animation, book haul, books, Halloween, Harry Potter, Man Booker, Netflix, Penguin Books, rundown

Once again, I’ve have a Sunday off and I’ve done fuck all. This week has been a bit of a boring one. Work is increasingly frustrating and applying for jobs is back in full, repetitive, swing. Still, I’m remaining hopeful and trying to look into ways that I can prove myself. Bribery, selling my soul to the devil, that kind of thing. I’ve also, finally, come to the conclusion that I am too keen to wilfully spend my money on shit I don’t need so I’ve been trying super hard to not do that. Unfortunately, the shit I don’t need is actually really fun. So it’s been a difficult start. I am, however, a stubborn old mule and will persevere. If I can only get rid of some of my stuff as well I might actually start resembling a functioning adult… or at least someone who could one day turn into one.

Currently Reading

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

I’ve been slowly getting through this but I’m finding the first few chapters to be incredibly slow. It is childish and easy but it’s still Harry Potter. The only problem with revisiting a story that you know so well is that you know what’s coming and you just want to get to the good bit. All the prelude and explanation wears a bit thin when you already know it. Still, it’s been a while since I’ve read the first one so it’ll be interesting to see what little details I’ve forgotten. 
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Not really sure that I should include this on the list as I haven’t really read any of it. However, being unable to read Harry Potter in public because of my embarrassing dependence on other people’s perception of me, I’m carrying it around with me in case the mood should strike me.

Recently Purchased

  • Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories by Ray Russell
This is the Penguin Classics edition of Ray Russell’s Gothic horror stories. We all know that I’m a huge fan of the early days of Gothic literature since my Postgraduate dissertation. However, I tend to avoid more modern examples because it has often been diluted into the type of cringy tales that gave birth to the likes of Twilight. Ray Russell is considered to be a pioneer of the modern horror genre so it seemed like it was time to give him a go. Besides, I’ve seen this book all over Instagram in the last month because it’s so Halloweeny. Hopefully, there’s something worthwhile in here.
  • Pocket Penguins
As I’ve already mentioned I’m slowly increasing my collection of these editions. I felt that I was sadly lacking in the Orange so bought a couple to even things out a bit. The new ones are The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft and The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells. I love Wells and really didn’t need another copy of Doctor Moreau but it’s part of the set. I honestly don’t think that I’ve read any Lovecraft so I felt that it was time to give it a go. As I’ve already discussed, I’m a fan of the macabre so this collection of tales should be the perfect it. Besides, what kind of literary being am I without having read Lovecraft. It’s a must.
Recently Watched
  • The Addams Family
I rewatched this for Halloween and because I needed a topic for my recent TBT review. Find out what I thought here
  • Rick and Morty
I’ve been meaning to watch this since it came onto Netflix and this weekend I finally did. I consumed seasons 1 and 2 in about 2 days and it was the greatest decision of my life. I’m desperate for Season 3 to come out. 

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