I said last month was strange, but it was nothing compared to this one. We left our comfortable bubble of Mexico City (admittedly we were ready to leave after six weeks) and had a whirlwind trip of Las Vegas where we eloped, then caught up with some friends in Las Vegas before returning to New Zealand to be with Guy’s mum. Coming home was bittersweet. I cried when the plane touched down realising that our adventure was over, but it has been really lovely catching up with our parents and friends and I’ve been enjoying Auckland more than I thought I would.
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. I can’t say I loved this book but I did enjoy it and I read it within two days because it kept me interested. I do love reading young adult fiction – partly cause it makes me so grateful that I am no longer a teenager!
Thirteen Reasons by Jay Asher. I really enjoyed this book – it’s part teen angst novel (which I love) and part mystery thriller with an underlying theme of the importance of kindness to everyone in your life.
Virunga. I really really enjoyed this documentary about a wildlife park in the Congo where the last mountain gorillas are. It deals with the conflict caused by rebel groups fighting the Congalese army over mining in the park (which would kill the animals but bring in a lot of money). The imagery was spectacular and it dealt with the opposing sides very sensitively. Plus if you’ve never seen a baby gorilla being tickled – it is the.cutest.thing.ever.
Orange is the new black. I know, I know. I am once again the last to jump on the bandwagon (I STILL haven’t finished Lost or Breaking Bad!). I’m only a few episodes in but I am loving this show so far. I’m loving the diversity in the actresses shown, it never really occurred to me until I started watching this that I very rarely see curvy/hispanic/transgender characters on TV and I am lapping it up.
Would I lie to you? There is a New Zealand version of this which is crap so I’ve never watched the British version (which is SO MUCH better). Lee Mack, Rob Brydon & David Mitchell make my heart melt with laughter.