I thought I’d start my day with my new favorite smoothie, the same one I made last week, a strawberry peanut butter chocolate green smoothie. There’s really nothing like having chocolate at your first meal of the day 🙂
Plannin’ to Work it Out
I finally got my butt in gear and made a new monthly workout plan for March. My last workout calendar ended on Thursday, and I just kind of winged it for the past few days. But I can only go so long without a plan. This month’s plan is basically a repeat of last month’s goals, just with different circuits.
My March fitness goals are:
- workout 6 days a week
- strength train 3x
- work core 2x
- run 3x
- yoga 1x
So far, this mix keeps me feeling strong, and switches things up enough so I’m not bored to death. For abs this month, I’m excited to break out this routine from SHAPE magazine again. Oh, Audrina…
I joined Julie for the Peanut Butter Fingers February book club for this read. Our book club picks never disappoint! I actually had a hard time getting into this book, but that’s probably just because I was really busy when I started reading it. I only had time to read half a chapter here and there, so when I kept picking it up, I felt a little lost each time.
A quick summary… The book tells two stories that slowly begin to meld together as the same history. Vera Ray, a single mother, loses her little boy Daniel one night in a strange May snow storm. The boy is never found and Vera’s fate is unfortunate. Years later, Claire, a reporter for the town newspaper is told to write about a freak late snow storm in May – almost exactly like the one that happened when Daniel was lost in 1933. At first, she hates the story, but then she discovers the mystery of Daniel and Vera. Claire, having lost a child herself, has a heart for the story when she starts to relate to Vera and the grief she must have gone through in losing Daniel. In the end, Claire discovers who Daniel really is and realizes that he wasn’t really lost after all.
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Thoughts (and spoilers)…
By the end, I really loved this book. The story constantly goes between Vera’s story – taking place in 1933 – and Claire’s story in present day. I saw both Vera and Claire’s stories as pretty sad. Vera – the poor single mother who gave up on her only love, and now has lost her only son. Claire – left alone in her grief after losing her child in a running/car accident, her marriage is in shambles, and she works to death.
Just like I did with What Alice Forgot, I got very into the emotions of this story and was easily upset by what was happening in the book. Any time there is anything about marriages falling apart or lovers who can’t be together – I feel like it’s happening to me too and I take on the characters’ supposed emotions. Pathetic? Maybe. But it makes for an interesting and intense read.
At first, I thought all the coincidences between Claire and Vera’s world were really corny. Oh, Claire is now going to the same hotel that Vera worked at? Really? I would think. I just felt like there were coincidences all over the place, and at first, it was hard to buy into. But by the end – where everything was way more than coincidental – because I was hooked, it didn’t matter.
An aspect I did like about the book was Claire’s running. At first, when it was mentioned that she was a runner but hadn’t run since “the accident,” I was like, how can a runner just not run? This is so fake! But then when I learned that the accident happened while she was running – it all made sense. When Claire ran again at the end, I could relate to it all really well. I loved seeing her character set free by running – which is very similar to how I feel in ways.
I didn’t see the big twist in this coming at all. Claire is actually related to Daniel – and “Daniel” is actually her husband’s grandfather? OH MY GOD. Best twist in a book, ever! When I read that, I was seriously so giddy with excitement. Claire and I had “found Daniel” and he was right in front of her all along. Overall, the book became really compelling to me around chapter 16. After that, I couldn’t put it down!
As far as Sarah Jio goes, I’ve never read anything by her, but I’d certainly like to read more now. I thought her writing was very tight, thoughtful, but concise. There was so much “between the lines” in her writing for me, so much that you feel and interpret, feeling that is not just said. I also really appreciated her author’s note in the back. That’s not typical of novels anymore, and it just felt like she was telling you a little something about herself as an author. I liked that.
Random side note: I checked this book out from the library. Thankfully, I actually gotthe book this time (last book club book just never came in). The checkout time was only two weeks, when normally it’s three. I got an email prompting me to renew it, but when I tried, I wasn’t able to (probably because there’s a wait list). It was due last Thursday. But I wasn’t done yet, and I was more than halfway through! Sorry, library & people waiting to read this. Reading fail. 🙁
Questions for you:
- Do you make regular time for reading for pleasure? Lately, it’s definitely an effort because I’m not used to it, but I want it to be habit!
- Have you ever been a part of a book club?