Reading books and watching films are two of my favourite pastimes. If some sweet popcorn and Maltesers are thrown into the mix, I'm one happy bird.
Thrillers with heart
I've just finished reading "Afterwards" by Rosamund Lupton. I also read her debut novel "Sister" and both are difficult-to-put-down reads. Her books are classed within the thriller/crime fiction genre, but they aren't your typical Tess Geritsen or Lee Child (both of whom are brilliant by the way!)
Both books are thrillers in the sense that there is a crime central to the story and a twisting and turning plot, but they have "soul" they are written beautifully and with great poignancy. If you've read and enjoyed "Lovely Bones" you'll like these even better! Just to entice you further, "Sister" has a great twist at the end!
In terms of films, the best one I've seen recently is "Hannah." It's an interesting plot with great acting from Eric Banna and Cate Blanchet, but the clincher for me is the amazing cinematography, it is breathtakingly beautiful to watch.
Actress, Saoirse Ronan who plays Susie Salmon in the film adaptation of the book "Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold, plays Hannah, and she is brilliant at playing her part. If you like Quentin Tarantino style films such as "Kill Bill" you're going to LOVE this film.
I always feel a little sad when I finish a good book, it's like saying goodbye to good friends, leaving the characters behind. So, I like to have a few in waiting. These are the books I have lined up to read next:
• The Innocent by Harlan Coben
• No Second Chance also by Harlan Coben
• Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
• One Day by David Nicholls (I know I'm late to this party!)
I'm also looking forward to some new movie releases on dvd, namely, Mr Poppers penguins, Captain America and Hangover 2.....yep, my taste in films and books is pretty eclectic!
Have you read any great books recently or seen a good film? What books/films are on your Christmas list? Let me know your recommendations in the comments, please.