This will be my last one for the night in my attempt to catch up. I‘ll hopefully be officially caught up tomorrow. I read this book my first semester in college for my honors English class, about 13 years ago. I kind of want to reread it.
#day14 #30junebooks #U
2. Mountains, mostly because we are so flat here. My definition of mountain is any place where I have to look up😂
3. Walking/easy hiking
4. Hotels, please. My idea of camping is a Motel 6 🤣
A re-read of an old favorite was how I fulfilled the #RemindsYouofaHappyPlace prompt for the #Booked2019 Winter challenge. I actually had a hard time choosing something for this prompt because I don't really have a dedicated "happy place". As such I thought reading about the first foreign country I ever traveled to would work. This is such a lovely travelogue that it was fun to pull it off the shelf and recall that warm Italian sun.
#LittensAreTheBest MORE #SurpriseBookMail from an “old” friend & a “new” friend!!! Thank you for the wonderful card @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks YOU always brighten my day 😘 BIG thanks to you @Crazeedi for sending such a lovely package🎁I must apologize, I forgot you were having surgery & hope you‘re feeling well💖💖💖I‘ve wanted to read the tagged book for a long time & though I‘ve read Rashi‘s Daughter it‘s nice to know u thought of me😊
Mayes took on the restoration of an abandoned Tuscan villa, and discovered unexpected treasures - on her new property and countryside in which she‘d chosen to live.
‘..a memoir about taking chances, living in Italy, loving a house, and always about food...‘
I've seen the movie and always liked it, but I wanted to read the book before my recent trip to Italy. It didn't happen but I read it today, having just returned.
The book is COMPLETELY different from the movie. I liked it, but it did lose me a few times. Perhaps had I known more of what to expect, I'd have liked it more.
Still, beautiful and makes me miss Italy. Also, bonus: recipes! Yum.
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Check in tomorrow morning for the 6th day of giveaways! 😁❤📚
France!! I went there my senior year of high school as a class trip for students who took French class (20 *coughs* years ago lol). It‘s a beautiful country and we went all over, from Paris to Nice. I would love to travel to Florence Italy because that is where my Grandma was born and raised. I actually rented this movie and we watched it together. The joy on her face seeing parts she recognized was priceless. #7daygiveaway @Rachel.Rencher
This wanderlust heart is made to travel. Pretty much everywhere I go I get so caught up in the culture or scenery that I'm never ready to come home. One of my favorites, though, was visiting the Alps in Germany. We were able to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, took a cable car to the top of the Alps, and saw some cathedrals. There is so much history and culture there that I don't think I can ever see it all. #7DAYSGIVEAWAY
I once travelled to visit my cousin in Savannah, GA. It was absolutely gorgeous and I didnt want to come home at all, but didnt have a choice. I'll definitely be going back!
Good morning, Littens! Today's giveaway is Under the Tuscan Sun. 😁
To enter to win, simply repost this picture and tell me if you've ever traveled to a place and didn't want to come home. Make sure to use the hashtag and tag me so I can find the post! ❤
Lucas and I will choose a winner tonight! U.S. only.
#ReadingResolutions Day 27: For #WineWednesday, I am sharing photos from our trip in Chianti last year when my family and I stayed in Tuscany for a week. Absolutely divine. And you see those wineglasses right there, paired with exquisite pasta, of course.
I‘m behind on #readingresolutions, so here‘s both #TravelTuesday and #WishfulWednesday! I studied in Florence during college, and planned to go back in 2016 to mark the 20th anniversary of that semester. But then my husband & I both lost jobs that year & we couldn‘t afford the trip. I wish to go back someday & someday I will! I loved both of these books for all their reminders of Italy—I read Bella Tuscany when I returned to Florence in 2006. 😊
It's a baking bread and starting a new book kind of day. What's your favorite thing to bake? Or do you prefer cooking? Or takeout? 😊😉
1. The tagged book sticks out in my memory because it sounded like it had such delicious recipes and I was always hungry while reading it. However, I found it odd that while living in Italy, the author never talks to Italian people.
2. Indian food
5. Bombay Bistro in Fairfax, Virginia
1. Going on my first trip is what actually made me want to keep traveling, but the tagged book made me want to go to Italy!
2. Too hard to pick one - loved Ireland, Italy, Paris and the US Virgin Islands
3. It changes depending on my mood. Right now, I‘m obsessed with the idea of going to England!
4. Fly - necessary if going overseas!
5. Both! I don‘t discriminate on anything ice cream-like
What an amazing birthday surprise, @BethM ! This is so nice of you. And you made this infinity scarf, didn't you? It's awesome--I just love it and can definitely use it in the winter. I'm so touched. ☺️
(Disclaimer - listened to audio). This was hard to get into. It's written like a journal, but doesn't always follow chronological order. Admittedly, I've seen the movie and they are VERY different. By itself, its not a bad book, and the recipes provided sound intriguing.
It's the first day of summer and I'm just about to start reading Under the Tuscan Sun. Which, to me, seems quite perfect. Have you read it? What did you think? I love the film but have heard they're quite different. Very much looking forward to something new!
I ended up enjoying this book more than I expected. There are sections that feel like filler, as other people have detailed, but overall, the story of the house restoration and the descriptions of Tuscany and Italian village life kept my interest. 3.5⭐️ The picture is from the Italian Piedmont because I've been there, but not to Tuscany. We don't always stay on the beaten path. #LetterU #LitsyAtoZ
One of those rare gray, rainy days in South Florida. Since I have the house to myself for the next couple hours, I'm settling in with a bowl of cherries and my Kindle for an afternoon of reading.
My wife started a review blog! So I encourage everyone to check out her litsy and her reviews at www.rachelworksforbooks.com I'm so proud of her and I know she would love the support from you guys as well!
Hey Littens! Remember that book review blog that I asked for your advice on previously? Well, I've started it! 👉 www.rachelworksforbooks.com
My first review is live for Under the Tuscan Sun...check it out, and let me know what you think! 😊
"Like the pig, the olive is useful in every part."
I started this the other morning, when I woke up really early and couldn't get back to sleep. I am enjoying the discoveries the author makes about her house, the property, and life in Italy. I seem to be fascinated by old houses lately. We've been watching Escape to the Country on Netflix, and I'm ready to pack up for the English countryside.
I gave this book a so-so rating because I felt the author lost track of her story at the end. The first 150 pages were delightful and made me want to move to Tuscany. She was renovating an old stone house, finding herself after a divorce and learning to live like a true Italian. The last 150 pages felt like filler to make the book longer, and almost made me lose touch with the romance Tuscany has to offer. Still, I would recommend this story.
Fun fact from my book! Can you imagine a bunch of peasants clawing through dirt for coins? That sounds terrible!
I'm really proud of my wife she is wanting to start up a book review blog so please check out her litsy and give her your thoughts on what you like to see from a book review! She already has a post going where you can drop a comment or words of encouragement thanks everybody! @Rachel.Rencher
#Littens ! I'm planning on starting a book review blog with a goal of getting into publishing or education. Is there anything that you prefer to see in a book review? Are there any certain types of books you prefer to see reviewed? Let me know!
(Also hoping this will weed down by #TBR list 😉)
Lazy Saturday night in with the hubby! I strongly recommend this book, and this wine. 👌 (The icecream...not so much 😝)