Tuesday Three Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2016 that missed the boat

28 03 2017

Woops so I just found this in my saved drafts where I was clearly trying to get it up to five and then forgot about it. So rather than wait ’til next Christmas, thought I’d just bung this up now – sorry! For alliterations sake, it’s Tuesday!

Lyrebird – by Cecelia Ahern

25 03 2017

If you read this regularly you’ll know I’m a big fan of Cecelia Ahern. The last adult book she wrote wasn’t a favourite of mine but this one is back on form, back to the days of things that are slightly unreal, not fantasy, but not quite normal!

Lyrebird is actually Laura. She’s lived a very sheltered existence to the point that no one knows she exists, she doesn’t even have a birth certificate. When she was 16 her mother died and so she went to live in a run down cottage on the land her father owns. Ten years on she’s discovered by a team making a documentary about her father and his brother and the life they lived on their farm when they visit after her father’s death.

What I haven’t told you is that Laura is a bit unusual. She makes noises. Perfect imitations of any sound she’s ever heard – from her Gaga’s voice to a chainsaw to someone running their hand over their stubble. Obviously the documentary team are intrigued, and with her father gone they try to find a way to support her in her future – they plan to make a documentary about her life and her extraordinary ability.

A really interesting idea, great mix of characters and a wonderfully told story! Definitely one to read!

Favourite one-liner from the book: “Why can’t people just be really good at something? Why do they have to be the best at something?”

Internet highlights – w/c 19th March 2017

25 03 2017

What if I just want a mediocre life?

Things that have to happen when the Queen dies 😦

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Internet highlights – w/c 12th March 2017

18 03 2017

A women wrote a BRILLIANT letter to the male Brand Manager of Feminine Hygiene at P&G.

The lack of an Oxford Comma helped drivers win their case for overtime pay.

100 Disney Memes, brilliant.

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Internet highlights – w/c 5th March 2017

11 03 2017

Teenagers took cutlery and a table cloth to McDonalds

Many, many wonderful British things

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Internet highlights – w/c 26th February 2017

4 03 2017

Things that mildly thrill twenty-something grandmas

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The Girl on the Train – by Paula Hawkins

2 03 2017

I didn’t really want to read this book but a friend lent it to me and was about to move away so I thought I should get it done! (In fact, the last three books I’ve read have been once I’ve been lent, next I get to go back to my very long to-read list!)

We first meet Rachel, who regularly watches from the train when it stops at a signal, and follows the lives of a couple who live on her old street. Sadly Rachel has a bit of a bad relationship with alcohol, and after she sees something suspicious from the train one day, followed by a night she doesn’t remember, one half of the couple disappears. Her story is also narrated through the book but starts a year earlier so we have no idea what happened. There’s also a third narrator who is the partner of Rachel’s ex-husband. Sounds very complicated, actually very straight forward!

The book is full of twists and turns, and while I saw the ending coming, I did not see how it was going to get there, it kept me guessing! On Tuesday night I was going to get an early night but I ended up finishing the book instead… woops!

I’m so glad I read it, definitely a lesson in taking book recommendations even when you doubt them!

PS: Couple of great one liners from the book

  • “I can’t help the way I am”, “You can help what you do, though”
  • “I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts. Who was it said that following your heart is a good thing? It is pure egotism.”