like love lust


You ever have those movies that you bookmark to watch, and then for one reason or another, never find yourself in the mood to dive in? That was Nebraska for me. I had heard amazing things about it — that it was hilarious, smart, moving, surprising — but despite that, had never gotten around to watching it. On the plane back from France, I finally had my chance (and little choice, movie selection wise). I’m SO glad I finally watched. It was all the amazing things I’d heard about it, and more. I laughed out loud many times, and had a big smile on my face when it ended. Give this one some time to develop…I promise you’ll be very charmed by it!


I read Beautiful Ruins while on vacation, after picking it up on a whim at the airport in Newark. Oh my, I still can’t get it out of my head. It’s one of those novels you just don’t want to end as you’re finishing it — the characters, the stories, the places are all so perfectly described. The book opens on the coast of Cinque Terre and introduces a grand cast of characters whose stories you follow over the next 50 years. The last few pages of the book are some of the best writing I’ve read in a long, long time. I loved this one so much, I insisted it be our next book club read (in case you’re wondering, our last was The Circle, and was a great one to discuss in this age of digital and social media).


I spotted this bag last week and immediately bookmarked it as a pick for fall. Two great shapes in one pretty green tote? Count me sold! It’s barely summer and I’m already dreaming about what I’d pair this with come autumn…

Hope everyone had a fab weekend! Happy Monday!

Image Credits: Instagram user @colincabalka, via the Nebraska Photo Project; Brian Stacey, used under Creative Commons with some modifications made by me

Leave a Comment


  1. 6.23.14
    Jessica said:

    I’m on the lookout for a great vacation read for the plane to Europe. This might have to top my list.

    Bedknobs & Baubles

  2. 6.23.14
    Abby said:

    Nebraska is hilarious and charming, I love it!

  3. 6.23.14
    Rachelle said:

    Must check out Nebraska, and that bag is KILLER!!!

  4. 6.23.14

    I will have to check out Nebraska, I am always looking for new great movies! I read Beautiful Ruins this spring and it was such a wonderful read!
    Happy Monday Victoria!

  5. 6.23.14

    Adding that to my reading list now!

  6. 6.23.14
    viv said:

    I’ve been looking for new books to read so this post comes at the perfect time. Sounds like a wonderful book!

  7. 6.23.14
    Shannon said:

    Oh that bag is just to die for! I’ve been dying to watch Nebraska…I’ve heard such great things!

    Clothes & Quotes

  8. 6.23.14
    JAnel said:

    I read beautiful ruins two summers ago and I STILL think about. Such a great read!

  9. 6.23.14
    Jen said:

    I bought the Book of Ruins a couple of months ago and haven’t picked it up yet! After reading your review I will definitely start reading it this weekend! Can’t wait!

    xo, Jen

    • 6.24.14
      nicole said:

      DITTO! The book has been collecting dust on a shelf for at least 9 months; who knew?! Thanks Victoria!!

  10. 6.23.14

    I intended to watch Nebraska and missed it in theaters. Thanks to remind me about it.
    As a French I’m very proud because I’ve read Beautiful Ruins a while back. I enjoyed it but unfortunately couldn’t appreciate the writing, too subtel for me!

    • 6.23.14
      Victoria McGinley said:

      Wow, I am so impressed you read that whole book! Ton T’Anglais est super!

  11. 6.23.14
    Anna said:

    Adding that book to my list, love Cinque Terre!

  12. 6.23.14
    Ella said:

    I’ve been wanting to read Beautiful Ruins for a looong time. It’s going to happen this summer!
    Have an awesome week.

  13. 6.23.14
    Rose said:

    I’ve been seeing that book around—just picked up four new reads last week and it was almost a fifth! Also, loved Nebraska….but also because I am a Midwesterner at heart :)

  14. 6.23.14

    I might be the only person in the world who didn’t care for “Nebraska.” Meh.

    On the other hand, I LOVED “Beautiful Ruins.” It was a very rich, very well-written book.

  15. 6.23.14
    The-astro said:

    I didn’t know the book, and I’ll add it to my list ! the Cinque terres is an adorable place to visit !!

  16. 6.24.14
    Lauren said:

    Thanks for the book rec! Always looking for another page-turner.


  17. 6.25.14

    Nebraska was so cute/well done! everyone was amazing in it..loved june squibb especially.
    that book is on my (getting longer by the day) reading list!