Holiday Reads in Review
There is nothing better than reading a good book that inspires you and/or one that gives you a chance to ‘escape’ from reality (if only for a short period of time). This book needs no introduction, other than to say, that having never read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but watched the BBC Series many times over, it was really easy to blend both together in my mind, as the various chapters played out page by page.I would have to say that the TV series was a pretty good representation of the book so for fans, you won’t be disappointed. I was surprised to find out how many of you, (like me) had never read it before. I guess, once you have seen the TV series or movie – you aren’t quite so inclined to bother reading the book. However, I really enjoyed the book from start to finish. I bought the paperback version as part of the popular penguin classics, and would highly recommend them, as being the perfect hand-bag size, and at the bargain price of $12.99 (you can’t really go wrong). Check out Whitcoulls for more great books.
As a complete contrast, my second holiday read was entitled Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. This is the sequel to their first book entitled Freakonomics. The core of the book centres around exposing existing theories on all manner of topics, where they throw out the logic you have always supposed made sense and uncover hidden truths. It is possibly very politically incorrect, as it tackles such issues as terrorism; child safety; cancer and saving the planet. The book has a definite American flavour to it – but has been well researched and most certainly made me rethink my thought processes when it came to child safety seats and health-care in general. The book could have done with less discussion around the global warming issue – but it does press the point that ‘saving the planet is easier than we think?’ At the price of $32.00 it provides food for thought and controversy all in one.
If you get the chance, go see the movie “Bill Cunningham” – which is currently showing at the Capitol Cinema in Auckland, but is expected to tour the country nationwide. He is a fabulous photographer who has managed to capture all that New York has to offer through his camera lense and his unique, individual prospective on fashion is particularly eye-catching. Let me know what you think, if you manage to get to set it sometime soon.
It would appear that the stores are now getting ready for their spring/summer collections and are hoping to tempt us with some vibrant colours this coming year. Check out Glassons who have already had their first drop of colour. Some of the more well-known New Zealand designers, including Kate Sylvester are getting their spring designs in too, so definitely worth having a look. I have already seen a couple of things on the web-site that I wouldn’t mind. Having just come back from holiday though, there will be no shopping for while until all the bills are paid off. Also, I’ve promised myself no shopping until at least September, when the weather may be a little warmer too. Saying that, most stores are still in sale mode – so grab a bargain while you can. If you haven’t been to Smith & Caughey for awhile, save yourself for their mid-yearly sale starting Friday, 29th July at 9am. They truly understand the word sale, and with their selection of womenswear, kitchen and homewares, childrens clothes and menswear – there is plenty on offer for everyone.