Today has been a bad day. Worked absolutely sucked and I’m absolutely exhausted. I had every intention of getting home and finishing the last few pages of Tin but, instead, I got through one chapter and fell asleep. Now I’m super groggy and slightly irritated. I’m probably not going to be getting much, if any, reading tonight. This is why I have so many problems getting stuff read. I was hoping to have Tin finished by now because I want to try to get through War Horse before Thursday. We have tickets to see the stage show and I thought it would be fun to re-familiarise myself with the book beforehand. Plus, as I’m now realising, children’s books are a great way to get my total book count up without much effort on my part. If I was into competitive reading then I’d be all over this shit.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – The Shape of Water (2017)
My effort to watch all of the Best Picture nominated films before the Oscars in March started with this weird love story from director Guillermo Del Toro. It’s not the kind of film that everyone will love but I think it’s fabulous. Find out more by reading my review here.
- BOOK POST – Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of J K
It’s the controversy that nobody asked me to get involved with but I decided to air my annoyance with J K Rowling’s reaction to her fans. If you’ve missed me have ridiculous and want to hear me moan about a super rich writer then click here.
- THROWBACK THIRTY – Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Another TBT in honour of the year of my birth sees me watch an absolute cult classic. Stephen King may have made clowns creepy thanks to IT but KKFOS made them scary and hilarious. If you haven’t seen this then I insist you watch it now… well after you’ve read my review here.
- Amiable With Big Teeth by Claude McKay
I have to admit that I haven’t read this much this week. I’ve focused more on my other read because I was so excited to read it.
- Tin by Padraig Kenny
I am so close to finishing this book because it’s amazing. It’s such an interesting book with such wonderful themes. It’s about a young boy who discovers he’s actually a robot. He and his mechanical friends have to discover what it means to be human and why there is such a divide between man and machine. It’s a grown-up children’s book that I’m obsessed with.
I managed to limit myself to only 3 books this and two of them cost £1.99 each so I guess, as far as falling off the wagon goes, it’s pretty acceptable.
- Bleaker House by Nell Stevens – I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now but I managed to resist until it went on sale for less than 2 quid. When she went to write her first novel, Nell Smith decided to take herself off to a lonely island. Instead of writing the novel she wanted, Stevens wrote this memoir of her time trying to write. It sounds incredible.
- My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards – I’m always trying to get myself to read more poetry so, when I discovered this on sale, I decided it was something I needed to buy. It sounds like a great collection.
- Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence – I saw this book on the same trip that saw me buy the books listed above but I decided to avoid it with the intention of being good. I couldn’t stop thinking about it so went back the next day. It’s a collection of letters written by a librarian to some of her favourite books. It’s a great concept and something that may inspire me to start a new series on the blog.
- Netflix Binges: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
I’m kind of ashamed with how quickly I’ve got through this show. I’m already on season 8 and I’m really enjoying it still. I love the fact that Rob McElhenney put on a shitload of weight just for the sake of comedy. It’s a crazy show and I’m obsessed with it.
- 100 Movies Bucket List
You probably don’t remember but back in October I bought this 100 movies scratch off bucket list poster. It featured a lot of films I’d already seen but I decided to start from scratch (da dum tsh) and re-watch them all… well except for Dirt Dancing because I never want to see that again. I’ve not really done anything since I bought it so, this week, I decided it was time to finally get to work. I’m hoping to have this done by the end of the year but this is my after all.
- Saving Private Ryan (1998) – I’ve already reviewed this film on my blog so I won’t go into too much detail here. If you want to know my views then click here for my TBT review.
- The Lion King (1994) – I adore this film and have done since I was a child. My older sister and I are so obsessed with Rafiki that, given the right prompt, will start endlessly quoting the film and laughing uncontrollably. This is well animated, well written and the songs are annoyingly difficult to get out of you head.
- Groundhog Day (1993) – For Groundhog Day last year I reviewed this film on my blog. It’s been a firm favourite of mine for years and I will happily watch it every year around this time. Bill Murray is on fine form and the narrative is so engaging. Check out my review here.
- Office Space (1999) – This cult classic looks super old nowadays as we watch Ron Livingston use a floppy disc in his plan to upload a computer virus onto his work’s system. Still, it is a super entertaining look at a man who is so unhappy in his job that he just gives up but finds himself becoming more respected. The technology may look ridiculous now but this film doesn’t get old.
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."