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About chesilbeach

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  1. Christmas Reads/Books

    I’ve already read The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig, and Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe. The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine is set around Christmas/New Year too, and I read that one a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think I’ve got any others on my TBR but I’ll see if I can find something this weekend
  2. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    Went to see Paddington 2 at the cinema today. Absolutely wonderful
  3. What's the weather like?

    Bright blue sky, sun shining and temperatures just above freezing. Perfect!
  4. I’ve merged this with the thread for the first book in the trilogy. There is a thread for the second book here: Shadow of Night
  5. Your Book Activity - November 2017

    Finished The Midnight Peacock yesterday, and am now reading The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig, which @poppyshake gave me for Christmas last year
  6. Strictly Come Dancing

    I agree Shirley. I didn't think it was a good dance, and the other couple in the dance off didn't make the same mistake as in their first attempt. The judges are supposed to base their decision on the dance-off alone, so if the public didn't vote for that couple, they can't complain that they weren't saved in the dance-off. I'm sad to see that couple go, and I think the competition will suffer for it, but thems the rules. On the whole though, I have to say this has been my favourite week so far. I loved nearly all the dances (despite not liking some song choices) and felt the whole programme had something for everyone!
  7. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    Went to see Murder on the Orient Express this morning. I must be in the minority of not reading the book or seeing the earlier film, so I had no idea of the story, but how can anyone resist a director and cast like this. I had sumptuous visuals in terms of cinematography, costumes and production design and a great script that has a feeling of the 1930s without being too plummy or full of "gosh" and "jolly hockey sticks" styles of dialogue that period pieces sometimes suffer from. I loved how the tone moves from bright, witty and slightly playful at the beginning, through to thrilling and then to an kind of philosophical feeling. I absolutely loved it.
  8. What’s Up in November 2017

    Making the most of a day off with tea and toast in the Waterstones café to accompany some reading time, then off to the cinema for a morning showing. Grabbed a bite of lunch before coming home, and hoping to do some more reading this afternoon. Not much planned for the weekend yet, will just see how it goes.
  9. Your Book Activity - November 2017

    Finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle yesterday. Unsettling at times, but not horrifying as I was expecting. Today, I've started the last of the Sinclair Mysteries by Katherine Woodfine, The Midnight Peacock. I've loved this series, and a bit sad that the end has come after only four books, so making sure I savour this last instalment and excited to see what Woodfine will write next!
  10. Your Book Activity - October 2017

    Actually, William Goldman didn’t win an Oscar for The Princess Bride, his first Oscar was for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and his second for All The President’s Men. There’s also a very good book about the making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden called As You Wish. I’m keen to find a copy of Goldman’s Adventures in the Screen Trade as a few weeks ago it was featured on a podcast I listen to called Backlisted.
  11. What’s Up in November 2017

    What are you up to today? I’m off to do a bit of Christmas shopping and should hopefully find time to stop for a coffee and a bit of reading.
  12. Happy November everyone! What books are you all reading, borrowing and buying today?
  13. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    I agree, makes me laugh out loud every week without fail. That and W1A have both been fantastic over the last couple of months.
  14. What's the weather like?

    Definitely taken a turn towards winter the last couple of days. It was only 2ºC when I left the house yesterday morning, and although a little warmer this morning, no sun and a bit grey made it feel just as cold.
  15. What's Up in October 2017?

    Met up with poppyshake yesterday for tea, toast and a chat. Had a lovely few hours catching up, and then a wander around the bookshop ... what could be better! Then headed back towards home, stopped off for a bite to eat, then met up with my friend for a trip to the cinema. Today has been shopping for tools and supplies to carry on the work on the house, then I had to go for my annual flu vaccination. Went for a swim this afternoon, and now putting my feet up for an hour before tea. Hoping to go Christmas shopping tomorrow. I've actually made a list - something I never do!