2. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. I am still reading this book and falling more in love with it after each short story I read. I only have two more left and already I am feeling sad about the book ending. I just finished reading about Lucy and her two siblings - the story is titled, Sister. She'll be in Chicago and lets her brother Pete know that she wants to visit him. He's excited, but nervous. He's let his house (their childhood home) fall to pieces. It is filled with dust and dirt. So, he cleans, cleans, cleans. He even buys a new rug. And on the day she is to visit, he sits waiting for her. When she arrives, he is so happy to see her. They sit and talk. Pete can't believe how little his sister looks and how comfortable she seems to feel in his home. He hates how dirty his house still looks even after he cleaned it. You can feel his anxiety and excitement at the same time. And then their sister, Vickie, shows up. The dynamic quickly shifts and the scene grows tense. Vickie is mad at Lucy for leaving and never coming back. She thinks Lucy feels as if she's better than them. The three start talking about their childhood and how horrible it was. They share stories about their mother who made them eat food from the toilet and who cut their clothes up when she saw them crying. Lucy freaks out. She gets them to drive her back to Chicago. Vickie realizes that Lucy can't handle the memories from their childhood. She can't bear to be back home. Its just too much for her. Reading about Lucy, Pete, and Vickie was just heartbreaking. The fact that Pete wants so badly to tell things to his sisters, but can't get the words out just kills me. The fact that it has taken so many years for them to talk about their memories with each other is just so sad. And the fact that they never realized how much their childhood affected them all, just wrecks me. This story is why I love to read so much.
3. Ladies of London. I am addicted and I love it. Such a great show! I love seeing London. I love watching these ladies over-dramatize everything in their lives - it is simply the best! This last episode, I was cracking up watching Juliet's daughter imitating her. Georgie grabbed her mum's handbag and sunnies and walks around declaring, "I'm Juliet Angus and I'm going to see my friend Caroline Stanbury" in the cutest British accent. She was the perfect mini-Juliet. I'm not getting why everyone seems to be anti-Juliet this season. She's one of my favorites. Unlike Marissa, who seems to be getting worse and worse. Actually, Julie is the worst. All she ever does is complain that Caroline is jealous of her. Ever since she took over Mapperton, she has grown a head as big as the estate. Its crazy! And I love it!
4. #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks. Why is it so hard to do? I am really trying to stick to reading books that I already own. And yet, I have already purchased 5 books this year. I bought:
5. Tracy Chapman. Why did I stop listening to her music? I swear, ever since I went through my old CDs last week (when I was looking for music to listen to at the gym), I have been listening to old favorites all week. This time it was Tracy Chapman. Talk about an incredible voice. Love it!!
And now, I'm off to watch an episode of Grimm. Juliet still can't remember Nick and its really getting on my nerves. I'm just glad that Hank knows about grimms and wesen - finally!!