Sunday, October 15, 2017
Being an adult she still has some encounters that are scary, her description of a difficult childbirth made me hold my breath as did the final story when she talks about her daughter, fragile and at risk of anaphylaxis to a multitude of allergies.
The book itself did feel a bit disjointed to me, maybe because it was not in chronological order.
Friday, October 13, 2017
A very interesting premise and I loved the idea - who wouldn't feel a bit giddy at the chance to become involved in the world of Jane Austen and meet the author herself? I did feel that the sense of wonderment was a bit lacking in the story, how even with all the training the main characters underwent how the sights and smells would have been quite astonishing even for us. How hard it must have been to not talk or act in a modern way. 4/5
Thursday, October 12, 2017
I enjoyed reading about the relationship and could see how easy it would be to bond with these intelligent animals. I would find it hard to think of killing and eating my own animals, and if I think about it too hard, it makes me want to turn vegetarian straight away. So I understand the author being conflicted about thinking about killing their pigs. 4/5
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Obviously the neighborhood youth do not arise before 10am, so I was able to get up this morning and watch the last of the movie over breakfast. So Chris Pratt, is Jim, an engineer who finds himself awaken aboard his spaceship. The problem is that he is the only one awake, and they are 30 years from earth, and 90 years from their destination. What to do?
This is one of those movies that felt like a little more style over substance. While Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are hugely watchable, and the special effects were pretty amazing, I just wasn't touched by the story and wished that somehow the plot was a bit more developed. 3/5
Thursday, October 05, 2017
I guess these are his dinner party stories, which he probably couldn't tell over dinner as most would upset sensitive diners. Me - well I like such tales and so I enjoyed it. 4/5
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
As an adult she has become a renowned psychologist and in this book she describes how many of the things she learned have been able to help her with her own healing. Remarkable. 5/5
Monday, October 02, 2017
I guess you know the story, Dame Judi Dench plays the elderly Queen Victoria who becomes enamoured with a young handsome servant Abdul, who had been sent from India to present a coin to the Queen.
Depressed and lonely, the friendship develops and he helps to teach her about the Indian culture and language. Family and staff though are suspicious especially as they spend so much time together.
Wonderful performances, sensational interiors, beautiful costumes and lots of actors of all ages without any botox in view all make it my type of favorite watch. 4.5/5
Saturday, September 30, 2017
The second part of the memoir is pretty daunting, as Joyce and Jim try to decide what treatments to pursue and whose advice they should follow. They seek out other sufferers and survivors to find out what worked for them and meet people for advice and support, watching most eventually die of this horrid disease.
I could have carried on reading for so much longer, as Joyce opened up on her life, but the story did eventually have to end. I didn't cry, but just felt in awe of reading this book, which felt like reading one big private love letter. 5/5
Friday, September 29, 2017
Not the happiest if stories to read, Grace has a fairly tough life where she suffers a lot of sorrow and worries, it does give a snapshot of what life must have been like for a lot of women in that era. 4/5
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
When the race ends, Dion realizes that he has a real connection with the wee pup he calls Gobi and sets about to see if he can get her taken back to his home in Scotland. Things are not quite so simple though, and the story reinforces your faith in most people (of course there are a few crazy and dangerous ones too).
So all in all, a good little man and dog story. 5/5