Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Me - Elton John

I was a little surprised how much I liked this autobiography, as I wasn't expecting it to be so amusing and such an interesting read.  I guess over the years I have read bits about Elton Johns life, and knew that he didn't have a great relationship with his mother, but I didn't understand how hard and lonely a lot of his childhood was. 

You do have to admire his talent and success are a result of his hard work, but boy he seemed to have a wild ride along the way.  He doesn't hold back in this book in talking about his drug use,suicide attempts and sex life and I enjoyed his honesty.  It is so nice to know that after years of feeling unloved he has found love with his husband and sons. 

The best bit though of the book I think is that the tone of it sounds just like he is sitting on the couch next to you having a bit of a bitchy catch up, and I felt like I could have read on for longer. 5/5

Monday, March 23, 2020

Music Monday - Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton



Thanks for the music Kenny Rogers.  Doesn't this song make you think of summer nights in the 70s?

Monday, March 16, 2020

Music Monday - To Die for - Sam Smith



My gosh, I keep listening to this haunting song by Sam Smith, and only looked at the video tonight which seemed terribly sad.  Music is a good distraction at the moment - and we all need a bit of that.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Angels At My Fingertips - Lorna Byrne

I am not sure what to write here, as I have read this book with a lot of skepticism.  Since a young child Lorna Byrne has been able to see angels surrounding people, and her own guardian angel, as well as others that visit to guide us.  She tells us about our own guardian angel, that is with us everywhere helping and protecting us.

I like the thought of my own bodyguard,  and that as people die that their angels are there to wrap their wings around us and help guide us as we die.  More than that I am not sure I am enough of a believer to fully get everything she writes about.  3/5

Monday, March 09, 2020

Music Monday - Dance of the Clairvoyants - Pearl Jam



I was watching some music videos over the weekend and came across this new song from Pearl Jam.  I have it on repeat as I like the song, and the video is pretty awesome too.   I have never been a huge fan, although I do like Eddie Vedders voice and some of the songs like Daughter and Better Man have always been on my play lists, I haven't listened to any new music from them in years, but something about this song appeals to me a lot.

Friday, March 06, 2020

The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur

I wanted to be all millennial and be able to enjoy some new poetry as I do my yoga on a cliff, but its just not for me.  I've had a couple of periods in my life when I have read some poetry books, but it never sticks with me and I have figured out that I will never be able to quote some wistful words and am best to stick to my usual fiction and non fiction tomes. 2/5

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Simple - Diana Henry

I got this one out from the library, and while the pictures make the food look tasty and I would not eating some of it, I did not feel like it was food I would cook.  Really, it wasn't simple for me.  I am unlikely to buy pomegranates and figs and found it mostly a bit  too fancy and expensive for my tastes and budget. 2/5

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Wham! George & Me - Andrew Ridgeley

I was just a teenager myself when the short shorts of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley bounced onto our tv screens.  It was always a bit cheesy but I bopped along like the rest of my friends.  I may have ogled their pictures in the teen magazines, but I was unaware of their stories - of them meeting as young teenagers at school and becoming best friends.  I never quite realized how young they were when they found fame and were making us sing along to Club Tropicana and Wake Me Up Before You Gogo.

I liked this book, it was easy to read and not dragged down by lots of boring facts, but rather follows their stories in a light and breezy way.  I am sure the author is holding back lots of juicy stories, they must have had their fair share of parties and silliness, but I liked that it has some restraint.  4/5

Monday, March 02, 2020

Music Monday - In the Air - L.A.B.



A bit of kiwiana music to start the week off with a laid back vibe - although it is making my middle aged ladiness tense that they aren't wearing their seat belts.  This song is number one in our spotify charts this week, and I must admit to enjoying it from the first listen.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Till the Cows Come Home - Sara Cox

Sara Cox is a UK radio/televison personality who has written this memoir about her childhood, spent mainly growing up as the youngest of five kids on her fathers farm, then later teenage years with her mother and stepfather  at the pubs they ran.   I enjoyed her stories, they brought back memories of the top of childhood I had, of being able to race round doing your own thing with no helicopter parenting.  4/5