Reasons to be cheerful: 15th – 21st April, 2013

by yooeel

1. Flowers from a friend.


2. Finishing The Beach by Alex Garland and The Book Thief by Markus Zusack.

I’ve had The Beach on my bookshelf for about 70 years now, so it was about time I got round to reading it.  I loved it.  The self-centred, unreliable narrator brought to mind some of my favourite Graham Greene characters and the last half of the book was a lovely, rankling, paranoia-fest.  I love books where the narrator slowly goes mad, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath being the all-time, too obvious to mention pinnacle of this.

I’ve read The Book Thief before, and was one of the ladies who recommended it to our book group.  I didn’t enjoy it as much the second time around, but I still cried like a fool.

3. Knitting a jumper for Little Boy Yooeel.  Yes, it’s a jumper.


4. Sunny days are here again.

5. Eating at Al-Andalus.  Garlic mushrooms a go-go!