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Cake, literature, and films

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The other week I made one of my favourite summer cakes, a blueberry and raspberry soured cream cake with cheesecake frosting. The first time I made it I used strawberries and the second time blueberries. It’s gorgeous with all types of berries but I think I prefer it with strawberries.

The other week I also finished reading The How of Happiness: The New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky. I didn’t expect it to be a massive revelation but it’s definitely worth reading. It has a nice little collection of happiness increasing activities in it. I also finished The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz, the first Sherlock Holmes novel to be officially approved by the Conan Doyle Estate. I really enjoyed it and I hope Horowitz will write another one.

At the moment I’m reading An Autobiography by Agatha Christie, A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud, Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Murders by John Emsley, and The Career Guide For Creative and Unconventional People by Carol Eikleberry. I’m also about to start Necropolis: London And Its Dead by Catharine Arnold and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. So many lovelies to read and not enough time in the day!I’ve watched quite a few films lately. Nothing out of the ordinary there. I highly recommend Pedro Almodóvar’s melodrama Broken Embraces. Almodóvar never fails to entertain. The Baby’s Room is another Spanish film. A not brilliant horror but it did make me jump which is very rare. Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures is based on a true story about two girls, their obsessive friendship, and how they conspire to kill the mother of one of the girls. It’s an intense watch.

I was in the mood for something silly the other night so I watched the laugh-out-loud funny Machete. I was expecting to love the French Romantics Anonymous but I ended up getting slightly frustrated with it. It was aesthetically pleasing though. I did love the thriller Tell No One, also French, and I don’t really know why I haven’t bothered to watch it before. Old classics always make me feel all warm inside. I watched Roman Holiday from 1953 starring Audrey Hepburn and All About Eve from 1950 starring Bette Davis. I’ve got a thing for her.

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