Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

How have we nearly reached the end of November? Not only does Christmas feel very close but I don’t feel like I’ve read enough yet. I think I’m on about 6 books, which isn’t that bad. It’s just disappointing in comparison to previous months. It doesn’t help that I’ve been so busy at work that listening to audiobooks has become difficult. I don’t think December will be much better, so it will probably be a slow end to 2022.

Book Review – Nightmares & Daydreams by Dominic J. Anton

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to read a copy of this book before it was published. Not only was I really honoured to get the chance to do it but I was excited to read it. The premise just sounded so good. I’d also read Dominic J. Anton’s poetry collection Intuition before, so I was excited to read his prose. The book was released in October and I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of the finished work. I couldn’t wait to get back in and read the final edition. So, I started reading it as soon as possible.

Film Review – Disenchanted (2022)

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I never got the love for Disney’s Enchanted because it came out when I was a bit too old to care. It came out when I was at university, so I had other things going on. I don’t think I watched it until a few years ago and it had been really overhyped at that point. I didn’t think it was bad but I’d heard so much praise for it. Yeah, it subverts the traditional Disney fairy tale tropes but it was hardly the best parody. It was fun and Amy Adams is always a joy. I just didn’t think it was so amazing. So, when the sequel was announced, I wasn’t exactly counting down the days until its release. I knew that I’d watch it but I doubted that I’d be that into it.

Book Review – The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

When is it possible to say for sure that an author is one of your favourites? How many of their books do you need to have read before you can make that claim? Even after reading His Bloody Project, I was sure that Graeme Macrae Burnet would be in a position to earn that title. Then I read Case Study and it only confirmed how much I enjoy his writing. In order to get the full experience, I also bought copies of his other works but, as usual, it took me a while to get around to them. When I found the audiobook version of this book in my library’s catalogue, it seemed like it was the right time to do so. So, I listened to it during work with the hope that I could finally bestow the all-important title on the Scottish author.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Turns out that I did jinx myself last week. Having been on top for of my TBR for a while, my ability to concentrate has just been destroyed this week. I’ve not been sleeping very well and have been feeling so worn out. It doesn’t help that work is super stressful but we’re too busy for me to have time off. I do have a couple of days coming up next weekend but that’s probably it until Christmas. Hopefully, I can make it through without succumbing to the stress. Otherwise, I won’t be able to finish much before the end of the year.

Book Review – Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

After I finished Redhead by the Side of the Road the other week, I listened to a second Anne Tyler book. How did I pick it? It was available as an audiobook on my library app and it was shorter than A Spool of Blue Thread. I think that’s a pretty good way to pick a book. I’ll get around to A Spool of Blue Thread eventually but it’s just too long to finish in one workday. If I have to stretch a book over a few days then I lose the momentum. It’s much easier all around if I just finish one over the course of a day.

Film Review – See How They Run (2022)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sometimes I feel as though I’m the only person on Earth who didn’t think that Knives Out was the revolutionary and original murder mystery that everyone else believes. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it but the way some people go on, you’d think Rian Johnson had invented the drama. Although, I’m generally underwhelmed by whodunnits in general. It might be because of my love of Agatha Christie or because I’m just too cynical. Either way, I just think they’re too obvious. It’s such an oversaturated market that we’ve seen it all before. I just think it’s difficult to shock, so you need to do something special to keep me on board. I was keen to find out if See How They Run would do that.

Book Review – The Book No One Wanted To Read by Richard Ayoade

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have a few writers that I instantly buy. Richard Ayoade is one of them. I think everything he’s ever written is hilarious and well worth the read. So, I had to pre-order his new children’s book. I could imagine him being the perfect writer to create a unique and engaging story for younger readers.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Without wishing to jinx myself, November seems to be going okay so far. I’ve been steadily getting through books, some of which are actually from my TBR and not just new ones. I’ve also started getting ahead with my weekly posts. Last week, I finished everything over the weekend, which meant I was less stressed during the week. I don’t know why I’ve never tried to get this organised before. I have so much more time for activities. Admittedly, I didn’t spend enough of that extra time reading but that’s okay. I managed to read plenty this week without it.

Book Review – Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

After I read French Braid earlier this year, I decided that I’d try and read more Anne Tyler books. She’s an author that I haven’t read enough of and it’s time to change that. So, when I discovered a few of her books on my library app, I decided to borrow them. Again, I’ve been listening to audiobooks at work and she’s a great writer for that. Her stories are detailed but don’t require a lot of effort to keep track of the plot. You just get to enjoy gorgeous writing as you perform menial tasks. What could be better?