June 24th, 2006

Reading to Dragon

#47 - Q's Legacy

by Helene Hanff

This was a lovely little book which I read as part of a bookring (thank you, M)! Also thanks to NCoT, who included a teabag in the package – and I did sit down and drink that tea while reading this book, and I even treated myself to milk and sugar (which I’ve tried to cut out of my tea-drinking lately; I thought this was a special occasion, though). :)

Funnily enough, I didn’t know this was non-fiction when I started reading – I’m notoriously bad about finding out anything about books before I start to read. I assumed this was a novel until she started talking about writing “84 Charing Cross Road,” which I knew was a real thing! :D

I can easily see why people would write this woman letters and be such dedicated fans – reading this book was like corresponding with an old friend. She’s got a lovely “voice,” and the story of her life/career was interesting, funny, and touching. I’m glad to have read this book! 9/10 (even though the AC star system only has 5 stars max).

I’ve got the address for the next person on the list, so this book will be in the mail to her next week.

and here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/2235946
Reading to Dragon

#48 - After Life

by Rhian Ellis

I received this book ages ago at a BookCrossing meetup, and finally it called to me from the shelf to be read. I was looking for something “light,” and this actually did fit the bill, although it’s not a cheerful book, really.

It’s told from the PoV of a woman who lives in a community of psychics (I think that part is real – I mean, I’ve heard of communities like this that really do exist), and works as a medium. She also has a bit of a secret that she’s managed to keep for a very long time, considering all her neighbors are psychic, too.

MILD SPOILERS AHEAD:

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#49 - Where the Wild Things Are


Who didn’t read this book as a child? I know I did – repeatedly, and was somewhat amazed to discover it on my shelf last week and realize that I hadn’t yet read it to my son. At seven, he’s actually a bit old for it now, but it turns out his teacher at school has read it to the class, so he’d heard it before. And we definitely enjoyed it. The artwork is delightful, and it’s such a cute story. Especially since my little guy has rather a lot of Max in him, if the truth be told. 10/10

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Film Challenge

Peaceful Warrior

by Victor Salva

I read the book on which this film is based (“Way of the Peaceful Warrior”) many years ago, and found it very inspiring. Come to think of it, that book was probably my introduction to the concept of mindfulness, which is something that has become a foundation of my spiritual practice. When I found out it had been made into a film, I decided to take my seven-year-old son to see it, in the hopes that it would help us have a starting point for some discussions about spirituality and mindfulness.

So, this afternoon, we drove to the nearest theatre at which it was showing (half an hour’s drive from home – I’m disappointed that it’s not in wider release. I guess it doesn’t have a big commercial appeal, which is a shame, really). It was a good film, although perhaps moved a bit slow at times. (Although the final scene made up for any previous slowness – it was powerful). There were some touching moments, and I do think it got the point of the book across – that all we have is THIS moment, and striving for things because we think they’ll “make us happy” in the future is futile. I also think that my son got a glimpse of this concept for himself – on the way home, we were discussing it and I asked if it made sense to him, and he said, “A little bit.” Which is a good place for us to start our discussion, I think.