Review : More Than This, Patrick Ness

So…I don’t even know where to start ! This book was brillant and I’m not even sure what I’ve just read ! You’re confused ? Yeah, me too. Beautifully written by Patrick Ness, More Than This is a intense and exciting read with a vibrant imagination.

What’s the story ?

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREThis is the story of a boy who dies drowning and then wakes up, bruised and desperate, in a deserted place. How is this possible ? Well, that’s what the boy is going to figure it out. You’re intrigued right? Well, i’m not going to tell you more, you’re just gonna have to buy it…

Should i read it ?

To begin with, don’t let the young adult categorization fool you because it’s really more than this (pun intended ;)) ! It’s a book that’s going to stay with you long after you’ve finished it. As you flip through the pages, your mind can’t stop asking more questions about what happened, what’s happening and what’s going to happen and just when you think you’ve figured it all out, well… everything is jumbled again and you’re even more lost and confused than you were before. It can a bit frustrating not knowing what’s going on and not getting any answers but believe me, it is worth the ride ! I really enjoyed the characters, they felt real and true, and the great writing. It’s a story that will make you think and you’re going to devour it in one sitting (or maybe two…you need time to let it sink!). In all, a provocative and moving novel. Hats off to Patrick Ness !

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10 savoureuses recettes de crêpes salées

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREPour ceux qui adorent les crêpes, voici une petite liste d’idées de crêpes farcies faciles à réaliser pour un repas convivial en famille ou entre amis !

1. Crêpe campagnarde : épinards, poulet et emmental ;
2. Crêpe italienne : jambon cru, mozzarella, tomates séchées et pesto ;
3. Crêpe océane : saumon, courgettes et fêta ;
4. Crêpe montagnarde : chèvre et miel ;
5. Crêpe du large : thon, aubergines et tomates ;
6. Crêpe exotique : crevettes, ananas et lait de coco ;
7. Crêpe traditionnelle : champignons, jambon et béchamel ;
8. Crêpe du terroir : jambon, roquefort et noix ;
9. Crêpe orientale : poulet et curry ;
10. Crêpe matinale : bacon, œuf et comté ;

Allez…deux idées en bonus rien que pour vous !
11. Crêpe mexicaine : poivrons, maïs et blanc de poulet ;
12. Crêpe savoyarde : lardons et raclette.

Top 10 things to see in Washington DC

There is so much to see in Washington DC that it can be a bit overwhelming ! Well, don’t panic because here’s the top 10 things you must not miss during your trip.

1) The White House
You can’t go to Washington DC and not see the White House, it isn’t possible ! The more-than-100-year-old home is the epicenter of political life and is absolutely gorgeous especially during spring time. Don’t even try to sneak in with all the security around but if you wanna see more, you can always book your public tour.

2) Lincoln Memorial
Built in white stone with 36 iconic columns, the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most recognized structures in the United States. It features a solitary 19-foot-tall statue of Abraham Lincoln sitting in contemplation which is flanked on both side chambers with inscriptions of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and arguably his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address.

3) The Reflecting Pool
Turn around to admire the Reflecting Pool  with the Washington Monument reflected in and rising above it in the late afternoon ! A breathtaking sight you don’t wanna miss, believe me !

4) Washington Monument
Located at the center of the National Mall, in between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial,  the Washington Monument is the world’s tallest structure made of stone and the tallest obelisk, at 555 feet tall. It makes you feel so little in this majestic city.

5) U.S. Capitol
Crowned with its distinctive white cast iron dome, the United States Capitol building is housing the legislative branch of the U.S. government. This is where you should take your most clichéd tourist photo !

6) Jefferson Memorial
The dome-shaped Jefferson Memorial is an iconic American structure. With its shape, it reminds us a bit of to the Pantheon of Rome. It’s a great spot to take a break from touring and just enjoy the view.

7) The Tidal Basin
You see that lovely river with those famous japanese cherry trees you can often see on postcards ? Well, it’s the Tidal Basin which is a partially man-made reservoir. And instead of walking by, you can even soak up some sun in your very own paddle boat, how amazing is that ?

8) National World War II Memorial
I know it’s not really something that’ll put you in a good mood or anything but it’s a must-see nonetheless. It honors all 16 million people who served as part of the American armed forces during WWII and it’s a memorial kinda impressive to see.

9) Library of Congress
You’re a book nerd ? Well, you have to make a stop there ! The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items !

