When I finished my English Literature degree, I knew that the way reading and books were a part of my life was going to change a lot. I looked forward to having more time to read the books I had meant to for years, but knew that the pace at which I read at university (up to 3/week) was going to slow. I’ve been slowly rediscovering old favourites, finding new books at the library and from friends and family, as well as digging into some non-fiction.
Whilst reading has weaved its way differently into my life lately, particularly after trying to read instead of picking up my phone, films have also had a changing role. Before we were married, Josh and I used to watch a lot of films at the cinema, and some evenings lately we’ve taken time to do so at home. We recently gave up our postal Lovefilm as we always forgot to watch them in favour of netflix. Phoebe loves films as well as her well-read Bible, so kids films are featuring a lot too now.
Here are some stories from this Spring- both in books and film.
Facing the Light – Adele Geras / I received this as part of the book swap run by the Reading Residence, and really loved it. I struggled to put it down! A charming mixture of family drama and mystery during the course of Leonora, grandmother and matriarch’s 75th birthday and the filming of a programme about her father’s famous artwork.
Mary Poppins – PL Travers / I’ve got three lovely copies of old Mary Poppins books which are really my mum’s, and I’ve just finished two of them. The books are so sweet and whimsical with the ever elusive and magical Mary Poppins creating adventures which stand-alone in each chapter as a beautiful lyrical tale. Perfect bathtime reading.
A friend like Henry– Nuala Gardner / This is a memoir about Nuala’s experience with her autistic son, their struggles to get diagnoses and help which was needed, and the love and support which their dog Henry provided for him in adjusting to the world. It took quite a lot of energy to read through all the struggles they faced, but compelling and enlightening reading.
Angela’s Ashes– Frank McCourt / It took me a few tries to get into this book, but once I did I wanted to keep going! Another educating and riveting read, Frank’s account of his childhood, from early years in New York to continuing struggles with illness, poverty and an alcoholic father in a struggling Ireland was quite devastating. Knowing it was all real made it more striking, and reminded me of all the suffering that people did, and still do go through. I love reading personal accounts of times and events I have learned about in history, both political and social, and so this was no exception.
Starter for 10 – it doesn’t always seem easy for us to find films we both enjoy but this was a great British film with some hilariously familiar and younger looking faces, such as James Corden and Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s set in the 80s and follows Brian as he goes off to university and joins the University Challenge team, along with his trials with girls and friends along the way. Humorous and enjoyable watching, and it’s actually based on a book by David Nicholls, who wrote One Day which I loved. Maybe a read soon!
Populaire – Rose is a small town girl desperate to be a trendy city girl- and thinks she has found the way when she gets a secretarial job. Her boss notices her speedy typing and quickly takes her on to train as a typing champion. It follows them through competitions and challenges on the way.
Beauty and the Beast– I must have watched at least a bit of this as a child, but our friend leant us the DVD and it’s one of Phoebe’s new favourites. Such a classic story and you’ve got to love the enchanted castle and its inhabitants, along with the songs.
The Princess and the Frog– is one of my favourite ‘newer’ Disney films, along with Tangled. I had watched it at university as a choir social, and now Phoebe adores it too. We need to get it on DVD soon I feel!
Wreck it Ralph– I love the premise of this film! It’s so fun to see all the different gaming worlds and imagine how characters on a screen might interact together when they are not being played with. It managed to lull Phoebe to sleep at naptime once, but not since!
I also tried to catch up a bit with Once Upon a Time- I’ve got 6 more episodes through. I enjoyed learning about Tinkerbell’s history with Regina whilst I was painting. Who knows where the story will go next?!
What stories have you been enjoying? I love hearing others’ recommendations and favourites.
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