Monday, September 28, 2015
It did make me want to pack a little backpack and take a journey along, although the thought of not washing your hair for a month and the big blisters make me sure that I would be whining by the second day. Might be hard too if you don't fancy sleeping next to snoring smelly strangers - but I guess you get over that pretty soon. A worthy 4/5.
Friday, September 25, 2015
I liked Beryl and greatly admired the person she was and the brave choices she made to survive, but couldn't help but feel that the first 3/4 of the book was a little drawn out and the last 1/4 was edited down and felt rushed. Still the power of the author to draw you in and keep your interest makes this a great read. 4/5
Sunday, September 20, 2015
I feel a bit conflicted about watching the movie in 3D. Parts of it help to show the majesty and scale of the movie and help making the action scenes more dramatic, but parts of it make you feel like you are watching the movie through a viewfinder and make it feel stited and not put together. There seems to not be a seamless transition that you would expect through the 2D-3D parts, making it for me feel stitched together and comes across as a gimmick. The attempts at a Kiwi accent were also a bit of a challenge, a difficult one for overseas actors and actresses to manage.
I did enjoy the story, and even though I knew the ending it did bring a tear to the eye of this middle aged lady. It did leave me with the feeling that this mountain should maybe left alone, and that anyone climbing must be partly crazy. 4/5
Friday, September 18, 2015
Entertaining and reasonably paced, I couldn't help but think that if it was me, I would have sold the house, split the money with the sibling and gone to live somewhere remote. Wouldn't make a great story would it? I kept thinking some people really like drama, getting into everyones business. 3/5
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Rachel, the headstrong daughter dismissed by her stern mother and convinced to marry an older widower when just sixteen. Her own journey as a mother and then finding herself a mother to a son who wants to rebel against what is expected of him. A story as old as time, but still fresh and even though based on a true story it was just lovely. 4/5
Monday, September 14, 2015
This song has been in my head for weeks. They are using it as the theme song for the kiwi Masterchef programme, I was lucky enough to see her in concert a couple of times over the years, such an awesome performer and lovely woman.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
As the years go by, with no dramatic change the family realize that there is a fate worse than dying, and how their own lives are impacted by the care of Matty. It is so hard to forgive yourself when you know you are grieving for someone while they are still alive, which is a feeling that I know many caregivers share and anybody that has lived with somebody at the end of the their lives understands. Yet this story is about love, the love for Matty and wanting the best for him. 4/5
Monday, September 07, 2015
Sunday, September 06, 2015
I did enjoy reading a book about book lovers written by a lover of books. 4/5
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
So she seeks to find out what happens after you die. Do you just disappear, is there something after death, does your spirit go to heaven, to hell, is there anything? We join her as she visits psychics, shamans, mediums, churches, Rabbis, yoga retreats, Bali and other places where she seeks out her answers. As well as the loss of her parents, two of her young girlfriends die, and this loss is also devastating for her, stirring up new emotions and questions.
Spaced throughout the book are beautiful letters that the author writes for her daughters - to tell them about herself and the way she lives her life, and how proud she is of them, how much she loves them. How lovely for the girls to know this, that if she were to die that they have these fragments of love to pick up and read and discover their mum. 4/5