June report

Well there goes June and I’m a little closer to my list deadline. I’m starting to slowly achieve goals on my list. I can add ticks next to…

  • Making handmade gifts – look out Jeans there’s a pressie coming your way!
  • Books, I finally finished “The Lacuna”, bit of a struggle at the start which I hate to admit about this author cause I don’t think Barbara Kingsolver can do no wrong, happily this book began to shine about 1/4 way in. I stayed up late many nights powering through the pages. Also just finished “American Rust” by Philipp Meyer, I’m on a roll with American authors right now
  • I just spent an incredible few days on a foodie photo shoot and came away with a bunch of contacts and a brain buzzing with ideas
  • The cookbooks are coming off the shelf at last, I’ve earmarked a few recipes to try out this week for some dinner parties. I’m starting the week with a roast pumpkin and coconut soup. It’ll be the most expensive soup I’ve ever made after buying the ingredients at my local farmer’s market, Orangegrove. 18 bucks later for half a pumpkin and some leeks it better taste amazing!
  • 83276, that’s my number for City to Surf. There’s no going back now…

Get yer book here

Couldn’t pack these! So I read them and left them instead.

Weekend reading

Some old favourites in here and some new. I’ve been ploughing through my stack steadily. Right now I can’t get enough of Barbara Kingsolver, she’s my new fav author, I’ll read anything I can grab my hands on of hers. A diverse, poetic writer who‘s stories are strongly landscape driven, almost as another character and explore themes of the search for one’s home and one’s place in this world. Just brilliant.

I’m currently halfway through ‘Revolutionary Road’ – Richard Yates, then after that I’ve got a new pile to start on. ‘Gone With the Wind’ – Margaret Mitchell and ‘Of Mice & Men’ – John Steinbeck top of that pile. So to add to the completed list so far….

  • Animal Dreams – Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • Naked – David Sedaris
  • Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
  • Living in the Maniototo – Janet Frame
  • The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
  • Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene
  • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling
  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  • Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Just finished

I’ve been cramming this week. Partly cause the books were so great, apart from ‘Here on Earth’, which I could barely finish; and partly cause I’m moving on this week and can’t fit them in my pack. Bring on the next ones :)

This year I am playing catch up with my “books to read” wish list. These books have been popping up everywhere, I look for them at hostels I’m staying at, a few swaps and I’ve found some on buses and of course second hand bookshops. So far I’m loving this indulgence and I’ve finally read some amazing titles without doubling up too much on re-reads. One can’t be too picky when you don’t know where your next book is coming from.

The list so far…..

  • She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Bookman’s Wake – John Dunning
  • Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck
  • Digging to America – Anne Tyler
  • Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Clock Without Hands – Carson McCullers
  • Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
  • The Last Precinct – Patricia Cornwall
  • Handle with Care – Jodi Picoult
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • The Bean Trees – Barbara  Kingsolver
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver
  • Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guttersen
  • Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
  • Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  • The Abortion – Richard Brautigan
  • The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  • Sign of the Book – John Dunning
  • Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  • Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  • Arthur & George – Julian Barnes
  • Here on Earth – Alice Hoffman
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  • In Our Time – Ernest Hemingway
  • Naked – David Sedaris
  • Animal Games – Barbara Kingsolver
  • Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling