Reading List 2015

Although I never ever read all of the books on my list (last year 4/12) – this is pretty much my favourite blog post to write. It’s full of hope and plans and optimism!

This year, I plan on the good old 24 books as a minimum, but this year, for a twist, my list is also going to contain non-fiction. With my new interest in yoga (see www.projectjasmine.com) I have great plans to learn and practice this as much as possible and so have got a lovely long list of reading material. My plan is one fiction and one non-fiction book per year and I’m starting off with the list below.

Non Fiction

  1. The Power of Meditation – Sharon Salzberg
  2. Science of Breath – Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, Alan Hymes
  3. The Spiritual Teachings of Yoga – Jo Manuel and Mark Forstater
  4. Go Solo – Kelsey Humphreys
  5. Everything That Remains – Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
  6. The Art of Stillness – Pico Iyer

Fiction

  1. Knots and Crosses – Ian Rankin (this is the next book group read)
  2. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. Good Kings Bad Kings – Susan Nussbaum
  4. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  5. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman (I know!)
  6. Gillespie and I – Jane Harris

 

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List – 2014 Books

After such a big year of reading last year, I don’t think I was ever going to match it in 2014! But I made the aim of 24 (not many from last year’s list though). Here is a list of the books I read in 2014…

  1. The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  2. The Last Runaway – Tracy Chevalier
  3. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls – David Sedaris
  4. Be the Ultimate Assistant – Bonnie Low-Kramen
  5. The Knife of Never Letter Go – Patrick Ness
  6. Monsters of Men – Patrick Ness
  7. The Ask and Answer – Patrick Ness
  8. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
  10. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood (twice this year!)
  11. The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood (twice this year!)
  12. MaddAddam – Margaret Atwood (twice this year!)
  13. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  14. The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  15. The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman
  16. The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
  17. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire 1) – George R R Martin
  18. The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
  19. A Hundred Summers – Beatriz Williams
  20. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire 2) – George R R Martin
  21. The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing – Melissa Bank
  22. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  23. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
  24. The Path of Yoga: An Essential Guide To Its Principals And Practices – Georg Feuerstein
  25. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

The good news is, I loved pretty much every book I read (with exception to The Signature of All Things which was the most boring book I’ll ever read!) so I didn’t feel like any time was wasted.

Two things of note for 2014 – the first I L.O.V.E Margaret Atwood – so much so that I read the Maddaddam Trilogy in May and then re-read it in December! I’m soooo happy she’s such a prolific writer and am looking forward to reading more over the year (I’m pacing myself!). The second – this was the GOT year – we chose the first Game of Thrones book for book group (incidentally NONE of us read it in time!) and whilst I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it – I got into the story quickly and have kept on reading. They are quite heavy going for me, so I don’t feel the need to read one after the other, which also gives me a chance to read them all before the next one comes out.

I love lists and I love getting advice on books – so if you have any recommendations, please swing them my way in a comment!

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2014 Edinburgh Festivals

 

Me with my shiny scarf

Me with my shiny scarf

2014 festivals! I’ve had a great time! Spend lovely times with super friends (you know who you are), seen some amazing shows, worked my socks off!

I’ve made a wee list of the shows I’ve seen. I must say, I’m impressed with how many I’ve gotten to see yet again and as I pay for the majority I’ve seen, I’m now super poor for the next month!

  1. A Series of Increasing Impossible Acts (theatre)
  2. Swing (theatre)
  3. Simon Callow in Juvenalia (theatre)
  4. Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (dance)
  5. John Robins: This Tornado Loves You (comedy)
  6. This is Ceilidh (cabaret)
  7. Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?! (comedy)
  8. Daniel Kitson and Friends (comedy)
  9. Confirmation (theatre)
  10. Tiger Tales (dance)
  11. Bianco (Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus)
  12. Miann (dance)
  13. He Had Hairy Hands (theatre) (x2!)
  14. Glenn Cosby: Food Junkie (comedy)
  15. Morgan & West: Parlour Tricks (comedy)
  16. Daniel Sloss (comedy)
  17. re: Fujisan (Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus)
  18. Book Dance Split Bill (dance)
  19. James I (theatre) – Edinburgh International Festival
  20. Black Grace (dance)
  21. Cuckooed (theatre)
  22. James II (theatre) – Edinburgh International Festival
  23. James III (theatre) – Edinburgh International Festival
  24. Letters Home (theatre)
  25. Sara Pascoe (comedy)
  26. Bridget Christie:An Ungrateful Woman (comedy)
  27. Sweet Mambo (dance)
  28. Virgin Money Fireworks Concert (music)

Highlights for me were – He Had Hairy Hands – so good I saw it twice, The James Plays with the EIF and Black Grace (Nom!).

Did you have a good festival season? What were your highlights? Let me know!

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I’ve been Googled

Last night I attended Dine the Decades, a Google City Expert event in Edinburgh. I think it was my third event as a City Expert but it was definitely the best!

Googled

Googled

About 60 of us, Google City Experts and guests, met on Castle Terrace at the Red Bus.

Red Bus

Red Bus

On the journey to our mystery destination we were each given one of the objects – a tag, a moustache, a mask. When we arrived at our destination (I know I was in Granton but still have no idea where I was!) we were separated by these objects in to different tables. Each table was decorated according to the era we were in – the 1920s (I think!), the 1940s and the 1970s. Each table was hosted by someone from that era.

Food from the 40s

Food from the 40s

Our first table was the 1940s. We were greeted with (mostly delicious) cocktails, and played consequences whilst waiting for our food.

Cocktails

Cocktails

The next table for us was 1920s and we grabbed a chance at the photobooth.

Photoboothing

Photoboothing

Finally we made it to the 1970s – FONDUE! Best idea ever.

Fondue!

Fondue!

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening – we were excellently fed, watered and hosted by the superb Jelly and Gin. I was impressed (and pleased!) with the obvious budget which had been assigned to the event by Google.

The company was excellent, it wasn’t the usual scene of people that I know quite well so I met lots of new and lovely people.

The Google City Experts initiative is about people knowing their cities and reviewing them on Google. If you are interested in becoming a City Expert, there is more information here and the sign up page here.

City Experts

City Experts

Were you there? Why not add me on Google+ or comment on your experience below?

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