Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

It’s the start of the third week of the new year and I’m still in that smug phase where I’m keeping up with my good habits… for the most part anyway. I slip now and then but I’m getting there. Even Mary Poppins was only practically perfect. I am, thankfully, doing okay at keeping up with my reading. I’m on course to finish another book in the next few days, which I’m quite proud of. Or at least I was until a friend of mine told me she’d already read 4 books this year. I guess I have some catching up to do. Either that or pretend to myself that those books were only a couple of pages long. Yeah, that sounds okay. Plus she doesn’t work 5 days a week like I do. So she has a young child? Like that’s time consuming…

Weekly Blog Posts

  • TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

I happen to think the original Jumanji film is one of the best films I watched as a child. It’s funny, silly and had some of the best special effects for its time. So I was kind of excited by the thought of a new film… especially one that also featured Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Still, we all know updating beloved films doesn’t always go well. Check out my review here.

  • BOOK REVIEW – The Power by Naomi Alderman

I had mixed feelings about The Power before I read but it’s one of those books that you can’t avoid. The hype surrounding this book if ridiculous so I finally bit the bullet. I managed to read it quite quickly (for me) so I was able to upload a review last week. Read it here.

  • THROWBACK THIRTY – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

So this was the second randomly chosen 1988 films for my new Throwback Thirty series. Unlike last week’s, I’d never seen this film before but I had enough of a love for Terry Gilliam to be quite excited. Well, excited with a side of fear. Gilliam is always known for his consistency. To read more click here.

Currently Reading
  • How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb

Reading The Power was made infinitely easier by reading the book alongside the audiobook. I decided it was a good way to continue my success in the reading department going. At my current rate I’m getting through a book a week but, for me, that’s incredible. Normally I’m pushing on with the same book for a month at least. I’ve had this book on my TBR for ages because I adore Robert Webb. He and David Mitchell (the comedian not the writer… although he has written a book now. Confusing.) are two of my favourite comedians and I think their sketch show was just incredible. Therefore, I couldn’t think of anything better than hearing Robert Webb discuss gender and how an inherent idea of what was masculine caused problems for his childhood. So far, I’m loving this.

 

Recently Purchased 

As I mentioned above I’m kind of participating in a project that means I don’t get to buy new books. I say “kind of” because I’d already bought 2 new books this year before I knew the project existed.
  • Winter by Ali Smith – I know in my review of Autumn I refused to give Ali Smith a full 5* rating but I enjoyed the book enough to want to carry on the series. So, despite my book buying ban, I couldn’t resist a cheap copy of the hardback cover. This is definitely going to be read soon.
  • The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches by Brian MacArthur – I’ve wanted this and it’s partner books, The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches, for absolutely ages. I decided, if I was already buying Winter I might as well make the order worth it. That’s the reason this book accidentally fell into my shopping cart. Ooops.
Recently Watched 
  • Netflix Binges: Friends, The Grand Tour, Manhunt: Unabomber
I’m still working my way through friends and have come to a decision. So far, peak Matthew Perry hotness comes in season 6. I know it’s not an important or necessary conclusion to come to but I feel it’s worth writing down somewhere… for future reference. Yesterday, I spent most of the evening watching 7/8 episodes of Netflix’s Manhunt: Unabomber. It was amazing. Okay, if I’m honest it was bit slow to get going and the flipping between different years thing always annoys me. BUT it was still well made and gripping. Paul Bettany is amazing and Sam Worthington surprised me by how good he was. I came out of this thinking it was probably horribly adjusted to make it more exciting but it’s still an interesting story. Horrible, obviously, but interesting.

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