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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 14 : An Author Of A Book You Just Don’t Get”

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

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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 13 : A Book That Disturbed You”

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 – See…Continue Reading “Friday Thanks”

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 🙂 – 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…Continue Reading “101 in 1001: Try A New Meal Every Week For Three Months [1/3]”

This is a bit of a tough one for me. I don’t really want my favourite books to be made into films because what if they’re no good? However, if they can promise not to change things too much then my choices would be: The Discwold Series by Terry Pratchett. I know some of the Discworld books have already been made into a mini tv series but I think they’ve got great potential for the big screen. Can you imagine the budget needed tho? A…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 12 : A Book You Think Should Be Made Into A Film”

Dear Pimento Stuffed Olives, Thank you for being one of the best foods to eat out straight from a jar. There is something about you slight trashiness (like cheese in a can and sausages from a tin) that makes you one of my favourite guilty pleasures. Don’t tell the fancy olives, but I like you best of all. Love Sarah – See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

I’m almost surprised that there are so many things left to do (and so little time to do it in!) but I think that’s really just because there are some things that are harder to do than others. The travelling for example. It’s unlikely I’m going to get to New York before September but I might be able to make it to Greece. I won’t kick myself too hard if I don’t complete all 101 things – the whole idea of this was just to…Continue Reading “101 in 1001 – April Update”

Dear Nail Files, Thank you for being such a satisfying solution to an irritating problem. Without you I would have ragged nails because we all know how difficult nail scissors are to use left handed. Thank you for bringing that moment of fulfilment into my life, for being portable and for being safe to stow in my hand luggage. Love Sarah – See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Read in April: 20 29. RR: Third Year In Malory Towers – Enid Blyton 30. RR: Last Term At Malory Towers – Enid Blyton 31. NEW: Finger Lickin’ Fifteen – Janet Evanovitch 32. NEW: The Ruling Class – Francine Pascal 33. NEW: Men At Work – Mike Gayle 34. NEW: Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami 35. NEW: Seeing Me Naked – Liza Palmer 36. NEW: A Wolf At The Table – Augusten Burroughs 37. NEW: Dry – Augusten Burroughs 38. NEW: The Last Hero – Terry Pratchett 39. NEW:…Continue Reading “Books! 2011 – April Update”