Monday Rundown – That’s What She Read

Turns out, the combination of no sleep the night before and feasting on a huge Easter Sunday roast dinner was enough to make me forget about posting my weekly rundown. I just fell straight to sleep last night and it wasn’t until this morning that I realised. I feel a little stupid that after a month of managing to be able to write an additional post every day it’s now that I miss my schedule. Still, better late than never. And what a week it’s been. Finishing off my blog project, finally putting my 30th birthday behind me. And some exciting book news.. Also, I’m unveiling my new graphic for this series. I always find it sad that this gets posted every week without a picture attached so I created one. Unfortunately, on its first week it will read the wrong day but i’m okay with that. Just this once. At least it adds some colour to proceedings.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • 30 Books For My 30th

On Saturday I posted my 30th and final book for my 30 Books For My 30th blog project. It’s been a fun experience blogging every single day and not as difficult as I expected. If you haven’t read any of my letters to the books that shaped my life yet then go back to the start here.

  • TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – When We First Met (2018)

The trailer for Adam DeVine’s Netflix romantic-comedy has been making me angry ever since it first appeared on the sight. I decided it was finally time to bite the bullet and see if it was as bad and sexist as it seemed. Find out by reading my review here.

  • BOOK REVIEW – Hostage by Guy Delisle

On a whim I bought this non-fiction graphic novel. I bought it on the strength of the narrative but I was never sure the monotonous story line would work in this format. If you’re interested in finding out more about a graphic novel about a man held in captivity for 3 months then check out my review here.

  • THROWBACK THIRTY – Midnight Run (1988)

A quarter of the way through 2018 and I’ve watched 13 films from the year I was born. I’d never seen this Robert DeNiro classic so was it going to be unlucky for me or the best thing I’d ever seen? Find out here.

Currently Reading

  • Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute

I got this ARC in the post the other day and it really affected my book schedule. You might remember that back in January I helped Alexis reveal the cover for her upcoming debut novel. It sounded amazing so I jumped at the chance to review the book. I’ve been desperately waiting for this to appear so, as soon as it did, I couldn’t stop myself opening the first page. So far, I’m absolutely loving it. It’s so detailed and beautifully written.

  • Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

I haven’t got too far with this so far and, as I mentioned above, it’s kind of been put on the back-burner for now. Still, I’ve got a bit further and it’s really hotting up. I’m so desperate to get further into this story. It’s such a fascinating take on such a well-known story.

Recently Purchased

Was supposed to be being really good this week but a quick stop into a charity bookshop ended in disaster… for my bank balance anyway.

  • eBay Haul – After last week’s Folio Society haul I became a bit obsessed with these editions so I’ve been trawling eBay for cheap copies. I managed to find two great ones.
    • Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
    • Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

 

Recently Watched 

  • Netflix Binges: Queer EyeThe Great British Bake Off

I started watching the new series of Queer Eye on Netflix and it’s so addictive. It’s completely ridiculous and over-the-top but there is something sweet about it. I can never tell if I’m really enjoying myself but I really love the relationships between the fab 5. So I can’t stop getting involved. I’m not sure I’ll carry on watching religiously but it’s easy viewing. However, all bets are off now anyway. I realised that all of the episode of GBBO that aired on the BBC are now on Netflix. I started watching from series 1 and it’s so weird going back. The first series is so bad compared to the current format. It’s so cringe going back. But I’m loving it.

  • 100 Movies Bucket List

I did it. I finally scratched off another film from this list.

    • The Life of Brian (1979) – I know that Holy Grail is considered to be the true geek’s film and Monty Python’s most famous film. I’ve always preferred Life of Brian. It’s so clever and funny. Yes, it’s not as weird as Holy Grail but it has more than enough Monty Python style humour in it.

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