I honestly thought I’d done quite well in terms of book buying this month. I thought I’d managed to reign in my desires and only buy a few books each week. The other day I had to take a monthly book haul photo for one of the Instagram challenges that I’m taking part in. Boy was I wrong. I’ve gone a bit wild without even realising. I seriously have to get this under control because I don’t have the space for them or the time to read them all. I just can’t help myself and there are so many great books coming out that it’s never going to end. I’m just going to have to be brutal and get rid of a load of stuff that I’ve either read or will never read. It’s so difficult to actually decide what can go though. Ah, being a book nerd is always so hard. At least I’m getting somewhere with the reading. I’ve managed to get through some pages this week. It feels good.

Currently Reading

  • The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
I started this when I went away last week and I bloody love it. It’s one of the books on my ‘Anticipated Books of 2017’ list and it’s as good as I hoped it would be. I was worried at first that it would the same old “trying to be gritty” kind of story but the friendship at the centre of the story is excellently written. I’m looking forward to finishing this soon and hope to read more from Whitaker in the future. It’s one of those rare occasions when a debut novel actually lives up to the hype and I’d already recommend it to everyone. 

Recently Purchased
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Classics Reimagined) by Arthur Conan Doyle
I have more copies of Sherlock Holmes novels than I’d ever need and I really don’t need any more. However, as soon as I’d bought the Pride and Prejudice edition of these Classic Reimagined I just had to try and get a better set. Where else would I start than a set of stories that I already loved wholeheartedly? And I’m glad I did. The book is gorgeous (check out my latest Instagrams for the proof). I won’t be in a rush to reread the Adventures but I’m having a blast just looking at the pictures.
  • Alice in Wonderland (Classics Reimagined) by Lewis Carroll

My middle name is Alice so when I was growing up I think Alice in Wonderland had a a bigger impact on me when I was a kid. I became Alice and I had all sorts of pictures and related stuff in my room. I loved the book and the film so much and I still do. I had to reread it a few years ago during my final year of my undergraduate and it’s amazing how much joy it still gave me in that environment. Normally I avoid critically analysing books I love but this was one of the few exceptions. So I’m always looking for gorgeous copies of this book. This was another one I absolutely needed to add to the collection.

  • The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
I bought this during a trip to the bookshop for another book. I couldn’t find that one but got so excited seeing this that I bought it immediately. I’d seen that Simsion had a book coming out this year but hadn’t really paid attention to the date. So when I realised it was here I kind of lost control a bit. I’m quite excited about this and plan on taking it up as soon as I’ve finished The Animators. I enjoyed The Rosie Project but was annoyed enough by certain elements that I didn’t rush to read the sequel. So I really want to see what Simsion has to offer outside of Don Tillman’s bubble.  

Recently Watched
  • David Brent: Life on the Road
I had been planning on seeing this when it first came out at the cinema with some guys from work. As with all social gatherings with my coworkers these days it never happened. I’ve now finally seen it. And I’ll tell you what I thought on Tuesday.

  • Netflix binges: Cuckoo and Riverdale
I finished watching Cuckoo series 1-3 as I was packing to go on holiday and I really enjoyed it. I loved the first series with Andy Samberg because I love Andy Samberg and think Greg Davies is one of the funniest men alive. I was shocked to discover that Taylor Lautner, who I’d always ignored thanks to his Twilight links, was actually really funny too. I now love this show and I will look forward to the release of series 4 when it comes.

After Cuckoo I was at a loss for what to watch so decided to finally watch Riverdale. It had been starring at me for a while but I just didn’t think I’d like it. I’ve caught up with all the available episodes and I’m still unconvinced. I mean it’s okay but it kind of feels like a YA version of Twin Peaks. Something that is fine for people who haven’t seen Twin Peaks. This is the kind of premise that has been used countless times before and Riverdale doesn’t have enough going for it to make it seem fresh. The only joy I could see comes from having an understanding of the characters in their original format… something I don’t really have. I’ll keep trying but this just feels like it’s not going anywhere interesting or new.

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