Thursday, April 12, 2012

Literate & Stylish: Diana of Our City Lights

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Welcome to a brand new feature here on Sometimes Sweet: Literate & Stylish. The premise is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos of herself and her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it.

I hope this will inspire more reading, and hopefully the discovery of a new favorite blog, book, or both!

Thank you Diana for agreeing to be my L&S lady #1. I couldn't have picked a better first, featured friend. Enjoy!




from Diana, of Our City Lights:

The Glass Castle: A Memoir

This memoir by Jeanette Walls is an unexpected book to ever become a favorite. Walls' writing makes life with an alcoholic family seem quirky, fun and adventurous, and growing up in an alcoholic family myself, I never saw any of these things. Just like Walls', instead of bitterness and anger, the gifts of gratitude, humor and forgiveness have taken over my life. Everything she tells about from her dysfunctional relationship with reality to the death of her father have all hit home for me. I don't think I've ever laughed and cried so hard in a book; sometimes reading another's story makes us realize what we ourselves have overcome and appreciate the family we have. What I love most about this book is the forgiveness she has not just for her family, but for her life. And that's what I believe makes her a great storyteller.


75 comments:

  1. I *just* finished The Glass Castle yesterday! It was wonderful - it could have been maudlin and self-pitying but it's so full of love and compassion and so beautifully written; I loved it.

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  2. Ahh I am SO excited!! This is such an amazing idea, I love finding new books too read!!
    I am hopping on amazon and sending this straight to my Kindle.
    Seriously cannot wait for more of these!
    Amy xo

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  3. I really loved this book. It was refreshing to read a story about someone who choose another path than one that might have been stereotypically set for them. I would recommend it anyone 16 and above because it is very inspirational. I look forward to a lot more L&S post. Dani, you have wonderful ideas!!

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  4. This is naughty, but as soon as I saw the cover I was interested. Sounds like a book I have to read, adding it to the list :) x

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  5. i haven't read this book. will add it to my list.

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  6. I looovve this idea! I'm always looking for great new books to read!

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  7. I love this idea, I'm always looking for a new read what a wonderful way to find one, thanks!

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  8. As a literature teacher, I'm a fan of this idea! I have lots of favorites if you're looking for a guest post from Iowa ;)

    Ashley

    Jorgensen Better Together

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  9. Oh I love this new feature! And Diana looks so cute reading the book. I must keep an eye out for The Glass Castle too.

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  10. I LOVE that book! Looking forward to this feature :)

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  11. I love this idea! I am always looking for new books to read.
    I heard this book was great from a client and even went as far as borrowing it from the library,I never read it though. With all these positive reviews I think I will give it a shot.

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  12. I actually just picked this book up at a thrift store the other day! it is next on my list to read!

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  13. love this new feature! looking forward to some great new reads!

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  14. This is a cool idea! Yay reading!

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  15. Love this feature - just in time for summer break when I'll actually have TIME to read! I definitely want to put this book on my summer reading list! Thanks!


    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca

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  16. What a great book to start the feature off with! It's one of my favorites as well.

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  17. YAY! What a great new feature :) I can't wait to see the rest. ♥Lindsay

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  18. I loved this book as well! I didn't really know what to expect when starting it, but fell in love.
    Ah, Diana is such a beautiful soul.
    Love this Danielle.
    <3

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  19. this is such a great idea! i grew up in a bookstore (quite literally, my parents have a bookstore) and i majored in russian literature at (reed) college so my love affair with literature runs deep! i'm looking forward to finding some more reading material. this is just perfect! thank you :)
    sophie
    princessrhyme.blogspot.com
    last post: dream catcher tutorial

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  20. Love your blog... now with this new feature I fell in love all over again! Keep up the good work sister!!! Kids,tattoos,and now books. FABULOUS

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  21. I can already tell how much I'll love this series and be adding to my library list! This has absolutely made my day :D

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  22. This is a great book! Half Broke Horses by the same author is amazing too. It's sort of a prequel to The Glass Castle, in a memoir format.

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  23. Thank you so much for adding this to your blog! It was refreshing and helpful to someone like me who is always looking for a good book!

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  24. I am loving this new feature! I'm always looking for new books to read. Love it :)

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  25. Aw! This series is going to be FANTASTIC!!! :)
    Diana- I absolutely loved that book. I read it last summer and tried to get my mother to read it, but now it has disappeared. :/
    I can't wait for next week's post!!!
    much love, colie.
    xoxo

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  26. This might be my favorite series of yours yet! I'm so excited to see more!

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  27. Love love love this feature. I can't wait to see more of these posts!

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  28. I love Diana and I love that book. What a great feature. I'm a pretty bookish lady so it's right up my alley :) Great idea!

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  29. awesome new feature! i love books and literature and all things related.

    also, you inspired me to get into the "currently" posts... started my first yesterday. i enjoyed reading the currently links you posted on your last link list.

    xoxoxo
    sarah gray//joyfully gray :)

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  30. What a fantastic series! I've not read that book, but such a good recommendation means it's now on my to-read list!

