BOOK: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
LOOK: Black Maxi Knit Dress – Outer Grace Boutique
“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more that a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.”
Buongiorno from Italy! We are halfway through our Italian/French adventure and I am happy to have enough Wi-Fi to get some blogging done! There’s been a lot of eating (like, a LOT), drinking (like a lot a lot), and so much time to relax and read! First up was a looonnnng novel that I started before vacay but did not finish so I had to pack it and I am mad at myself because it took up more than its fair share of space in my suitcase. Ugh. At least the ending was worth it.
ABOUT THE BOOK: It seems like literally EVERYONE in the bookstagram world was/is posting about A Gentleman in Moscow, so I had to see what all the hype was about. I finally it up and it admittedly took me a really long time to finish, but I am glad I read it. The book centers around Alexander Rostov, who, at the very beginning, is sentenced to live inside the walls of the Metropol Hotel for the rest of his life, lest he be killed. Throughout the story Rostov meets, befriends, works for, outsmarts, and loves the people who come into his secluded life. When he is unexpectedly entrusted with the care of a young girl, Rostov’s contained life expands a little bit wider. Glimpses into the past and small snippets of the future make this novel an intriguing read. It sort of reminded me a little of a grown-up version of The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, but like I’m pretty sure that’s just me. If you’re not intimidated by lengthy novels (which I usually am), this would be a good one to add to your list.
ABOUT THE LOOK: My mom and I went boutique hopping in Fort Wayne a few weeks ago and I came away with some cuuuuute stuff, including this maxi dress from Outer Grace Boutique. It’s been perfect for throwing on for the beach, pool, or train during our trip. If you live in Northeast Indiana (or are ever passing through), downtown Fort Wayne has a lot to offer!
Happy reading! xo, Amy