Weekend Updates and The Met

Happy weekend everyone. my blog has been collecting dust lately. I’m finally on my computer this morning playing catch up. I hope to do some blog hopping today and work on my review of The Great Gatsby, which I can never do justice to anyway.

I also have a Top Ten Tuesday post from a few weeks ago that I never posted. I think I will post it this week or next even though the theme, “songs I wish were books”, has come and gone.

I’ll close this post with a few shots I took last week when we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was fantastic and I recommend visiting if you are ever in the area. I mainly went into see Vigée Le Brun exhibit. Le Brun was the official portraitist of Marie Antoinette and seeing the paintings of the former Queen of France was really a treat. I hope to get back to the museum again sooner than later since there are so many beautiful and inspiring things to see there.


I found the sculptures entrancing, some look so lifelike. This is a sleeping cupid.

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Top Ten Tuesday February 9: Top Ten Great Love Declarations in fiction


February 9: Valentine’s Day is next week…let’s do a Valentine’s Day themed freebie!

This week’s TTT topic is right up my alley. I could be here all day. 1heartred

In no particular order, here are my Top Ten Favorite Love Declarations in Literature.


1. “We loved with a love that was more than love.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee


2. “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
―Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


3. “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.”
-Captain Wentworth in a letter to Anne, Persuasion by Jane Austen….
Can I just take a moment to say, that Jane Austen penned one of the greatest love letters in all of literature when she wrote Persuasion. Okay, moving right along to GWTW…

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Freefall into Us by Tess Rosa Ruiz

source: free review copy via NetGalley
title: Freefall into Us
author: Tess Rosa Ruiz
published: Urbane Publications (November 1, 2015)
pages: 304
genre: poetry/short stories
rated: 4 out of 5 stars

Tess Rosa Ruiz is a powerful new voice on the American literary scene, redolent of Kerouac and Rollins in a battle of words. Freefall into Us is a compelling collection of unique poetry and prose that provides an emotional mosaic of the path of relationships. This is a raw and visceral insight into how women and men desire, need, want and ultimately love each other in the most beautiful, passionate and honest ways. The carefully structured flow of poetry and short stories provides the reader with a constantly challenging and engaging snapshot of humanity, leading them through different stages of desire, sex, lust, obsession and passion in adult relationships. These are the feelings we have all felt, but are often afraid to voice. Freefall into the words and perhaps, just perhaps, you’ll recognize a piece of you.

my thoughts:
Freefall into Us took me nicely by surprise. I requested this one through NetGalley not having heard of this author before.
This collection combines two of my favorite things, poetry and short stories. I savored each piece like I would a decadent morsel of chocolate. If that sounds clichéd I just do not care because it is the truth.

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