Yes, guys it's December, again, the shops are full of glitter and Santas and Christmas carols are pushed into the ether. Oh yes, and in this cacophony of sounds and colours, people are frenetically looking for yet another present that they HAVE to buy for ............!
It is also a time when Jamie Oliver is in head to head competition with the forever present Delia, .....and Rick Stein pushes his way onto the screen as well and Heston Blumenthal prepares another sophisticated, creative and impossible to replicate Christmas dinner making us all put the apron aside and head for his "The Fat Duck" restaurant.
The next words are for the lucky ones. The ones who do not need to cook very much, who do not need to visit relatives living at the other side of the country or earth, or who do not have to be the only ones in the office while the whole world is ENJOYING itself. So, for you my lucky ones, here are a few reading suggestions. No, not the intellectual ones but books aimed to give you hours of pleasure tucked in bed with a cup of cocoa, or in a comfy armchair with a cat on your lap and a cup of coffee aside, or when you decide to be a bit sporty and prefer to sit in the coffee shop in David Lloyd. So, it's time to endulge yourself and your grey cells.
The first choice goes to Sophie Kinsella and the books written as Madeleine Wickham. WHSmith still has a great offer (4 for 5£) so off you go now! I really enjoyed "The gatecrasher" and "The wedding girl" and planning to read "The tennis party".
If you are in the mood for some mystery books written by an "Agatha award winner" Rhys Bowen's "Molly Murphy series" is a must. Her books are more than just detective stories. It is obvious that Rhys did a lot of research into the life of the Irish immigration at the beginning of the 1900, the challenges of the daily life, habits and cultural aspects our generation knows very little about. I loved "In like Flynn" and "For the love of Mike" and getting ready for some charming hours reading "Murphy's Law" and "Tell me pretty maiden".
If you like to cook curries probably you have come across Madhur Jaffrey. Although you will not see her on TV anymore it's good to remember that she played an important role in promoting Indian cooking through her books and BBC television series. I'm not going to suggest one of her cookery books but her memoir "Climbing the mango trees". The book starts with the following words "I was born in my grandparents' sprawling house by the Yamuna River in Delhi. Grandmother welcomed me into this work by writing OM, which means "I am" in Sanskrit, on my tongue with a little finger dipped in honey ..................." I remember reading this first paragraph in Waterstones and I was hooked.
And a last suggestion for today. It could very well be that you are thinking about making some changes in your life be it on a professional or personal levels. If you tend to think and overthink ............ here is the perfect book for you by Dr Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, "Women who think too much". As a solution focused psychotherapist and a person who also tends to overthink .... yes, nobody is perfect .............. I found the book very, very useful.
That's all for today! Happy reading and if we don't meet again before Christmas, over-eat, laugh out loud, think why you are lucky, and just really enjoy!