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This week has seen me get more than a little bit nostalgic. My oldest friend, I’ve known her since I was about 4 years old, is turning 30 in a couple of weeks. She celebrated last night so I’ve been looking through old photos organising a present. I wouldn’t say that I’m exactly bothered about turning 30 but I am struggling to accept that I’m not where I thought I’d be by this age. Looking back just 15 years and the change is huge. I has the naive belief that I’d have left university and got the job of my dreams incredibly easily. I was set up by the television and films of my childhood to think that adult life was easy. Instead, I’m still madly searching for a job and still living with my parents. It’s not exactly the stuff that dreams are made of. Anyway, I’ve got my lovely books to help me escape from my real life problems. That’s why I need so many. The more problems then the more escape routes you need.
Currently Reading

  • The Answers by Catherine Lacey
Fingers crossed by the time I go to bed tonight this will be done and dusted.

Recently Purchased 
  • Vintage Penguins

I was so excited to write that I hadn’t bought anything this week before I remembered I found a couple of my favourite books in vintage Penguin form. Any readers who follow me on Instagram will know, I’m something of an amateur collector of vintage Penguin editions and if I ever come across a good one I’ll buy it. So as soon as I came across a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Great Gatsby I knew there was no other option. They were a bit more expensive than I usually prefer, moving toward the £10-15 mark) but these are two of my all time favourite books. I think it’s worth it.

Recently Watched 
  • Netflix Binges: Modern FamilyWestworld
As of today my NOW TV subscription has run out and I will, eventually, be returning to Netflix. I think. Before it ended I managed to finish Westworld and I’m not entirely sure what I think about it. I want to like it and there are many parts that I do. Thandie Newton was incredible as was Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins. However, there’s something about it that just gets to me and I’m not sure what it is. The Dolores storyline bugged me a bit and I think there were too many smug monologues. I like the themes at play but there was something annoyingly pretentious about the first series that I hope the second loses. I want to get to know the characters more because, right now, I don’t think there’s enough depth there. We’ll see.

  • Atomic Blonde
I never really had a dream job when I was a kid but, as of right now, my dream job is Charlize Theron. She’s the only reason I was super excited about Atomic Blonde. Read my review of it here.

  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love John C Reilly? I could watch a lot of shit films starring him and not completely hate them. He’s so fucking charming and funny that he can make anything work. I finally watched his parody of Walk the Line for TBT this week. Read my thoughts if you wish.

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