Thursday, 4 September 2014
meanwhile in quarantine: reading and watching
While they watched, I read. An American in Oz, Sara James's memoir of her move from New York to the Wombat State Forest, provides wonderful insight into the surprisingly difficult transition between two English speaking countries and the quirks of Australian country life. It also explores life with special needs, the search for answers and how best to educate and care for someone in that situation. This book seems to have slipped under the radar, undeservedly so, and deserves accolades for such honest and inspiring prose.
The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan on its own would be up there with the good reads of 2014. It was, however, pipped by Delicious, Ruth Reichl's first foray into fiction - I haven't read anything else of hers but am assured they make excellent fodder, pardon the pun! Josephine Moon's The Tea Chest spans London and Brisbane and the friendships that develop as the story unfolds. It sets up a shop I would love to visit in real life, perhaps they might come to my town?! A big shout out for the beautiful cover featuring beautiful chinaware, soft colours and bunting which runs on to the spine - just gorgeous!
At night, when Joe was home, I crawled out of bed and watched television. We love a great series - Friday Night Lights, Rake, Crownies, Mad Men, Girls and more. Nashville is right up there and it was fantastic to receive the second part of series one - who would have thought they would be boxed separately? At least I will know for next time! I'm loving the music from this too - Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and cast do an amazing job behind the microphone and what a clever way for the producers to earn more money from the show - well deserved too! Orange is the New Black also arrived during this time, life in an American women's prison. It's billed as a 'dramedy' and teeters between the two genres - harsh and dramatic one minute, comedic and hilarious the next - well worth a view.
So much watching and reading but, really, I consider it important research for my own writing! Just like Stephen King said, 'If you don't have time to read, you don't have time to write' - surrounding myself with high quality reading and viewing material is educational, instructional and inspirational. And how else would I spend a fortnight with the flu, or whatever it was that we had? Whatever else would I have done with my time?!
Have you read or watched anything on this list?
What should I seek out next?!