Monday, May 30, 2016
So you can guess that things will turn strange, and there will be blood. There are quite a few twists in the story and I didn't totally predict where the story would end up which was nice for a change. I just wasn't as scared as I would have liked. 3/5
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Seeking medical and counselling advice, Hillary and Jeff decide to let Ryland transition into being raised as their son. Told in such an open and refreshing style, you have to admire the family for doing what they think is best for their child. By allowing him to be the person he thinks he truly is and by telling their story I am sure they have helped lots of others. Very brave to put you and your six year old out there where many bullies prowl. 5/5
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Such a compelling story , as most Holocaust stories are you wonder if this could happen in a modern world and what we would have done in any of these womens positions, and what we would have done to survive. 5/5
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Just like television comedy seems to be dominated by the dumbed down situation comedys spewed forth by Chuck Lorre and gang, comedy movies are taken over by the Judd Apatow formulaic gang of writers who are amused by their 19 year old selves, even though they are all in their forties wearing elastic pants. So I wasn't expecting anything magical/clever or witty and my expectations were met. Back to the corsets and period dramas. 2/5
Friday, May 20, 2016
In a minute, everything changes for Decca, and this memoir of the accident from ten years ago is still brutal and raw in its telling. It is a story not only about grieving, but about relationships, parenting and about loss. We also hear about Deccas own childhood, losing her own mother when she was just ten, and how that influenced how she dealt with things with her own boys. 5/5
Thursday, May 19, 2016
After her older sister escapes into China, Yeonmi and her mother decide to follow to seek a better life, naive to the risks involved and find themselves being trafficked. So just when you think things may get better for them, things start to get very much worse.
An amazing memoir, that is hard to believe happens in a modern world, and certainly made me appreciate my easy life with a fridge full of food. 5/5
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Being a couple of decades younger than her, a lot of the name dropping went over my head, as I don't really know the people that many of the pages were devoted to and was a little bored by some of it. I did like the chapters about her animals and pets she has cared for over the years. 2/5
Monday, May 16, 2016
I have been watching Britains Got Talent, and this weeks episode (in NZ) had a couple aged 50 and 47 who had danced together for years, but retired 15 years ago. They danced to this song, and it was a beautiful thing, lovely to watch. And like so many others I had to find out the song that they had danced to. There is some beautiful music out there, with so many talented young things performing.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
So there are lots of bad guys, some bad girls and it is tricky working out who is doing all the damage, and who is going to live, and you know some are going to die. Graham Masterton does a good job of combining the saw type horror with a police thriller. 4/5
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
We all know a lot of the stories, the ones that tragically died and the ones that survived. It was an interesting reflection, as after this time period the grieving for those lost has changed and for many there is a distinction between people being killed vs them being murdered, who should be considered heroes and more interesting I thought was how the survivors think we should deal with terrorism in a modern world.
It did bring tears to my eyes several times, thinking of how awful it must have been for those people who died in the towers and how hard it was for the families who were left behind, and how confusing it was for them in the days following the disaster.
In this book, and in all the books I have read on the subject you do have to admire the courage and bravery of the fire and police who went towards the towers, to try and help to rescue people - awe inspiring. 4/5
Monday, May 09, 2016
With lots of rock encounters with David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Sid and Nancy, The Clash and the Sex Pistols, Chrissie Hynde finds a true love affair with both the UK and performing, but in this book the band only takes up the last few chapters almost like she was afraid to talk about anything in her life that happened in the past twenty years - or maybe there is a second memoir being written. 3/5
Friday, May 06, 2016
At a 2008 competition, a young Simon Horowitz grandson of the original owner is struggling with his desire to carry on playing baseball with his friends, and not wanting to continue to be a musical prodigy, when he gets to play on the priceless violin.
I found the book a bit of a slow starter, but once in it I enjoyed the stories of all the characters, and how they all came together at the end. 4/5
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
We learn about how, with not the greatest of grades he gets to attend medical school and find the best training program that he wants to train in. A successful career, wealth and a good future are all down to the skills he learned as a young man in the back room of the magic shop.
He is now the director at the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford, gets to meet the Dalai Lama and it is truly an extraordinary story, that was almost too good to be true, with me wondering if it was actually fiction rather than a memoir. 5/5
Monday, May 02, 2016
On my wanders over the past few weeks (shoe and clothes shops mainly), I keep encountering this song, which always make me want to sing along. I really like this brother and sister duo - their songs are lovely and soothing, pure chill out music.
Sunday, May 01, 2016
This movie was about a friendship between two girls, Milly (Toni Colette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), who met while young, and now grown up have to deal with Milly getting sick and Jesses fertility issues. There was lots to like about this movie, I liked the main actors were 40 year olds, playing 40 year olds with age appropriate husbands (handsome Dominic Cooper and Paddy Constantine). I like a good girls story, and that theirs was one that stood the test of time.
Somehow though it felt a bit flat after watching it. Much as the girls were good, I felt like they didn't really gel, that they weren't quite right as friends and I just wasn't convinced. I think for me that Toni Colette didn't convince me as an English rose, I was thinking Kiera Knightly would have been more of right actress for the role - sorry Toni.