It feels as though this week has lasted for a bloody long time but it also feels as though I haven’t achieved anything. My reading has been almost non-existent because of how stressful it’s been. Every night I settle down to read and every night, almost without fail, my eyes would start to droop minutes later. Still, I’m slowly getting through my current read and, fingers crossed, I’ll be done with it soon. On the other hand, there has been plenty of stress induced book buying to get me through. I already find myself turning to food for emotional comfort but, as it’s turning out, I also use shopping as a way to make me feel better. It’s good for my library but trying to make myself feel better by spending isn’t a great plan in the long run. Still, it’ll give me plenty to talk about.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – The Silent Child (2017)
This Oscar-winning short film has been catching my attention every time I’ve browsed BBC iPlayer recently. I eventually decided to watch it to find out what all the fuss was about. The fact that, at 20 minutes, it perfectly fit into my busy schedule was just a bonus. Honestly. To check out my review click here.
- BOOK POST –
Yep, missed it this week. I got a bit lost in my schedule this week so decided it wasn’t worth writing something shit for the sake of it. I still feel bad about it but I’m more ahead of myself now. I should be able to get something out this time. Hopefully.
- THROWBACK THIRTY – The Naked Gun (1988)
After another blog fuck-up this week I needed a super quick film to watch for my TBT post. I decided it was time to watch an old favourite and one of the greatest comedies to come out of this era. Yes, it’s something I’ve seen countless times before but who says this series has to be about finding new films? Check out my unsurprising opinions here.
- Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
I bought this poetry collection this week and read it as soon as I got it. I’ve been trying super hard to get into more contemporary poetry and I was intrigued by this collection. Her first poem was amazing but I found the rest a bit hit and miss in comparison. Certainly not terrible but I had such high hopes going in.
- Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute
Still reading this novel by Alexis Marie Chute that first came to my attention when I helped to reveal the cover on Instagram. Admittedly, I hoped I’d be finished by now but I’m super close. A couple of nights of serious reading and I’ll get there. And I can’t wait.
- Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
Still rested but, with the news that it’s made the Man Booker International short list, I’m getting eager to get back into this. Soon, my precious. Soon.
I’ve bought so many books this week that it’s difficult to keep track. I’ll try my best.
- Oxfam Book Haul – Another week, another Folio Society book haul. I was feeling quite low on my lunch one day so popped into the bookshop next door. I couldn’t resist two of their Folio Society editions. I bought a copy of The Wind in the Willows and a book entitled Coleridge among the Lakes & Mountains. They’re both beautiful and I regret nothing.
- Amazon Book Haul – Bloody loads, mate. Y’all ready for this?
- Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim – a collection of poetry dealing with mental health, love and family. It sounded too good to ignore.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I have enough copies of this book already but this edition is so beautiful. It has been released to celebrate the bicentenary of Bronte’s birth and it’s utterly mesmerising. I saw it on Waterstones ages ago so have been looking for a cheaper version ever since. I finally found it.
- Ill Will by Michael Stewart – The subtitle of this novel is ‘the untold story of Heathcliff’ and, as with the edition above, looks lovely. I’m also interested in reading stuff like this. I’m not sure I’m going to love it but I couldn’t miss the chance to find out.
- Poems for a world gone to shit: the amazing power of poetry to make even the most fucked up times feel better – How could I avoid a collection of poetry with a title like this? It was also pretty cheap: especially compared to the copy I found in my local bookshop. Even though it pains me to say it.
- To Read Aloud by Francesco Dimitri – Another interesting book that I saw in my local bookshop but couldn’t justify buying at full price. The point of this is to encourage people to start reading aloud again by collecting together 75 extracts from a range of writers. It suggests you sit down with a loved one for 10 minutes or so and read to them. It’s a cute concept that I can fully get behind. And something that has prompted an upcoming blog post.
- Netflix Binges – The Great British Bake Off, French and Saunders
Nearly at the end of the 7 series of Bake Off on Netflix and it’s been a great journey back. It’s so weird seeing how it changed from the start of series 1 to the end of the BBC era. It’s just compulsive and easy viewing. I adore it. I’ve also noticed a fair few classic BBC comedy shows appearing on the site. There are loads I want to revisit but I decided to start with an old favourite. I love French and Saunders so it’s easy to get sucked in.
- About Time
Still haven’t ticked any more bucket list films off but I have watched this Richard Curtis number. I’ve become a little obsessed with Domhnall Gleeson’s beautiful face of late so I’ve started craving his back catalogue. I’d never seen this romantic-comedy before because I’ve been over Curtis for a really long time. It’s the classic Curtis fair really. All over-the-top love mixed with super creepy romantic gestures that work for some reason. Still, the cast are all super charming that it’s easy to watch. It’s also so emotionally manipulative that you can’t help weeping buckets by the end. Plus, the scene where someone sums themselves up with the following quote did hit a bit too close to home.
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.
Who knew Richard Curtis had based one of his characters on me?
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."