Tell me what you see in the swirls. You might have to find the coffee first!
1. When I was a kid, I thought Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were married. Because everyone who sang duets were married to each other. Obviously. I also thought Nina Simone was a man. Because, well, just because.
2. I was born in Dallas, was a kid in New York, and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland. My accent is mine, and according to Sarge is ‘under several influences.’ Except when I’m on the phone with my mother, at which times it is back on Long Island.
3. I have CP. I am, by choice, a pretty-much-permenant wheelchair-user. Unless there’s a party going on upstairs.
4. When I was seven, I had various bits medically broken and stretched, all at once. I have ten scars that are so much a part of me; I don’t see them anymore.
5. I lost all four of my grandparents within five years. How and when they died has coloured the way I look at life.
6. Growing up, my mental age was 40. Now that I am 30, I feel that I’m actually my true age.
7. I used to laugh entirely through my nose. Now I laugh out loud. I blame Sarge.
8. I can have entire conversations using only movie quotes. I cannot blame Sarge.
9. One of my nicknames at Uni was Phoebe. As in The One From Friends.
10. I once fell off a toilet in Pisa, Italy. I was not drunk. This incident has since been dubbed ‘The Leaning Toilet of Pisa’.
Last weekend I hit 25, which means I am 11 books behind my target of 100. I am still having fun, and have enjoyed all the books on one level or another, brain-candy or bubble-gum.
Here be the first quarter, in reading order:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver
The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
A Very Private Gentleman: A Novel – Martin Booth
I Was Amelia Earhart – Jane Mendelsohn
Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
Summer Crossing – Truman Capote
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
Aloft – Chang-rae Lee
Northline – Willy Vlautin
Body Surfing – Anita Shreve
The Snowman – Jo Nesbø
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon
The Piano Teacher – Janice Y.K. Lee
The Hours – Michael Cunningham
The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
Room – Emma Donoghue
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender
The Devil’s Star – Jo Nesbø
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) – Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) – Suzanne Collins
Submarine – Joe Dunthorne
The Autobiography of Alice B.Toklas – Gertrude Stein
Working on 26-30!
Other 100 Books posts of mine can be found here.
What have you read this year?
As an update on this post, here I am trying to take a ‘seemingly effortless self-portrait’ of the new glasses. New glasses which Sarge says are ‘not that big, really.’