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Holiday Diaries 1: Julie and Julia (56)

Dear Diary, No really I won’t be starting with that. I’m just kidding. But doesn’t that pink diary writing remind you of that electronic diary/ personal organiser you could get in the 90s? No? Just me then. OK.

However, I did think it made sense to start at the beginning of my journey. Well almost. The very beginning of my journey involved a whole lot of wine because I hate flying. What i’m referring to is the second beginning: the flight. And more specifically, the in-flight entertainment.

I watched a whole lot of films during my four flights including Up, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, An Education and (500) Days of Summer – reviews to follow. Julie and Julia was the first film I watched, and you know what, it was great.

I didn’t really know much about the film before I watched it. I knew it had good reviews (that I had never read) and that it was about cooking (which I never did) but still it appealed to me. What I discovered by watching it is that its centered around blogging. Julie sets out to blog her way through Julia Child’s first cookery book, while at the same time you are following the beginnings of Julia’s career when she starts writing the book.

The story is interesting and engaging, and the characters are all likable, even Julie with her self-absorbed flaws. What it does show, clearly, is the stress and challenges faced by those blogging every evening after spending the whole day working in a job they do not enjoy. I can relate. I have been there. I love the job I have now but I haven’t always been as lucky.

The story running alongside Julie blogging is the story of Julia herself. It is told in a way that makes you love straight-talking Julia, and helps you see how she achieved. The ties between the past and present through the food is clever and the story flows well.

I enjoyed Julie and Julia. It made me want to get blogging, and maybe even cooking (the lack of cooking equipment has stalled me a little in that regard). I’d recommend it to bloggers, foodies, and anyone who just feels like a bit of a diversion by following the flow of a true story.

Speaking of it being a true story, the original blog is here. Check it out.


Compulsive Book Buying (19 #oneaday)

I know I only just talked about my technology obsession, but seriously, I have another more pressing compulsion. I have too many books. My technology obsession may mean that my bank balance suffers, but I think my exponential book buying may mean that my house collapses under the weight. If this does occur you will find me at the bottom of the pile, clutching a book that I have never got around to reading to my chest, and babbling about special editions and cover art.

I actually can not walk past a book shop without getting the urge to splurge. I promise myself as I cross the threshold that I will not buy any. I will just browse. I will be strong. But that new book smell, the witty, engaging back cover synopsis’, and the desire to read more about the unknown… that gets me everytime. Today I went to a well known, national newsagent to buy one magazine. I left with three AND three books. And randomly the books are all about animals – I must be feeling all huggy or something.

My spare bedroom is practically floor to ceiling with book boxes. I have already filled two bookcases with books, then I ran out of room. I need to give some away. Unfortunately, about half of the books stored are ones I have not had the chance to read or finish. I’m thinking of starting a ‘small profit’ library (joking [sort of]).

What I really need to do is get reading, and get reviewing. Right i’m off to do that, and if you see me, hovering outside a book shop near you, please tackle me to the ground. I must not buy more (at least not until i’ve read the ones i’ve got).

The Goddess Guide II (18 #oneaday)

It was brought to my attention today, by the wonderful Domestic Sluts on Twitter, that Gisèle Scanlon has released another book. This is very exciting news.

The Goddess Guide II is the follow up to The Goddess Guide, one of my favourite books ever. The original is bound in a luxurious felt patterned cover, and every page is colour and glossy. It’s like a very upmarket magazine. A secret insight into EVERYWHERE and EVERYTHING; from how to get ink off of leather, to where to visit on holiday. While carrying it around I had several people ask me where I bought it. It’s that kind of book.

I won’t tell you anymore of what it contains, you’ll have to buy it to get the full benefit. However, I will share with you my favourite article in the first book, just to give you a taster… it tells the story of a woman who paints the contents of your handbag in Paris, and is illustrated with examples of her drawings. Apparently she will know if you have removed anything in advance of the ‘sitting’ and will refuse to draw if she thinks you have. I love it. I will visit her one day. (Poor her. You should see the contents of my bag…)

I hope that the new book lives up to the greatness of The Goddess Guide. It makes me nervous that I can only see the new version on sale in paperback. Part of the magic of the first book was the magic of holding it, and knowing you were holding something special. I guess I will have to buy it and see!

You can check out the latest news from Gisèle Scanlon on the Goddess Guide here, and follow her, @goddessguide, on Twitter.

You can also read the fabulous interview with Gisèle that inspired this post, over at Domestic Sluttery here.

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