What I've Been Reading
An Astronaut's guide to life on earth - Chris Hadfield - this is one of the best books I have read this year. Part memoir, part information about being an astronaut, part self help book, this is just sublime reading. Chris has a friendly, easy going style of writing that still is intelligent and informative. The life he has led is extraordinary yet he is completely down-to-earth (pun intended) in his delivery and manner. I loved reading about his long journey towards space and all the geeky tidbits about living in space. How they sleep, clean their teeth, go to the bathroom, repair things and so on, it's utterly fascinating. A must read for sure.
The Girl With The Dogs - Anna Funder - this lovely novella is based on a Chekhov short story and is about a woman who briefly escapes from her mundane life and the impact of that on her and her family. Tightly written, it makes you want more and could easily have been expanded into a short novel, but then maybe not, as the briefness of the novella gives you pause for thought and wonder and that is always a good thing with well written prose.
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote - it was lovely to revisit this classic novella. Very different in feel to the movie, with many of the rougher aspects of the prose left out. Capote wrote this with Marilyn Monroe in mind and you can see her in the role as you read. His language and phrasings are stunning and much of it was indeed used in the movie dialogue. It gets messy towards the end when Holly Golightly is no longer present in the action but merely spoken about. But still a classic and worth re-reading if you haven't read it for a while.
What I've Been Listening To
Fleetwood Mac - every album has pretty much been on loop the entire month leading up to the concert. Each album a masterpiece and every song a classic.