Orange things

Last night, I started reading “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making”

She smoothed the lap of her now-wrinkled and rumpled orange dress. She liked anything orange: leaves; some moons; marigolds; chrysanthemums; cheese; pumpkin, both in pie and out; orange juice; marmalade.

Orange is bright and demanding. You can’t ignore orange things.

No, you certainly can’t ignore orange things. 🙂

Buying books in French

Ok, let me start off by saying I recognise the irony of posting in English when looking for French language books, but I’m sure even my French-impaired readers may be able to point me in the right direction.

I’m looking for sources of French language books; novels, easy reads, fun fiction, non-work-related reading material. Either in a brick and mortar shop in the Cambridge area (bonus points if it’s a second hand shop), online (I know of Amazon.fr but for novels, I’m hoping to pay a bit less than full price) or even in libraries.

Most of my work/marketing-related reading will remain in English because terminology in French tends to distract me, either because it’s horribly translated or just amusing terminology. So I’m looking for enjoyable holiday reading more than anything, which is why I’m looking for cheap and cheerful prices.

Anyone has any recommendations of shops, online or offline?

Used Books Swap

In the news, about 4 months ago, a website was launched where users could register and swap second hand books for no cost other than shipping to each other. I remember registering for that website, but I can’t seem to find any emails containing my registration details, and the website seems impossible to find in search engines.

What I remember:
1. It’s a UK-based site
2. It requires a free registration to be able to properly swap with other users
3. It was launched approx 4 months ago
4. I found it via a news source, but BBC isn’t yielding any results.

Is anyone able to help with figuring out the name and URL of the site? I’ll give you a cookie* if you find it! Pleaaaase, my memory’s terrible!

* Will give cookie recipe for you to make your own 😉

Of Flying Cars and Black Humour…

Of Flying Cars…

I had to read this headline twice before I believed it: A car crashed into the top floor of a house after hitting the kerb and went flying up in the air! Now, if that doesn’t make you feel unsafe in your own home, I don’t know what will!

They need those pillars that can stop any car, just like in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition… but they might need to rise up to the first floor to stop flying BMWs!

… And Black Humour

The new Nick Hornby book, A Long Way Down, “attempts to bring humour and optimism to the subject of suicide.” The story was inspired by Beachy Head, an English location notorious for being a suicide spot. Hornby stresses that the book tackles suicide in a serious way, but finds humour in the situations his characters are put in.

Penguin’s blurb describes it as follows: “Funny, sad and deeply moving, Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down is a novel that asks some of the big questions: about life and death, strangers and friendship, love and pain, and whether a group of losers, and pizza, can really see you through a long, dark night of the soul.”

I can already recognize Hornby’s old humour that Hugh Grant brought to life in About A Boy a few years ago, so I’ll most likely read this one. Most likely holiday reading, a tough topic lightened by a bit of dark humour.

O Draconian Devil!

I’m not devil worshipping… It’s just the first fascinating anagram I found in the Da Vinci Code. (spells out Leonardo da Vinci)

Can’t blog. Too busy. Must go back to book…

Seriously, this is a fantastic reading! Especially thinking about Audrey Tautou as Sophie… mmm! Back to reading!!