Friday, November 4, 2011

Books, books, books, oh how I love books

When I woke up today as I was washing my face, my son ran up to me (he gets up an hour earlier with my hubby) and said 'it is no joke mommy, it is raining so you can't do photos outside!' I told him he was right. But after I got dressed and was ready to take photos I thought it would be cool to place the tripod under the covered area and stand in the rain with my umberella which happens to match my pants perfectly!

The outfit was inspired by the lovely Bee from the insanely popular (and well deserves the popularity) of Atlantic Pacific Blog.
 Since I bought these magenta colored denim pants I always look for inspirational outfits I can wear with them... And this was perfect since I owned very similar items.

 These are my very old shoes. I haven't worn them in ages. Didn't really wear them today either with all the rain and plus they are not your practical pre-school carry two kids and diaper bag kind of shoes. Wore my same colored (cognac) uggs instead!

Umbrella - Coach
Jacket, Pants, heart necklace - Forever 21
Denim Shirt - LC Waikiki from Turkey
Belt - H&M
Chain necklace - Off Fifth 
Heels - Charles David

And I have to share the kids excitement today at the sight of the rain and finally an opportunity to use their umberellas and wear rain boots:
The fact that all of our clothes match to our umbrella's I swear was not planned!

 Her outfit came out so cute this morning! This jacket which so resembles mine came in a set with skinny khaki pants which are also adorable. The Calvin Kline outfit retails at a stupid $50+ but of course I got it for under $20 at Marshall's. The tutu is from Costco, the skinny jeans are rocca again from Marshalls. The adorable hat is from Children's place. She is wearing a hello kitty tee under from H&M and the boots are target!

For Friend Friday 
hosted by 
Katy at Modly Chic 
We are talking about our favorite BOOKS and/or most recent reads. I am definitely no writer but am an avid reader of fiction. I absolutely love books. Always have and always will.
  • I love books written in first person and take me to a different land, time and/or era. 
  • I love books that are slow reads where you can read a chapter and be satisfied and put it down. I have read the popular page turners but find them addictive and not as pleasurable as the slow reads. 
  • Since I didn't grow up or go to school in this country (except for college) I was not required to read any of the classics in English Literature. So for years since moving here I have made a rule to read a classic every 5 books or so. I am always moved by those classics where the authors somehow managed to write in a way that a person can still relate to hundreds of years later!
  • I also enjoy beutfiul writing. Not complex writing where the sentences are a paragraph long but writing that gets the emotions and feelings across in such a concise and beautiful way. 
  • I have nothing against Kindle but it is not for me. I am one of those old fashioned people that loves to hold an actual book, smell the paper, turn the pages and hug it when I close it if it made me feel something. 
  • Plus I love to build a library. To remember some of my favorite books and authors for this post I went up and looked through my shelves. I love owning the books I read and going back to them. Since I am obsessively organized all my books are displayed in alphabetical order by author's last name like a bookstore!

With that being said here are my all time favorite books:
1. Jane Eyre by by Charlotte Brontë

My absolute all time favorite!
If you have never read this I would highly recommend it. It has this 'suspense' element that I would have never anticipated. The characters are so complex and well thought out. The writing is ageless and beautiful.

2. Ahab's Wife by by Sena Jeter Naslund

This book is about the wife of Captain Ahab of the famous novel Moby Dick. Which I have bought but have not read the actual Moby Dick yet. This is also the book that got me to fall in love with Light Houses. I would highly recommend it.

3. Away by Jane Urquhart
4. These are a group of books all covering a similar theme: A Woman who is stuck in a marriage or a relationship in a time where having affaris is absolutely taboo but falls in love with someone else anyway and their struggle with this. And from the era and the name of the authors that have covered this theme you can see the issue applies to any century.
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (don't let the size or the author's fame scare you. It is a pleasant and very interesting read)
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Falubert -A bit harder read but the story is captivating and once again ageless!
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin -Super short but amazingly powerful.
  • Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller - One of two books that have made me cry and I rarely ever cry!
5. Just when you think you get my tastes I will surprise you with this one and am not ashamed to admit it but I am an absolute die hard fan of the Twilight books by by Stephenie Meyer !
I have read all 4 cover to cover 3 times. The first book probably 5 times. These books are totally addictive and page turners but there is just something about the chemistry and love between the main characters that I am strangely drawn to and whenever I want to loose myself in that I open any of the books in any section and start reading. The movies are just 'OK'. They don't even come close to the books but I have to say Kristen Stewart is exactly how I envisioned Bella so I think that was a perfect casting. 

