“Life” – Keith Richards
“A Backwoodman’s Year” – R. W. F. Poole
“Life” – Keith Richards
“A Backwoodman’s Year” – R. W. F. Poole
Today’s book find:
“Sahara” by Clive Cussler
I recently acquired a Kindle 4 for Christmas and am eager to avoid it ending up scratched and bashed like everything else (phone, mp3 player, etc all blighted by unsightly dents and blemishes) because i live by my personal mantra: “if it ain’t tough, it won’t survive”! So clearly it is very important to find a case which both protects my new gadget but is also not boring!
I have looked around and found some frankly rather boring Kindle cases provided by Amazon itself and a few others. Although i think they’re supposed to be more like a book cover, I’m concerned that cases like the one below will not protect the edges of my Kindle and will accidently open in a bag:
This case style isn’t one i’m willing to waste my money on, even if it is my favourite colour purple! Amazon seems to charge a stupid amount of money for these cases, nearly half what the Kindle costs! There is also this one which isn’t too bad colourwise and has a nice clippy thing to keep the case closed, but i’m still not sure about it:
I did find some nice, less boring versions of that style, such as this Kate Spade one which is quite funky:
There are the quite nice but extremely pricey designer ones, as shown on Pretty Shiny Sparkly’s blog:
Even though i’m not sure on this style, i do actually LOVE the pattern on this one:
It’s really beautiful, and they have many more different designs on their website for all Kindle models and also cases for other devices too, see Oberondesign.com.
And maybe this one is quite nice too:
And then there are the sleeves for Kindle, such as this amusing one inspired by “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mixalot! (and that song got stuck in my head when i saw this!):
Or maybe this simple one:
I would rather have a slip-on case which covers the whole thing and keeps it all safe and bash-free, maybe one like this:
Or there is this nifty reversible black and red one:
I am still undecided as to what to buy as i haven’t found anything that i like enough to buy. If there is nothing i can find that i like then i may have to design my own, either through one of these websites, medgestore.com, or bagsoflove.co.uk. Or i might just sew my own (looking like the easiest and cheapest option to get something personal and more attractive!
I will keep looking for now though, you never know when someone will bring something nice out!
I’ve just finished reading “Before I Go To Sleep” by SJ Watson, and wow, what a read!
The protagonist, Christine, suffered an accident in which serious head injuries cause her to lose her memory every night when she goes to sleep, so she wakes up not knowing who she is or who the people around her are. She can remember being a child and a young woman, but there are so many things she forgets and has to be reminded every single day when she wakes up. Her husband looks after her and reminds her of everything she’s forgotten each day, and his love for her is clear as he has stood by her all these years even though she doesn’t recognise him when she wakes up. Each day her doctor rings her up and reminds her of her journal, where she is encouraged by him to write down what happens each day, each memory she remembers, etc. She reads her journal entries to remind her what happened yesterday.
This novel is gripping and fascinating! I thought it might be too repetitive with Christine having to go through the same thing everyday – although it’s new to her each day – with her waking up with a stranger, thinking she’s young but looking in the mirror and realising she’s middle-aged, having to be reminded by her husband who she is and who he is. However, her thoughts each day change, especially when she remembers different things.
As the novel progresses, it’s obvious that she’s starting to remember more things and it gets complicated working out how everything fits together. Dr Nash tries to help her by taking her to places where she’s spent periods of her life and showing her photos, hoping to jog her memory, and it does work at times.
All the way through the novel, she questions her husband, Ben, and his actions, wondering why he doesn’t remind her sometimes that she has a son and that he is dead. I found it really weird that he would tell her who she is each day, makes her breakfast and then goes off to work and leaves her alone. She could be a danger to herself as she has so few memories yet he leaves her alone all day. He just leaves her to fend for herself, what does he expect her to do all day? It seems like he expects her to look after the house and so on, but she’s so busy trying to figure out who she is and what is going on around her.
The plot gets more and more complex as Christine remembers vital things which change her whole perspective of her life and the people around her. She gets confused about what is real and what is not. As she tries to work out what happened to her, she regains contact with her best friend and then everything starts to get more confusing and then there is a brilliant twist which i admit i didn’t see coming! I thought it was something else, but the climatic ending is superbly written and executed!
I love this book, and i give it 9/10 because it is so original and complex! The plot is just fascinating and makes you question so many little things which happen throughout the novel as you try to work out where it’s heading. It makes you wonder how you would cope if it was you going through this same experience. I understand why it’s been the No1 Bestseller in the UK! I thoroughly recommend this book!
“Night Train to Lisbon” by Pascal Mercier
Apparently the English translation isn’t very good, according to reviewers on Amazon. But it sounds interesting, might try this one.
I have just finished reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.
I have to admit, after reading the first few pages, i was unenthusiastic about reading on because it seemed rather boring. I feel bad saying that actually because the protagonist, Christopher, has behaviour problems and its clearly a very good insight into how someone like him lives their life, and i decided i would give the book the benefit of the doubt and carrying on reading.He is really intelligent and loves Maths and Science, yet is freaked out by anything coloured brown and yellow and struggles with things which we find normal and take for granted.
I’m really glad i persevered with this book as it is actually really interesting once you get into it. I was fascinated how someone who likes order and familiarity in his life actually copes when his life is turned upside down. How he manages to get from his own house, and the small area outside it which he understands, to an address in London of all places is truly amazing, especially with all the barriers on the way. It makes you appreciate just how hard it is for someone like him to do what everyone else does without problems. I found myself feeling a bit choked up by the end because you just want everything to be rectified.
I give the book 7/10 because i finally understand why this book has received so much praise. I would recommend it to people who want to see what the fuss is about, but i think its one of those books which you can be unsure whether you like it or not. It’s worth a read!
I felt a bit bored on Friday night and decided to crack on with sorting my bedroom out, as i had already started throwing stuff out last year and tidying the rest. Last night i decided to tackle my bookshelves!
(I forgot to take a photo of the bookshelf chaos before i started pulling everything off but never mind!)
Now they make more sense!
Top shelf: DVDs A-Z
2nd down: A-N Fiction (by author)
3rd down: N-T Fiction (by author)
Bottom: T-W Fiction (by author), and Non-fiction (no order because the books are awkward sizes!)
There you go, that shows how OCD i am!
It didn’t actually take very long to sort them all out, maybe an hour at most? And there’s about 147 books there!