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.
- 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.
- When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge
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.
- Netflix Binges: Friends, Rick and Morty