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I had a wardrobe clearout this week and got rid of what feels like 1,000 pairs of shoes.... maybe I will tackle books next!

I did that 10 years ago - I've spent 9 years 11 months regretting it. With hindsight I should just have extended the house.

I must work harder to get rid of the excessive number of books cluttering the apartment. The problem is, I have so little space, I can't even find all the books; some are in crates; some in boxes in the cave (wine cellar); others spread in bookshelves throughout the apartment. Disgraceful, really. You've inspired me to go through them all and achieve some sort of organisational structure and get rid of the books I won't read again.

I am totally with Stephanie's comment. This is nothing short of mass murder. Poor books cuddling together for so long and then brutally torn apart to be sent to new homes where no-one will know them. *sob*

I am impressed. If asked, I would have said I didn't think you could do it. In fact I may have already said it without being asked...

The Vintage Classics held their own pretty well, I see.

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One You May Have Missed

  • Ian Holding: Unfeeling

    Ian Holding: Unfeeling
    Unforgettable novel told from the point of view of the son of a white Zimbabwean farmer whose land is reclaimed by an armed mob. I thought it was an oustanding debut and am surprised the author didn't go on to bigger and better things.

Big Mouth at the Movies

  • : The Fighter

    The Fighter
    Great performances all round. (****)

  • : Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Confused. Terrible dialogue. And what little CGI they did use looked rubbish. A huge disappointment. (**)

  • : Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
    Documentary about the best sushi chef in the world. Made me really want some eel nigiri. (****)

  • : Me Without You

    Me Without You
    Second time I've seen this. It was the film that made me realise Michelle Williams was amazing. (****)

  • : Meteora

    Beautifully shot. Not enough plot. (***)

  • : Untouchable

    One of the most successful French movies of all time. I can see why. (****)

  • : Involuntary

    Swedish film that cleverly looks at group dynamics and how they influence the actions of the individual. Sort of cinema verite in style, the shots of often framed as if you are a voyeur looking on. (****)

  • : The Fall

    The Fall
    What a great movie. Amazed I had never heard of it before. Stunning cinematography. Loved it. (*****)

  • : Where the Truth Lies

    Where the Truth Lies
    Interesting thriller. Not a classic, by any means, but worth a look if it's on the telly. (***)

  • : Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Good fun, I thought. Not the best film in the world but a cut above the usual superhero stuff. (****)

  • : The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

    The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya
    Unlike any animation I have seen. Quite stunning. (****)

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