July 27, 2016
The books I have on my shelves haven't been shown much love since I got my Kindle. But a couple of months ago the battery ran out while I was reading a book I didn't really want to finish, and I haven't been bothered to recharge or load more onto it. So I've been re-reading some of the books I already own, some of which haven't been cracked open in years.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Starts off promising - the main character meets a rich and eccentric fellow student at Oxford and gets tangled up with his family. Then it kind of goes nowhere, to be honest, and I found it hard to care. A main theme of the book is the struggle with Catholicism, but it didn't hold my interest much either.
Breakfast At Tiffany's by Truman Capote. I like the story, it's kind of bittersweet. However it's hard to conjure up your own images because the movie adaptation is so iconic. I like the novella more than the movie, to be honest.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Quite high on the list of my favourite books. It's an intriguing story and interesting commentary on society and feminism. Unfortunately the dystopian society in the book doesn't seem too unrealistic, the way things are going in the world. I believe there's a new TV adaptation in the works.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. The main character, an ordinary sort of guy, gets tangled up in a dangerous parallel version of London. I like the concept and atmosphere, and it was fun to read twists on places I've been to. However, I found the writing style a bit grating - a little bit too consciously figurative with descriptions. I guess it might be because it's the written version of the TV show which came first.
Perfume by Patrick Süskind. I'm still finishing this re-read, and I don't know why I hadn't picked it up for so long. It's set in 18th century France, and about a man with a prodigious sense of smell. I love the sardonic kind of tone it's written in, you're not supposed to like the main character but it doesn't stop you from enjoying the book. A long-lost favourite.
Labels: books & tv/film
July 24, 2016
On Saturday night, YY and her housemate threw a Christmas in July party at their place. I'd never actually been to a Christmas in July party before, but apparently it's a thing. I guess we do it in Australia so we can experience the cold-weather Christmas cheer, not sure if you guys in the Northern Hemisphere do it as well!
July 17, 2016
My bags haven't really had a look in on here since I started doing the outfit round-up format! So this post is for showing them a little love. (And no, they are not usually this artfully arranged on the coat stand.)
Canvas tote. Probably my most used bag - I like how a canvas bag dresses down an outfit. I got it from a natural history themed store in NYC back in 2012 because I liked the skull (it's the residual emo kid in me). I never take it travelling though, I prefer to have a bag which I can zip up, to keep my things safer.
Small cross body. I use this to keep bits and bobs when I'm on the wards. I did a what's in my bag post with it last year. I guess I'll use it at work until I'm senior enough to get a med student to hold my things, ha ha. I rarely use this as a main bag on casual outings because I generally carry more stuff (e.g. my camera).
Handbag. Or, what I like to call, my grown-up bag. This is a cheap one I bought in Madrid. I only use it on the rare occasion that I need something more formal looking than my tote or backpack, and also as a carry-on bag on planes/secondary day-to-day bag for travel.
Backpack. Kankens are the best backpacks ever! I've been using this for almost five years now, and it's still going strong. I've never owned another backpack that's lasted this long. Waterproof, roomy, surprisingly comfortable despite the thin straps. I would definitely buy another if it breaks down, but I don't think it will for a while (I've probably jinxed it now though).
Are you a fellow carry-everything-in-a-big-bag person, or have you managed to enchant a little bag (à la Hermione) so that it fits everything you need?