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So here we are, another birthday; I am 48 today, and can remember when that seemed impossibly old! No matter, I’m still 17 inside my head and have had a lovely birthday weekend, only slightly spoiled by Andy Murray’s failure to won the Australian Open.

I always try to do something special around my birthday, and this year it was a trip to the theatre to see War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, and recommended by my good friend the Silvery Dude. It’s a simple story of a farm horse sold to the army and sent to serve in World War One; what makes it exceptional is the puppetry used to bring the horses (and other animals –  I became particualrly fond of the goose) to life on stage. Really enormously clever and so convincing in movement that I pretty much forgot they weren’t real. There is a DVD about the making of the production which is apparently well worth watching. 

And of course with birthdays go presents and the Book God was generous as always and gave me several books:

And now that the major project that I’ve been working so hard on since last February looks like its nearing fruition, I think 2010  might turn out to be quite a good year…..

So though I said I wasn’t going to get involved in any more challenges, I couldn’t resist this one as it is such a simple idea. I’ve been thinking quite carefully about what to set myself as goals, and I’ve come up with the following:

  • to read the following books left over from RIP III challenge:
    • Duma Key by Stephen King
    • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
    • Come Closer by Sara Gran
    • Midwinter of the Spirit by Phil Rickman
  • to finish Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris which I started reading way back when?
  • to finish The Mandlebaum Gate which I abandoned earlier this year, and kick-start my Muriel Spark readathon once again
  • to read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman as soon as I get my sticky paws on it
  • to find enough books in addition to these, and make the time to read them, so that I hit my 52 books in 52 weeks goal

That looks like enough to get on with, I think!

Bride of the Book God

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Scottish, in my fifties, love books but not always able to find the time to read them as much as I would like. I’m based in London and happily married to the Book God.

I also blog at Bride of the Screen God (all about movies and TV) and The Dowager Bride, if you are interested in ramblings about stuff of little consequence

If you would like to get in touch you can contact me at brideofthebookgod (at) btinternet (dot) com.

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