Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Last week I forgot to write a preamble before my post and I’m sorely tempted to leave it blank again. I always fail to come up with anything interesting to say here but feel that I need to lead into this rundown. Today my family and I celebrated Burns night a few days late so I’m exhausted and full of food. I don’t think this food coma is going to make reading before bed any easier. We do something most years because, no matter how much we appreciate ole Rabbie, we just bloody love haggis. I can’t believe that it’s still January. This month has been going on forever. Seriously, Christmas feels like it was years ago. Yet, I’ve still on managed to get up to my 4th book of 2018. That initial speed I experienced has seriously disappeared. I’m going to have to do better in February or I’ll do what I always do and slow to a snail’s pace. I’ve got so many books to get through. And as my book buying ban is having super questionable results it’s even more important that I get through some.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – The Disaster Artist (2017)

Anyone who works with me will be able to tell you how much I adore Tommy Wiseau’s The Room so I’ve been looking forward to watching James Franco’s adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist for some time. I finally watched it and you can see if it ended up “tearing me apart” here…. oh hai Mark! 

  • BOOK REVIEW – Mary Shelley Retrospective

This year (oh hai) marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein and it is certainly something to celebrate. Frankenstein is one of my all time favourite books and it has had a huge impact since it was first published in 1818. For years Mary Shelley was simply known as the wife of Percy and the writer of this book. She is, of course, so much more than that. If you want to explore more about her writing then check out my post here.

  • THROWBACK THIRTY – Short Circuit 2 (1988)

Can a sequel ever be as good as the original? I set to find out this week when I finally watched the film that saw the return of Johnny 5, the sentient robot from the 1986 film Short Circuit. Check out my special 30th anniversary throwback review here.

Currently Reading
  • When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge
I’m pretty engrossed with this book at this point but I’m still only just over halfway through. I’ve been really bad at reading and keep falling asleep mid-chapter. Still, I expect to finish this tomorrow so should have a review up on Wednesday… unless something happens between now and then. You know, like me remembering how awful I am at reading stuff.

Recently Purchased 

I’ve been quite good this week and not bought any new books. I have, unfortunately, bought a few old books. I’ve decided that second-hand books aren’t included in my no buying rule of this year. Especially when it’s from a charity shop… I mean I’m saving lives people.
  • Oxfam haul – I finished work early this weekend so popped into the charity book shop next door again. Before I knew it I’d bought 3 new vinyl records and 3 new books. One of which, a Penguin edition of The Rainbow by DH Lawrence that I already have a copy of… but I think it belongs to one of my parents so its okay. The I bought a collection of Kafka’s novels and a book with loads of Johnathan Swift’s work. The Swift book is a Norton Critical Edition and I loves me a Norton Critical Edition. You’ll see them on Instagram in a few days… and probably all the fucking time.
  • Kindle deals – Every day I get a BookBub email telling me the ebook bargains of the day and, most of the time, I just scoll through a load of stupid romance novels. Occassionally I find a bargain I can’t escape. This week I bought Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow for 99p. Amazing. I was also inspired by watching The Disaster Artist to buy Greg Sistero’s book. I might read it… one day.
Recently Watched 
  • Netflix Binges: Friends, Rick and Morty
I finished watching Friends again and I still cried like a fucking baby during the final episode. I think the show is outdated now and is placed on a pedestal even though it’s not very funny. It’s the nostalgia factor though. We all want to return to things we’re familiar with. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, obviously, but watching it now is totally different to watching it at the time. So, when I was finished, I decided to watch something I knew I would enjoy and watched season 3 of Rick and Morty for the umpteenth time. Maybe in 20 years time I’ll look back at this and realise it’s a load of shit too? God, I hope not.

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