- Booking holidays
- Beautiful books about your hometown
- Tissue paper pom poms
- Solar lights
- Growing something from scratch
See the whole list here
This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Re-read 30 of My Favourite Books.
Rating: 5 stars
Mini synopsis: Loves young dream, not meant to be. Glittering high life comes crashing down, yet 1930s New York remains fabulous.
Read it because: It transports you to a world of gin martinis, jazz club dances and sneaking into all manner of soirees.
“Old times, as my father used to say: if you’re not careful, they’ll gut you like a fish.”
“It’s a bit of a cliche to refer to someone as a chameleon: a person who can change his colours from environment to environment. In fact, not one in a million can do that. But there are tens of thousands of butterflies: men and women like Eve with two dramatically different colourings – one which serves to attract and the other which serves to camouflage – and which can be switched at the instant with a flit of the wings.”
“How little imagination and courage we show in our hatred. If we earn 50 cents an hour, we admire the rich and pity the poor, and we reserve the full force of our venom for those who make a penny more or a penny less.”
“As a quick aside, let me observe that in moments of high emotion – whether they’re triggered by anger or envy, humiliation or resentment – if the next thing you’re going to say makes you feel better, then it’s probably the wrong thing to say. This is one of the finer maxims that I’ve discovered in life. And you can have it, since it’s been of no use to me.”
I inadvertently took a little break from my Grace in Small Things list – not because I stopped noticing them but because I stopped making the time to note them down – oops. Back now!
See the whole list here
Thank you for a) having a Cardiff store and b) selling hammocks. Even tho I didn’t buy my hammock from Cardiff (you were out of stock so we had to go to Bristol, a cunning ploy) I like that you’re close enough for us to furnish our little home one Lack shelf at a time.
01. NEW Stephen King – The Colorado Kid
02. RR Enid Blyton – Claudine at St Clare’s
03. RR Enid Blyton – Fifth Formers at St Clare’s
04. NEW Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects
05. NEW Janet Evanovich – Wicked Appetite
06. NEW Pamela Ribon – You Take it From Here [30 for 30]
July was a better month, book wise. I managed to read a couple of books on my to-read list (altho it’s still at a silly 141!) and I actually enjoyed all the books I read – a rarity these days! The Colorado Kid was a departure from Traditional King but a great one nonetheless and Sharp Objects was a much more satisfying read than Gone Girl so I’d definitely recommend that if you were disappointed by Gillian Flynn’s latest offering. I wasn’t sure what to expect from You Take It From Here but Pamela Ribon has written books I’ve loved before so I was hoping for good things. It was…only okay, if I’m honest. I really wanted to love it but the main character drove me crazy.
I’ve started my 30 for 30 list now and on it is read 30 books I’ve been meaning to read and re-read 30 of my favourite books. I’ve read a few from these lists already in July so expect to see a few more of them popping up over the next few months :)
Thanks for being six months after my birthday – it’s nice to have a symmetrical chuck of time between receiving presents plus it means I get to have my birthday in the sun (sometimes, at least). I always appreciate you more by the time you roll around again because of it :)
It’s my 30th birthday today – hurrah! 30 is a traditionally funny time and I know a lot of people are / were bothered by it, but I’ve decided to just be delighted instead because that’s way more fun.
This mindset shift partly came about after my beautiful friend Lisa died in March this year at the heart-wrenching age of 33. I promised myself that I’d never again berate getting older, or moan about my birthday – instead I will celebrate this wonderful life I have and the endless opportunities for more joy. More! All of it, please. What else is there to life, really, when you think about it?
With that in mind (and because it’s what I do best) I wrote a list. A lot of people write ’30 before 30′ lists but last year was a busy one and by the time I got myself ready to think about it I only had 5 months of being 29 left. So instead I have decided to do a ’30 for 30′ list – 30 things to celebrate being 30 years old :) Here it is!
30 for 30
Ta da! There’s quite a nice mix on there I think. Things for me, things for others, things to help improve myself and things to do for fun :) I’m looking forward to spending the year really focusing on the joy.
I’ll keep it updated over the course of the year – fingers crossed by this time next year they’ll be a big cross through all of them! :)
I’m planning a 30 for 30 list (more on that later) and as part of it I’m going to try and read 30 books I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to.
