It’s that time of the week when I take a look at the bookish and not so bookish things happening in the world of 746 Books. Bookish and Not So Bookish thoughts is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous
It’s suddenly got very autumnal here in Northern Ireland – my favourite time of year! Last weekend featured the two sides of autumn – gorgeous, bright and crisp on Saturday and rainy, grey and miserable on Sunday. More of the former please!
Age, and maybe voracious reading, has finally caught up with me and this week I had to get my first pair of reading glasses! I have to say, it’s taking some getting used to, just remembering to wear them is a bit of a chore, but I’m sure I’ll get used to them!
This week the twins watched their first ever episode of Doctor Who. And what a series to start with as it features the first ever female Doctor. The twins were completely nonplussed by that fact, to them she was just a really great character, but it was a real delight to watch such an iconic show at such an iconic moment with the two best little people in my life.
I haven’t had to work too many weekends lately, so Sundays have now been designated as baking day. So far we’ve made Chocolate and Pear Cake and Double Chocolate Muffins and this weekend will be Lemon Drizzle Cake. Yum.
This week I watched the amazing movie Leave No Trace. Featuring Ben Foster as a war veteran who lives off the grid with his daughter in the woods outside Portland, this is a really moving and intelligent movie which leaves space for the audience to form their own opinions. Directed by Debra Granik, who also directed Winter’s Bone, Leave No Trace also features a fantastic performance from young actor Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie who is reminiscent of a young Jodi Foster. Do check it out if you get a chance.
It feels like it’s been a tough time to be a woman this week, so I was pleased to come across this amazing poem by Ada Limón shared on Facebook by the equally amazing poet Tishani Doshi. Isn’t it wonderful?
How to Triumph Like a Girl
I like the lady horses best,
how they make it all look easy
like running 40 miles an hour
is as fun as taking a nap, or grass.
I like their lady horse swagger
after winning. Ears up girls, ears up!
But mainly, let’s be honest, I like
that they are ladies. As if this big
dangerous animal is also a part of me,
that somewhere inside the delicate
skin of my body, there pumps
an 8-pound female horse heart
giant with power, heavy with blood.
Don’t you want to believe it?
Don’t you want to lift my shirt and see
the huge beating genius machine
that thinks, no it knows
it’s going to come in first.
I have to admit to doing a little bit of book shopping this week. I had to head up to No Alibis for something work related and picked up a copy of one of Sarah Moss’s earlier novels Night Waking. I was so impressed with Ghost Wall that I really want to read more of her work. I also got a lovely purple No Alibis tote bag and took inspiration from their front door sign!
Have you been up to anything interesting this well? Any baking recipes or movies to recommend?
I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!