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So many books, not enough time.

Cupcakes, pies and hot guys – Pamela DuMond

 

Ok, they say don’t judge the book about its cover, but what about the title? :))

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It took me the better part of the first chapter, to realize this was part of a series, The Annie Graceland mysteries. Because I was in need of a light read, I decided to still give it a chance, and it still made sense, without having read the first two parts.

It’s mainly a girly book, the main character, Annie, is a baker in Los Angeles and also a bit of a psychic. Cupcakes, pies and hot guys has a little bit of everything : mystery, fantasy and a Hot guys competition.

It’s not something you would normally find on my bookshelf, but if you ever find yourself on the beach, or in the park, and in need of an easy-breazy read, I say, why not?

Basingstoke – A miscellany

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This is a little book I got my boyfriend about the town we currently live in. You know, this is just a tiny book, but it held so many fascinating facts about the town, I could barely put it down. Basingstoke being an overspill city of London, I didn’t think too much about it’s history. But how wrong was I. One of my absolutely favorite brands, Burberry, was founded here. I really love how the tiny book had a little bit of everything: history, photos, ghost stories, Hampshire based recepies and even a quiz at the end.

Some interesting facts about Basingstoke:

  1. The name supposedly comes from the saxon tribe that populated the area around AD700, who called themselves “basingas”
  2. One of the oldest buildings is Church Cottage (oldest part dates from 1520)
  3. One of Basingstoke’s historic sites is the ruined Chapel of the Holy Ghost (I go there for bunny-spotting)
  4. Daniel Defoe commented on the town’s corn market in 1724
  5. After Basingstoke was established as an overspill town, most of it’s town centre was rebuilt into a modern shopping center (which I am not a fan of)
  6. It features in Shakespeare’s ‘King Henry IV’
  7. The Tower at Skyline Plaza in the heart of Basingstoke is the tallest building on the flight path from Heathrow Airport to New York.

I think we should all try and know as musch as we can about the place we live in, because, at the end of the day, it’s very much so a  part of your life. So next time you’re out and about, go on, I challenge you, discover something, a building, an old tree, a windowframe, anything!

Also, for an amazing archive of old pictures about towns and villages of the UK, visit :

http://www.francisfrith.com

Dig that garden, save the planet: your first steps to becoming an eco-gardener, by Johnie Dominic

This is the second book I’ve ever read on gardening. Well, technically the first one was  a magazine, not a book.

I don’t have a garden as of yet, but we are definitely planning of having one once we will be settled in our future house.

Johnnie Dominic’s book (who by the way, worked in the film industry and is an occasional rock n’ roller) is an entertaining guide on eco-gardening. The tips he offers are practical, and something anyone can do. I do believe eco-consciousness is very important, and it’s good to see every one of us can do something, even if little about it. This book could just as well be a nice gift for someone who’s into gardening.

Who would have thought that reading about gardening could be this entertaining?!

 

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A house in the sunflowers – Ruth Silvestre

 

 

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This was one of the books that we downloaded as a bargain on our Kindle.

Now, I’m not sure what was the purpose of the author with this book. Is it a novel, is it a memoir? Something in between.

It describes the ‘adventures’ of an English family, who in the 70’s decided to buy a summer home in the countyside of France. They bought a completely deserted house, that became a charming home over the years.

What I enjoyed reading about the most were the meals and wine tasting described in detail. It sure gave me an appetite for France 😀

Tutti Frutti – Mike Faricy

Oh, don’t bother. Low standard detective novel. The villains probably inspired by the Cray twins. The main character not as charming as tried to portray. This book was lucky I usually finish a book once I start it.

 

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A dance with dragons (After the feast) – George. R. R. Martin

Wait, what? Ok, now I wish I never watched the last season of the tv series , because they just spoil the book.

I’m curious what turn will the events take in the next book. If we ever get to find out :)).

D’you know, Martin is sooo good at killing people’s favorite characters. This must be some form of amusement for him.  He’s a big tease as well, I felt like,he was only giving  the readers small glimpes of their favorit characters, and dragging out other storylines to keep us hanging.

How are we supposed to wait now??

And also, to watch or not to watch the upcoming season???

Decisions, desicions…

Rays of spring

                                     The spring came suddenly,

bursting upon the world, as

a child bursts into a room,

with a lough and a shout

and hands full of flowers.

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The Dalai Lama’s book of wisdom

      

          “It is illogical to expect smiles from others if one does not smile oneself. Therefore, one can see that many things depend on one’s own behaviour.”

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A short book, easily to be finished in one sitting. I did some research and I saw that the book received some negative critique, especially on being overly simplistic, but if you look at the size of it, it is quite understandable.

I failed to understand, why, for the first half of the book, the quotes seemed to repeat themselves. But in the second half the Dalai Lama began summarizing some of the older Tibetan masters and their specific techniques for centering the mind, cultivating compassion and detachment, and of visualizing groups of people so as to analyze your emotional reactions to them, which I found very interesting.

I’m not a big connoisseur of buddhist philosophy, but I know His Holiness is a big inspiration to many people. In this book he also shares some personal experiences in relation to the words of wisdom shared. It is cleared throughout the book, that he is deeply concerned about the fate of tibetan people and tibetan culture.

His words are centered around themes such as death, grief, compassion, dealing with anger. Some of the quotes seem to have been out of context though, so if you are a novice in buddhism like myself, you might get the sense that more research is needed in order to fully understand the meaning of them.

Whether you are religious or not, you can still relate to the words in this book, and you can find a nice little refuge from the daily rush within it’s pages.

A dance with dragons: Dreams and Dust – George R. R. Martin

 

 

 

It took me a while but I’ve finally finished this baby. One of the most important things about it it’s that it’s not so much a continuation of A feast for crows, but it runs in parallel with it. It’s almost as if it were geographically split in two. Some of the characters I’ve missed return in this one. Hello there Jon Snow… :))

This book is such a TEASE!! The feeling that something big is going to happen is hanging in the air. Instead of excitement and action, you’ve got a lot of Martin moving his pieces around the board of his world so that they’re all in the right places for the finale. Except the finale never comes because that’s supposed to be in the next half.

Also, can someone please kill Ramsay? Like now!! I’m walking on spoiler eggshells here :)) The events in the book take a different turn from the TV show, so if you’ve seen the show first, you’ll be confused at times, but the way I see it, the story just becomes richer.

I am sorry that there’s just one more book (A Dance with Dragons part 2) to read, and then… well, the long wait. No pressure, Mr. Martin!

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