This list doesn’t include a lot of classics, even tho I haven’t read many of them, because I don’t really like the books traditionally labelled as classics. So fuck it, I’m going to read books mostly written in the last 10 years and I’m going to enjoy them (I hope) ;)
1. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
2. A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz (recommended by Amy)
3. The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling
4. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
5. The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits – Emma Donoghue
6. Random Acts of Kindness – Danny Wallace
7. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
8. Last Night at Chateau Marmont – Lauren Weisberger
9. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
10. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
11. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith (recommended by Ellie)
12. The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes
13. Before I Die by Jenny Downham (recommended by Giles)
14. Sweet Valley Confidential: 10 Years Later – Francine Pascal
15. Our Tragic Universe – Scarlett Thomas
16. Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan – Bruce Feiler
17. Death: A Life – George Pendle
18. Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
19. Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery
20. Anne of the Island – L.M. Montgomery
21. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
22. The Radleys – Matt Haig
23. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) – Jenny Lawson
24. You Take it From Here – Pamela Ribon
25. Instructions for a Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell
26. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
27. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didon
28. ‘Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
29. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed
30. The Machine – James Smythe
If you’ve read any of them do let me know! :) I might swap some out of I find it really difficult to get hold of them, but I’m really hoping that by doing this I’ll be able to make a big dent in my ‘to read’ pile on Goodreads which is currently at a ridiculous 145. Oops.
Since I’m turning 30 soon I’ve decided to do a ’30 for 30′ list. I’ll post the full list on my birthday but one of them will definitely be Re-read 30 of my favourite books. These all got 4 or 5 stars the first time around – some are ones I read every year and some are just books I loved. I’m so looking forward to this!
1. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
2. Rules of Civility – Amor Towles
3. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
4. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
5. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – Jon McGregor
6. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
7. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
8. The Wind Up Bird Chronicles – Haruki Murakami
9. Tilly Mint & The Dodo – Berlie Doherty
10. The End of Mr Y – Scarlett Thomas
11. Love & Betrayal & Hold The Mayo – Francine Pascal
12. The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson
13. Pattern Recognition – William Gibson
14. Submarine – Joe Dunthorne
15. Journey Into Space – Toby Litt
16. The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
17. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
18. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
19. Duma Key – Stephen King
20. Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
21. The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
22. The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman
23. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
24. Hey Nostradamus – Douglas Coupland
25. Life After God – Douglas Coupland
26. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
27. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
28. The Hand That First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell
29. Tuesday’s With Morrie – Mitch Albom
30. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffennegger
Like pulling on the snuggliest pair of pyjamas I own :)
It turns out that I never got around to posting April’s book update (unsurprising, since there are only two books on it) so I thought I’d combine April and May into one handy post. You’re welcome.
01. NEW Hans Fallada – Alone in Berlin
02. NEW David Levithan – Boy Meets Boy
Oh boy, April was a slow month. We had a whirlwind few weeks where we weren’t sure if we’d be moving house or having to start the whole search all over again, which ate a lot of my time. Thankfully, it all worked out okay in the end but I really didn’t get a lot of reading done. Oops. Alone in Berlin was haunting, but definitely worth a read. Boy Meets Boy was sweet, but reminded me a little too much of Generation X by Douglas Coupland to be a good enough stand alone.
01. NEW Heather Armstrong – It Sucked & Then I Cried
02. NEW Mohsin Hamid – The Reluctant Fundamentalist
03. NEW Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being A Wallflower
04. NEW LJ Smith – The Forbidden Game
05. NEW Haruki Murakami – After Dark
May was another quiet book month, it would seem. I need some new book inspiration I think, so hit me up with your recommendations! The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been on my to-read list forever, but I found the book to be a little flat after watching the film last year (which will teach me to watch the film first I suppose). I enjoyed The Reluctant Fundamentalist (a book group pick) right up until the last page, and After Dark was just as bonkers as the rest of Murakami’s offerings, but in an enjoyable way at least. The Forbidden Game is technically a trilogy – I read the first book when I was a teenager but could never find the other two. It’s part of the Point Horror series, but I think it stands up as an adult novel too. Go, read!