I’ve been working my way through the list of books I think I should have read in high school, but didn’t…However, I needed a break. Wuthering Heights pushed me over the edge of the Classics and so I dived into what my sister-in-law lovingly calls chick-lit. I picked up One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell, who wrote: Sex and the City, Trading Up and Lipstick Jungle. I’ve read a few of Bushnell’s books and while I often find them to be a bit over the top in the sex-capades of the main characters, they always prove to be quick reads. The ideal choice for a summer/beach read. One Fifth Avenue came out originally in 2008 but I was waiting for it to come out on paperback (and on sale! Can you say $7 on Amazon?) Perks of the book: it was quick to get through, it name drops like nobodies business and it provides an inner look into New York’s high society. It’s like a train wreck and you can’t stop watching as the characters spiral into further immorality and at times, just plain odd behavior (it involves the Cross of Bloody Mary?!?!). The book follows 5 women who all live in One Fifth Avenue (a wealthy brownstone in New York) and are all in very different walks of life. An actress, a new socialite, the woman who wants it all but has had to settle for less, a twenty-something willing to do anything to make it in New York and an aging gossip columnist. The story begins with the death of the oldest resident of One Fifth Avenue, Mrs. Houghton. I must say, I enjoyed this more than any of Bushnell’s books, or at least until the ending. The ending felt like Candace Bushnell realized the book was nearing 600 pages and no actual resolution had occurred. The result? Everything miraculously fell into place in the last 10 pages, an ending that felt forced and not in line with the rest of the book.
So what do I suggest? Read it and take it as it is: a fun, summer read. Definitely something you will read and then forget. A classic chick-lit if I’ve ever seen one.
My brother is moving back to Colorado and I somehow got bamboozled volunteered to drive his car back. Insert best friend, two days and 1,200 miles and a whole world of unknown gems can be discovered. We flew out Saturday morning (DEN–>LAX), picked up the car and set out. Day 1 was a short 4 hour drive to Vegas in an attempt to break up the trip and add some flair. Vegas is known for many things: gambling, sin, shopping and shows! I’ve been fortunate enough to see two of the Cirque Du Soleil shows (Mystere and O) which are, in my opinion, the best shows in Vegas. This round, it was time to change it up, hello Tournament of the Kings at Excalibur. Dinner included a whole chicken, tomato soup, potatoes and broccoli, the kicker? No silverware! The “tournament” is complete with pounding on the table, cheering, fireworks, jousting and every type of ridiculousness imagineable. Did I love it? Absolutely. It’s so absurd that it just works.
After our quick jaunt through Vegas it was time to hit the road again. This is the 4th time I’ve made the trip from CA to/from CO. Typically, the goal has been to get from one place to another as quickly as possible, and really this trip was no different. However, we did make a couple of pitstops. You know all those “scenic view – next exit” signs you always see? Well, we had to see what the big deal was all about. We found that some of these were worthwhile and some were not. One of my favorites: Spotted Wolf canyon. We asked some fellow onlookers to take our picture.
After 12 hours, 2 beef jerkey sticks, 4 states and 2 ipods, we made it safely back to CO.
Lessons learned? Scenic views are actually scenic, you CAN eat a whole chicken with your hands and playing your ipod on shuffle can be quite enlightening.
What’s your best road trip experience?
I found this quotation while browsing through the classics section at http://www.bookpeople.com
in Austin, TX a few weekends ago and it was too good not to share.
“Classic: a book people praise and don’t read” – Mark Twain.
In my quest to work my way through the classics I should have read but never did, Mark Twain’s comment really hit home. I just finished Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. This was my first experience with one of the Bronte sisters and well, the jury is still out on how I feel about it. The book began and it was one of those experiences where 3 chapters in I had no idea what I had just read, I decided to push through and see if I could make better sense of what was going on. (Plus I hate not finishing a book) You don’t like any of the characters, at one point you begin to empathize with Catherine (the older one), pity her almost. However, that quickly changes, you find that she is instead a selfish, dramatic girl who causes more pain and frustration, pleasing her every whim instead of growing up and rising above her circumstances. You want to like Ellen, the housekeeper and narrator,the eyes and ears between the two estates, but I think it’s because you don’t actually get to know her so really it just causes indifference. Everyone was miserable, why would you voluntarily spend hours reading a book for no resolution?
Do I recommend Wuthering Heights? I mean, this book has gotten a new audience thanks to the Twilight series, take that with a grain of salt. It’s a classic and has produced some of the classic characters in literature. My suggestion, (unless really desperate for something to read) leave Wuthering Heights to High Schoolers and English majors.
What began as an idea, at first small in nature has now turned into a reality. Welcome to my attempt to capturing the things I love most in one area for those in my life to share too! What is Go Eat Read? Good question. If I could spend my days doing just 3 things it would be this: traveling, baking/cooking/eating and reading. I’m a single girl enjoying life to its fullest and hope to share this journey with you.
And so here it goes – my attempt to capture and share the things in my life that I enjoy the most.