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My Picks of the Week

What would life be without the invention of the Kindle, Netflix, and the IPOD? These three gems have changed the way we read, watch movies, and listen to music forever. It’s that whole “instant” thing that I’m discussing. I love the fact that I can buy a book, watch a movie or TV show, and buy a song all within a matter of minutes. I love that I can peruse numerous categories and discover new authors, filmmakers, and musicians to fall in love with.

Last week I read a wonderful book. It was the kind of book that I couldn’t put down. It was so good I read it in two days! I bet I could have read it faster if that whole needing to sleep thing didn’t get in the way. The book is The Sweet Gum Tree written by Katherine Allred. Set in the south and filled with loveable characters, this heartwarming read made me turn the pages quickly, dying to know what was going to happen next. I cared about these characters, I wanted to know that they were going to be okay. To me, that is a sign of a good book. If I invest in the characters and story, then it is a great read.I highly recommend this if you are a fan of romance and/or southern novels.

““A sweet gum tree is the chameleon of wood, it’s corky exterior hiding it’s inner ability to imitate anything from cherry to mahogany. But it’s real value, one unrealized by most people, is it’s deep red heart, steady and strong.”  – Katherine Allred, The Sweet Gum Tree

Why or why did it take me forever to watch this movie? It sat in my house for weeks waiting to be viewed. I don’t know where the procrastination came from. All I know is I could kick myself for not watching The Intouchables sooner. This was a wonderful movie about the power of friendship. It’s about making the most out of life and really living. It’s about opposites attracting – that even if two people come from vastly different places in life, they can still have a bond. I laughed, I cried, and I yearned for more when I watched this 5 star film. I highly recommend The Intouchables. Add it to your Netflix queue.

I found this awesome band through Twitter. (Oh the power of social media.) I listened to their samples on ITunes and hit the “buy” button within a matter of minutes. I bought their EP, Mostly Honest, and have listened to it over and over again ever since. In fact, they are providing me with a lot of inspiration for the current book I’m writing. They are the favorite band of Ellie, my main character. I can’t get enough of them and eagerly anticipate their next release. From North Carolina, The Boys in the Well play folk music with an alternative twist. Their lyrics are full of deep, poetic prose that will make you react with a variety of emotions.