Today has been a day of wondering. I am naturally a very curious being, just ask Leggy. As a kid my uncle called me Rumpenissen (bumgnome) after these tiny creatures in Astrid Lindgern’s Ronia the Robber’s Daughter. They are tiny gnome like creatures who constantly ask “Why? Why? Why?”.
I still run into things that make me just ask “Why?”. A thing that I have been wondering about is my deodorant. Yes, I know how to use it. But one day reading what the tiny print on the spray bottle actually said I saw a sign there saying “Substance abuse can kill!” or something like it. And my first thought was how the heck do you sniff deodorant? I am usually the doofus who somehow manages to almost choke on the fumes every single time I use a spray on deodorant. The neighbours may be wondering if TB is back. And the taste. Just yuck!
Sometimes my curiosity also leads me to writing letters to people asking about strange things like the time I wrote to the local tropical zoo asking if a turtle could get over weight and if so what would happen. Or the time I wrote to the different ice cream companies asking why marzipan ice cream is usually green.
I still haven’t figured out turkey bacon. Where on a turkey is the bacon and if you can make bacon from turkeys can you then also make it from other animals? Cow bacon? Swan bacon? Panda bacon? Anyone know if pandas can swim?
I am back home again. I arrived home to another parcel orgy. Some months ago I discovered cheap nail art things on eBay from China. So I have been ordering all the things I could ever need and a few other bits and bobs. I’m sure the mailman is finding me pretty annoying by now. Amongst all my eBay parcels was my German nail polish parcel so I was a very happy camper. But coming back home after two weeks away also meant coming back to a fridge empty of food. My fridge looks like I’m a stereotypical single male. Dressings, beers and vodka.
Now today’s top 5 was a suggestion from Joe Public to do a sequel to last weeks top 5 books I’m excited about so here is the top 5 books I just didn’t enjoy.
1 Stieg Larsson – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
For those who read last week’s post this one may not be the biggest surprise. I will say that I really liked Lisbeth Salander and just for that I really tried to like this book but I just wanted to burn it. First of to me it seems like he was trying to press in two different plots into one book. The main missing girl plot and the framing plot of the news paper scandal. I quickly figured out the main one and I didn’t really care much for the other one.
I did however strangely enough rather enjoy the films. They aren’t my favourites but they are okay.
2 Ernest Hemingway – A Farewell to Armes
I really tried with this book but I just couldn’t. I have read a few of Hemingway’s short stories and rather enjoyed them but I only made it to about halfway in ‘A Farewell to Armes’. I knew about the iceberg thing before going in so I should have been warned but I just found that nothing really happened and when something did happen I wasn’t always sure what exactly was happening. This is one of the few books I haven’t finished.
3 Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
Another book I haven’t finished and another classic. I had a phase after having browsed through ‘1001 books you have to read before you die’ where I figured that I really should read some of the classics. I bought a whole bunch of them and ‘Anna Karenina’ was one of them. I made it to around page 80, twice, before I gave up. It may get better later on. I may have missed out on a masterpiece. I’m not sure if I’ll ever find out. Well I may watch the film at some point.
4 Holly Black – White Cat
I get a lot of book recommendations from various book girls on YouTube and this one was one of them. It sounded really promising, magic, a murder mystery and a boy being the black sheep in an otherwise shady criminal family. But I just found it a bit strange. It wasn’t horrible but it just didn’t catch my interest and I never went on to read the next two in the series. It could have been really awesome but I just found it to be Meh!
5 Nova Ren Suma – Imaginary Girls
Now this one was a mix of ‘Farewell to Armes’ and ‘Black Cat’. The concept seemed to be really cool but in the end I didn’t really understand it and it didn’t live up to what it could have been. It didn’t seem to know either if it wanted to be a contemporary book or fantasy which to me made it even more confusing. It was just weird.
Which books did you pick up and just didn’t enjoy?