book haul, books, currently reading, Harry Potter, J K Rowling, Netflix, recently watched

So, tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and, in honour of this momentous occasion, I’m dedicating my entire week to writing Harry Potter related posts. Some of you may remember my week of ranting at the end of the last season of Game of Thrones: I called it my week of Irk and Ire. It’s basically going to be like that but for Harry Potter. So I won’t be sticking to my usual schedule of reviews. Instead I’ll just be writing rants and ramblings about the book series. I’m hoping it will be fun but I can’t promise anything.

Currently Reading
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
Okay, I put 7th Function on hold for a bit because I started reading this again in time for the big day tomorrow and expected to have it finished this weekend. I didn’t reckon on being so bloody tired though and have barely got anywhere with it. It won’t be long though.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Audiobook Edition)
I’ve listened to bits of this during the week but I’ve started to become distracted. I find that I miss bits because the narrative is so fractured. This wouldn’t matter in a normal novel but I think it’s vital to pay attention to something like this. I’ll get back into when I’ve got back into my sleeping pattern

Recently Purchased
  • The Most Dangerous Book The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham
I have wanted this book for absolutely ages but the hardback is so expensive. I eventually decided it was time, despite my book buying ban and I’m looking forward to reading it. I never actually got past chapter 1 of Ulysses but the story of how it was almost not published is a interesting one. I may not have read it but I understand the importance of Joyce’s novel on literary history. Plus, I’m trying to get myself to read non-fiction more. I always try but then never follow through.
  • Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte
This is another book that’s been in my peripheral vision for a while now but never got round to buying. It’s about a group of college graduates in the noughties and you know I’m all about books that relate to my own life. A group of young people just entering the “real world” and wondering what to do with themselves? Sounds right up my street.

  • The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
This was a book that was mentioned in a review of The Versions of Us that I saw after I’d finished reading it. It sounded amazing so I tracked down a copy. It’s another Sliding Doors style narrative where destiny hinges on one moment. In this case, a kiss at a party. To kiss or not to kiss: it all dictates whether Irina McGovern will stay with her steady boyfriend or run away with passionate Ramsey. I’m not sure it’ll be great reading but it’ll be entertaining I’m sure. 

Recently Watched
  • Netflix binges: GLOW, Archer
I have been waiting for this Netflix show to start. It looked and sounded amazing and I adore Alison Brie. She’s been fantastic in everything I’ve seen her in so I was really excited to see her in this. I’ve got about 2 episodes to go but, so far, this is turning out to be as good as it looked. Can’t wait for more. Archer was something I’ve thought about watching for ages but it wasn’t until I was stuck for something to watch the other day that I started the series. I’m still not sure what I think about it. It’s not terrible but I’m not sure I’m into it. I don’t know if I’m just not getting it but I just don’t find it that funny. It’s more loud and obnoxious. And, don’t get me wrong, I’m not against loud and obnoxious

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