Sarah’s Key

As we all find ourselves trying to escape the scorching summer heat, I’ve found myself enrapt by a book, Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana De Rosnay. While most of my girlfriends have headed toward the romance novel section of the bookstore, I’m addicted to this fictional tale that recounts a very dark time in the history of the human race. The book intertwines the story of the fate of a young French Jewish girl as well as other French Jews at the start of the Holocaust, with the story of a young American journalist living and working in present day France.

The Holocaust is widely chronicled, but the treatment of the Jews by the French during this time is not. Thousands of Jewish families were rounded up by French policemen, held in the Velodrome d’Hiver (a huge arena), and transported to concentration camps. Most of these French Jews were exterminated along with   millions of other Jews that perished in concentration camps. This novel is a gut-wrenching account of the French treatment of the Jews, an event that is unknown by many and that shames France.

Sarah’s Key has all of the marks of an excellent book- it entertains, informs, and captures and deserves unwavering attention from its reader. This book packs a powerful punch and I certainly recommend that you put this book on your list of future reads.

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What’s Hot/ What’s Not: July 2011

WHAT’S HOT

 

Homemade everything- food, baked goods, crafts, and everything in between!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Rejecting creativity and originality.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Weekend getaways!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Work that you can’t get away from!

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Self-imposed book challenges (I plan to read at least 10 books this summer!)!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Letting the dust collect on your bookshelf.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Celebs that use their fame to support a cause. (All of the proceeds from Justin Bieber’s new scent, Someday, go to charity.)

WHAT’S NOT

 

Celebs that use their fame to support their bad habits.

 

 

 

 

 WHAT’S HOT

 

Frozen summer treats.

WHAT’S NOT

 

Hot winter drinks.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Getting in the Fourth of July spirit!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Taking our independence for granted.

Summer Bucket List

In honor of the commencement of summer, I thought making a summer bucket list might be an exciting idea! I’m completely in favor of free and unstructured time, but there have been occasions when I’ve felt aimless or unproductive during the long summer months. I’m hoping this bucket list (and my job- yay!) helps combat that aimlessness I’ve previously felt.

My bucket list isn’t too comprehensive, yet; however, as the summer progresses I expect that it will evolve! I will be sure to keep you up-to-date with my progress!

My summer bucket list (not in any particular order):

  • Learn to play guitar.
  • Continue to work on and improve my new blog.
  • Become more adept in the kitchen.
  • Read at least ten books (The Help, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Little Bee, and The Hunger Games are on my list as of now!)
  • Get a great tan.
  • Lose 20 pounds.
  • Get to the gym five days a week.
  • Play mini golf (I know it’s random!).

I know some of the goals on my summer bucket list are slightly ambitious; however, I think these goals will keep me busy this summer and abate any possibility of aimlessness. I can’t wait to get started!

What’s on your summer bucket list?

What’s Hot/ What’s Not: Summer 2011 Edition

With temperatures rising and as we begin to dig out our Summer essentials, I am ecstatic to see what this Summer has in store!  From beach bods to sports games and watermelon, there is a lot going on this Summer! Check out what’s hot and what’s not for this Summer!



WHAT’S HOT

Continually working on your Summer beach bod.


WHAT’S NOT

Getting there by unhealthy means.

                 

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WHAT’S HOT

The unbelievably mesmerizing Casey Anthony trial.

 

WHAT’S NOT

Casey Anthony.

 

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WHAT’S HOT

Summer bucket lists.

 

WHAT’S NOT

Breaking the bank to complete the list.

 

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WHAT’S HOT

The NBA Finals.

 

WHAT’S NOT

The Miami Heat losing a game they were leading by 15 points.

 

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WHAT’S HOT

Summer memories.

 

WHAT’S NOT

Summer classes.

 

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WHAT’S HOT

Watermelon, hamburgers, and strawberry daiquiris around the pool.

 

WHAT’S NOT

The excruciating heat that prevents you from enjoying watermelon, hamburgers, and strawberry daiquiris around the pool.