This week has been one of ups and downs. I had a really great day at work on Thursday and left in a really good mood. Something that was still with me at the start of Friday before an inexplicable change occurred. I spent most of the afternoon switching between nearly bawling or getting super irritated. It was definitely one of my worst ‘dark days’. Then Saturday started badly but slowly got better. I’m just in one of those funks at the moment where I don’t know how I’m going to be feeling from one minute to the next. I blame my changing mood on my decision to buy a load of new books I didn’t need and for the desire to buy more. As much as I will appreciate this buying ban in the long run it’s pretty difficult to fight my natural bookish urges.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
I’ve been obsessed with Kenny B’s moustache in this film from the moment I first saw the first picture of him as Poirot. That thing is one of the most ridiculous but glorious examples of facial hair I’ve ever seen. This week I finally saw it in action and you can see what I thought here.
- BOOK REVIEW – When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge
I made a slight departure from my usual reading in order to review this book I was sent. I can’t say I’ve ever been drawn to crime thrillers set in prison before. To find out if it’s changed my mind on the genre read my review.
- THROWBACK THIRTY – Married to the Mob (1988)
Continuing my exploration of film from the year I was born, I watched this weird little mob film starring Catwoman and that guy who does Donald Trump impressions on SNL. Did it make me proud or ashamed of the year I was born? Find out here.
- Amiable With Big Teeth by Claude McKay
I love the writing in this book but, once again, I’ve found myself distracted this week. I’ve read a little each night but it’s not enough. It is fairly easy to get through though and the chapters are manageable sizes. I’m going to get there; it just might take a bit of time.
This has been my worst book haul week for a while I think. I’ve still only bought 3 new books but they were all new new. I feel so much more guilt about buying new books than old but I had a inch I needed to scratch.
- Tin by Pádraig Kenny – I think I first saw this book in an email from Waterstones where it has been named Children’s Book of the Month. Normally, I don’t leap at the chance to read books for children but this one sounded amazing. It’s about a young boy, Christopher, and the mechanical friends he hangs out with. I’ve been trying to track down this book in my town’s bookshops for days and couldn’t find it. I finally caved and bought it on Amazon.
- The Explorer by Katherine Rundell – The problem with finally getting my hands on the book that has been driving me mad for days is that I kept being recommended other books. This is one of the winners of the Costa Book Awards 2017 and, again, it’s another kid’s book. This one also sounded too good to miss so I did it. It’s the story of 4 children being stranded in the Amazon jungle after a plane crash. It sounds like a tamer Lord of the Flies mixed with Jumanji. How could I say no?
- Wizards and Robots by Will.i.am and Brian David Johnson – This book was hugely random purchase but one that I don’t think I could ever have said no to. For one, it’s called Wizards and Robots. How can you ignore that title? Number 2, it’s written by will.i.am for fuck’s sake. I wanna see what shit this guy has in his head. Number 3, the cover is fucking holographic. This book is outrageous and I fucking love it! It’ll probably be shit but, frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.
- Netflix Binges: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Having spent about 20 minutes scrolling through Netflix trying to find something to watch I finally decided to give this a try. A friend from work has been recommending it non-stop for weeks so, instead of watching Peep Show again, I decided it might be worth a try. For the most part, I like it. It’s a sitcom that refuses to stick to sitcom convention and I like it. Do I think it’s hilarious? Not really but I find most American sitcoms can’t quite satisfy my humour. Still, I liked it enough to watch 3.5 seasons in a matter of days.
Who is Murdocal? A casual critic who is a little bit too obsessed with pop culture. A young woman who swears and rants much more than she knows she should whilst trying to make her way in an adult world she isn't prepared for. A not as recent as she'd like literature graduate who, between job applications and subsequent rejections, has turned to the internet to fight the boredom and review the shit out of everything.
"Maybe, just maybe, I'm the faller. Every family has someone who falls, who doesn't make the grade, who stumbles, who life trips up. Maybe I'm our faller."