Most of July I was focused on relaxation. Our summer holiday this year took us to Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia, where we alternated exploring with days spent by the sea or poolside, hopping into the water (them) or reading (me).
♣ While we were away, I finally read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. It has been sitting on my bedside table for two years, maybe more. Far too long, anyway.
I posted about it on Instagram, but I’ll say it again: there is something magical about this book. I know that “inspiring” and “inspirational” are bandied around so much these days that they are at risk of losing their meaning, but Big Magic *is* inspiring. And I could read Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing each and every day.
♣ Although I am a (newly converted) advocate of buying local or second-hand, I do draw the line at few items. Underwear would be the most important. After we returned from holiday, I picked up a couple of these bralets from Lindex. They are so comfy but also feel like they offer a little more support than some others I’ve tried.
♣ While I was in there, I could not resist this sweet little doggie motif scarf. I know, I know… But other than this lapse, I really have been good at not buying from high street stores this year. Don’t judge me too harshly! And really, how could I resist?
And the reading…
♣ As I mentioned, this has been a month of reading for me. I finally struggled to the end of Fire and Fury – *that* book on Donald Trump. What can I say? Or, more accurately, where do I begin? It was riddled with so many spelling errors and grammatical mistakes that I started to photograph them for my own amusement. Twice, he said that Steve Bannon had made “pubic” appearances. The editor in me didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. And more than that, it simply was poorly written.
♣ I also steamed through Anne Enright’s The Green Road, the chalk to Fire and Fury’s cheese (or the cheese to its chalk? Yes, that. Cheese is obviously superior to chalk), and now I need to read more by her.
♣ And in the past few days, I’ve been without my boys, so there has been much reading of magazine articles and watching of Netflix and HBO.
– A deep dive into the story of Otto Warmbier – the young American imprisoned in North Korea. I read this yesterday and was gripped. Fascinating and terrifying.
– This New Yorker article allowed me catch on some of the smaller details of Brexit’s progress that I have missed from not being in the UK (where I imagine I would instead just want to escape from the endless coverage).
– The thieves of some Swedish crown jewels seem to have captured the imagination of many after making their getaway by speedboat. The thing is, we’ve been witness to quite a few outlandish robberies here. There was the time that thieves stole millions from a bank depot by helicopter. Or when a Rembrandt was stolen from National Museum, with the culprits also escaping by boat. Swedish thieves got form.