Tomorrow I start my preparation for making my second ever Christmas cake. I have soak the fruit in brandy. Mmm brandy.
I bought The Blair Witch Project last weekend. It has the fake documentary as part of the special features. It freaked me out so much when I was younger, when everyone was trying to convince you it was real.
I'm quite a big fan of crime novels, stuff like Kathy Reichs, Martina Cole etc. I really like Karin Slaughter as well and her 'Grant County' series. The first in the series, 'Blindsighted' is pretty bleak and pretty graphic, but at the same time it keeps you hooked. Martina Cole is very similar in that respect. Not for the squeamish really.
I did think that American Gods by Neil Gaiman should be made into a film when I first read it, but they're making it into a tv series which is obviously way better. I have two favourite books that I think they should make into a film.
The Historian- Elizabeth Kostova
The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obrecht
The Tiger's Wife is set in the Balkans and explores with a young doctor, Natalia, trying to uncover the circumstances around her Grandfather's death. There are also two myths within the story itself, which feature her grandfather; his experiences with the Tiger's Wife and The Deathless Man.
It's very strange but an incredibly beautiful story. I'd love to see it made into a film.
So I've fallen behind with this, sorry. I've just passed my driving test and have being going through the ordeal of buying a car (it's pretty!) and all the non fun things that come with it (tax and insurance). Hopefully I can pick it up Monday.
One of my favourite books is currently being made into a film. It's probably horribly cliched but 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chomsky is one of my favourite books. It's beautiful. And it's being made into a film with Emma Watson as Sam. Awesome.
Any of the Janet Evanovich 'Stephanie Plum' series. They are just really funny and easy to read. Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter (but not in the naff Kiera Knightly/Domino Harvey way) from Trenton, New Jersey, with mad family and friends, a former hooker as a co-worker and has a habit of destroying her cars. There are 17 books in the series at the moment, as well as some novellas. They are just delightfully bonkers and incredibly funny. It's the sort of thing you read when you're really down and need a bit of cheering up.
I can quote chunks of Catch - 22, mainly because I based my dissertation on it and re - read chunks of it so many times for that.
"'Maybe a long life does have to be filled with many unpleasant conditions if it's to seem long. But in that event who wants one?'
'I do,' Dunbar told him.
'Why?' Clevinger asked.
'What else is there?'"
I went to Spinalonga in Crete a few years ago. It's an island just a few miles from Elounda and it is a former leper colony. We went on a boat trip to the island and the tour guide took us around the small village, showing us the houses, church and the small graveyard. The island itself is beautiful, but it was still strange to go there and be told of people who were sent there, believing that they would never leave (which unfortunately was the case for many). It ceased functioning as a leper colony in 1957 and is now a tourist attraction and a site for archeological digs and such.
The Island is about a family from Crete affected by leprosy and the impact it has on them, with the mother and daughter both having the disease. It's a work of fiction, but it covers such things as the German occupation of Crete during the Second World War. The description of the island reminds me of being there.
I really struggled with this. I'm going to give it another go soon as it is very well written and I do like A M Holmes as a writer but this is quite difficult to read. It's about a paedophile and his correspondence with a girl who is attempting to seduce a young boy. It's pretty dark and it makes me feel a bit icky reading it, but I will give it another go.
The Harry Potter series. They all look a bit dog - eared.
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
Sort of a different take on the myth of Dracula and Vlad Tepes, which involves three generations looking for his resting place. Definitely has a bit of a 'gothic horror' feel to it. Very very enjoyable.
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Brilliant book. Very witty and clever. Although I don't think I would have read it as many times had I not chosen it as the subject of my dissertation.
Contemplating going vegetarian. I'm in two minds. I really want to but the last time I cut meat out of my diet my iron levels went through the floor. Obviously I'd have to try and do it right. I'm not entirely sure family would be that supportive. Although, why at almost 27 I'm worrying about that, I don't know.
I like to recommend Jessica Mitford - Hons and Rebels. Jessica Mitford was the second youngest daughter of the Mitford family, who were pretty interesting. Obviously Nancy Mitford, one of her older sisters is probably the most famous for writing 'Love in a Cold Climate' (amongst others). Six sisters in total, two of them heavily involved in facism. Jessica, in contrast, joined the Communist Party, ran away to Spain during the Civil War and married Esmond Romilly, nephew of Winston Churchill. This is her autobiography, taking her from childhood, until the death of Esmond. I probably don't do it justice here, but it's a very interesting read.
I don't have one favourite really. I've read too much to be able to name one. Here are two though.
1. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Completely bonkers but utterly incredible. Perfect mix of fantasy and horror really. I'm quite interested to see how they adapt this for TV (and where Gaiman goes with the sequel). I'm quite interested in mythology so for me, this is really interesting.
2. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Brilliant. I guess Eugenides is most famous for The Virgin Suicides, but for me this is so much better. It's about quite an epic, depicting three generations of a family, following their emigration from Greece. The main focus of the story and the narrator is Cal, a hermaphrodite. The story deals with this, but it isn't the main focus, for much of the story, which makes it all the more interesting.
Obviously a special mention goes out for Harry Potter series, but I have a feeling they will feature quite frequently over the next 30 days!
Okay, so I know I failed miserably with the 30 Day Photo Challenge. Maybe I'll do a little better with this. Pinched from Falling Forward
Day 1 – Your favourite book of all time
Day 2 – Your least favourite book of all time
Day 3 – Your favourite book to recommend to friends
Day 4 – A book you lent out once, never got back and miss
Day 5 – A book that you’ve read the most times
Day 6 – A book you either couldn’t finish or struggled to.
Day 7 – A book that reminds you of somewhere
Day 8 – The book you can quote best
Day 9 – A book you read when you feel down
Day 10 – A book you’ve always meant to have read and never got round to
Day 11 – Your favourite book that has been made into a film
Day 12 – A book you think should be made into a film
Day 13 – A book that disturbed you
Day 14 – An author of a book you just don’t get
Day 15 – A book where you wish you were one of the characters
Day 16 – A book that is a guilty pleasure
Day 17 – The most over hyped book you have ever read
Day 18 – A book you have that belongs to someone else
Day 19 – The most romantic book you have ever read
Day 20 – The saddest or most emotive book you have read
Day 21 – The book that made you look at life in a different way
Day 22 – A book you wish was real life
Day 23 – Your favourite book by a non-British author
Day 24 – Your favourite book as a child
Day 25 – Your favourite book of last year
Day 26 – A book you honestly read in one sitting
Day 27 – Your favourite non-fiction book
Day 28 – Your favourite autobiographical book
Day 29 – Your favourite series of books
Day 30 – The book by your bed right now
I wish it was summer. I want road trips (assuming I pass my driving test by then), bbq's, bike rides and trips to the park and seaside. I want to sit in the garden and get brown feet like last year. I want to feel warm and wake up in the sunshine.
I'm a rubbish at updating this really aren't I? I don't have any real excuse as I haven't done anything other than work related stuff. Oh and the gym. I've been going a class called 'Buns of Steel' every Tuesday evening, it's only 30 minutes, but it makes me ache in ways I didn't think possible. Still, doing exercise and eating a lot better seems to be doing the trick regarding IBS and my weight which is awesome.
Sort of planning more stuff about the wedding, definitely know what I don't want anyway. I went to a wedding party with Dave last weekend and it was lovely but it was just too big and definitely not us. I just want to keep it as simple and as low key as possible. My ideal wedding would be going to Las Vegas and getting married by an Elvis impersonator in some tacky chapel, but that isn't really feasible. So far, things are getting a long nicely, we still haven't set the exact date yet but that will be decided on in the next few weeks when we sort the registry office.
I'm so glad February is over. I hate January and February, I find them so depressing. I just want it to be Spring so I can get out more and do things. Got stuff lined up in the next few months to look forward to, which is quite exciting.
So much for posting more regularly. This week as been a bit stressful. I'll try and get back to it in the next few days or so. In the meantime, I've started back at the gym and need to lie down so my legs don't feel like they are going to drop off.
I feel like maybe I should make some resolutions this year. There are so many things I want to do and sometimes I need a good kick up the backside to do them. Some of them aren't major but just things I want to do and spend more time on.
1. Pass my driving test. Bit of a biggie, I've been learning for a little over a year now, I passed my theory last September and as I only get one lesson a week, I hope that the end is in sight now. I think it is, as a lot of it with me is to do with confidence and I need to remember that.
2. Blog more. I like it here. I like writing about things, I might not be great at it but I do like it. I also like posting pictures of cats. Everyone likes cats.
3. Take more photographs and get better at it. I like photography a lot, I would like my pictures to be be better, even if it's just of random crap I see. I have a Diana mini camera now and I'd like to take some good film photographs.
4. Live healthier. I'm not just talking about losing weight, although I do need to at the moment. I've been told I have IBS recently which accounts for a few of the health problems I've been having lately. So I really need to sort my diet out.
5. Get out and have fun more. Not going out on the lash or anything like that (because that sucks) but going out and doing fun things with Dave. Hopefully that will be made easier when I pass my driving test as it will mean we can go further afield without it turning into some epic mission, but just enjoying life. I know that sounds cheesy but that is the best way I can think of describing it. We both work pretty hard and I don't want to spend my free time tired and stressed out.
6. I guess I should put planning my wedding on here! Kind of aiming for May 2012 so hopefully the planning of that won't be too bad!