Sunday, August 24, 2014

Books and Films







I always like to wear a hat when I read in the sunshine
I have been reading quite a lot lately since we started a neighbourhood book club. It is interesting to choose a book that can be read by a variety of people of different age, gender and educational background. Our local library provides an extensive selection of book club titles (ten copies in a tote bin) free to borrow for six weeks.

We have just finished The Best Laid Plans,  a humorous look at the Canadian political system. The author, Terry Fallis, will be presenting at the Vancouver Writers' Festival in October 2014. The novel has been produced as a CBC television series and is going to be produced locally as a musical. I had never heard of the novel until I was perusing the list of book sets at the library. A book club is a great opportunity to read books with which we may not be familiar.

Another Canadian author that I am enjoying right now is the mystery writer, Louise Penny. I had read some of her more recent mysteries but right now I am reading A Fatal Grace which was written in 2006
and was the first of three consecutive Agatha awards won by this author. I will be going to hear Louise Penny speak in September.

A few months ago, I read The Hundred Foot Journey by Rick Morais. I really enjoyed this light read and was delighted to hear that a movie was being made. There are so very few films that I can enjoy as I really dislike swearing, violence and special effects. Although the movie received negative reviews, the theatre was packed with the  55+ group. There are many of us who do not enjoy loud noise and violence.  This was a "feel good" movie with romance, food and a picturesque French village. What's not to like?

on the way to Santiago

Speaking of films and journeys….Yesterday, I went to see Walking the Camino:Six Ways to Santiago. I had seen the movie The Way  in 2012 before I had actually experienced the Camino but this documentary by Lydia Gray seemed to capture the feeling that my friend and I experienced as we walked.


the pilgrims
I just got dressed for the annual church picnic and yippee!!! My Bermuda shorts are 2 sizes too big. I haven't worn them since last year. WW is working! I'm wearing my new sunhat as this has been a very bright, sunny summer and my belief is that a hat is your best skin care product!

Happy Sunday!

9 comments:

  1. What a wonderful list of book titles, thank you Madame, I am actually going to see The Hundred Foot Journey with a friend next Sunday.

    That's a great photo at the top of the post.

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  2. Thank you. I am sure that you and your friend will enjoy the movie. It was such a "feel good" film.

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  3. I read The Hundred Foot Journey last summer, and I think I even posted about it. I'm hoping to see the movie, although I may end up waiting until I can find it online, given how busy life has been lately. And congrats! Wow! 2 sizes is a good loss!

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  4. You might enjoy watching the movie on a snuggly fall evening. You did post about the book and I couldn't find the post to link to. I wonder if it was on Materfamilias Reads. It's not a great movie but it certainly reminded me of French villages that I have visited and I really enjoy Indian food.I was surprised about the shorts as the scale says 8 pounds but sometimes it seems that we lose it all off one place. Do your classes start next week?

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  5. Your hat is charming as well as protective. I'm looking forward to seeing The Hundred Foot Journey, although I may wait as these end of summer days are full. Congratulations on this milestone on your weight loss journey.

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  6. Having been away I am just catching up on my blog reading and I must say that picture of you in the blue hat is gorgeous...it should be in a frame!
    Congratulations on your WW success!

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  7. Madame, that is a beautiful photo of you. Your complexion is enviable. Thank you for the book details. I am off to see if our library has any Louise Penny books now. Merci!

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  8. Thank you. If you enjoy mysteries, you might also enjoy the Shetland novels by Ann Cleeves. BBC has made a television series based on them. I visited the islands in April and am looking forward to watching the series. Did you know that many Shetlanders emigrated to New Zealand?

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