When did you start feeling “old?”

Cash, Jas and I are were talking about this today…when did you start feeling “old?”

Jas and I agreed that we don’t feel old yet…well mentally at least.

I turned 40 this month and was totally fine with it that is until I hurt my back…doing NOTHING!  When did my body start turning on me???

I’m still looking on the bright side though, taking time to rest means more time to read

Here’s this month’s book list:

Mid August I kicked off vacation and my 40th birthday reading the latest Blake Crouch‘s sci-fi’s novel about Fake Memory Syndrome on the drive to Smith Mountain Lake and even convinced my husband to read it after me

(this is the guy who’s been reading the same book for a year and STILL hasn’t finished it)

I took Jennifer Weiner’s “Mrs. Everything” to read with me everywhere on our trip.  I read out on the lake in a pontoon, while I was in the hammock, to the beach…you get the picture

I normally love all her her books but this one could’ve ended in the hammock for me.  It just dragged on a little too much.

Back home I read “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” and the remarkable thing to me was that I could finish it. That urge to find out what happened propelled me forward but I was still left disappointed in the end.

I spent a lot of time on my backyard swing after hurting my back and read this beautiful novel by a new Arab-American writer, Etaf Rum, that takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America.

Remember Eat, Pray Love? The best selling book and Julia Roberts movie?



The author Elizabeth Gilbert returned to writing fiction in a new book “City of Girls”  It was a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth.

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to summer so I figured I would end it with a light summer read and that’s exactly what Park Avenue Summer was.

It is about a young girl who moves to New York and gets a job as Helen Gurley Brown’s assistant at Cosmo. Purely fictional but it has a few elements taking from real life.

I listened to a few audio books as well


Along with “The Carrie Diaries” and the follow up “Summer in the City“.

As a huge Sex and the City fan I was so disappointed in this look back at Carrie as a teenager.



She wasn’t AT ALL how I managed our SATC icon.



The first book was narrated by Sarah Drew (April on Grey’s Anatomy)



And by the end I had my fill of whiny teenage angst. I did enough of that in my own teenage years!


So maybe I was a little bit “grumpy old lady” reading about Carrie’s teenage troubles but hey, it just proves that we get better with age!