There’s something I love more than reading – pizza and going to the theatre. Not the movie theatre – Broadway theatre. Musical theatre, specifically. Unfortunately, theatre tix are 500 times more expensive than a book & I’m not (insert obscenely rich person’s name here) so I go to as many shows as I can which never feels like enough. Last year, I made the really adult decision to obliterate my savings account and see 2 shows a month. Then in August of last year, I decided that I’d grow up….and save. A very painful decision. Then the Tony noms were announced and I realized that nine months had passed since I was in the presence of someone bursting into glorious song (excluding impromptu subway singers). Thanks to tax time (yay gov’t) there were funds available and tons of shows to choose from. I had just read that Bridges of Madison County was closing and I had never had the pleasure of seeing Kelli O’Hara in anything so there I went. And oh, how glad I am that I did. I saw the movie way back when and liked it well enough but I wasnt falling all over myself to see the musical. But there was something in my gut that said to go see it.
Fast forward to the day of the how – I was just really excited to be inside of the theatre, the ushers – theatergoers dressed to the nines and others in flip flops (seriously.). When the lights dimmed, I started to tear up a bit.
In short, Kelli O’hara deserves all the hype and more more more more. & Steven Pasquale is as gorgeous as he is talented. (Fun little anecdote: I was in line at the Barnes & Noble signing/performance for the cast CD and I was pretty peeved that I had to stand by the restrooms until hunky Steven passed by. A collective silence passed over the group of us when he passed by. Sigh)
I haven’t been this moved since seeing Once, also a bit tragic but different, softer, I’d say? Bridges is Once with the addition of its passion and tragedy on steroids. I was able to see Once SIX times and Bridges only…once. ):
Someone once told me that if I couldnt afford/see a show, to just listen to the Cast Recording because “it’s basically the same thing” and by George (Gershwin), it’s NOT the same at all. It’s a close second, third, maybe to being there. And I feel it most with Bridges OCR. The music just encapsulates the story, the passion in a way that I haven’t experienced before.
I find lately, that I enjoy hopelessly tragic musicals over the splashy/funny/slapstick-y ones. If I’m not violently sobbing when I leave, did I really enjoy myself?
For days after watching the show, I had One Second and a Million Miles on repeat. And now, as I type this, Kleenex box nearby, I can’t stop listening.
For your enjoyment:
Blurb: There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, who doesn’t even know she exists. Continue reading
Stim by Kevin Berry
Publication date: October 16th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Robert is different. He has Asperger’s Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. Follow his entertaining and highly empathetic story as he struggles to realise and accept who he really is, try to understand other people—which he cannot—and find a girlfriend. Especially find a girlfriend—he’s decided it’s his special project for the year. Accompanied on this transformative journey by his quirky flatmates, Chloe (who also has Asperger’s, amongst other things), Stef (who hasn’t, but doesn’t mind) and their oddly-named kitten, Robert endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl…and not even a major earthquake will stop him.
Ages ago (January), I posted my love letter to the first chapter of The Dead Wife’s Handbook and now it’s publication week and I could not be more excited to see the UPS man when he brings me my beloved package!!!
Anywho, I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of Hannah’s promo blitz for The Dead Wife’s Handbook.
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The Dead Wife’s Handbook is the stunning emotional debut from author Hannah Beckerman.
‘Today is my death anniversary. A year ago today I was still alive.’
Rachel, Max and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life – until the night Rachel’s heart stopped beating.
Now Max and Ellie are doing their best to adapt to life without Rachel, and just as her family can’t forget her, Rachel can’t quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives. And when Max is persuaded by family and friends to start dating again, Rachel starts to understand that dying was just the beginning of her problems.
As Rachel grieves for the life she’s lost and the life she’ll never lead, she learns that sometimes the thing that breaks your heart might be the very thing you hope for.
It’s only the middle of January and I’m already counting down the days until Spring. The bitter cold isn’t a friend of mine, especially as the heat in my apartment seems to be on holiday. What’s more exciting than a countdown to Spring? A countdown to a new release!
So this past Friday, you know, Black Friday, I went shopping. Book shopping of course! I stepped into Barnes & Noble and while I’m ever so happy to see hoards of people buying books, shopping alongside of them is what I imagine hell to be like. I was in and out of the store within 20 minutes. (That’s a new record.) Before I left, I found the single greatest thing at the cash register. Gift card holders in the shape of books! It’s probably not new, but hey, it’s new for me and made my day.
I picked up one for myself. Don’t judge.
I found this neat clock in a magazine, snapped a shot of it and have no idea where it’s sold.
These shelves have been around for a while and yet, I still don’t own them! (I’m afraid that after I buy them, I’ll find a way to convince myself to buy some more books even though my bookcase is completely full of unread books)
I went searching through Buzz Feed’s many lists and found this bookmark treasure. Instead of a house, you can drop a book on the witch!
Last but not least, for when that ending leaves you weeping. I own a variation of this tissue box; this one’s sleeker.
What bookish gifts do you recommend?