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The Opinionated Woman

The Opinionated Woman, let’s try this again!

 

Back in 2013 I got really inspired by the idea of starting a blog. So with great enthusiasm I set up ‘The Opinionated Woman’ as a way to express my opinions in a creative way and share the things I like with other people. Unfortunately this spark of motivation coincided with my second year (correction, my second attempt at my second year) of my architecture degree. Inevitably  I barely had time to sleep let alone put time into writing blogs!

Fast forward three years and so many things have changed!

I got my degree and decided that I never want to be an architect, I became single after a 5 year relationship, I started studying Patisserie and I’m living in Cape Town. So in the wake of all this change I thought, you know what? let’s try this blog thing again!

So here it is, the new and improved Opinionated Woman. This post serves to both relaunch this blog and to introduce myself to you a little since I left that part out the first time round. Let’s do this in the form of 5 proper facts and 5 silly ones.

 

  • My name is Amy
  • I’m from Johannesburg, South Africa but I’ve lived in Cape Town for the last year.
  •  I work as an architectural technologist and our main client is a large fast food chain hereby known as ‘Food Who Shall Not Be Named’
  • I love Harry Potter so much I have a quote from it, with a snitch, tattooed on my arm.
  • I study patisserie part time at Silwood School of Cookery
  • Including all my step brothers I have 11 siblings
  • I love driving alone because I can do my own alone-in-the-car karaoke, my favourites to sing to are One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer and Panic! At the Disco
  • I spend an inordinate amount of time watching YouTube videos, I just can’t help it.
  • My favourite author (Jacqueline Wilson) has been my favourite since I was 9 and always will be.
  • My party trick is to inflate my cheeks really big and wiggle my nose up and down like a gerbil.

So what should you expect from The Opinionated Woman 2.0 (shall I abbreviate it to TOW? Does that work? I’m skeptical) Well I’ll tell you:

  • Recipes that I’ve developed and think are nom.
  • Book reviews: because books make everything better
  • DIY fun: because its cheaper and so satisfying!
  • Miscellaneous niceness: anything I discover that makes me happy so it can possibly make you happy too!

See you soon!

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A Quick Observation: To the Lighthouse

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I don’t think I’ve ever come across an author who, without being distracted by narrative, can capture the inner workings and turmoils of the human mind. Our train of thought is never logical or unrepetitive or, in that case, always as succinct as it is written in most novels.

It has taken me 111 pages into my first Woolf to fully grasp how rare and special a talent this is.

Books: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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‘Read this!”, my little sister said, dropping this book onto my desk.

“I’m busy with another books right now Mags.”

‘NO! READ IT NOW!’ She exclaimed with an imperious look on her freckly face.

What choice did I have but to read it?

So I sit down to start reading and two sentences in the dreaded word appears: CANCER.

Oh for crying out loud shes got me reading a bloody cancer book! Not only that it’s a cancer book about teenagers! Oh this is going to end well…sigh.

Well, I have to admit, one page in and I was completely hooked. This was a problem since I had chosen to begin this book at a time when I had a lot of university work on my plate.

I read every single chance I got. Time for a tea break? That meant reading while I walked to the kitchen and while I made the tea. Its not possible to put this book down.

Let me give you an extremely brief synopsis, I don’t want to give anything away because seriously you have to read this.

The story follows Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 17 year old girl with terminal thyroid cancer. At the very beginning of the story she is chauffeured to a cancer support group by her mother who insists what she needs is to talk about her impending doom. Here she meets Augustus Waters, another cancer patient who is in remission. This event is probably the most significant of her tumultuous life. Besides Augustus, a major character in the story is her favourite book An Imperial Affliction and its mysterious, reclusive writer Peter van Houten.

Now your typical ‘cancer book’ expectations are sad and tragic right? Well this book just totally twists your initial expectations and what you actually experience is a poignant, ironic and witty account of a life that is just so unfathomable to most of us.

This book succeeds at the difficult task of appealing to any age and yes, you will cry, you can’t avoid it so don’t even try!

There is a movie of this book in the works which I am pleased about IF it is done sympathetically and I have high hopes that it will be.

I read a lot and this is one of those books that shot straight up onto my list of favourite books and I IMPLORE you to give it a try.

If you would like to find out more about the man that gave life to this beautiful thing here are a few links for you:

Tumblr: http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers

Website: http://johngreenbooks.com/

Enjoy and happy reading!

The Opinionated Woman

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