Don’t judge a book by its cover

penumbra

When my friends suggested we read a book called Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore, I wasn’t that excited. I mean, how can a book about a 24 hour bookstore be interesting right? Wrong!

This book is a nerds-heaven and it has something for everyone. It tells the story of Clay, a fun-employed 20 something stuck in San Franciso looking for work until he finds a job as a clerk at mysterious Mister Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore, with even more mysterious customers. Clay stumbles through the story with his motley crew of capable friends as they try to solve a 500 year old mystery by bringing the old world of books and the new world of Google together.

I had such fun reading this. I had even more fun downing a bottle of Brenaissance Lady H while reading it. This is a fun and fruity Savignon Blanc from the Devon Valley Farm in the heart of Stellenbosch and well worth a visits even if for nothing else but their legendary pizza’s

A song I can’t shake

Wow right? Well, that’s what I thought when I first heard this amazing song of love lost by Ron Pope. It’s not a new song (released in 2009) but it’s new to me. Yeah, it’s really the piano playing and simple lyrics that carry the weight and the meaning in this song. It’s so beautiful and so haunting. Enjoy!

Sail away…

cats table

Reading is often like climbing onto a ship and sailing softly away into another world, every time you open a book. Or at least that is true of The Cat’s Table. This charming story, by the author of The English Patient, Michael Ondaatjie, tracks the on-board adventures of three mischievous bosom-buddy boys on board the Oronosay, sailing in 1954 from Colombo (Sri Lanka) to a new life in England.

It is written like a biography, and although the disclaimer at the back of the book insists that the characters of The Cats Table are fictional, I can’t help but suspect that Ondaatjie based the story on his own experience of immigrating in 1954.

I am deeply in love with and inspired by the way that Ondaatjie puts words together. I first fell in love with him as a wordsmith when I read Anils Ghost (about the Sri Lankan civil war) in 2009. Like well combined flavours, he just knows which words to put together to paint the perfect picture in the readers mind.

This book was an easy read. I paired it with the Swartland wine-of-origin Spice Route Savignon Blanc. It’s spicy aroma and strong flavour of green pepper are perfect for this moving and haunting story.

Start the week walking

I have a confession to make, I’m a closet synthpop lover, and these are the guys that made me fall hard. Passion Pit, the band from Massachusetts, are often featured on soundtracks for various movies, including the indie-influenced Twilight soundtracks. For me, this has to be one of their best songs (add to the list: sleepyhead and where I come from). I’ve had it on repeat for the past two weeks, because its just that good, depicting the ordinary life of a businessman in a tight spot (apparently influenced by a family member of the lead singers). Enjoy!!