14 August 2012

Shiny Somethings

1.   Olympics!
Like many people across the country I've spent the last two weeks captivated by the Olympics, so I was quite excited when Mr Goldfish spotted Jason Kenny's gold postbox outside his office. I'm not usually a fan of sport, but even I can see the Olympics is different. Besides being a worldwide celebration of human achievement, it's an exhibition of the human heart. As those athletes cross the finish line - whether first or last - they share everything with us; their joy, their pain, and their dreams. Giving us a clear picture of our collective spirit.

2.   Reese's Pieces & Reese's Cups

I've been living in the UK for nearly 13 years now, but there are still odd flavours I miss from home. So I've been a tad over excited since I spotted Reese's products appearing in my local Sainsbury's and Tesco. Though I didn't eat them often when living overseas, there's nothing else quite like them. My favourite is definitely the Reese's Pieces, which are like peanut butter filled Smarties!

3.   Doctor Who

I love Doctor Who, so I'm quite excited by the new series trailer. I'm really sorry to see Rory and Amy go. While David Tennant is definitely my Doctor, I've never really taken to the previous companions. The current cast has combined a great charismatic Doctor with a strong supporting female. Rory's character has also been strengthen over the last season, and he helps avoid the obvious romantic cliché Doctor Who has suffered from in recent years.

4.  Books!

I've continued to churn through books the last few weeks, so I started looking for some cheap reads. Amazon had a few fabulous deals on Kindle books, and I managed to buy four crime novels for less than £3! Irritatingly two of those I had to quit reading within the first few chapters as the main characters were pregnant, and while not especially distressing, it wasn't something I really wanted to dwell on at the moment.

In the end I only read one of my new bargains, David Baldacci's Zero Day which was an unbelievable £0.20! It felt like an NCIS novel, but I liked the main character and the plot was certainly original. I went looking for the next book in the series, but I'll have to wait till it's published in November.

From there I gave up and went back to read some old favourites, the Harper Connelly Series by Charlaine Harris (of True Blood fame). This is at least the third time I've read them in the last 18 months, which means half-way through I usually remember how it ends, but I still really enjoy them. Harper Connelly was hit by lightening when she was 15 and since then she has been able to find the dead. Now she and her step-brother  earn their living by travel round the country searching for lost loved ones. A nice twist on the typical crime novel, but really it's the interesting characters that keep me coming back again and again.

If you'd like to share your own Shiny Somethings, feel free to leave a link in the comments below!