Top 5 Winter Warmers

As vaguely promised, on the 1st of every month, there shall be a list of my top 5 films in a certain category. Following on from the festive theme of the past week and the bitter cold weather, this month shall be my top 5 winter films. Films that make you want to sit on the sofa with a slanket, and entire box of thorntons and a steaming hot chocolate, maybe even a mince pie or two.

 

5. Big Daddy – this, to be fair, is an all year round film. It’s funny, heart warming, etc. and what is better than a 5 year old child called Frankenstein proclaiming: “I wipe my own ass!”?

4. Edward Scissorhands – this, again, is a pretty much all year film, but it tends to come on around this time of year, and so this is when I tend to watch it. Who cares anyway, its a fantastic film!

3. Love Actually – because what is Christmas without Hugh Grant? This is one of his better films, aided by an array of other quite good actors and actresses.

2. Polar Express – for a kids film, this is surprisingly good. If you have children I do recommend watching this with them. The gasps of excitement from kids throughout this film are worth it.

1. Sleepless in Seattle – I grew up being made to watch films like this at Christmas time, and this one kind of stuck. Hey, it is RomCom season after all!

 

Next month will be my top 5 films series, because what with it being Winter, I expect most of my time will be spent watching these!

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Top Ten Books To Look Forward To

All around the blogosphere, there are people writing their top ten, whatever it may be – top ten films of 2012, top ten books of 2012, top ten moments, etc. My top ten is only slightly different in that it is my top ten books that I am looking forward to reading in 2013. These are not new releases, I’m not one to look out for new books, as they come, I see them, I read them. The anticipation of newly released artefacts (that includes films) evades me.

Anyway, the books I am looking forward to reading are:

Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

There but for the by Ali Smith

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

These first three are books I have received over this festive season, and which fit in well with my usual likings.

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

I am bound to get rather critical of this book, as I am a notsocloseted Sherlock Holmes fan, however, I am more than intrigued to see if Mr Horowitz can in any way match the literary wisdom of Mr Conan Doyle

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Because is has been on my shelf for the longest period of time, and because the subject appeals to me, and because it is such a huge book, I vow to start AND finish this by the end of 2013

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski

Recommended by a friend to buy as a gift for my mother, once looking at the colourful cover and the lovely typeface used for the title (aesthetics ARE important!) I decided to buy myself a copy too.

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Simply because it was at one point so infamous and I want to see what all the buzz was about.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

1984 by George Orwell

Catcher in the Rye 22 by JD Salinger

Because I really should have read these books all the way through whilst I was in school, but rebelling against the educational system and not bothering to do my homework most of the time, I neglected to finish any of these fine novels.

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So, what books are you looking forward to this coming year?

So…

What, so I have to apologise? For having a life? (are you now believing that I have a life? We’ve been through this before people…honestly, it’s as if common sense evades you)

So I am back after a sabbatical of ridiculous working hours and persistent laziness.

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