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25 October 2002 @ 10:58 pm
Jane, Pat and I just finished watching "Panic Room". I wonder why I make myself watch those sorts of movies - I spent a great deal covering my face in the lounge admist sympathetic laughter from said housemates. I can't stand violence in any form, yet I only have myself to blame for being the one to choose the movie.

And to think this afternoon I was considering rewatching "Fight Club" at some stage. Yeah, right.

I booked my plane ticket this afternoon. Although the majority of my poll suggested I leave on the Friday morning, I ended up booking for Thursday night after all. I thought about the options some more, and there's actually no guarantee someone would even be able to pick me up from the airport if I came in Friday morning anyway. My mum told me that she and my sister had doctors appointments all that day, Dad would be working, Russell most likely to be working, etc etc. And for fear of rushing around -- but catching a 6:15am flight is just as much rushing anyway. That extra night to settle in at home before returning to work will probably be good for me. 20 days to go.

I finished reading White Oleander, and now I crave for something new to read. They just opened a Borders bookstore in the city; I remember how much I loved the Adelaide store, and how that was actually one of the big things I missed by moving up here. I would spend hours in there, reading, studying, drinking hot chocolate at the cafe, listening to music, buying international magazines. And now I can do all that here. You don't know how excited I am about that ;)

Monday they're having a 20% off [everything] sale... and Tori Amos' new album comes out then! So guess who'll be visiting Borders on that day.....

Pssst: recommend some books for me? Something as beautiful as White Oleander and Dangerous Angels and The Virgin Suicides... I need gorgeous words to complete my days.
viva__vandalism on October 25th, 2002 06:06 am (UTC)
The Basic Eight - Daniel Handler
I dont know if you'll think it's "beautiful", but it is intruiging.
Who wrote White Oleander?
charmedquark on October 25th, 2002 06:22 am (UTC)
I recommend:
"Memoirs of a Geisha" - Arthur Golden
"Prodigal Summer" - Barbara Kingsolver
"Eating the Cheshire Cat" - Helen Ellis

and have you read "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky? That's one of my all-time favorites. =)
the best kind of nice: gringlasswinged on October 25th, 2002 08:04 am (UTC)
If you feel like beautiful words, I'd recommend The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey. (: It's like poetry in paragraphs. Heh. (: Almost musical.
Consiousness Rethoughtmoondancer2212 on October 25th, 2002 09:48 am (UTC)
omg - that was exaxtly what i was going to reccommend, *squee* my all time favorite book.
Simonemonielove on October 25th, 2002 08:27 am (UTC)
I love reading too! We have the same thing as "borders" only it's called "chapters" here :) Theres a cafe in every one too ( Starbucks ).
I don't know if you'll like the same books as me..but I'm thinking you might since i liked the last tow you read..One of the best books I read all summer was called "stanley park" by timothy taylor i believe..it's canadian :D I also recommend "the god of small things" by arundata (?) roy ( i think that's her name :0) the book is excellent though, very poetic!!
absolutions on October 25th, 2002 08:44 am (UTC)
Oh you're just like me! I covered my eyes through most of Panic Room too. I really felt terrible when the ex-husband came along and the robbers did all of the terrible stuff to him and tied him up. Ugh. It makes me uncomfortable to watch violence too.

We also have the same taste in books! I read White Oleander a few years ago when it first came out and I was wondering why everyone else didn't jump on the bandwagon to read that awesome book. Now though, it's finally getting more people interested and there's a movie. Yay. I'm glad you enjoyed it-, it definitely made me think too. I recommend author Jeanette Winterson. She writes lovely books that are fiction and that I cannot put down. For me, her words are as good as quotes put together into sentences.
ex_entangle223 on October 25th, 2002 10:02 am (UTC)
Have you read Francesca Lia Block's other stuff?
The Hanged Man is amazing...
I would also recommend The Bell Jar if you haven't read it, and Mouthing The Words by Camilla Gibb.
minus you I'm better offchampagnemaiden on October 25th, 2002 10:25 am (UTC)
I capture the castle by Dodie Smith is a fantastic book. I <3 it so much. If you like it, there's also New Moon with the Old by her as well.
Oh to be in Oleanna: bjorkwintercherry on October 25th, 2002 03:38 pm (UTC)
white oleander sounds amazing, i've been wanting to read that for a while. i'm thinking of seeing the movie so it'd probably be better to read it first before the movie ruins it for me!!
i'd suggest white teeth by zadie smith... it's a really beautiful and entertaining book and one of my favorites. the characters are very endearing.
foreverhers on October 26th, 2002 02:06 am (UTC)
Some girls by Kristin McCloy
(Anonymous) on October 26th, 2002 11:29 pm (UTC)
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mousepopidol on October 29th, 2002 09:19 pm (UTC)
Echo ties with Dangerous Angels as my favourite lia block book. (Sometimes one wins slightly over the other for a few transient moments.)

If you want non-fiction, try Sabrina Ward Harrison's books.. Spilling Open and Brave on the Rocks.

Oh, and can not forget Neverwhere, American Gods, or Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Just found your journal randomly while looking up various things (witchbaby, actually) while waiting for Tori to come on tv.