I have so many more books that I loved. Then there are authors that I love and have bought and read every book they have written. And those are:
1. Margaret Atwood (you might know her by her award winning 'The Handmaid's Tale')
2. Charles Dickens ('Great Expectations' is another big favorite of mine)
3. Jane Austin (absolute love 'Sense and Sensibility')
4. Emile Zola
5. Toni Morrison
6. Amy Tan
7. Erich Segal (the author of the famous 'Love Story')
8. Rebecca Wells (ya ya sisterhood author)
9. Naguib Mahfouz (Fascinating look into the Arabic culture)

Here is a weird observation. I spend a huge amount of time when selecting books to read. I love to go to the bookstore (alone) and spend hours browsing through the books. I read reviews in the back (look for NY times book review the most) and read the summary of the story and also read the first sentences of the first page to get a feel for the books. I have a neck for selecting books that become super famous and get movies made of. I am not kidding. Books I have read years later become a big hit over and over. To proof of this theory that you can see I own these books in the original cover and in the year they were published.
Some examples are:
1. Memoirs of a Geisha

2. The Joy Luck Club
3. Invisible Circus
4. Water for Elephants
5. White Oliander
6. The girl with a pearl earring
7. The Reader
8. The Help!

And here are the last 5 books I have read/reading:
1. Currently reading: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by by Ken Kesey and Robert Faggen

2. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

3. Help by Kathryn Stockett

4 & 5. 'Dead as a Doornail' (book 5) and 'Definitely Dead' (book 6) by Charlaine Harris from the Sookie Stackhouse series which is the HBO True Blood series is based upon.

 To see others favorite reads click HERE! 
And let me know do you recognize some of these book have you read them? What is your favorite?


  1. Great post! I love to read and Memoirs of a Geisha was a favorite book of mine. When winter hits here in Ohio, I love to curl up with a good book and get lost in a story. I am also old school, no Kindle for me. I like an actual book in my hand.

    For your outfit, I love your take on the inspiration. Those pants are great! The photos of the kiddos are great. Now I am singing "singing in the rain" heather

  2. Great post!! I really want to read The Help. I actually did the same topic on my blog as well for FBFF:)

    btw. LOVE those pink pants!

  3. Love it!! I really like how you dressed the pants down and made the outfit casual. There's a really nice balance where the pants are standout-ish but yet don't totally overtake the entire outfit. Perfection!

  4. What a gorgeous photo shoot!! Those were great pics of both you and your kids. And I loved your outfit! How cool that you were able to recreate the outfit from that inspirational pic.

    I followed you here from the Weekend Blog Hop.

  5. great book selection! your outfit looks great and i love your pants and shoes.

  6. İt was fun to read this post as always. Kindle is not for me either:) İ love your magenta pants and how it is paired nicely with baby blue such an unexpected combo. Trevor and Juliet look sooooo cute with their new outfits and umbrella's and Juliet looks so much older with that military jacket! İ have been loving your hair lately:)

  7. Yes, yes, yes! I absolutely LOVE your book list. Despite having a fairly "elevated" taste in books, I too am not afraid to admit that I am a Twilight fan. I also think it's great that you're not a big fan of the Kindle either. I agree with you; nothing beats the feeling of holding and reading an actual book. :)

    P.S. I found you on FBFF.

  8. fabulus! how adorable are your kids !!!! :-)

    just found your fab blog, follow each other ?
    have you seen my latest post?

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  10. Now, that's a dedicated blogger! Photographing in the rain is a new milestone in the world of Fashion Blogging.

    And those pants are terrific! Do they plug in with a cord or do they have batteries? :)

  11. Well these magnet jeans looks just great!
    I am in look for a tutu for my little girl, thanks for reminding that it looks good even with jeans.

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  13. love the color of the jeans!!

  14. şimdi ben hangisinden başlıyayım bilemedim? senin o insanın içini ısıtan renklerle bezenmiş güzel outfitinden mi? yoksa çocuklarının güzelliğinden mi? onların şahane kıyafetlerindenmi?

    outfitinden enerji fışkırıyor canım, özellikle ayakkabılar gerek rengi gerek modeli ile kıyafeti başka bir yere taşımış sanki!

    çocuklar için diyecek tek kelime bulamıyorum....çok ama çok tatlılar...

    sevgiler canım, iyi bayramlar...

  15. I love your outfit! That is a perfect rendering of the original look you sited. I love Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austin. The Twilight series is truly fantastic and you are dead-on right about the movies not capturing the depth of the romance and connection between Bella and Edward. I did enjoy the movie though. Even my husband read the Twilight series and enjoyed them. I didn't even have to ask him to read them.
    You kids are adorable too!

  16. By the way > your link on Modly Chic is broken!

  17. i really like this color combination...and i've always loved khaki and denim...great chain necklace.

    i really love books, too! no kindle for me. i have the borders app on the ipad, but have no desire to read a book that way.

    What's the next line? Help write the story!

  18. great post! I love bee's style too! so j crew esk


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