I love a good book, whether it’s reading a paperback or listening to an audiobook. I usually have at least one paperback and one audiobook on the go. Here are some of my favourite reads over the last few months –
Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. Ink & Bone is the first book in a series. It’s classed as a young adult read. I really, really enjoyed this book. Based in a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria still exists but owning private books is a crime. The reader is introduced to a group of different young people who are competing for rolls within the library structure that becomes increasingly dangerous. As a lover of books, old libraries, different worlds and adventure, this book had it all for me. I have the second book in the series to read later in the year.
Maude is 82 yrs old and her memories of the past with her sister, have become confused with the present day and concerns for her friend, Elizabeth. I think this is a well written book that portrays life with dementia. This is a poignant read, sometimes sad, sometimes funny. I found myself hooked into the story, striving to understand and makes sense of Maude’s memories and the present reality. It gave me greater understanding of living with dementia.
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January is generally my least favourite month. I’m not keen on the short, cold, dark days, while I wait for the coming of spring. So it’s an ideal time for reading and listening to audiobooks. I have been a busy book bee this month. I thought I would share my January reads. It’s been a mixed lot at my January Book Nook.
I really enjoyed this feel good book. It was a really easy, fun read. Narrated by a charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. It made me reflect that we can have an idea of what we need or what we like but sometimes it’s only when we try something different that we discover what really would be best for us. I’m looking forward to reading The Rosie Effect later in the year.
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March Films & TV
The Lady in the Van – I was fortunate enough to see the play written by Alan Bennett, The Lady in the Van, at the theatre some years ago. It was brilliant so I have been looking froward to the film for some time. I also really enjoyed the film. It was heartwarming, entertaining, funny and heartbreaking. Maggie Smith, who plays Mary Shepard, is excellent throughout. I think she is an amazing actress. The film captured a time and a place in the UK really well. It tells the true story of Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a dilapidated van on Bennett’s driveway in London for 15 years. It’s an incredible story about an incredible woman.
The Man Fom U.N.C.L.E – I also really enjoyed this film. I have not seen the original mid-to-late 1960s television series of the same name, so I just had to take this at face value. I loved atmosphere of the film – very sleek and 1960’s. I’m not generally a big fan of spy films (having never managed to sit through an entire James Bond film) but this was an entertaining spy caper that didn’t seem to take itself too seriously. International intrigue and escapist fun, that doesn’t depend on having any foreknowledge of the original series in order to enjoy this new adventure.
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If you’ve read my ‘About Me’ page you will know that last year I turned 40. So as my year of being 40 comes to a close and becomes my year of being 41, I thought it would be a good time to take stock.
It’s been a good year all in all. Here’s some of the things I’ve learnt and discovered from being 40 years old –Read More »
Monthly Reflections is a new category being introduced to Cultivating Time. My monthly Reflections will be a bit of a monthly round up and a chance for me to take stock and reflect on the month. I hope you enjoy.
I will be writing a post next month exploring the role of reflection – watch this space!
February Films & TV
Ant-Man – I loved this film. The special affects were brilliant and great fun. This is the sort of film I feel special effects are made for. Definitely one of my favourite super hero films. Some memorable scenes with the special effects. All I’m going to say is – record, disco, carpet and Thomas! They even managed to be the product placement entertaining and funny. Some really clever concepts and ideas. I even enjoyed the fight scenes, which I normally switch off from completely but these were different. Who knew ants would one day star so greatly in a Hollywood hit! Make sure you stick it out right to the very end of all the credits. There are 2 extra scenes setting the scene for future films.
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One of my blog goals/tasks for for the New Year was to do some re-jigging of my categories. Oh deary me – they were in a bit of a mess! Anyway, I’ve had a good sort and clean up.Read More »