Posts Tagged ‘PTO Book Challenge’
by Tim Winton
rating: 3 of 5 stars
Maybe I had too high expectations, and to be fair not many books will leave me feeling the same way as I did after I finished Cloudstreet. The style was similar for the most part — the almost melancholic nostalgia, but the ending lwft me hollow. After the wonderful parts about Pikelet’s adolecence, the South West surfie culture, the amazing descriptions of the sea and the weather… it all fell a little flat.
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3 of 5 stars
Oh my. Even though I knew/could easily guess the ending here, it left me feeling pretty horrid. Don’t read this if you wish to have romanticised visions of Henry VIII in your head; Gregory makes him out to be a complete and utter nutjob, and a gross fat, stinky nutjob at that. Which is probably about right.
I noticed another reviewer mentions the ‘myopic’ sense of narrative in this novel, and that’s pretty spot on. There is quite the sense of icky claustrophobia — quite possibly just as Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard felt while in Henry’s company.
This was definitely a lot darker than The Other Boleyn Girl, and I would hardly call it a romance. But it was still alright. Pre-feminism angst sources abound.
4 of 5 stars
My then-13ish cousin recommended Meg Cabot‘s The Princess Diaries to me when I was in year 12. My friends Sarah, Laura and I have been sillily addicted because they are cute as heck and Hilarious (with a capital H!).
The 9th instalment was an easy read chosen to help ease me back into the reading groove, and reading about Mia’s neurotic teenage angsts was a nice change from thinking about my own (although I hope my own angsts are slightly more mature).
So someone I know just bought a new Beemer, and they got a one-month gym membership at Next Generation Kings Park in their welcome pack — because BMW sponsors the place, or whatever — and gave me the voucher. Apparently everyone thinks I need to get off my skinny butt once in a while.
Since it’s totally on the way to/from work and stuff, Matt said I should just use it for the month, even if it’s just to see how the Other Side lives. I went to join up after work last night (the voucher expires on the 30th, and yes, I know I like to leave everything to the last minute) and ooooooooh, it’s so FANCY!!!
Amusingly, this is on their membership info page:
How much is membership to a Next Generation Club?
We like all of our prospective members to come along to the club and see the fantastic facilities available, allow us to meet you in person and give you a chance to experience Next Generation Clubs first-hand before making a decision. In addition, due to the various membership categories that we offer, we feel it best to discuss which category will be best suited to your needs.
Translation: If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
But that shouldn’t be surprising: they are sponsored by BMW… although that doesn’t really seem to be a very effective marketing choice on Auto Classic‘s part — there were more Porches that Beemers in the parking lot.
Book Challenge Update: only 59 pages to go before I finish PD9 — sweet.
One of my fave blogs to read when I am procrastinating is called Put Things Off. It’s written by a funny Pommy chap called Nick (but all people from England are funny, aren’t they?) and it’s fabulous because it’s called “Put Things Off” but it’s really about productivity — and I enjoy the irony and also that I can justify not doing work because I’m actually learning something. Plus the blog’s mascot is a fricking cute kitten with a ball of wool, and I fricking love kittens.
As previously mentioned, I am totally struggling with the book-reading thing at the moment, but even though I joined Goodreads and stuff a while ago (there’s a link on the right there if you care to have a look), I have just not been able to get on track with plowing though my Books To Read Pile. Actually, now I have two piles, neatly separated in to Fiction and Non-Fiction (although I’m sure you will all be glad to know that unlike the Fiction and Non-Fiction shevles in my book case, the piles are not alphabetized. Sheesh, I’m not THAT much of a geek). But now that I’m looking at my To Read list on Goodreads, I see that none of these books are even in my To Read Pile, so this is troubling.
However, PTO Nick has set up a reading challenge, and while I’m not game enough to take up the City to Surf challenge with Jules and everyone, because hello, I don’t do exercise, unless it involves shopping, this challenge looks like it will suit my not-so-active lifestyle much better.
I would really like to be able to get though my To Read Pile(s) because I have actually set myself a little rule that I am not allowed to buy any more books until I read the ones I already have. Granted, I won’t (and have not) let that rule get in the way of exercising ye olde Marstercard Debit, as demonstrated by my excursion to Borders at lunch today which resulted in the purchase of two shiny new magazines. But still. There are some books I wanted to buy, too. So I was good.
There are no pressing commitments this week so I plan to actually get right on top of this challenge by at least finishing Princess Diaries #9, which I have STILL not read even though I bought it two days after we got back from holidays.
Oh no wait. Get Smart comes out tomorrow and there’s that End Of Financial Year do on Friday. Gah, that means I need to finish PD9 tonight. Better snap to it!!!!!!!!