Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan


“I have never said ‘I love you’ to anyone. So they get upset or mad – usually both – and break up with me.”

“You never said ‘I love you’ to a single girlfriend?”


“Why not?”

“Because I intend to say it to only one person. When I’m sure. When the time is right.” He leans closer and smiles just a little. “And when I can predict with certainty what your response will be.”

And he kisses me – gently and lingering.

I love this book. I read this over the weekend at the lake, and thought that it was such a lovely story that a pretty picture is appropriate. There are books where you want to critique it to within an inch of its life, then there books that you want to just appreciate it for how it made it you feel. Love and Other Foreign Words is one of those books that made me feel good; made me grin like a fool. Josie is such a quirky, insightful, unintentionally funny character. She reminds me of Don Tillman; highly inquisitive, intellectual being who manages to be funny without fully intending to be so. 

This book also achieved being romantic even if the romance was subtle. Figure that out! It’s sweet and awkward, which to me is the perfect combination in a teen contemporary romance.  It wasn’t obvious, and if you were disciplined enough not to take a peek at the ending (unlike me), the romance may even surprise you. I should also mention that parents of all parties are very much present and accounted for, which is almost unheard of, if you ask me. 

The family dynamics is surreal, almost. They’re a close-knit bunch. Though the Bridezilla sister will probably annoy you, as well, Bridezilla’s fiancé. But in the end, you’ll probably forgive them anyway.

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Weekend Reads

I always look forward to going to the lake on the weekend. Besides maxing in the quietude of the cabin, it’s about spending time with my husband and kids. The internet connection is spotty at best; and the rocket stick can only save me so much. The absence of Wi-Fi is both a blessing and a curse but I ain’t mad. It’s great for the kids to discover the outdoors again.

This weekend marks the start of husband’s three-week vacation. Oy. I’m dying of jealousy here. But it’s all right. I’ve got a week left of work then I’m also on vacay for two weeks.

What have we got planned?

Well, we’re off to Oklahoma to see Kings of Leon. If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Instagram, you’d surely know how nutty I am about this band. I listen to them every day – in the car, at work, at home. I live and breathe Kings of Leon.

My husband – the best enabler of them all – knows the extent of my obsession with this band. From time to time, he’d go on their website to check when and where they’re touring so when he saw this benefit concert, he booked it right away. I tell ya, words couldn’t even begin to express how crazy-stupid I got when he broke the news to me.

Anyway. I’m rambling.

Boy, last night, I couldn’t string two words together. Now, I’m all chatty-Nancy.

Back to the title of this post, I had planned on doing a book haul post but I didn’t want to have to bring them to the cottage. I’ll probably do it next week. This weekend, I brought four books with me. I don’t know why I do it. It’s not so much as the sure knowledge that I’m going to be able to read the books it’s more like, I wanted to have choices if one or two or three of these books were duds.

Ink by Amanda Sun
Love Letters by Katie Fforde
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Burning by Elana K. Arnold
Have you guys read any of these books? I’ve started Love Letters and I’m only mildly enjoying it. There’s something about the mannerisms of the characters that’s a hindrance for me. I’m hoping it gets better once I get used to them. I just picked the books out of the pile that I wanted to read the most and came up with these four. What about you? What are you reading this weekend? I hope you’ll have a great one anyway and here’s hoping my “reviewer’s block” is gone for good. 🙂
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