Can somebody please wind back the clock just a little, because it honestly feels like I haven’t even had time to shave my legs yet since 2017 and somehow we are now on the cusp of June! But seriously, at what point are they long enough to get waxed? One centimetre? (Asking for a friend)…
Winter has been suddenly thrust upon us and before I even had time to register what was happening, my life now resembles a mad dash between ugg boots, dressing gowns, puppy toilet training, cooking and cleaning (in between work of course, but nobody ever seems to mention that). HOW DO THEY DO IT? Beyoncé makes being a superwoman look so effortless, while the rest of us are back here just trying to fit in a morning coffee. Something I actually have managed to make time for this month is getting back into reading, in a big way (at the mediocre rate of 1 book a week). I say mediocre because I (embarrassingly so), managed to finish the entire Twilight series in a matter of 5 days when they first gained popularity a few years ago. Shame on me. So what have I been reading this month? I’ll give you a hint…
“What does he do, Clarice? What is the first and principal thing he does, what need does he serve by killing? He covets. How do we begin to covet? We begin by coveting what we see every day.”
You guessed it, I’ve just finished the entire Hannibal Lector series (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising) by Thomas Harris. Brilliant books! Not at all as terrifying and gruesome as you’d think they would be (if you, like me, got the absolute fright of your life watching Anthony Hopkins in character). If you love a good mystery / suspense ride then this series is a must, in fact I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to jump on board. I’ve exhausted all the Patricia Cornwell and Michael Connelly options so thought the Hannibal series would be a nice detour (Fun fact, Hannibal grew up in Nazi-era Germany and his baby sister was eaten by captors to stay alive through a brutal winter, so I’ll let you make your own assumptions as to why he enjoyed liver with fava beans).
*** This blog post was not intended to be a book review ***
BUT, I also read a brilliant book by Australian journalist and author Eileen Ormsby called The Darkest Web, a fascinating insight into the underbelly of the internet. Cyber crime, illegal drug trade, hit men for hire, child exploitation, you name it – she covered it. I first heard about her book while listening to an episode of Hack on Triple J, and I honestly had no idea that this entire world existed. I’d heard the term ‘dark web’ thrown around before, but always assumed it just meant people using the internet for dodgy stuff. Little did I know that you actually needed to download a separate browser (in most cases people seem to use Tor), so that you can surf millions of websites anonymously that are not available on your usual search engines like Google. Awesome read if you are interested!
*** Okay can someone pay me to read books and write reviews, this is an actual request #dreamjob ***
Or just pay me to stay in bed, because life is really hard on cold mornings. Until next time 🙂