BOOK CLUB: WEEK 2 “THE HANDMAID’S TALE”

July 8, 2017

This week flew by! I’m living in a different city for the month doing some equally awesome as it is exhausting work. I read a short section of the reading for “The Handmaid’s Tale” at the beginning of the week and didn’t really get to finish until recently. I want to open up discussion if anyone is interested but I thought I’d share a few things I am pondering as well as my overall impression of the first 13 chapters of the book.

First impressions: My first impression of this novel was that it feels extremely relevant to the society that I am living in. I really love Atwood’s decision to explore what the world was before the Republic of Gilead and how relatable it makes this dystopian world become.  This is a terrifying thing, and seeing this world through the mind of a female who is being used solely for her body feels strangely apropos to discussions our society is continually having.

5 Things to ponder:

– Why does Atwood choose to use day and night to tell the story of Offred?
– Does this novel feel relevant to our modern day society? Is this something we could foresee happening to some degree?
– Do you think this is a ‘feminist’ novel?
– How do symbolism and colour play an important role?
– What is it like seeing this society only through the mind and eyes of Offred?

These are things I am going to ponder over the week as I read the next section and hopefully will have some of my own answers for. If you have any please leave a comment.

The next reading section will be until the end of Chapter 24. Happy reading!

Book Club: Week 1 “The Handmaid’s Tale”

July 1, 2017

Hey friends and happy Canada Day! I love July because it’s my anniversary month, my birthday month, the birthday’s of some close friends and family, it’s hot and it’s summer so all around it’s great! I am excited to launch this book club for those that may be reading along with me! As mentioned, the book for July is Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”. I have divided the book into sections to make reading along easy! So the first section I am going to read is up to the end of Chapter 13 right before the beginning of section VI: Household. Next week I will post some discussion points and the next section to read! Can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about! Happy reading!

Easy + Delicious Peach Sangria Recipe!

June 29, 2017

I was at a friend’s house the other day and she served us this delicious sangria and I was hooked! I normally am not one for white wine, but when you throw peach my way I can’t say no. In my opinion, sangria and mojitos are the drinks of summer. (Maybe I’ll do a mojito post too 😉 ) I thought that this would be a perfect drink for the long weekend if you have any Canada Day plans! It is super easy to make – you can just whip it up in a hurry which is a big reason I love it! I had a bottle of white wine gifted from a dinner we hosted so that is what I used. (As mentioned I normally don’t drink white wine). Feel free to use your favourite white wine for this sangria! Here is the recipe!

What You Need:
– 1 bottle of your favourite white wine
– 1 1/2 cups peach schnapps
– 2 cups ginger ale
– 2 sliced peaches

What To Do:
1. In a pitcher combine all ingredients and chill!

um…easy right???? 🙂