminds me of Christmas.
  • PHB: again with the food. Christmas is not complete without PHB which stands for Portuguese Honey Bread and I’m 90% sure it is not at all Portuguese. It’s this Christmas bread my grandmother always makes (and sends to us regardless of where we are) which is kind of like a super dense molassesy bread with nuts and candied cherries in it. Anyway, that is the flavor of Christmas. And no, PHB is not a drug.
  • No touching the presents: I am always baffled by other families where you are allowed to touch and shake your presents before Christmas. We were never allowed to touch our presents. The only thing we were allowed to do was blow on the tags to try and figure out who they were for. But seriously, who is allowed to touch presents before Christmas?

As we get older and change, Christmas changes. The Christmas we had this year was very different from the ones I had when I was younger but most of these things still apply.

What are some traditions your family has? What makes you think of Christmas? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what does your family do instead?