I love long weekends and I especially love when I take the Friday off to make it an extra long weekend. It is the simple things in life, my friends, that can make it all worth while. 

I'm not sure if you have have noticed but society these days has an appreciation for "fails" - what is this, you ask? Anything that someone is trying to do right but ultimately fails at it and getting it caught on camera makes it even better. Believe it or not, Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates was part of the Mother's Day display (clearly someone has my sense of humor). 

I'm sure you can guess that this book is filled with well wrecked cakes and you would be right. These are cakes that people have made and there are some cakes that are down right disturbing but most of them are hilarious because the whole time you are thinking "What would made a person do that!?!" Also the spelling and grammar mistakes are priceless. 

This book is based on Yates' blog where people continue to send in their pictures of wrecked cakes. If you'd like to smile, laugh, and even give a little gasp of horror please visit it here: http://www.cakewrecks.com/

The ladies in my book club have been talking a lot about the book we have to read for June, A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. Apparently, Mrs. Binchy has written a lot of books but she has also recently passed away so reading this book, her last book, is of great significance... but only if you enjoyed any of her other works which I had not. 

I didn't know what to expect. Every one seemed to have read more then two of her books and when they raved I just looked at my shoes because I had no idea who they were talking about. But now I do. And now I know why they raved because she was an excellent writer. 

I was picked up and carried along in the story of the opening of a new bed and breakfast where all the characters have something important to be worked out during the week they stay at the new house. 

Every chapter in the book is someone's life and Mrs. Binchy weaves their tales dramatically, and with a little humor, through time and through the other characters lives. 

I was a really great read. Both books were and I'm glad to have had such a positive read week to share with you...

The Wakeful Dreamer

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