Monday, April 08, 2024

This week....

I'm reading

This week my reading is taking me to Greece, more specifically to Santorini. I am reading Summer at the Santorini Bookshop by Rebecca Raisin and really enjoying it! I will have the review for this one up later this week.

We had our read on a theme bookclub meeting last week. The theme was Crime: Fact or Fiction and there were lots of interesting books that were read. Here are just some of them. 

My two books were The Thursday Murder Club and The Woman Who Walks in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith, which is part of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. The next theme is related to Writers Festivals,  which could be an author you have seen at a festival before or one who is coming to a writers festival soon. That gives a lot of scope for authors. Not sure who I will choose yet.

I'm watching

Last week we watched the finale of Great Kiwi Bake Off. I don't think we have any new Bake Offs to watch at the moment but I think there should be a new Aussie version soon. Hopefully.

I also managed to watch a few movies this week, and they were all very different from each other. The first one I watched was Love at First Sight movie which was based on the book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith. It is a meet-cute rom-com where our two main characters sit next to each other on a flight from the US to London. It also featured Jameela Jalil as an almost fairy godmother like character. It was a lot of fun and just what I need on that particular day!

We met up with some friends for a long lunch on Saturday and during the course of a wide ranging conversation the movie Leave the World Behind based was recommended. This was based on a book of the same name by Rumaan Alam. I don't normally watch this kind of thriller, but it was definitely watchable. I did find the ending very...abrupt. It felt like there should probably be more movie! I did also find it a bit odd that the Obamas were connected with the movie. They were Executive Producers.

I also finally got to watch the French movie The Taste of Things. If you look up the phrase food porn in the dictionary you will be directed to  watch this movie. There is very little dialogue in the first 39 minutes. It is literally a well choreographed sequence of chopping and cooking, the various characters working in sychronisation as an amazing meal is prepared

I've linked this post to It's Monday, what are you reading? as hosted by Book Date


  1. Hmm, I can think of a few books set at writers' conferences but that isn't exactly the same.

    I did just finish Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame, which I heartily recommend, about a 77 year old housewife who applies to be on Britain Bakes.

    Greece sounds pretty good too. We are finally getting a warm day here just in time for everyone to rush outside to see the Eclipse. All everyone is talking about in Boston is whether they have special eclipse glasses.

    1. The eclipse was a pretty big deal right!

      Thanks for recommending Mrs Quinn's Rise to Fame. It sounds like my kind of book.

  2. The Thursday Murder Club is on my stack to read this week. I had the second and third on my stack from earlier Kindle Daily Deals, but didn't have the first until recently. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. I have adored every book in the Thursday Murder Club series and can hardly wait for the next to be published.

  4. I am so behind on the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I really enjoyed it when I was reading it. I need to get back to it. Such a cozy series. It sounds like you've seen some good movies recently too. I hope you have a great week!

    1. I am 8 books behind!! Not sure I will actually catch up but I will read one every now and again.