I feel better writing this rundown than I have writing the past two. I spent a lovely day with my family and it’s been really good for me. I feel better to be starting the week than I have in a long time. Which is good because I reckon it’s going to be tough this week. But let’s not ruin this positive mental state. After all, I have a reason to celebrate tonight. I actually read a few chapters in the past 7 days. I’m still not up to my normal speed but I’ve managed to get some pre-bed reading in a few nights this week. I won’t be so bold as to say I’m out of my slump but I’m getting somewhere. I’m excited about my posts this week and will, hopefully, be able to keep ahead of myself. I’ve got to get through just over a week of work and I’ll be away for a few days. It’s my friend’s birthday so I’m going to see her. It’s going to be one of the few things that keeps me going this week.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – Happy Anniversary (2018)
It was back to a Netflix original review this week because I wasn’t able to make it to the cinema. I was excited as soon as I saw the trailer for this so was really interested to see how it turned out. It was more like the kind of cute, indie films that I’ve always had a soft spot. Check out if it lived up to my expectations here.
- BOOK POST – Let’s focus on Bookstragram for a moment
It got super late on Wednesday night and I was faced with letting another week slip by without writing a bookish post. Instead, I decided to discuss my thoughts on the bookish side of Instagram. It’s very much a stream of consciousness thing but it’s better than nothing, right? Check it out here.
- THROWBACK THIRTY – Mystic Pizza (1988)
What makes a cult classic such a success later in life? With this one I suspect it has something to do with the fact it was one of Julia Roberts’ first roles. Does that mean it’s worth its reputation? Find out by clicking here.
- Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
There is light at the end of the tunnel but it’s still slow going. This book is so well written and interesting that I can’t wait to read more. I just hope it gets easier for me to get into it.
It’s been an epic week of book buying and I regret nothing. It started off with a surprise package that I’d forgotten I’d pre-ordered and finished with a trip to a charity book shop.
- Do Angels Need Haircuts by Lou Reed – This limited edition came to my attention through a Waterstones email. As soon as I read it I knew I would regret it if I didn’t try to get one. So I pre-ordered it immediately months ago. It was more expensive than I’d normally be willing to buy but I figured it would be okay. And, to be honest, as soon as I held it in my hands I know I’d made the right choice. This book is awesome.
- Oxfam books haul:
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon – I needed to find a copy of this for an upcoming Instagram post. It’s been a good few years since I read this so it’ll be nice to have the chance to read it again. It’s such a fabulous book.
- Hermsprong by Robert Bage – I first tried to read this when I was writing my postgraduate dissertation but never finished it in time to include it. I love a Broadview edition because they also have such informative introductions. So, seeing this Broadview copy of this book was enough excuse I needed to try again.
- The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes – I defy anyone to ignore a book with that title. I mean a mammoth book of impossible crimes. Sign me up. This sounds like the perfect antidote to reading slumps. Something a bit silly, a bit weird, and a bit addictive. We’ll see.
- Ucommon Type by Tom Hanks – I’m always a bit iffy about famous people use their fame to write a book despite not being known as a writer. I always doubt they’ll be worth reading. I’m just too cynical of the whole thing. I’ve heard loads of people on Bookstagram praise Hank’s collection of short stories but I’ve also read criticism about his characterisation and writing style. I decided it was time to see for myself and when I found this pristine copy for only £2.49 it seemed like fate.
- Netflix Binges – A Series of Unfortunate Events, Top Gear, 13 Reasons Why
I finished the second seasons of A Series of Unfortunate Events and think it was fabulous. This show just keeps getting better and the cast list only gets more amazing. I seriously can’t wait to see what season 3 has in store. Once I’d finished that series I was looking for something mindless that I could watch when I get ready in the morning. I chose old episodes of Top Gear. It’s mindless entertainment that can just wash over you. I still think Jeremy Clarkson is an idiot and Richard Hammond is a truly terrible human being but the show is funny enough. Finally, I decided to start the second seasons of 13 Reasons Why when it came out on Friday. Maybe someone can give me 13 reasons why we needed a second series?
- Black Panther
FINALLY! I’ve been wanting to see this film for ages and I finally managed it this weekend. Stick around for my review on Tuesday. I have so many feelings about this film.
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."