It’s still Sunday where I am, so I thought I’d start a little sub-project for myself. This is the start of a little thing I’m gonna call ‘Sunday Selection’, where on Sundays (when I have the time) I’m going to talk about some stuff that I’ve been liking recently, so that I can look back on it in the future. And also be reminded about how awesome certain things are.
‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ by Neil Gaiman
I read this book just over 2 years ago now and now after recently rereading it still remains one of my favourite books. It truly encapsulates the bizarre and instantly draws you into this strange little world within the 235 page novel. Gaiman’s work draws you in on the first page and explores memory, childhood and the additional twisted, weird dark forces that came from a land that would have probably been best left undisturbed. Okay, I know that only two of those literary explorations are personally relatable to most people, but who doesn’t love a little bit of nostalgia, looking back into childhood? Eh?
The way it is written reminded me slightly of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’; a dark sci-fi/fantasy, mutant-worm infested ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, where the Boo Radley character is actually a 7 year-old girl with the wisdom of a 105 year-old. The prose is written in first person, this person being a 7-year-old boy, who is a moderately unhappy child. Because of his age the story comes with an honesty that is not usually found in most novels. The voice of a child, I have found, is one of the most universally unfiltered qualities that human beings have ever possessed. Opinions fly out with amazing honesty and truth. It’s one of the reasons I love this book so much. That, and Lettie Hempstock (AKA the coolest enigma of a character. Ever.)
Favourite quote from this book: “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” (Page 17)
I think this is just a fact that humanity has come to accept: Hot chocolate is the solution to all troubles. It is the cure to all irritation. It’s just so lovely.
For me, there is nothing nicer than sitting down, wrapped up in a blanket bundle, with a book and a creamy hot chocolate. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. In fact it’s so delicious that I think my brain is all out f superlatives- that what it does to me; it renders me incompetent of description because I am too baffled by its beauty.
Side note: I’m sorry if for health reasons you can’t have a hot chocolate, or if for some reason you have never had the opportunity to try one because if that is the case then I’m hoping that changes for you soon.
Possibly the most inoffensive sit-com ever to grace TV screens containing in-depth characters, character development throughout multiple series and just a helluva a lot of laughs. Plus if you’re a fan of either the Lonely Island comedy group or Terry Crews (because I’m not gonna lie, Elizabeth loves Terry like Terry loves Yoghurt), then this is definitely the show for you. Super easily binge-able. Trust me; I have binged TV shows before so therefore I’m obviously a trained professional who knows what they’re doing…
Thanks for reading! I hope hot chocolate finds you soon and that you enjoyed this post because I really enjoyed writing it; fully reinforced my love for those three things.
Stay well dudes,