This week has been a strange one. I’m back at work and I’ve instantly fallen back into the stressed, tired pattern that always plagues me. I really need to start stepping up my game to get out of there as soon as possible. There’s only so long a person can go on pretending they want to work in catering when it’s one of the last things they want to do. I’ve spent too many days of my life worrying about how may fucking avocados we need. In case you’re wondering, it’s fucking loads. As you can tell I’m pretty moody today. Yesterday I went bridesmaids dress shopping for my sister’s wedding and it has left me with even more body image insecurities than before. Just when I thought it wasn’t possible, I have to go shopping for a dress with my super sporty, super slim twin sister. But let’s not dwell. There have been a few positives to the week.
- Maestra by L. S. Hilton
Gave up on this after a couple of chapters. It’s just the shittest thing I’ve ever read. The worst kind of erotic thriller but with no style or substance. Not worth my time.
- Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Started this as soon as I gave up on the last book. This is a fucking breath of fresh air after Maestra I can tell you. A group of parents get together at a beach house for the weekend. They are all hiding their deepest secrets and their real views on each other. I’m loving this book and wish I was getting more time to read it. The characters are all so awful but they are compelling regardless. I want to learn more about them and see how their relationships change.
- Where’s Will?: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays by Tilly
If you can’t understand why I bought this book then I’m not sure this blog is the right place for you. It’s Where’s Wally but with fucking Shakespeare. I’ve walked past this in the window of my local bookshop for ages and I just couldn’t resist any longer. Seemed even more appropriate considering we’re less than a week away from the 400th anniversary of his death. I’ve got Shakespeare fever and the only cure is more books.
- The Genius of Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate
When I went into my local bookshop to finally buy the book above I wasn’t able to find it. However, I was suitably distracted by their Shakespeare display. So many books I could easily have bought myself but I didn’t. Instead I just bought this. Bate’s work The Song of the Earth had a great part to play in my undergraduate dissertation and I really enjoyed his writing. I also really love Shakespeare. Simple mathematics suggests that I’m going to enjoy this.
- The Art of Wearing Hats by Helena Sheffield
Another book that I’ve lusted after on my walk to and from work. Sitting beautifully in the window of my local bookshop, this called to me. It’s one of those miscellaneous little books that I love collecting. Also, I really love hats but never have the guts to wear them out of the house. I guess I hoped this would help convince me it was okay.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2
Watched the new series in a couple of days. Loved it. Like all second seasons, though, there are aspects that are better than and those that are worse than the first. All in all, Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess are phenomenal. Plus, Tina Fey’s new character is delightfully outrageous. Will have to watch again though. Too much to take in the first time.
Another mini Shakespeare celebration pre-23rd April. You’ll hear more on Tuesday no doubt.