Christine at Bookishly Boisterous started this meme – get amongst it.
1. There’s a lot of ‘Best of 2013’ book lists out… Don’t these people read in December*?
2. Finished two books on the same day this week – Back to Back by Julia Franck and Amsterdam by Ian McEwan. Unless you’ve read both you won’t understand how weird it was to have chosen those books to be read at the same time. And to finish them within hours of each other.
3. Just a little bit excited (already) about this Markus Zusak event in January – I’m thinking that if Zusak is willing to talk to audiences about the film version of The Book Thief, then he must be happy with the result.
4.The 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award shortlists have been announced. Pleased to see Burial Rites by Hannah Kent there – it’s probably my favourite book this year*.
5. Started signing up for 2014 reading challenges (even though I haven’t finished all of my 2013 challenges….).
Okay, enough bookish stuff.
6. This is reassuring – Gin. London. #planningmyitinerary
On my to-do list is the ‘Goldfish in a Bag’ cocktail at The Folly. It’s described as a mix of Little Bird gin (distilled in Peckham), Hangar 1 mandarin vodka, rhubarb bitters, pink grapefruit ‘fish,’ Fever-Tree tonic and edible lily pads. They also serve a chicken club sandwich. I may as well move in there RIGHT NOW.
7. Every year I go through the farce of making a gingerbread house with the kids as part of our festive activities. I say farce because the exercise usually ends with me shooing the kids away, flinging icing all over the place, and muttering “This fucking thing…” quietly to myself as I stand as still as a statue, propping up gingerbread walls until icing sets. So I probably shouldn’t attempt a gingerbread Guggenheim quite yet, should I?
8. Have I mentioned how much I love my mothers group? I’m exceptionally lucky – they’re all ace. After eleven years, we (just the mums) still meet once a month for dinner and go away for a weekend together each year. At Christmas we let the kids and the dads join the fun (I know, generous). This year we had nine mums, eight dads and 23 kids all in the one place – champagne, pizza, swimming, cricket and our annual photo all happened. Hope we’re still celebrating exactly the same way in another eleven years.
9. A friend put me onto this bag. By now you probably know I love a bag. This one might actually change my life. And it’s a wristlet. Probably need one in every colour (except purple – urgh).
If you’re not exactly sure what’s so special about this bag, know this – it charges your phone. Huzzah.
I had to laugh at your comment “don’t people read in December”. I thought the same thing.
Particularly important given that one of the best books I read last year (Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears), I read between Christmas Day and New Year!
I hate when they do the Best Books of 2013 so early too. Apparently December is meant to be a reading vacation. Lame.
OH my gosh… a purse that charges your phone? That’s nothing short of amazing. And it’s so cute! I don’t own a wristlet. I must own that one.
If you don’t own a wristlet the you most certainly NEED one (so handy at a party when you have a drink in one hand and food in the other…)
True. Usually I just make my fiancé carry my ID so I can leave my purse in the car but a wristlet does make sense. hahaha
The true meaning of a ‘man-bag’ 😉
lol, I was wondering the same thing about all of these “best of 2013” lists that are cropping up (poor books that are going to be published this month, guess they don’t make the cut-off?). I’d understand it a bit more if they were released closer to Christmas just because everyone’s closing shop for the holidays but this is far too early…
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on McEwan’s Amsterdam! And yay for 2014 reading challenges! *high fives*
That is an awesome wristlet! Very cute too 🙂
I guess people want to SELL lots of books before Christmas…
I enjoyed Amsterdam (but it wasn’t Atonement) – review coming (although will probably be a bit lightweight – I think enough people have said their bit on Amsterdam!).
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Those Gingerbread Museums –> holy crap!
I know, right?! The detail is incredible.