Archive for August, 2009

Secrets of Sunday

August 31, 2009

friends

shadyroad

birthday

hardway

Sunshine Reading.

August 29, 2009

Apparently, when I am on holiday I become a reading machine. I managed to read three books in ten days this time around. They were…

Join Me – Danny Wallace
The Pact– Jodi Picoult
Nothing to Lose – Lee Child

 

Join Me

Now this was the second Danny Wallace book I’ve read, and even though I loved Yes Man, I think I loved this more! In this book Wallace is up to his crazy ventures once again, only this time he’s starting a cult …by accident. Bored one afternoon, Wallace decides to place an advert in his local paper saying simply ‘Join Me’. What comes from there is an amazingly funny read of Wallce’s goal to reach first 100 and then 1000 joinees in the memory of his Swiss relative Gallus. You would really be pressed to find a more bizarre yet hilarious look into how to collect people. If he could only come up with something for everyone to do…
Brilliant read!

 

The Pact

This book upset me and impressed me all at the same time. The problem with reviewing Picoult’s books is that she writes books that are very much how the journey makes the ending. Therefore to talk about all the things that happen can give away the ending, and to talk about the ending usually would spoil something that comes as a great surprise when reading. To give a simple blurb then, the book is based around two teens who have been inseparable their whole life. They decide to kill themselves as a suicide pact …one of then survives. This is a powerful book which I would recommend to anyone to read …and for those of you that read it a long time ago, I think it’s time to dust it off the shelf.

There were a few passages in this book that struck a real cord with me, and quite a few situations that I could see myself in. One of these paragraphs I liked enough to dog-ear, and so I’d like to share that with you now –

Sometimes he was certain he’d come away a hero, and one day he and Emily would find this all very funny. And other times he believed that he would be only what he’d promised Emily: someone there to witness her, as she went.

 

Nothing To Lose

This is one of the latest books in the Jack Reacher thrillers, but for me, it was a lot less thrilling than its predecessors. One again Child follows the same formula; Reacher is walking/hitchhiking alone, no destination in mind, when he finds himself thrust into some small town problems. He fights it out. Beds and attractive and witty local female, and saves the day. It’s James Bond, without the accent or the tux. Normally this formula doesn’t bother me, but this time around it just seems Child was almost trying to hard. Gone were the fresh ideas and instead are just a reworking of the old – minus the interesting storyline to keep up the ante.  The only sense of urgency is the idea that with this newest mystery to solve, the stakes have a worldwide importance. Also, those that are militant, may find some of the ideas in this book  a little controversial. There was one passage that stood out for me however –

We’re all atheists. You don’t believe in Zeus or Thor or Neptune or Augustus Caesar or Mars or Venus or Sun Ra. You reject a thousand gods. Why should it bother you if someone else rejects a thousand and one?

All in all, I think that fans of the Reacher saga, will be left lacking a little after this one. Let’s hope the next one saves my view of the series!

Missed Secrets

August 27, 2009

Here’s the secrets that I missed while I was on holidays…

Sunday 23rd August

gay

inverse

eye

house

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home

Quotes of the moment…

August 26, 2009

Tara: Things fall apart. They fall apart so hard.
Willow: Tara?
Tara: You can’t ever put ’em back the way they were.
Willow: Are you okay?
Tara: I’m sorry, it’s just… You know, it takes time. You can’t just have coffee and expect…
Willow: I know.
Tara: There’s just so much to work through. Trust has to be built again on both sides. You have to learn if – if we’re even the same people we were. If you can fit in each others lives. It’s a long and important process, and can we just skip it? Can you just be kissing me now?

 ~ Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tobey: What is that?
Jen: What is what?
Tobey: That stupid fantasy you have where the guy who broke your heart suddenly realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life and he finds you wherever you are. He comes running up to you and he says: ‘I can’t live without you. You are my entire universe and if you don’t take me back right now, I will never love anyone again’… Where does this fantasy come from?
Jen: Movies, television, and that little place in your heart that harbors hope… He’s going to regret this, you know?
Tobey: Yeah maybe. Maybe not. The thing is we tell ourselves that to make ourselves feel better, but the truth is somebody always gets hurt worse in every breakup. This time it’s me. (long pause) I really thought he’d come.

