My 2015 challenges are:-
1) Read one book each month.
1a) Read Agatha Christie books in chronological order.
2) Watch films from IMDb's top 100 movies of all time.
3) Support charities.
I'm still exceeding my target of reading one book each month, this month I've read two in addition to the Agatha Christie book I've read.
I watched one of Caroline's 'Current Favourites' vlogs on her Mrs M's Meanderings blog where she reviewed The New Woman by Charity Norman. It sounded very good so this was my first read of October. The book is about a middle aged man, Luke Livingstone, who has hidden a secret all his life and has now got to the stage where he feels he can't carry on living unless he tells his family, however, he knows that if he does tell his family it will tear them apart. I think the author handled the subject very sensitively, it was interesting reading about the family's reactions to the secret as well as how Luke handled it himself. It was a book I thoroughly enjoyed and I'd recommend it.
Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates by Kerry Greenwood was sent to me by Lisa from Jumble and Jelly. Lisa thought I'd enjoy this book and she was right, I did. It's not a book I'd have chosen to read myself but it just goes to show that old saying is right, you should never judge a book by its cover. Phryne Fisher is a bored socialite who leaves London and travels to Australia in search of adventure. It doesn't take her long to become involved in illegal abortions and drug smuggling rings and there's a few steamy episodes in the Turkish bath thrown in for good measure.
The Murder At The Vicarage is the first Agatha Christie book featuring Miss Marple. I think I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that I can never guess who the murderer is in Agatha Christie books and this one was no exception, there's always so many red herrings that I always latch on to the wrong person. Another excellent read.
I've managed to watch three films this month, though now the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, I'm aiming for more next month.
I remember Guy Pearce when he played Mike Young in Neighbours, goodness, that was a lot of years ago now, I was in my teens. The first film I watched this month, Memento, saw him playing Leonard, an ex insurance investigator who lost his short term memory in an assault where his wife was murdered. Now he's trying to track down the killer, however, the fact that he's unable to make new memories makes this already difficult task even harder. There's two storylines, one moving forward in time with the other working backwards revealing more each time. I found it quite complicated to keep track at first but it was worth persevering with as it was a good film.
I'm really not in to superheroes, however, the second film I watched this month was The Dark Knight, a Batman film. I actually quite enjoyed it and I think Heath Ledger was fantastic as The Joker. Christopher Nolan directed, produced and co-wrote the film and he has dedicated it in part to Ledger's memory.
Gladiator is my favourite film this month. It's another one I've never really fancied but it turned out to be totally different to what I expected it to be. I didn't like all the fight scenes but it did have a very good story and it's a film I could watch again.
I've cut down on the amount of Christmas cards I send each year, however, I still like to send to those people I don't see very often or elderly relatives so I like to support charities with the cards that I do buy. I couldn't resist these cute doggy cards which were being sold on behalf of Guide Dogs.
There were some old quilts and pillows lurking in the cupboards upstairs which I've finally got round to sorting out. We took these earlier this month to Dogs Trust, I'm sure the dogs there will be pleased to have something comfy to sleep on.
This box of sweets has turned up in the office at Mick's work. He bought a packet of wine gums and in doing so, supported Mencap, a very worthwhile charity who work in partnership with people with a learning disability.
The clocks have gone back now, the weather's changed, lots of soggy days just lately and we're definitely heading in to winter now, though I have to admit that I'm still wearing sandals and the anorak only comes out to walk Archie in if it's raining. I don't know whether to mention this or not, it may set you all off in a panic but it's now only eight weeks to Christmas Day. Eeeek. Where's this year gone?
Only Eight weeks, I need to get my finger out then xReplyDelete
I know, it's a bit worrying actually, I haven't really thought about it yet.Delete
I had no idea you had two blogs!ReplyDelete
Ha ha, yes, I've had two blogs for over five years now.Delete
It looks like you've had a good month all round. I've got a Poirot to read, The Mystery of the Blue Train, which I'm looking forward to.ReplyDelete
The cards look good, I've got my robin ones from Thrive as usual. The charity sweets look like a good idea.
Your last paragraph made me smile. Flighty xx
I really enjoyed The Mystery of the Blue Train, I'm sure it'll keep you guessing. There's some lovely charity Christmas cards and it's great to know that by buying them you're helping such worthwhile causes.Delete
Well done again Jo! Murder at the Vicarage is a good story isn't it, I like the Miss Marples best of Agatha Christies writing. xxReplyDelete
Yes, it's a good story. I used to read Agatha Christie in my teens, not that I can remember any of them now, but Miss Marple was always my favourite. I have to say though that since starting to read these books again I'm warming to Poirot now.Delete
Another good month for you and your challenges, Jo. 8 weeks until the big day does sound a bit terrifying! So much for starting earlier this year!ReplyDelete
I've got a few gifts which I've put away over the year but apart from that I've got everything to do, I'd better get cracking.Delete
Well you seem to have done very well again with your challenges.ReplyDelete
It is quite frightening how quickly Christmas is approaching, I did buy another packet of Christmas Cards in the week from a local charity shop ... that's two packs now so I'm making progress LOL!
Enjoy the last day of October - it's 1st November tomorrow.
All the best Jan
It's quite scary how quickly the years seem to slip by now, a sign of getting older I fear. I've only bought the one pack of cards so far, I think I'll need another though so I'm on the lookout for some nice ones.Delete
It' seems like you had a good month on the challenge front, so well done. Did you enjoy the Phryne Fisher mysteries "a lot"? I just don't seem to get time to read a lot. Maybe it would help me relax sometimes. I'm not sure about Xmas this year as there is so much out there and the grandkids swing from one thing to another. Wonder how much you'll achieve with the lead up to the festive season on the challenge front? Hope the weekend is going well and take care.ReplyDelete
I do the majority of my reading in bed, and my Kindle is brilliant for when I wake in the night and can't get back to sleep, I like using it much more than I ever thought I would. I found gift buying so much easier when the kids were little, I can still think of lots of things to buy for Eleanor but Daniel's much harder.Delete
Australian TV fimed each of the Phryne Fisher book as Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, the series is great fun and available via Netflix (and others I think).ReplyDelete
Lisa had watched the series before reading the books, I shall have to see if I can find it on Sky.Delete
Well done on your progress on your challenges! There are always more things I want to do than have time to complete, but I am never bored :) I have crocheted a bit on my shawl and read a variety of things....and been thinking about the celebrations during the next eight weeks!ReplyDelete
I'm just the same, I don't have time to be bored with all the things I've got on the go or waiting in the wings.Delete
I liked Memento very much, but like you it was a little tricky following it at first.ReplyDelete
I think it was a really good story and a unique way of presenting it, quite hard going at times though.Delete
I'm glad you liked the PF book. I must say the characters in the book are very to have they are portrayed in the series. Dot, for example, is a very demure young lady on TV but not a word you would associate with the one in the book!ReplyDelete
Graham said Memento was a really good film. I've seen Gladiator, a while ago now and can't remember too much about it!
I wasn't sure I was going to like the Phryne Fisher book but it wasn't long before I really got in to it, it would be interesting to see the series now I've read it. The same with Memento, it took a bit of getting in to and realising what was happening as there's lots of toing and froing with the story but I enjoyed it. Mick saw Gladiator years ago and really enjoyed it but it's taken this challenge for me to watch it.Delete