Sunday, 15 March 2015

Burning the midnight oil

The past couple of weeks I've been doing two things: stitching and reading In Cold Blood. Both of which have sort of kept me awake a bit. You would think that I would know not to read In Cold Blood last thing at night, but I go to bed and I think "oh I will just read a little bit." And it's all fine until I switch off the light and then I hear a noise. And then I'm properly awake thinking, was that EG moving around out there or something more sinister?

Anyway I'm reading it because I find the aftermath of high profile murders like the Clutter Case interesting. I've already read The Suspicians of Mr Whicher and the reactions that people had to it were so wide ranging it just made me wonder why we all get obsessed with this kind of stuff. Like if there's a crash on the motorway we all want to look, and it's not just to confirm that it was a crash, we want to know the details. Where does this morbid curiosity come from? I guess I must have it too as I'm reading this book and yeah I want to know what happened, but some people react in crazy ways. I'll give a few examples in a later post.

But on a cheerier note I've been stitching away furiously as I try and get my stitching project done. Check out my progress below.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Book of the Month February '15

It's taken me a while to get this post written, but it is finally here and another modern miracle is that I actually managed to finish a book in February! In fact I finished two. Finishing Les Mis couldn't come soon enough after many months of struggling through it. EG is also relieved that that book is out of our lives!

But February's book of the month has to go to Simon Callow's Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World. I love Dickens and so any book that is about him will be of interest. Knowing very little about Dickens, it was a good book to read and I find that I look at his novels in a different way, now that I know little more about what was going on behind the scenes. It's a good sized book, not too short so that you only get the bare bones of his life. But neither is it so big that you may get every detail but you feel like you have to climb a mountain to get there! 

Anyway worth a read in my opinion!