cultural affairs

pretty in pink

This pink silk kimono is a gift from my sweet mother and I stole the straw hat from my gardening father. They’re both oh so pretty. I miss my parents terribly and have the kimono and hat hanging on my closet door in Ottawa. They don’t let me take many pictures of them, so it’s nice to have a visual reminder of some sort.


Two weekends ago I went to the tulip festival, one of Ottawa’s highlights. It did my soul so much good seeing all of those pretty flowers. It’s so easy to get caught up in your head with your own little thoughts. Nature is often the best remedy to self-interest!



A-Z Bookish Survey

I stole this blog idea from the lovely Miss Xandra at Fashionably Light.

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Agatha Christie.
Best Sequel Ever:
The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.
Currently Reading:
Alvaro del Portillo by Salvador Bernal. I’m going to his beatification in Spain in less than 30 days! 
Drink of Choice While Reading:
Tea. Always tea.
E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical book.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
Hidden Gem Book:
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier.
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Reading my first “real” book: Les malheurs de Sophie by the Comtesse de Ségur and Histoire d’un âme by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
Just Finished:
Le journal de Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
50 shades of Grey. Ick.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert by Joël Dicker.
Major book hangover because of:
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Le maître des illusions by Donna Tartt.
Preferred Place To Read:
Bed, my reading chair in the living room, the porch, in my tree house (growing up) and Library of Parliament.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“I would not like to live in a world without cathedrals. I need their beauty and grandeur. I need their imperious silence. I need it against the witless bellowing of the barracks yard and the witty chatter of the yes-men. I want to hear the rustling of the organ, this deluge of ethereal notes. I need it against the shrill farce of marches.” — Pascal Mercier (Night Train to Lisbon)
Reading Regret:
I have yet to manage to read Le pendule de Foucault by Umberto Eco.
Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
Artemis Fowl and A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
L’ombre du vent by Carlos Ruiz Zaffon; Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Lord of the Rings.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Nothing on the horizon at the moment. I don’t really follow authors.
Worst Bookish Habit:
Ignoring people who are trying to talk to me because I’m too captivated by what I’m reading.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Le temps où nous chantions by Richard Powers.
Your latest book purchase:
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): 
Les Hommes qui n’aimaient pas les femmes by Stieg Larsson.

Ender’s Game

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The premiere of Ender’s Game was heart breaking. Not a book meant to be adapted to film evidently. The acting was great and so were the sets, but the story is so much of what is going on inside Ender’s mind and that’s really hard to translate into a movie. Either you would have Ender narrate the entire thing and have a movie with very little dialogue, or you transfer his thoughts into dialogues and the whole result is just bizarre for anyone who’s read the book. I’ve read Ender’s Game probably 6 or 7 times, I’d be interested to know what people think of the movie if they’ve never read the book. Let me know once you go see it!