Yay, we have made it to another Sunday. This past week was one for the books. There’s quite a bit to share. Grab your drink of choice and let’s catch up.
First things first, I (finally) went to Dallas, Texas! On trips home to Missouri I have driven through Dallas, and it is intimidating as hell. The reason for the trip was to attend my first ever author event. I got to sit front row at Half Price Books and listen to, and ask questions to Chanel Cleeton!
The event was completely free, I just had to get myself to Dallas and pay for a place to stay. It was a nice, during the week getaway. It was very interesting to hear Chanel speak about some of her family history and the motivations behind both When We Left Cuba and Next Year in Havana. I loved hearing a bit about her background, having studied international relations and attending law school. It made so much sense while reading Beatriz’s story in When We Left Cuba.
What I found interesting, which I typically do, is to learn that she had no “formal training,” in writing when she became a writer. I think that is so fascinating and definitely inspirational. I’ve had a few story ideas floating in my head for a while but always use the excuse that I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve heard a few authors say this but I think hearing it in person from an actual author, whose book I was holding in my hand made it seem more real life for me.
We also chatted a bit about what is to come from her, and I’m so excited. There will be 2 more books that follow the Perez family and both sound wonderful. Cleeton is definitely an author who I believe in what she’s doing. I’m fascinated by the time periods and history she is bringing back to life.
After the event, I was browsing books as I waited for my husband and Kids to pick me up when another attendee and I started chatting. I literally felt like I met my new best friend. Georgia and I found out that we are both Missouri girls living here in Texas. We are both romance readers. She is actually putting the finishing touches to two books she’s been working on and attends quite a few book conventions. It was so nice. The event itself was great, and then meeting and chatting with her was the icing on the cake.
Reading wise, I am currently in the middle of a couple of things. I looked on Goodreads and was surprised to see that I dwindled my currently reading shelf down to one book, which is a poetry collection by Andrea Gibson called Lord of the Butterflies. This isnt my favorite collection of Gibson’s.. honestly at times I find myself a bit bored but I keep going because there are some truly powerful, hard hitting poems in it at the same time. I’ll share a few passages I’ve highlighted:
“Do you ever feel like the best of you is something you’re still hoping to grow into?”
“what I want most is to live the rest of my life desperately wanting to live it. I want to give that to you. I want it to find you in the nothing at all. I want it to be something.”
One thing that is irking me just a bit too with this collection is some of the poetry is a tad long for my liking. It’s a preference thing. I don’t necessarily want to read a poem that is over two pages long. More than likely, halfway through my attention is gone and the ending didn’t stand a chance.
Aside from that, I started listening to That Month In Tuscany by Inglath Cooper. I was in the mood for something with travel in it, and both the audiobook and ebook have just been sitting untouched for an embarrassingly long time so I gave it a go. I have about five hours of listening time and it’s not a bad book. It does feel a bit too set up, too trope heavy I guess you could call it. It follows Lizzy whose marriage has gone to crap. Her husband is the inattentive husband who spends too much time at work and cancels on her when it’s time to take their anniversary trip to Italy. Lizzy decides screw it, she’ll go by herself because for entirely too long, she’s put aside things she wanted to do for her husband. Insert Ren! Ren is a rockstar that Lizzie doesn’t recognize initially on their plane ride over to Italy. The two end up hanging out when they get over there. Ren just wanting to be normal and Lizzie wanting to enjoy the moments and being in Italy. Oh and let me not forget Lizzie snot nose daughter who I already can’t stand. Cooper thus far has done a wonderful job of creating a cast of side characters who are complete jerks to have me rooting for Lizzie and what she’s doing. We’ll see where this journey takes us.
Let me know what’s going on in your corner of the world. Do something nice for yourself and be kind to yourself. Until we chat again, xo.
Married Mom of 3. Military girl. Reader. Falling in love with romance novels.