#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On July 10

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I have done a lot of reading for university this past week. I’m slowly but surely making my way through all my text books, which is limiting the time I have to read fiction and write reviews. But with a new month comes a new resolution, and I will aim to write at least 3 reviews per week to catch up on my massive pile of read books.

If we were having coffee today I’d apologise for not having coffee with you last week. I’ve been crazy busy, and my laptop is on its way out, it’s been playing up like crazy.

If we were having coffee today, it’d be quite hectic here and I’d ask you to help me in the kitchen. I’m busy making Raffaello cream and an Earl Grey Panna Cotta Tart for my birthday tomorrow. I really hope these recipes work… the Panna Cotta especially, as I had to improvise the crust and I just hope the panna cotta will set overnight in the fridge. Fingers crossed!

If we were having coffee today I’d tell you that I have been drinking much more tea lately. I mean I’ve always had a cuppa or two, but I’m making an effort to drink more. So if you’d like Twinnings Afternoon, Yorkshire Tea or Earl Grey instead of the coffee, let me know and I’ll happily make you one.

Patrick Jane

And this is unrelated to the tea-drinking, but did I mention that I do have a thing for Aussie surfers-turned-actors who look dashing in a three-piece suit? I didn’t? Well, now you know 😉

I will be reaching out to two Australian authors next week – Tim Winton and Jackie French – for interviews regarding my M.A. thesis. As I am writing about authors’ cultural backgrounds, it would help to ask them directly. And sort of tying in with the thesis, but as a side-project, I am also reaching out to interview Simon Baker (see above). Yes, he is an actor, but he just directed his first movie and wrote his first screenplay based on Tim Winton’s Breath, and I’m really interested in finding out what attracted him to the story. I do think it’s telling that an Australian living in the US would still choose an Australian novel to adapt as his first film. Keep your fingers crossed for me?

Anyway, if we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my computer is playing up too much to continue posting. It’s closed this site twice, keeps zooming in and my touchpad stopped working. I think that’s a sign to sit back, grab another cuppa of Earl Grey and watch some The Mentalist until I turn another year older. You’re welcome to stay, but I’m sure the other Weekend Coffee Sharers would love to see you too.

Thank you for having coffee with me!

Same time, next week?