Falling Forward

Books: January Update!

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1. RR David Levithan – The Lover’s Dictionary
2. NEW Stephen King – Joyland
3. NEW Douglas Coupland – Worst. Person. Ever.
4. NEW Tom Holt – Someone Like Me
5. NEW F Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
6. NEW Patrick Ness – The Crane Wife
7. NEW William Gibson – Johnny Mnemonic
8. NEW Haruki Murakami – The Elephant Vanishes
9. NEW Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
10. RR Mitch Albom – Tuesdays with Morrie [30 for 30]
11. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 08 The Hostile Hospital
12. NEW Jennifer E Smith – You Are Here
13. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 09 The Carnivorous Carnival
14. NEW Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 10 The Slippery Slope
15. NEW Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 11 The Grim Grotto
16. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 12 The Penultimate Peril
17. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 13 The End
18. RR Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife [30 for 30]
19. NEW Jon McGregor – This Isn’t The Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
20. NEW David Levithan – Every Day
21. NEW Ernest Hemingway – Big Two-Hearted River
22. NEW Matt Haig – The Dead Fathers Club
23. NEW Janet Evanovich – Takedown Twenty
24. NEW John Steinbeck – The Pearl
25. NEW Joe Hill & Stephen King – Throttle
26. NEW Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
27. NEW Alice Munro – Away From Her
28. NEW Julie Otsuka – The Buddha in the Attic
29. NEW Muriel Spark – The Driver’s Seat
30. NEW Muriel Spark – The Abbess of Crewe
31. NEW Truman Capote – Summer Crossing

So! I inadvertently set myself a crazy challenge in January to read a book a day, because I read three in three days and then I was on a streak and I didn’t want to quit… (did I mention I am stubborn? I am stubborn). So yes, I read 31 books in January and if you’d asked me if it was possible to do it I would have said no, which shows you just how little faith I have in my own abilities I guess. Next step, the world!

My friend Lola challenged me mid-way through January to read more books by women than men in 2014, to which I said a resounding “HELL YES”. I cannot name enough amazing female authors and that definitely needs to change.

Away from Her The Buddha in the Attic were two completely different books but both fantastic, as was The Driver’s Seat (although deeply disturbing with it). I also re-read the rest of the Series of Unfortunate Events and discovered that I actually hadn’t read them all – bonus. The Graveyard Book was fantastic, as was Joyland. Johnny Mnemonic and The Dead Father’s Club less so.

I also managed to tick off two more from my ‘30 for 30 favourite re-reads‘, so now I only have one more to go, whoo hoo! I do want to try to read more new books than re-reads this year tho, I’m never going to reach my 1000 new books if I keep on just re-reading my favourites ;)

I’m still working my way through my read 1000 new books for my Life List. I started tracking those in 2011 and I’m up to 248.

Grace in Small Things

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  • Completing the first month of the Colour:365 project
  • Hosting a successful Life List party
  • Cats who come home
  • Fountain pens
  • The first sugary drink after a month of abstinence

See the full list here

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Getting over the hiccups
  • Cats who purr when you pet them
  • Waking up without an alarm clock
  • Upgraded Kindles
  • Saucisson

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Subway,

Thanks for having a ridiculous offer where it’s cheaper for me to buy a salad and a bottle of water than just a salad on its own. Any excuse to come in and load up on gherkins and ranch dressing is a-okay by me.



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

Favourite Films of 2013

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Because we each have a Cineworld Unlimited card, Q and I watch a lot of films. We managed to rack up 52 visits to the cinema in 2013, and I watched another 30 films at home on top of that. I have a goal on my Life List to watch 500 new to me movies, so I’m slowly working my way towards that.

I thought I’d do a top 5 round up of my favourite new releases of 2013, just so I can look back on this at some point and think “oh yeah, I really should watch that again…”

5. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

This was so good. So good! It was utterly adorable, had plenty of amazing food based puns and was just generally good all round fun. The perfect feel good cartoon, I think.

4. Despicable Me 2

Along with 75% of the population I have a massive soft spot for the minions, so it’s probably not surprising that this made it onto the list. Add in the fact that there was a nacho had with a lake of guacamole and I was totally sold. (Also, where can I get one of those, please?)

3. This is 40

We actually watched this twice and it was just as funny the second time around. I’m growing to love Paul Rudd – I’ve been fond of him since the good old Clueless days but he’s definitely coming into his own now that’s he’s older. Perfect.

=1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

It was so hard to pick between these two that I’ve pussied out and declared them joint winners of 2013 – sorry! We saw a preview of Walter Mitty a month before it was released and I just absolutely adored it. Beautiful soundtrack? Check. 35mm film love? Check? Super cute Ben Stiller actually acting and not just being goofy? Check.

In the same way that Eternal Sunshine gave us a new side of Jim Carey, I think Walter Mitty finally allowed Ben Stiller to break away from the cheap comedy characters he’s probably most well known for. An absolutely delight from start to finish and a must, must, must watch.

=1. The Way, Way Back

I loved this film so hard, you guys. So hard. What is it that I love so much about films where comedy players step out of them comfort zones? Eternal Sushine,Walter Mitty and now this, with Steve Carrell playing, well, an asshole to be honest. But so well! Bravo, Steve. Bravo.

This little film was awkward and intense but full of small joyous victories and tiny moments of triumph. It’s also the film that turned Sam Rockwell from an ‘eh’ to a ‘more please’ for me, so yay for that too.

I’m looking forward to what 2014 is going to offer. It’s probably going to be the last year that we keep out Unlimited cards so we’re definitely going to have to make the most of them!