For your next dinner party with friends…

Absolutely loving this deck of 56 cards by Sub Rosa to create some very deep and interesting dinner party conversations with friends. Grab your wine, let loose and explore your empathetic side. I’m definitely ordering me one.

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Amazon Picked The 100 Best Books of 2014

Ok, I admit, this is about half a year late! Don’t ask me why. I swear I stashed away away this article in my queue back in November to then share it on my blog. But of course, randomness in my head quadrupled around the beginning of the year and I was all over the place with my DIY’ing, traveling, yoga’ing, blogging and house hunting. Reading took a back seat in my life. I just felt a gulp of guilt run up my throat by simply uttering those 8 words. Honestly, reading should always be one of the priorities in everyone’s life. Your mind has to get its exercise and what better way to work it then indulging in a good read.

So having said that, if you’re in the market shopping for a good read and not limited to new releases then dive into this list of Amazon’s 100 Best Books of 2014. I did. I have my own opinions. Don’t necessarily agree with all their selections, for instance, it will take me most likely a full century to get to Lena Dunham’s memoir book “Not That Kind Of Girl” because…personally… I don’t like anything which comes out of or is associated with Lena Dunham. But then again, it’s a personal taste kinda thing. On the hind side, I was totally unaware of Celeste Ng’s debut novel “Everything I Never Told You”, story about the struggles of an Asian-American family in Ohio after finding the body of their star student daughter at the bottom of the lake. This book also topped Amazon’s list giving Celeste Ng an unexpected glimpse of limelight in the rookie world of writing. It is also making its way into my Amazon shopping cart as we speak!

Behind every stack of books, there is a flood of knowledge

“Behind every stack of books is a flood of knowledge” – Eddie Conlon

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Shadow of the Wind

I used to read a lot, I mean A LOT. I have been an avid reader since I was a kid. By the age of 14, I had read every Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and Agatha Christie series. By the time I was in College, I had covered every Stephen King on the block. Books are an escape, no doubt, for me!

I haven’t read as much as I would have liked to though the last couple of years, juggling between work, family, friends, hobbies and traveling. Hoping to switch it up, I borrowed The Shadow of the Wind from a coworker who HIGHLY recommended it. By the time I was done with the book, I had already ordered a personal copy of my own on Amazon. This book is by far the most brilliantly written book I have read in my life. It is beautiful & eloquent beyond words. And the shocking fact is it was originally published in Spanish. I am sold on Carlos Ruiz Zafon. He has gots to be one of the most skilled authors of his time!

If you are looking to grab a new read before the weekend starts, I strongly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed!