Falling Forward

30 Day BC – Day 14 : An Author Of A Book You Just Don’t Get

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Joint first prize goes to Ian McKellan for Atonement and JD Salinger for Catcher In The Rye. As I’m sure you’re all aware by now they both wrote books that were hyped up to the sky and neither of them lived up to the expectation.

On the flip side I know that some of my favourite authors – namely Douglas Coupland and Haruki Murakami are authors that other people I know have said that they don’t see the big deal with, so I guess it’s all down to personal taste.

I try not to read books from authors that I really don’t like (I mean, I’m not some sort of glutton for punishment). It’s unlikely that I’d pick up anything else that these two have written because my reaction to their books was so against the mainstream opinion.  Sites like Good Reads are great for cataloging but I find that often the reviews and ratings need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Unless absolutely everyone says they hate it I’ll probably give it a go – everyone is different, right?

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Friday Thanks

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Dear Steam,
Thanks for creating such a great canvas for messages on mirrors. The fact that you can make them invisible makes me smile, and I quite like that you’re not permanent. You encourage me to be more creative in the mornings which can never be a bad thing.

Love Sarah
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See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

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30 Day BC – Day 13 : A Book That Disturbed You

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I am the first to admit that I am an absolute wuss when it comes to scary things. I can’t watch scary movies, I don’t like walking around in the dark and every single damn time I step out of the lift into someone stepping in I jump.  I’m pretty much your standard definition of a scaredy cat so it comes as a great surprise to me how many horror books I read.  I love Stephen King, even tho his books can be so frightening that I often have to delegate them to the ‘day time reading only’ pile.

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Q loves Dennis Lehane so when I said I had never read anything by him he gave me a couple to try. He’s written a series with a private detective and I read the first two but I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to stomach the rest. They are..gorey. Quite graphic in their descriptions of horror, something that is easy to avoid in a film but practically impossible in a book if you want to follow the narrative.

I’ll probably give these another go at some point. During the summer. With a blanket to hide under if things get rough..

alice

The End of Alice by A.M Homes was a book recommended to me by an old friend. We have vaguely similar reading tastes, and I knew the premise of the book before I read it (it’s about paedophile, essentially) but it still caught me off guard. It’s written in a very tender, almost loving way – which disturbed me greatly given the contents. There is no doubt that this is a difficult book to read and I felt a little grimey after finishing it, but I think it was a good book none the less. I don’t think I’d read it again, once was really enough.

fulldark

I just finished reading Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King and it was definitely one of those books that I had to relegate to day time reading. This book is comprised of four stories and although there was actually only one of them that made me shut my eyes the graphic descriptions of a decomposing body stayed with me for days. Thanks Stephen. You’re a gem.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing if a book is disturbing, but I’m glad I don’t stumble across them too often. I have too many nightmares as it is.

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Friday Thanks

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Dear Cardiff Central Library,
Thanks for being right next to my house, and on my route home from work. Thanks for employing people who don’t laugh at me when I browse the Judy Blume and Enid Blyton books, even tho I’m almost 28. You’re helping me get towards my goal of 100 books this year and also enabling me to induldge in one of my favourite past times. Also, your book return system is the coolest thing I have ever seen.

Love Sarah
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See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

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101 in 1001: Try A New Meal Every Week For Three Months [1/3]

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I got stuck in a rut of cooking the same few meals over and over again so I decided to try and broaden my range by cooking something new every week. Some were good, some were bad but all were new to me and I’ve learnt some interesting things along the way :)

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Week One
Meal: Mongolian Crispy Lamb
Difficulty: Medium
Notes: Slightly fiddly, but ultimately worth it. Breast of lamb is a cheap cut and is very fatty, so make sure you try and strain off a lot of the fat when reducing the sauce. We couldn’t get the sauce to reduce to a sticky consistancy, no idea why. Maybe adding some sugar next time would help? I forgot to take a picture of this, oops! The flat smelt so good when this was boiling that I actually had to leave and sit outside for a while.
Rating: 4/5

Week Two
Meal: Pad Thai
Difficulty: Easy
Notes: Next time we won’t use cayenne pepper. My portion was phenomenally spicy due to a ladling error (er, I poured too much sauce on) but Q said his was nice enough. I think fresh chilli would probably be less intense. The prawns were lovely tho. I also forgot to take a photo of this one. My mouth was burning too much for me to focus.
Rating: 3/5

Week Three 

Meal: Huevos Rancheros
Difficulty: Super Easy
Notes: We cooked the eggs for a little too long and the yolks had gone hard. (That bright white bit in the photo is the egg in case you can’t tell, heh). I didn’t mind it but I think Q would have preferred them soft. This would probably be nice with some chorizo and fried potatoes. Nom. This was also an incredibly cheap meal, which is great when it’s pre-pay day and the cupboard is almost empty!
Rating: 4/5

Week Four

Meal: Laksa Lemak
Difficulty: Easy
Notes: This turned out to be absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never made a malaysian curry before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but this one came out silky and smooth and full of flavour. You basically make a spice paste of ginger, garlic, lemongrass and chilli then bung in some coconut milk and tumeric, boil away for a while then throw in some rice noodles and a generous squeeze of lime. It felt healthy and lasted for days which is always an unexpected bonus. I would definitely recommend this one.
Rating: 5/5