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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

See Me by Nicholas Sparks


Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface.

I'm baack. Revision season is done and I can finally get back to blogging and reading and feeling like a normal person. Reading has been pretty slow because of revision etc but I did manage to finish See Me by Nicholas Sparks.


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Lessons learnt from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

November is normally that time especially if you're at school, college, university, working .. when you're just frazzled. You want to live in your pyjamas, watch TV and eat biscuits all. day. long. Well that's what I wanted to do anyway. I was completely run down, the reading slump struggle was real.
I thought I'd try something new and get an audiobook. Something that wouldn't require any effort on my part. So I picked up Mindy Kaling's first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns) :


Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” 

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.


Book to Screen: National Theatre Live's Of Mice and Men

I saw the National Theatre Live's adaptation of Of Mice and Men in November last year, which I then reviewed for my University magazine. But I recently found out that the play is in fact still showing in some cinemas in the UK. If you're wondering whether or not you should check it out, carry on reading.

Little clue - I would recommend seeing this.

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