~ Dawson’s Creek

This Years Girl…

August 22, 2009

Have you ever felt such an overwhelming surge of emotion that you thought you might burst? Some people feel the need to punch something etc to release this surge – I, write. Yesterday I felt this way. I cannot really explain where it came from, but I was reading The Pact by Jodi Picoult and there was a certain section in the book that just clicked something inside me, and I went in to a bit of a rage. I´ve only ever felt this once or twice before in my life, and (with my best friend the other side of the world, and nothing around I felt I could punch) before I knew it I´d written scrawled two pages of rant.

Originally I thought that I would type up this rant and post it here, but to be honest, there´s probably too much of it that would of hurt someone´s feelings a little too much. Also, you know how sometimes in the heat of the moment you can say (or write) things that, although true in that instant, seem less true once you´ve calmed down? …this was one of these such rants.

It centered around this book I mentioned, which had parts which were uncannily like my last major relationship. There was even a line of dialogue which I´d said myself!* Anyway, this sort of got me thinking about the relationship and reasons behind why it ended, and then I got mad. Basically, my memory was refreshed to someone who once told me that if they were capable of being with anyone in an emotional and physical way, it would be me. Since then I´ve found that they are with someone now …needless to say, it´s not me.

The strange thing is that I don´t know why this got me so angry. It´s been water under the bridge now for a little while, and it´s annoyed me that it took something as stupid as a similarity in a book to bring back such strong emotions. (But then I guess I was always a little sentimental like that wasn´t I?)  Maybe I´m just jealous. Maybe the idea that she has someone else now and I don´t just got to me. I´m not really sure. My head is a mess of jumbled emotions. All I know is that I need to get over it, and I´m still not sure the best way of doing that.

Waiting hasn´t done me any good. I  don´t  can´t want this anymore.

Laura Perry
Santa Susanna
22 August 2009

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*  “I, um, I have this problem. I broke up with my boyfriend you see. And I’m pretty upset about it, so I wanted to talk to my best friend.” She swallowed and looked at the black ground. “The thing is, they’re both you.”

Another Sunday secret…

August 16, 2009

…or two!

worstbesthardest

guitar

Yes she does…

Crush of the week!

August 11, 2009

As I’m going to see The Sound of Musicat the Cardiff Millennium Centre on the weekend, I thought there could be no person more perfect for my crush of the week, than winner of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

connie

Connie Fisher

Plus, who wouldn’t want a nun?! A Welsh nun at that… 😉

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That moment.

August 10, 2009

Meredith: Maybe I should just take a sleeping pill.
Cristina (yawns): Oh, no. Don’t do that. You’ll just get strung out and turn into a bad after school special. We’ll just sleep, and then you’ll sleep.
Meredith: I can’t stop, Cristina, I can’t stop seeing Derek. It’s not about the sex. It’s not about the sex, it’s about that moment afterward. The world stops, just feels so safe… So safe. I’m not ready to give that up. Does that make me sad, weak, and pathetic?
Cristina: A little bit.
Meredith: What do I do?

Greys Anatomy– 406 ~ Kung Fu Fighting
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I never understood why she thought this was pathetic. That feeling is one of the best you can find in this world. Anyone who hasn’t felt that moment …that perfect, safe moment where the world stops, and all that’s left is the two of you …even for just a second …they’re missing out. Who would ever want to let that go?

S-s-s-s-s-secrets!

August 9, 2009

free

ramis

tamer

Can’t choose family…

August 7, 2009

So we’ve had a bit of annoying time recently regarding our family holiday. Myself, my Brother, my Mum and Dad are going to Barcelona with my Auntie and two Cousins at the end of the month. Now, my brother and myself have sacrificed alot to allow this holiday to go ahead – I gave up a weeks work at the Edinburgh TV Festival, and Matthew will be missing his A-Level results and so will potentially have trouble getting into University if he has to go into clearing. However all of a sudden, the other three are wanting to drop out! What makes things worse, is that going back about a month ago, my parents came into some money and so were debating dropping out of the holiday ourselves to go for something a little further afield like Florida, Canada or Vegas, but we didn’t because we knew the others wouldn’t be able to afford the upgrade.

Family is supposed to stick together. I guess however on this occasion water may have been thicker than blood…
Tamping.