Tuesday Review – Encanto (2021)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve been on the internet recently, so I’ve heard the absolute banging tunes from this film. It got to the point where I’d heard them so much that I just had to watch it. It’s another of those recent Disney films that I’ve just heard nothing bad about. Although, I was slightly concerned that the actual film couldn’t live up to the songs. I mean, the ones I’d heard were so good out of context that I wasn’t sure placing them into a story would work for me. The only thing that I could do was give it a go.

Book Review – The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

First things first, my family bloody love trains. We get especially excited about steam trains. It fills me with absolute joy that my niece is finally reaching an age where she’s starting to want to play with our old train set. She’s still not quite got to grips with it but it gives me plenty of excuses to play with it myself. I could easily see myself becoming one of those model train people. If I had enough room, I’d definitely set one up permanently. So, as you can probably tell, I was really excited at the prospect of a series of children’s mysteries set on trains. It was everything I could have wanted.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’ve nearly made it through the first month of 2022 and it looks as though nothing is going to change quickly. Although I have managed to read quite a few books so far. It’s certainly refreshing to be able to pick up whichever book I want without having to think about the title. Maybe I’ll actually get some crossed off my TBR this year. That’s if I can stop myself from buying new ones, of course.

Book Review – The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This week I’ve unexpectedly finished two books. Two books that I wasn’t intending to read but that I managed to listen to as I was working. I’ve had this for a while but never bothered to read it. I do this a lot with middle-grade fiction. I love the idea of them but I don’t read them. I had bought this after reading and enjoying Katherine Rundell’s The Explorer. This one sounded like an equally fun and charming story. Plus, historical children’s books are becoming a thing for me this month.

Tuesday Review – Sing 2 (2021)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I hadn’t expected to enjoy Sing so it took me a while to get round to it. I think, in the end, it was only after I heard Taron Egerton singing ‘I’m Still Standing’ that I decided to watch it. I enjoyed it. I mean, it wasn’t groundbreaking or outstanding but it was fun. Fun enough that I was interested in watching the sequel even before I knew Adam Buxton had a starring role as a Proboscis monkey dance instructor. But was that enough to make this film necessary?

Book Review – Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

It feels as though this book has sat on my shelf for ages, so I decided to give it a go. I don’t often cry when I’m reading which I think is a shame. So I was ready for this to make me cry. Very ready. Surely a book about a plane crash would be the perfect book for that? I was sure that I’d race through this book when I started it on January 10th. I didn’t finish it until January 16th. It’s been ages that a book has taken a week to get through. Admittedly, I did read a couple more in that time but that still seems like a pretty long for a book this short. So, what went wrong?

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I don’t really know what’s going on this year. January normally drags on and on and on. This year, it’s passing in the blink of an eye. I know that work isn’t as dull as normal but it’s still pretty boring. Still, I have got a full library of audiobooks to keep me going. Sometimes obsessively buying books is a good thing I guess.

Book Review – The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This wasn’t the book that I was expecting to review today but Dear Edward is taking a long time. I wasn’t quite prepared for the emotional weight of that book. So, I started listening to this book at work. I’d had a copy of it on my shelves for a while. I can’t actually remember when I got it but it must have been when I was going through my middle grade phase. I bought a lot of kid’s books in 2020 and at the start of 2021 but never read them. It seemed like a good thing to get me through my day at work.

Tuesday Review – Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spoilers man. You can’t get away from them these days. I’m not just talking about idiots on social media either. I’m talking news outlets. Or at least websites that like to think they’re news outlets. The new Spider-Man film has been out less than a month and one of the biggest plot points has become common knowledge thanks to countless articles. I know it’s not as if we hadn’t already figured it out but it still seems unsportsmanly for there to be quite so many articles about it. Not everyone can get to the cinema within the first few weeks of a film and they should get to experience the joy firsthand.

Book Review – Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages. I was so excited to get it because it sounded like such a fantastic story and it looked beautiful. I was hoping to read it last year but I didn’t get a chance. That’s what happens when you set yourself a stupid reading challenge that restricts your choices. I’ve been making slow progress with my current read, so I decided to spend some time yesterday getting through this one. I hoped it would be a change from the heartbreaking Dear Edward. Well, it didn’t quite turn out like that.