Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Hundred-Year-Old Man: review

I recently read a book called The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. And it was great.

I honestly don't think I've enjoyed a book this much, purely for it's humour, in as long as I can remember. It is so funny I can't even begin to tell you. And funny in a ridiculous, I wish this was real, kind of way.

The narrative revolves around a man called Allan, who has just turned one hundred and has had enough of his boring elderly years in a retirement home. Essentially, he ends up on the run from the police and a gang, after managing to steal a suitcase full of money as he gets on a bus to get away from the director of the retirement home, who he can't stand. The text follows his endeavours, introducing new characters who all become close friends.

The narrative jumps back and forth in time, recounting tales from all throughout Allan's life, with a lot of historical background covered. I particularly enjoyed reading these interjections of Allan's past. There are so many historical moments and key figures that he is involved with, in the most ridiculous ways. You can't help but laugh.

After reading a heap of books for uni, this was just what I needed to relax and really, truly enjoy the reading experience. There's also a film version of the novel, which I am really looking forward to watching.

You will love this book.

Until next time.

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Monday, 12 December 2016

'Tis The Season

I am feeling really, truly Christmasy for the first time since I was probably 8. And it feels lovely. So I've been doing a few Christmas activities recently, including seeing Christmas lights, going to markets, ice skating and even a Christmas show, and I though I'd tell you about them.

Mum and I went to Waddesdon Manor towards the end of November, and saw their Christmas light display and market. The market was really nice and had lots of local businesses selling their goods, giving it a lovely community feel. The lights display this year was a 'Field of Light', with lots of pretty little lights across a large open area.

More recently I've been to the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham, an annual occurrence as a UoB student. It felt a little more spaced out than it usually is, which was nicer, but was still super busy as always, and will only continue to get busier as we get closer to Christmas.

Over this weekend, Charlie and I went to see The Overtones at their Christmas show at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, which is one of my all time favourite venues. It was a lovely show and they create such a wonderful, cheery atmosphere.

The following day we ventured out for brunch, heading to the business district. We went to 200 Degrees Coffee, which is on Colmore Row, opposite the Cathedral, and I had a delicious coffee and sandwich. From there, we headed to the ice rink in Centenary Square, and had a skate around the (very) busy rink. Neither of us fell so we're calling it a success.

We've put our tree up and I've finally put my fairy lights up in my room, so I can feel a little more festive whilst slogging through the essays I need to write over the Christmas break.

What kinds of Christmas activities have you been up to, and where's good to go near you at this time of year?

Until next time.

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