Wednesday, 3 September 2014

My Summer Play list

Looks like summer is about to end. I mean the holiday time... Juliette has been back to school for almost 3 weeks... Victor and his friends have left on Saturday. One more friend left on Sunday and Alice yesterday…  All of this makes me quite cranky and stressed out... On the bright side, it means less laundry, less washing up and more time for all things crafty.

Anyway, it’s been some time since my last Play list update, so here are a few things I've watched and read this past few months.

Game of Thrones- everybody seemed to be talking about it. The kids said it was not the kind of show to watch with your parents, so I watched it on my own during laundry time. I might even have made the laundry thing last longer than necessary as I got hooked to the series.  I went through the four seasons pretty quickly and really enjoyed it. Ok there's a lot of nudity, blood, cruelty and there's no point of getting attached to any of the characters, they die pretty fast. I enjoyed the very simple plot: 'I want to be king instead of the king so I'm killing anybody on the way'. There are no good guys versus bad guys, everybody is quite bad. I like than none of this can be related to real life. Perfect escape.

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Tyrant - I did not like this at all. The plot is set in a Middle East country ruled by a dictator. His brother and family (he's a handsome pediatrician leaving away for 20 years, married to a pretty blonde American wife, with two kids one of which is gay - so stereotypical) come to visit. The handsome Americanised pediatrician want to save his native country and his brother... In short the good brother comes to rescue the bad one, the American comes to save the lost shepherd, blah blah blah... Not for me, far too simplistic...

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Reading wise, I'm feeling that I had a missed summer too.

I've started The tiger's wife... And still have to finish it… I am not sure why I have trouble getting into this book.  I probably need to give it another try as I always enjoyed books from the Orange Prize list… or I might not after reading a few reviews on Goodreads…

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Les Visage de Victoria Bergman - I normally love a good mystery. But I'm disappointed with this one so far. It's written as if the authors are already planning for a movie. The main character, the police inspector, is so clueless about how to conduct her investigation and her life (sleeping with the murderess). The murderess is supposed to be a complex bi-personality psychotherapist but all the clues are given mid first book... I'm feeling that I now have to drag myself to finish this trilogy. I really hope there's going to be some interesting twists before the end. 

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On a much more satisfying note, I got myself 2 cooking books:

The French Market Cookbook – Vegetarian recipes from my Parisian kitchen: I am very interested to see French and vegetarian together on the cover. French people don't do vegetarian… French people are only interested in Meat, Wine (red and French), and Cheese (unpasteurised and smelly).  I haven’t tried anything yet, but it looks like I can find some inspiration from our Meat Free Mondays.

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The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen - After our trip into the South, I really really want to try Southern cooking. I've got my eyes and taste buds set on the She-crab soup and the Frogmore soup too…  or what about the Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum Marshmallows… So who wants to come for dinner? :-)

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