beceh: (books and socks)
For my own reference - Books & Gigs that I read/attend in 2011!

Books

(1) My Life in France by Julia Child (January 3rd)
(2) Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (January 5th)
(3) The Keys to the Kingdom: Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix (January 12th)
(4) The Keys to the Kingdom: Sir Thursday by Garth Nix (January 20th)
(5) The Keys to the Kingdom: Lady Friday by Garth Nix (January 23rd)
(6) The Keys to the Kingdom: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix (January 25th)

(7) The Keys to the Kingdom: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix (February 3rd)
(8) The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (February 14th)
(9) The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel by Alison Weir (February 18th)
(10) Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (February 25th)

(11) The King's Daughter by Barbara Kyle (April 5th) 
(12) Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Cosie (April 11th)
(13) Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 20th)
(14) Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 21st) 
(15) Faefever by Karen Marie Moning (April 23rd)
(16) Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 25th) 
(17) Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 28th)

(18) Marley & Me by John Grogan (May 20th)

(19) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (June 2nd)
(20) A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (June 19th)  

(21) A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (July 9th)
(22) The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir (July 14th)
(23) A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin (July 21st)

(24) A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (August 3rd)
(25) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (reread) (August 27th)
(26) Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (August 31st)

(27) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (reread) (September 22nd)
(28) Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 23rd)
(29) The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 26th)
(30) Ashling by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 29th)

(31) The Keeping Place by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (October 6th)
(32) The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (October 11th)
(33) The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (October 14th)
(34) Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith (October 16th)
(35) Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith (October 18th)
(36) The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith (October 19th)
(37) The Cupboard Full of Life by Alexander McCall Smith (October 20th)

(38) The Sending by Isobelle Carmody (November 8th)
(39) The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan (November 14th)
(40) The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan (November 17th)
(41) The Novice by Trudi Canavan (November 18th)
(42) The High Lord by Trudi Canavan (November 21st)
(43) In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith (November 26th)
(44) The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan (November 28th)
(45) The Rogue by Trudi Canavan (November 30th)


Gigs

Eric Clapton - Vancouver - Rogers Arena - 25/02/2011 - with Keenan

Snow

1. Whistler - 17th January - with Elisa, Deb & Ian (ski)
2. Whistler - 18th January - with Elisa & Deb (ski)
3. Whistler - 27th January - with Elisa (snowboard)
4. Whistler - 27th March - with Keenan (ski)
5. Whistler - 16th April - with Mike Forwood (ski)
beceh: (lightning)
After living in Vancouver for approximately 10 months now, I have come to the conclusion that the Vancouver meteorologists use no actual weather or climate science. Instead, they have a wheel that has options for rain, snow, overcast and sunny. This they spin and update the websites. Every day they spin this wheel, and this is why the weather forecast for the whole week changes nearly every day. Right now it's telling me that it will snow on Sunday, but that will most likely change tomorrow. It's also telling me that it will be mostly sunny tomorrow, Monday-Wed. This is very likely to change. They almost always take away the sunny forecasts and replace them with rain closer to the day. Even though half the time it's sunny anyway...

On another note, I watched the movie Julie & Julia last year (2009... so not really last year now is it) sometime with my Grandma. It was when the whole Scott dramas were still going on and I remember watching it and thinking how both relationships portrayed in the movie (Julia & Paul Child, and Julie & Eric Powell) were loving and supportive and healthy, all of which were lacking with Scott and served as a bit of a wake-up call, in that I wanted that kind of relationship... and I was NEVER going to have it with Scott.

Anyway, I started reading Julia Child's memoir My Life in France over Christmas. I really enjoyed it. I laughed, it inspired me. It made me want to want to cook (I really don't like cooking very often). It made me want to go live in the south of France for a year or two with Keenan. It made me want to DO SOMETHING. Do something with my life.
Linda, Keenan's mum, noticed me reading it, and also lent me Julie Powell's book - Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, the other memoir that the movie was based on. Now, I didn't mind Julie's story in the movie, although I preferred watching the Julia Child parts, but I didn't mind her.... but after reading her book, all I want to do is slap her! I really didn't like her (even less so after watching/reading interviews and a synopsis of her next book). A lot of reviewers liked her book though, said it was funny and irresistible. I had to disagree. I didn't laugh once. It was a chore to read. I kept reading, waiting for the funny bits to turn up. They didn't. And I really didn't like her as a character. Selfish, whiny, negative, self-centered... I could go on... I just really didn't get WHY she was doing it... apart from to get famous... and I looked at her blog.... and I don't get how it got so famous in the first place?

But yeah... if you get a chance, definitely read My Life in France. Take a pass on Julie Powell's self indulgent tripe.
beceh: (at the library)
Hmmm. I want to start keeping a record of the books that I read each year. Just a list y'know. So here is 2010 so far.


