Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review: Lost Lake

“She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.” 
- Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

Book Title: Lost Lake
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publication Date: 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit
Goodreads Rating: 3.85 Stars
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn't believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake's magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life?

Sometimes lost loves aren't really lost. They're right where you left them, waiting for you to find them again. 

1. Sarah Addison Allen and her whimsy. I've read quite a few of Allen's novels, and I love their uniqueness. I think someone on Goodreads described it as "Magical Realism". She takes normal, everyday occurrences and makes them just a bit more special by adding some sparkle and magic dust. This novel, out of all the ones I've read, has the least of it, but the lake provided some magic in itself, so I wasn't missing it.

2. The heartache and trauma felt real. These characters struggle. They see a lot of loved ones die, or run away, or struggle with very real problems. Allen didn't diminish this sadness and heartache, but rather embraced it in it's own way, and let the characters grieve and grow.

3. What a summer book. I'm so glad I picked this up in the middle of July instead of the middle of December. A good summer read has a way of transporting you when you are stuck in the house with the heat and humidity, and a good summer read takes advantage of that feeling that summer gives where everything is possible. This book was a good summer read.

As my only light read of the summer, I thoroughly enjoyed this whimsical novel, and I thought it was a great summer read.

“After you finish a book, the story still goes on in your mind. You can never change the beginning. But you can always change the end.” 

“When your cup is empty, you do not mourn what is gone. Because if you do, you will miss the opportunity to fill it again.” 

“If we measured life in the things that almost happened, we wouldn’t get anywhere.” 

“You can't change where you came from, but you can change where you go from here.” 

“But relying on one person for your every need is so dangerous. One set of hands isn't enough to keep you from falling.” 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Summer of Classics

This summer, there hasn't been a whole lot of reading getting done. I know exactly why.


I'm falling prey to it, just like my students. All summer long, I could have been reading glorious contemporary fiction that sucks me in. Instead, I've been feeling guilty about not completing my summer reading. I didn't want to read something fun, because I knew I should be reading Faulkner and Salinger. I didn't want to read Faulkner and Salinger because.. well, for one, I despise Holden Caulfield.

What has that left me with? Not much of anything.

I read The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams last week, and finished it so quickly. Hopefully, As I Lay Dying and The Catcher in the Rye go just as quickly because, y'all, school is right around the corner, and these summer reading tests are the first thing on the agenda.

Plus, it's my turn for book club, and I am DYING to read All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

Keep me in your prayers. I will need it in the next few weeks.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Spring Wrap-Up

Oops.. I might have been slacking on the blogging, but I really miss these wrap-up posts. They are a way for me to keep my life organized, and help me look back on my year. (Also, it helps me remember all of the books I read, which, alas, hasn't been many lately.)

Spring in One Word: Work

My Favorite Memories in April, May, and June 2015:
  • Celebrating turning 26 with my sister-in-law at her bachelorette party
  • Tax season finishing
  • Having too much fun at Festival Internationale
  • Baby Caddox being born!
  • Getting the pup fixed
  • Spending the weekend in the hospital with mom and dad
  • Wrapping up the school year
  • Performing in a lip sync battle at school against the students (Shake It Off, and we didn't win... Whomp whomp)
  • My little brother getting MARRIED
  • One week in the dorms at LSU for cheer camp
  • Putting a deposit in on our wedding venue!
  • One week feeling inspired at the Ernest J. Gaines Teaching Institute
  • One week in Austin for iPadpalooza learning so much! (Can you tell June was a busy one?) 
Books I Read this Spring: 
Articles from Around the Web:

3 Things I'm Looking Forward to in July:
  • Lots of babysitting and professional development time
  • Setting up my classroom and preparing my lessons for August
  • Soaking up the last bit of summer that I can get (including two weekend trips to see far away friends!)
Favorite Quote from a Book I Read this Month:

“They had chosen to make the leap and, having leapt, were delighted to find that the world was even more beautiful than they’d hoped.” 
― Emma StraubThe Vacationers