Just a quickie this week. Christmas has sort of taken over my life and work has been hell. I’ve not really had the time or inclination to do anything other than sleep. Plus, old friends are back, family are around and my entire fucking county seems to be covered in water. Reading, unfortunately, has had to take a bit of a back seat. Still, Christmas is a time of giving and a few people have given me good booky presents. Now I have my own Personal Library Kit I won’t have to face the injustice of an unreturned book. My colleague has had my copy of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August for months and I’ve long passed the point I can ask for it back. I hate this fucking shit. I should just stop lending my books to people. Although, now I have the kit that seems like a rather foolish thing to do.
- A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor
I’ve actually read some of this in the past few days. I’m so proud. Still so fucking good but it’s Christmas. Who has time for reading when there’s so much fucking food around?
- Hotels of North America by Rick Moody
Slowly getting there. I will have it finished before 2016.. possibly.
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
I don’t even think it’s fair to say that I’m still reading this one but, dammit, I need all the content I can fucking get.
- NOPI: The Cookbooks by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
Working in a kitchen it’s fairly obvious that food will be a big topic. I love a bit of food talk but I’m not exactly au fait with the greatest chefs. If I were to have an outright favourite it’d definitely be Yottam Ottolenghi. Not only does he seem like a jolly nice man but he creates some fucking glorious food.Getting his latest book for Christmas has allowed my current Ottolenghi collection to be completed. I can’t wait to look through this.
- Sweet by James Martin
I have been known to have a massive sweet tooth and, even though I say so myself, am a fucking great baker. My James Martin loving friend bought me this because we both have a bit of a soft spot for him. He’s a lovely, slightly chubby Northern chef who loves butter. How could you not love him a little bit. Now he’s by no means the greatest chef of all time but the photos in the book are fucking glorious. I can’t promise I’ll make anything from it but I will lust after all the food porn-y pictures.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Fucking hell. I’m still trying to take it in. Can’t wait to see it again. I have some issues but it was so fucking good. Plus, I’m such a hardcore Poe/Finn shipper that I simply can’t even.
- Star Trek Beyond trailer
I hate to say it but I’m think I’m over these films. Loved the first one. Sort of loved the second one. This one looks shit. Maybe it’s the lack of JJ but it just feels like Star Trek is trying to become a Marvel film. It’s a shitty copy of Guardians of the Galaxy and it deserved to be so much more. This trailer left me fucking cold. Plus, I think I’m done with Simon Pegg.