Category: Literature

06 Oct

It’s Mad Hatter Day!




A very merry un-birthday to you!

Pull up a chair and have a spot of tea but beware of the sleeping dormouse.

Today we are celebrating Mad Hatter Day.


In John Tenniel’s illustrations of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” he drew a white slip placed on the hat of the Mad Hatter that read, In this style 10/6.”

So it is only fitting that we celebrate such an occasion on October 6th.

But don’t tell the Queen of Hearts she might have your head.


Mad Hatter Day is a day to celebrate this classic character and all his charming madness. Today reality is ridiculous and silliness is sane.

What better way to celebrate than with a cup tea? Why not make it a tea party? Gather your friends to celebrate this splendid occasion. Wear a hat that is fit for a hatter, and don’t be afraid to go mad. After all, the best people are.


Find your Wonderland.

Simply look at the world around you.

You might find that wonderland is not too far away.


“We’re all mad here.”


Merry Mad Hatter Day!




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03 Jul

Nose in a Book

Duckie’s Reading List!

Coco and I are both avid readers, if we aren’t working there is a pretty good chance we’re reading (or watching a KDrama…but that’s a different blog post ;) ) Here are some of my current favorites!




1)The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

This book is beautiful! Eva Rice weaves her novel together gracefully, she has an amazing ability to make you feel like you’re a part of her story.

“There’s never any warning that something extraordinary is about to happen, is there?”

-Eva Rice, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

2) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Two words. Fun read. Meet Rachel Chu. Rachel dates her colleague, Nick. Little does she know that when she accepts his invitation to go to a wedding in Singapore with him over the summer that she will be attending THE wedding of the season. She’s brought into the world of the three most elite and pedigreed families on the island and SHE is dating one of THEIR sons. Drama ensues.

“I don’t think she cares how fat her ankles get. Do you know how much she inherited when her father died? I heard she and her five brothers got seven hundred million each.”

-Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

3)The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

I highly recommend reading this with a hot cup of tea and chocolate croissant!

Story Ingredients:

1 inheritance left to our heroine by a mysterious stranger

1 abandoned perfume shop on the left bank in Paris

3 remarkable perfumes that hold a memory…and a secret


“There is nothing more difficult than simplicity, and therefore, nothing more refined.”

- Kathleen Tessaro, The Perfume Collector


Share your reviews, or better yet your book suggestions! Happy reading!!!




20 Sep

Book Love #2

Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Try not to judge the book by its cover…I know it IS quite cheesy, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

I read the first book in this series last spring, and I could hardly put it down. Because it is my blood did not disappoint I finished it the same day I started it!

If you love coffee and chocolate (and lets face it, who doesn’t like a little chocolate now and again?) your interest should be peaked by the first page (which is a recipe for some rather decedent hot cocoa)! Mix the chocolate and coffee with black market traders, hit men and general drama, and you have a recipe for an entertaining read!

From the publisher…

Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship. But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve–and her heart–will be tested as never before.


I strongly recommend sitting down with a cup of hot cocoa and diving into this book!




25 Apr

Book Love #1

This is a series I am dubbing ‘Book Love’. All the Coco and Duckie Girls adore reading, though we wish there were more hours in the day so we had time to catch up on all of the books we have started!

I just completed ‘All These Things I’ve Done‘ by Gabrielle Zevin. It was a lovely little piece of YA Fiction! I would have finished it in one sitting if I had the time! The book takes place in NYC about 100 years in the future, in a world where chocolate and coffee are illegal! The book follows Annie, the oldest daughter of the biggest (departed) crime boss in the America’s! And guess what they deal? Chocolate.

Not only is the cover art pretty sweet but the actual book is embossed to look like a bar of chocolate! I love the attention to detail!!!

I had the most fabulous cappuccino to go along with the first 15 chapters or so, the barista even made me a little heart out of the foam!

I recommend on your next laze about day,  grab a big cup of Jo (or hot chocolate), prop up your feet and get swept up into the world of the coffee and chocolate trade!

           Happy Reading!

xoxo Duckie

20 Jun

Once Upon A Time…


“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales”

-Albert Einstein


Summer upon us, so find some shade a tall glass of lemonade and a book to fall into! At Coco and Duckie we love LOVE love fairy tales! From the Brothers Grimm to Madame d’Aulnoy we adore them all!

Peter Pan retold by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson with the beautiful art of Disney’s Mary Blair!

For more than a dozen years, an unassuming, quiet-spoken woman dominated Disney design. The stylishness and vibrant color of Disney films in the early 1940s through mid-1950s came primarily from artist Mary Blair. In her prime, she was an amazingly prolific American artist who enlivened and influenced the not-so-small worlds of film, print, theme parks, architectural decor, and advertising. At its core, her art represented joyful creativity and communicated pure pleasure to the viewer. Her exuberant fantasies brimmed with beauty, charm, and wit, melding a child’s fresh eye with adult experience. Blair’s personal flair comprised the imagery that flowed effortlessly and continually for more than a half a century from her brush. Emulated by many, she remains inimitable: a dazzling sorceress of design and color.


A staple in the fairy tale world. My personal favorite!


“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
— G.K. Chesterton



This is a magnificent book series about the brothers Grimm’s descendants……the Sisters Grimm! They live in a town inhabited entirely by fairy tale characters and creatures. Prince Charming is the Mayor, the Big Bad Wolf is not so bad and Snow White is the 2nd Grade Teacher (because she’s so good with little people)! The series follows the girls as they solve various mysteries that happen in Ferryport landing. It will make for a magical read for the young and young at heart! We carry the entire series of Sisters Grimm along with fairy tales illustrated by Mary Blair at Coco and Duckie!


I hope you find your perfect summer read!


xoxo Duckie


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