10) Georgetown
Georgetown is one of DC’s best-known neighborhoods evolved out of an 18th-century port town. You’re going to fall in love with those remarkable row houses, quaint shops and lovely boutiques.

  • Are you planning to visit Washington DC ?
  • Already went there ? What did you think ?

Mini-cheesecakes ananas/kiwi

Envie d’un petit dessert qui épatera vos invités sans pour autant passer trois heures en cuisine ? Suivez le chef !

Temps de préparation : 30 min
Temps de cuisson : 30 min

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREIngrédients (pour une dizaine de mini-cheesecakes) :

– quelques biscuits émiettés
– 60 g de beurre fondu
– 300 g de fromage blanc
– 80 g de sucre
– 1 cuillère à soupe de farine
– 1 œuf
– 10 cl de crème fraîche

Tablier ajusté, hop devant les fourneaux !

1. Tapissez de papier sulfurisé beurré des petits moules ;
2. Mélangez les biscuits et le beurre fondu puis tapissez le fond des moules de ce mélange en tassant bien ;
3. Battez le fromage blanc puis ajoutez le sucre, la farine et l’œuf. Ajoutez ensuite la crème ;
4. Versez le tout sur les biscuits ;
5. Cuire au four pendant une trentaine de minutes jusqu’à que ce soit ferme au toucher ;
6. Laissez refroidir, garnissez les mini-cheesecakes avec les kiwis et ananas découpés en dés puis servez frais !

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10 chick flicks you must see

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREI really enjoy movies nights with my girls. Seriously what is better than hanging out with your friends, sharing secrets, eating ice cream and watching chick flicks all night long ? Yeah, what a dumb cliché…but hell it feels good don’t you dare lie ! So here’s my top ten chick flicks, the choice was hard believe me !

1. Love And Other Disasters
If you hate tacky romantic comedies, this one’s for you. It’s funny, refreshing and smart. I enjoyed the brillant dialogues, the british humor and the self-irony. Brittany Murphy played her part adorably well and really catches the heart of the viewer. Gorgeous shots of London, super witty and great performances, what’s not to like ?

2. Love, Rosie
Here’s a predictable but charming love story adapted from the novel by Cecelia Ahern. It’s heartwarming, romantic and sincere. We may see the end coming but the journey is full of ups and downs that make the movie much more enjoyable. Collins and Claflin were brillant leads with great chemistry on screen. Not much else to say, a cliché that works !

3. Love Actually
So, i’m pretty sure this one is on your list too ! It’s a deeply loving film rich in character, what’s not to like ? It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me smile, it was clever and delightful. The ultimate holiday romantic comedy !

4. About Time
This movie is well thought out, charming, witty, intelligent and sweet ! It balances well between comedy and drama giving the whole story real depth and heart. I loved the emotion and the poignancy, it was a delight to follow those characters’ journey. A must-watch !

5. The Vow
Basically, if you’re a romantic drama type, you’ll love this movie ! The story and dialog were very believable and realistic, and it was pleasingly funny in places. It is a very poignant and emotional film, especially because it’s based on a true story. And yeah, i shed a couple of tears…

6. A Walk To Remember
A moving and sincere story that’ll definitely make you cry ! It has all the right ingredients : love, romance, action, sorrow, and happiness. This movie, adapted from the book by Nicholas Sparks, has truly profound depth, impeccable performances, solid direction and good pacing through a difficult story. This is really not another teen movie i can assure you !

7.  The Notebook
If you haven’t seen this yet…are you living in a cave or what ? The Notebook is a truly remarkable film ! Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, it feels like you are reading a diary watching this film, that’s how detailed and wonderful it is. It’s really moving and passionnate. By the way, don’t forget your tissues !

8. What If
Here’s a fun and fresh comedy. Sure the end is predictable but it has all the ingredients to an enjoyable watch ! This movie has lots of sweet and amusing moments between the leads and i found it endearing and relatable.

9. One Day
One Day is a mixture of romance and drama in the right measure adapted from the novel by David Nicholls. Excellent performances, script and soundtrack. And without spoiling you, the ending was unexpected and kind of bitter sweet which is quite rare in chick flicks. In all, a very thouching movie !

10. Chalet Girl
This movie looked good but to be honest i didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. The storyline was very typical however the script was very well written. I enjoyed the sarcastic dialogue, the witty characters and the setting of the gorgeous Alps.

  • Are any of those on your list ?
  • Any other movies that should be on mine ?