Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

February looks set to be another interesting month. It’s already messing with my head timewise. It’s only the 5th but it feels like it’s been this month forever. How is that possible? Reading-wise, it’s been a slow start. I’m hoping to gain momentum but my last read really didn’t inspire me to pick up something else. I’m hoping it will get better and I’m going to listen to another audiobook this week. I didn’t really get a chance to last week because of what I was working on.

Film Review – Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I had great plans to see this when it was out in the cinema but it was around the time when I still wasn’t ready to go back to the cinema. Covid memories were still in my head so I missed it. When it came to Prime, I was ready to watch it but, yet again, it didn’t happen. Last week I had decided it was finally time but then I went and watched the live-action Pinocchio. After that went terribly, this felt like my reward. I don’t know what I really expected from this film but it certainly wasn’t that I’d come out of it with a bit of a thing for Data from The Goonies. Not something I considered for my 2023 bingo card but here we are. But, unexpected crushes aside, was this film worth the wait?

Bookish Post – January 2023 Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads: 0
Number of physical books: 4
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 3
Number of ARCS: 0

5* reviews: 2
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews:

January was a weird month. The first part seemed super quick. The middle seemed both too quick and too slow. The final part was just excruciatingly slow. Basically, I don’t know really know what day it is and I’m glad the sorry month is over. Hopefully, 2023 is only going to get better. In terms of reading, I didn’t manage to beat last January’s count but I didn’t do too bad considering everything that’s been going on. I also read a fair few books that I’ve been meaning to read for ages, so that’s a big win.

Book Review – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I hadn’t read anything by Erin Morgenstern when I bought a copy of The Starless Sea. I had owned a copy of The Night Circus and figured it would be something I enjoyed. It was just that constant struggle to actually read it. So buying a copy of The Starless Sea could have been slightly foolhardy. However, once again, I was drawn in by a gorgeous edition. Waterstones released special editions of both books and I had to have them. Guys, they had sprayed or stencilled edges. How could I not? As I’d treated myself to them, I was a bit worried about how much I would like them. I decided it was better to just never find out, so they remained unread. Until this year when I found the audiobook on my library app. I decided it was finally time to cross it off my TBR.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown

Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’re not even one month into the year and already I’m kind of over it. Okay, not the year as a whole but certainly work. It’s going to be another 12 months of the same old thing. Thankfully, everything else seems to be going okay and I’m mostly enjoying myself. My reading is getting better and I’ve been pretty happy with the books I’ve read. Maybe I’m still a bit slow and my monthly total won’t be great. I’m not worried. I’ll get better and this year isn’t meant to be about quantity but quality. I’ve managed to cross some books off my TBR and that feels good.

Film Review – Pinocchio (2022)

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

In my review of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, I criticised the 2022 Disney version. I haven’t actually watched it. I felt bad enough about it that I actually did this week. I’d originally been planning to watch Everything Everywhere All at Once. I guess that can wait for another week. Instead, I’ll watch Tom Hanks talking to a CGI wooden boy. Even though I know there’s no way that it’ll be as good as del Toro’s version. How could it be?

Bookish Post – Books On My 2023 TBR

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One of my permanent New Year’s Resolutions is to stop buying so many books. Or, at least, to stop buying so many books before I’ve finished reading the ones I’ve got. My TBR never seems to get shorter because it’s so easy to buy books. If I hear about a good one then I might as well get a copy before I forget about it. What if it’s my new favourite and I miss the chance to give it a try? I don’t get FOMO about many things but I do with books. Which is why I’m currently drawing in books. Many that I’ve read but possibly more than I’ve not. I’m making a conscious effort to decrease my TBR this year but that hasn’t stopped me pre-ordering several things already. I’ve also got my eye on a few more that are being published this year. Here are the most notable ones.

Book Review – Troy by Stephen Fry

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

It seems as though the trend of introducing modern readers to Greek mythology isn’t going away any time soon. And I couldn’t be happier. I love being able to revisit these stories in a more relaxed way. I finished listening to Stephen Fry’s Heroes last Sunday and immediately started listening to Troy. I had so enjoyed his retelling of the myths about the great Greek heroes that I knew I wanted to see what he made of the Trojan War. After all, we’d heard it referenced so much in the earlier work. It also helped that Helen gets a mention in Less is Lost. I felt like the universe was telling me that it’s time.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown

Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

This has been a weird week. I feel like it’s both flown by and dragged on. I can’t believe that last weekend was only last weekend. If this is giving us an idea of how the year is going to go then 2023 is going to be interesting in a temporal sense. Whatever is going on with the timeline, I have managed to finish a few books this week. I started the week behind schedule for my reading goal but now I’m ahead. I just need to get back into the groove.

Film Review – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Netflix film debate is a weird thing. Not only is it ridiculous that certain people seem to be gatekeeping cinema but it refuses to accept that the way people consume media has changed. Why should it matter whether people watch films on a massive screen with a bunch of strangers or at home with their loved ones? Yes, I agree that going to the cinema is a joy but I’m also well aware that I haven’t really been to the cinema much since Covid. We also have to question why, if streaming services are ruining the film industry, so many famous directors are releasing films on it? Martin Scorsese, Bong Joon-ho and now Guillermo del Toro are just a few of the great filmmakers who are now Netflix official. If films should only be watched at a cinema then why are they so willing to take their money?