                   (1) Human Love by Andrei Makine
                   (2) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
                   (3) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
                   (4) The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody (reread)
                   (5) Threshold by Sara Douglass (reread)
                   (6) The Twisted Citadel by Sara Douglass (reread)
                   (7) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
                   (8) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mentel
                   (9) East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
                   (10) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (reread)
                   (11) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (reread)
                   (12) Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
                   (13) Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
                   (14) The Testament by John Grisham 
                   (15) The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Volume I by M.T. Anderson
                   (16) The Winter Door by Isobelle Carmody (reread)
                   (17) Billy Thunder & the Night Gate by Isobelle Carmody  (reread)
                   (18) Shade's Children by Garth Nix
                   (19) The Infinity Gate by Sara Douglass
                   (20) Black Beauty by
                   (21) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
                   (22) The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland
                   (23) Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland
                   (24) The Last Great Dance on Earth by Sandra Gulland
                   (25) Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
                   (26) The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough
                   (27) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
                   (28) The Temple of my Familiar by Alice Walker
                   (29) The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix
                   (30) The Keys to the Kingdom: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
                   (31) Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread)
                   (32) Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (reread)
                   (33) The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
                   (34) Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
                   (35) The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
                   (36) Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks
                   (37) Beyond the Shadow's by Brent Weeks

And also the gigs that I go to!!

1. John Butler Trio - 8th January, The Palace Theatre, Melbourne
2. Xavier Rudd - 4th June, Malkin Bowl, Vancouver
3. Arcade Fire - 28th September, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
4. Angus & Julia Stone - 12th October, Venue, Vancouver
5. The Jezabels - 30th October, Pit Pub, UBC, Vancouver

And the skiing I do!

(1). Whistler - March 20th - with Luke, Hannah and UK Dan
(2). Mt Baker - April 10th - with Mickey, Jacqui & Jono
(3) Mt Washington - April 17th - with Mickey, Jacqui, Luke and Dave
beceh: (Default)
 I had a rather exciting and pleasant surprise the other night - I was just browsing the web and came across the news that Sara Douglass has released a new book. The Infinity Gate, third book (and final... I think) of her latest fantasy series. For a moment I despaired as I did not think I would be able to read it for some time - I hadn't seen it in any Canadian bookstores - I didn't even know it was out! But then I remembered that I own a kindle, so with fingers crossed, I checked Amazon's site, and within a minute I had the book in my hands. Yay for Kindle! (Although NOTHING beats actually holding a paper book in your hands!)

Sara is one of my all time favourite authors. I will not hesitate to buy one of her new releases and I have enjoyed all of her books... and I enjoyed this one, but I found myself slightly dissatisfied with this book... 

This book was very plot driven. We've had two books to get to know a lot of characters, and I felt we really did get to know some of them quite well... but in this book it was nearly all action. Action, action, action. There was not many personal moments, and characters who were once prominent were now put on the complete backburner -  Salome for example is not even mentioned until the last third of the book. A lot of the characters felt more 2D, than the 3D rounded characters they had been in the past. And there were characters who I now wonder what the purpose of was... Hereward for example. I was very unsatisfied with her story-arc. She HAD one. I was wondering what was going to happen between her and Isiah, why she was saved when everyone around her was killed... we got to know her, I thought she had some purpose. But then she's killed off in one sentence and that's the last we hear of her. No one cares that she's dead. No one really even notices. It felt like the author just couldn't be bothered with the character anymore so just got rid of her. 

I still enjoyed the book though. It wrapped everything up rather neatly, while still leaving the way open for future books (Isiah & Axis' adventures, Ravenna & her son...). It was well written, and fast paced, all in all a good Douglass book and read. Yet I still feel dissatisfied. 

Hmmm. 
beceh: (books and socks)
I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins last night. I bought it for Jen for Christmas, and I wasn't even meaning to read it... I read the first page... and then I couldn't put it down... until 3:30am when I finished it!!!

I haven't been that hooked in by a book for a long time where I literally can't put it down. I've read books recently that I have really enjoyed, but I haven't lost any sleep over them.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it!! I am terrible at writing reviews so I will direct you to one my friend Hallie wrote which prompted me to buy it in the first place.

http://bookdame.blogspot.com/2009/10/hunger-games.html

Now I really want to read the second book. Maybe I will buy it at the airport tomorrow.

Oh yes, going to Queensland with Dad and Jen tomorrow for 6 days! Yay! Warmth! We are going up to Gladstone to visit my grandfather - haven't seen him for a few years and he can't really travel anymore... Dad is staying for 3 weeks, but Jen and I are coming back on Thursday...

Need to pack...

Not sure if I will have any net access up there or not, so if not, see you all in a week!

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