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  31. Oh man, Literate & Stylish, like from the TBS song. LOVE IT! xoxo

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  32. this category looks perfect for me :D I like to read a little bit, and I want to become like a bookworm XD, so thanks for sharing this.
    I love her blog and that book sounds great.

    xo

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  33. literate and stylish? like from taking back sunday? amazing!! i'd love to be an L&S lady if you're looking for some...dear.love@live.ca

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  34. I love glass castle. if you haven't already done so, go pick up half-broke horses. same author, but her grandmother's story. it's beautiful, just like the first. c:

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  35. Oh oh, can I share?? I'm not super stylish but I love reading. ;-)
    Great new feature.

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  36. What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to hear about everyone's favorite books. I am always looking for a new read!

    Moments of Eternity

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  37. I wanna be a Literate and Stylish lady! Pick me!
    xx

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  38. Love Diana.
    Love this book.
    LOVE this new series, Dani!
    Such an awesome idea. : )

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  39. Love this feature, Dani!!!!
    & Diana is the perfect choice to kick things off!
    Glass Castle is also one of my favorite books. So well written!

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  40. I don't think I've ever been so angry at a literary character as I was at the writer's parents. When they found their money and took it? GAH I could've thrown the book I was so mad. Sign of a good book I guess :)

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  41. What a great feature!

    And, a great first post! I bought The Glass Castle twice because I loaned it and never got it back. Amazing memoir.

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  42. OK, first off, ROCK ON girl for doing this new column. I'm so stoked, because I'm always looking for the next book to read. So if Diana likes this one, I'm sure I'll be all over it.

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  43. I LOVE this feature! This is such a great idea!
    And oh, how I loved The Glass Castle. Half Broke Horses was beautiful as well.

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  44. Diana is the PERFECT choice for LS #1. Got your email about this btw and you bet your bottom dollar I'd love to participate! Will write you back soon. xo

    Ps; "Literate & Stylish" totally takes me back to the TBS days haha.

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  45. Dani, this feauture is ABSOLUTELY perfect! You're a genius! =]

    I also read this book and completely loved it. I cried an laughed and fell in love with it 500 times. I recommend it every chance I get. Good choice for the first person!

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  46. LOVE this new feature!!! Im putting down my crocheting a bit more since its summer and picking up my reading again :-)

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  47. I LOVE it. For my bachelorette party I had a luncheon and asked all my family and best friends to bring a copy of their favorite book and write on the inside why it was their favorite. I cherish them.

    Kacie

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  48. I was so happy when I saw that you are now doing a feature on books! The Glass Castle is one of my favorites. Her new book, Half Broke Horses, is good as well! Happy reading. :)

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  49. I'm loving this new feature, and looking forward to future posts! :)


    Kayla, http://SomedayDetective.blogspot.com

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  50. LOVE this new feature!!! I just finished this book last night, and loved it as well. I was blown away! It was amazing to see that kind of life though someone's eyes who actually lived it! Can't wait for the next post!

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  51. what a great feature, Danielle!

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  52. Looking forward to these posts! Always looking for something new to read, just added this book to my request list at the local library, and cannot wait to go pick it up!

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  53. Such a neat idea for a blog series! Diana is such a doll, and The Glass Castle is an amazing book!! As soon as I read the description a couple of years ago, I had to get my hands on it right away to read it. Heartbreaking and intriguing!

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  54. This is such a great idea for a blog feature! I'm looking forward to more posts like these and compiling a summer reading list.

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  55. I love the feature too, new book reccomendations. I only hope the reccomended books have been translated to portuguese (this one has)

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  56. There's nothing (except people) that I love more than a good book.

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  57. This is one of my top 5 favorite books! I used to work at a bookstore back in the day, and I loved this so much I would recommend it to anyone! It made me love memoirs! I am so happy others enjoy it as much as I do! Great new idea too! :) looking forward to more!

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  58. Love this feature! <3

    http://captainbubblegum.blogspot.com/

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  59. I really need to read this book! Coming from a similar situation as the books premise I've been wary of reading it for fear that it would totally bum me out. Thanks for starting this series! It's like a book club without the pressure! ;)

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  60. How fun! I have a MA in English so I absolutely adore new book recommendations. I'll have to check it out.

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  61. This is a great feature! I hope to contribute, too!

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  62. I would loveee to contribute! What a fabulous feature!

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  63. Ooooh what a wonderful feature idea. I think this could be my fav so far besides Tattoo Tuesday.

    I'm going have to put this on books to read list :)

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  64. Literally my favorite book of life. I seriously have read it so much that the cover is curled and ripped.
    So good.

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  65. i love this new feature, it's great to be encouraging people to read. so many blogs have become lists of things people want, i sometimes feel like a lot of people lose sight of things like reading or listening to a new record.

    Hello, Hunters!

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  66. What a great feature! Can't wait to see what everyone's favorite books are! As a self proclaimed bookworm I'd totally love to participate in it!! :)

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  67. This looks like it's going to be my new favorite feature! Super excited for next Thursday!

    Lighterhue.tumblr.com

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  68. I am so SO excited for this feature! What a fantastic idea. LOVE IT.

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  69. What an amazing idea! I'm always posting about literature on my blog and even have a few literary tattoos. (Sylvia Plath is my all-time favorite!) I'd love to participate if you're ever needing to fill up a Thursday! :)

    xo,
    Amanda

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  70. that is a great book! so glad it was featured.

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  71. Oooh I absolutely adore this new feature! I'm so excited to see everyones favorites :)

    Love Diana's blog!

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