Saturday, October 29, 2011


Top 5 Horror Films
It is that very scary time of year again.
For pumpkin carving,
apple bobbing,
scary films
tons of white face-paint,
fake blood
and a couple of casual grave stones by the front door.

What are you dressing up as this weekend?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Books which should only be read on a kindle...

- 'Mein Kampf': I'm genuinely interested to read this - and can't really picture myself sat on the bus openly reading it what with various connotations and all that jazz....

- 'Gone With The Wind' - it's just too heavy for me to carry around in my handbag. the end.

- 'Twilight' / 'Harry Potter' - don't get me wrong, I love them as much as the next person, but when you're reading in public you definitely want to look intellectual and not obsessed with vampires / wizards.  Or maybe a little bit obsessed... Plus: Harry Potter isn't light!

- Legitimate books with embarrasing titles... 'Perfect Girls and Starving Daughters' for example - one of my favourite books, which I read in private because I was scared people would think I had an eating disorder.  'Suicide' by Durkheim - a set text which I didn't want to seem like an instruction manuel.

- Raunch.  Do I really need to say any more?

- Any form of self-help book: empowerment, weight loss, finding the right man; stuff strangers don't need to know about us!

Can you think of any that I've missed?

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Week In Links....

fear and New York: Meg conquers her fear of going it alone - seriously, how many things have I missed out on because I didn't want to rock-up alone?  shocking.

ryan gosling on feminism: okay, i will openly admit to a huge crush on ryan gosling.  even his name is adorable (who doesn't love goslings?) the author of the blog doesn't know if he is a feminist but he's perfect in all other areas, so lets assume he is one - and very well read on his literature as well.

something for all aspiring writers to consider here

crab cakes and home-made tartar sauce - can i get a 'yumm-eeee'?? i've been perusing recipes because i'm already bored of the student staple of pasta and noodles.

pondering the idea of reading whilst on the toilet....

explaining the concept of eating boiled eggs with soldiers to someone and practically revolutionising their breakfast.  it really is the ultimate in comfort food.

i might also be listening to a lot of ricky martin - but this is purely 'revision' for my spanish class! (and a little bit to do with my love of cheesy music)

and inbetween that i've been on the lookout for people to write a little about their favourite book for my blog.  if you're interested in writing a little piece about your favourite book for 'the book' then please email me on: - i would love to hear from you!

hope you have a great weekend

Monday, October 17, 2011

So Many People Enter And Leave Your Life!

“So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!”
Jonathan Safran Foer.
(oh, how i love this man!)

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Favourite Book: JAC VANEK

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Anyone who knows me knows that Extremely Loud is my favorite novel of all time.  It is my heart and soul.  My copy of this book is one of the most important personal items I own.  I have underlined and highlighted and scribbled a million notes within my book, making it completely my own.  I could never dream of parting with it.  After reading a book, you give a part of yourself to it, and you take a part of it with you for the rest of your life.  You will be forever changed.  I keep my copy of Extremely Loud on my bedside table, next to Catcher, and flip open to passages every night….just to feel.  Words cannot express the impact this book has had on my emotional being.

But what makes Extremely Loud so incredible is the mind of Oskar Schell.  His imagination, his curiosity, his extremely sensitive heart.  The beautiful words spoken with the naivety of the mind of a child, but with the vocabulary and intelligence of an adult.  These words make my heart so incredibly heavy, that sometimes it’s hard to breathe.  I’m afraid the film might lose this…it might lose what makes the words of the novel so special and so moving.  

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