Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Random Entertainment

I love books.

I’ve always been an avid reader. As a kid I devoured the entire collection of Famous Five books on a weekly basis. Later as I teenager I read Stephen King and Dean Koontz and Richard Layman until I was too terrified to turn out the light. More recently I've been enjoying the plethora of urban fantasy-thriller books that seem to be the thing to write these days - Kim Harrison, Lauren Hamilton, Keri Arthur.

I tend to get pretty tetchy if I don't have at least a couple of books on the back burner waiting to be started. A couple of weeks ago I ordered this book from the book club we belong to:

I ordered it and proceeded to read through the previous 3 books in the series thinking it would be nice to reacquaint myself with the characters before I started the new one. I got to the end of the third book, and Breaking Dawn still hadn't arrived. Panic started to creep in. What would I read? So I reread a couple of books by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called and Blood Bound) which are small novels so I thought I would just get through them in time for the new delivery. Cue the Bank holiday weekend. The book still hasn't arrived. I HAVE NOTHING TO READ! Trauma.
All was not lost however. Whilst I was in Tesco stocking up the food cupboard I noticed their paperbacks were on offer. 2 for £7.00. Bargain. So I bought this:

Having not read a Dean Koontz novel for quite a while I thought I would give it a go. Then I hit a problem. Not being in the least bit in the mood for Chick Lit reading there were no other books in the offer that I fancied reading. Could I have bought just the one? Hell on! They're on offer - what's the point if you don't buy two? (bizarre women's shopping logic. I know you hear me on this one). Then I spotted this:

and randomly decided to buy it. For any of you not in the UK who don't recognise Richard Hammond, he presents a motoring show in the UK (amongst other things) and in 2006 was involved in a near fatal crash whilst driving a jet engine powered drag car. Ouch!

Now, I don't really like cars much, but I have to confess to being a bit of a closet Top Gear fan. Even considering that though, I don't usually read biographies unless it's someone I really like. I have to say though, I really glad I took the chance on this book. WOW. What a great read. Obviously being a biography it tells the story of how his childhood influenced his career etc but the main part of the book concentrates on the run up to and the aftermath of the jet car crash. Told in alternate chapters by himself and his wife it's a really emotive book which deals with how the crash and his resultant brain injury impacted him and his family. It was so good I read 3/4 of it in one sitting.

The Dean Koontz novel I bought was equally as good a read, but for totally different reasons (obviously). As a writer he manages to conjure up a sense of foreboding out of the most seemingly innocuous things. The whole thing gave me chills. Fantastic!

It's seems to have been a weekend for stumbling across randomly* excellent pieces of entertainment. On Monday I spotted this DVD whilst shopping and had to buy it (for the title alone):

What a great movie this is! Kind of like a "Stand by Me" for 21st Century girls, only without the dead body and the pre-pubescent brat packers. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I can't wait till Gracie is old enough to watch it. It made me want vintage Levis though.

Bizarrely I seem to have been over come with book and movie reviews today. Not sure what that's all about. Care to share your latest read or watch? My "to be read" pile is still dangerously low until my Amazon order arrives and I can always use some inspiration.

In totally un-book or movie related news. My car. My poor car. 'Tas gone off to that great scrapyard in the sky *sigh* As fuel and insurance are getting ridiculously expense these days, and as we can't get by without a vehicle each we completely made Kendo's day on Saturday by heading down to DK Motorcycles in Stoke on Trent and purchasing a new motorbike (not brand new, but new to us). It's a Suzuki GS500E. Blue. Shiny. 5000 miles on the clock even though it's only 5 years old. In short, Kendo's like a kid waiting for Christmas (especially as he can't collect it until next Saturday). He had to give it a quick try in the shop though, just to make sure it was a good fit and all that......


Still no crafting action around here. I have been naughty and signed up for Shimelle's "Learn something new everyday" class which starts Sept 1st so I have promised I will finish the last few "My Freedom" layouts before then. Only a couple to go until I'm done.

Right. That's it from me. It's taken me 2.5 hours to write this as I'm in work and keep getting interrupted (damn those pesky work colleagues!) so apologies if it's a little disjointed (which probably doesn't matter as it's mostly drivel anyway!)


*This was not a test to see how many times I could randomly get the word randomly into a blog post. Honest. Obviously it's just randomly popped into my head as the word of the day. Totally random.


Marmadaisy said...


Lou said...

Firstly, yay for a blog post, gives me something to read when I'm supposed to be working! ;)

I've always been amazed with how quickly you read! 3/4 of a book in 1 sitting? Didn't even do that with Harry Potter! I've just started a new Ben Elton (always good for a laugh) and actually read some chick lit before that: Imogen Parker. Oops, and I have a Nora Roberts to read that I must get back to the owner soon! :P

Loving the shiny new bikeness!


kim said...

I LOVE the Sisterhood books--if you're looking for reading, they are great! :)

Anonymous said...

Right well i have just finished Ian McKewan's Chisel Beach not overly impressed and am now reading an earlier book of his called "Saturday". I have to read as well although completely different genre to yourself. i am somewhat of a book snob and generally only by them when i see who has written the reviews I KNOW strike me down. The best read i have had for such a long time is The red Tent. Simply marvellous. A must read. My list of fav books is just too large.Hope your book turns up soon

Charlie P said...

Excellent. I will be giving Dean Koontz a go- I LOVE Stephen King but am running out of books.
Sisterhood of the travelling pants is the best film ever :D You have good taste Mrs. PTC!