Happy Friday! I can't wait to dive into the long weekend. Unfortunately it is cold and rainy around here, and the forecast for the next three days is not very promising. But there isn't a more appropriate weather to curl up on the couch with a good book, or a delightful-looking movie, or a feel-good song to brighten up your mood. Who's with me? So let's go!
A book: The Forgotten Garden
My first thought after finishing this novel was: I want to start it again! I enjoyed every second of trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. If you're familiar with Kate Morton, you know what to expect -- a family saga, an old manor house, a mystery from the past. And, what I like most about the author's writing, the non-linear narrative. She is a master of going back and forth in time, giving the reader small peeks on one character's story, only to leave it and start another story, about another character, on a different period. I have no idea how she manages to tie everything together at the end, but she does. The plot here is about a young woman who decides to investigate her grandmother's past after her death. The grandmother, Nell, was placed on a ship to Australia with only a suitcase, when she was little. Nell started to trace her origins, but never had time to fully uncover where she's from, who were her parents, and why did an English girl end up in the other side of the globe without anyone ever looking for her.
A movie: Marie Antoinette
If you're looking for a historically accurate movie about the famous French monarch, you're better off watching a documentary on the History Channel. But if you're looking for beautiful images, impeccably made dresses and the yummiest sweets ever portrayed on a motion picture, look no further. Sofia Coppola is so great in creating long-lasting dreamy shots and choosing the perfect soundtrack for her tales, and "Marie Antoinette" is no exception.
A song: Island in the Sun - Weezer
The cutest music video ever made? I'd say so. I can't imagine how much fun it would be to roll on grass with those babies! WANT.