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Actual Book Selection August 30, 2009

Filed under: Kay poh recommendations — mel @ 1:07 pm
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I’m always a little unsure of what to pick out from the  library or bookshop because I have a very in-between taste in books. Don’t like Da Vinci Code but cannot get through James Joyce. Don’t like to stick to any one writer or genre but then again, not quite bookish enough to keep abreast of the literary scene. But I’m really devoid of stuff to read at night at the moment and re-reads just don’t quite cut it.

Had a chat with Kenny and Karen, owners of Books Actually and Polymath & Crust (ostensibly for a possible article but mostly because I love hanging out in their bookshops) last week and they suggested 10 must-reads which I thought I’d share because it seems like a pretty interesting selection. I’ve only read five four from their list (and thoroughly approve of the “must-read” status) which makes me a little excited that there are at least five six more fascinating reads to explore soon!

Top 5 Fiction Books

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July by Miranda July

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories by Raymond Carver

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books

A Little History of The World by E.H. Gombrich

On Photography by Susan Sontag

Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin

How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard Feynman

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Strawberry ice-cream & Apple Mojito Day August 22, 2009

Filed under: Life in general — mel @ 12:23 pm

mojitos & ice cream day

Yesterday was a good day.
So I shall remember it.

 

Just one at a time please August 20, 2009

Filed under: Life in general — mel @ 12:00 pm
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Rediscovering the stylus

Rediscovering the stylus

 

Stained Glass Masquerade August 1, 2009

Filed under: Life in general — mel @ 10:32 am
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Glass tulips

Crooked tulips

I have become quite fond (i.e. a little addicted) to cutting glass and have been looking for songs pertaining to stained glass (just coz’ I’m intertextual like that) – found this song by Casting Crowns which I wish I had heard when I was 16. God Bless angsty Christian youth bands!

Is there anyone that fails
Is there anyone that falls
Am I the only one in church today feelin’ so small

Cause when I take a look around
Everybody seems so strong
I know they’ll soon discover
That I don’t belong

So I tuck it all away, like everything’s okay
If I make them all believe it, maybe I’ll believe it too
So with a painted grin, I play the part again
So everyone will see me the way that I see them

*Chorus*
Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles to hide our pain
But if the invitation’s open
To every heart that has been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

Is there anyone who’s been there
Are there any hands to raise
Am I the only one who’s traded
In the altar for a stage

The performance is CONVINCING
And we know every line by heart
Only when no one is watching
Can we really fall apart

But would it set me free
If I dared to let you see
The truth behind the person
That you imagine me to be

Would your arms be open
Or would you walk away
Would the love of Jesus
Be enough to make you stay

Chorus x2

Well if the invitation’s open
To every heart that has been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

Is there anyone that fails
Is there anyone that falls
Am I the only one in church today feelin’ so small