book haul, books, currently reading, films, murakami, Netflix, recently watched, Steve Coogan

After last weeks mega book haul I managed to keep myself to a slightly more acceptable number of 2 new books this week. I still didn’t technically “need” them but, really, I did need them. I don’t know why I can’t stop myself buying books. I have so many to read that I never know where to start and I’ve run out of convenient places to store them. Every sign is pointing me towards not buying any more but, as soon as I’ve had a bad day at work, oops another book comes home with me. I kind of feel like those crazy people who hoard loads of cans in their basements in case of nuclear apocalypse. Of course, in the event of the apocalypse my huge personal library will provide little in the way of practical assistance. I mean, in an incredibly dire case, it could provide some heat but that feels a bit too Fahrenheit 451 for my tastes. Maybe I could make some sort of rudimentary shelter with them but, again, it doesn’t seem like the best start to my post-apocalyptic life. Although, fingers crossed, it might be a good time to finally put a dent in my humongous TBR pile.
Currently Reading

  • The Answers by Catherine Lacey
I’d definitely have finished this by now if I hadn’t been so bloody tired. I’ve ended up doing a fair few early shifts so have been drifting off in the middle of chapters. If all goes well I should finish this in the next few days. Now I just need to pick what I’m reading next.

Recently Purchased 
  • A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes

Since finishing The 7th Function of Language at the end of last month I have found myself drawn to read more of Barthes’ work. I’m becoming obsessed with his writing in a way that I wish I have been at university. He definitely came up in my Literary Theory class but I never really gave him a second thought. I’ve always been pretty stubborn in my love of New Historicism and tend to not look too far beyond that in my analysis. Anyway, I decided to start with this because it’s the kind of thing poncy people in airy fairy relationships like to quote when they talk about their connection. I’m sure the cynic in me is bound to hate it but the young girl who grew up on Disney movies will no doubt swoon.

  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

I’ve still not got beyond the first book of Haruki Murakami’s epic tale and, if I’m honest, I have no plans to finish it any time soon. However, I’ve been taking a lot of photos of my Murakami collection recently and it’s starting to feel incomplete. There are still a couple of old books that I don’t have (A Wild Sheep Chase, After Dark, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running) and I still need to buy Men Without Women and Absolutely on Music. But, getting one step closer, feels good and I can convince myself that I’ll finally start Book 2, which I won’t.

Recently Watched 
  • Netflix Binges: Modern Family, Westworld
You know the drill by now, Modern Family rewatch is still going strong. Still lovely and fairly amusing. All good. However, the big news is that I’ve finally started watching Westworld. Honestly, I’m not sure what to think of it. I really want to like it but I can’t help but feel a bit detached from it. I don’t know. It’s not as amazing as I wanted it to be but I’m only on episode 4 or 5. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Mindhorn
Love Julian Barratt so, with the release of his recent film, I decided it was time I finally watched him as the greatest fictional detective from the Isle of Man and discuss it my Tuesday review.

  • The Parole Officer
Then, to counter that lovely experience, I decided to watch an long forgotten film from 2001 for my TBT post. It wasn’t pretty.

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