Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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It’s been an odd kind of week. Work’s been very hit and miss and I felt exhausted by Thursday. Of course, added to all the family stuff that’s going on at the moment, I wasn’t my best self that day. It wasn’t a typical dark day but I was particularly mopey and irritable. Friday was better. Non-work related it’s been a pretty good week. A few of my work-mates and I went to see out colleague perform in a musical and it was a great night. He was so good and, despite having played down his singing ability, can really carry a tune. It was such a nice evening. It’s been an okay reading week too. I finally finished a book. Yes, it’s taken me a couple of months because of my slump but its something. So I’m now onto a new read and will actually have something to review on Wednesday. If I hadn’t woken up yesterday with the shittest cough ever I would be ending the week on a massive high. I guess there always has to be something.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • TUESDAY’S REVIEWS –  Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The other week I gave my friend the option: Solo or Deadpool 2. I was secretly hoping she’d say Deadpool 2 but, unfortunately for me, she’d already seen it. Still, I was fairly excited to see the second in the Star Wars Anthology Series and I’ve been looking forward to Donald Glover’s Lando for ages. The only question was, would it stand up considering I waned to be watching something else? Find out here.

  • BOOK POST – Solid Goldfinch: Fear of a book only increases fear of reading itself

In which I quote Harry Potter without actually mentioning the boy wizard or the usual source of my rants, J.K Rowling. As I still didn’t have a book to review on Wednesday, you’re all treated to another of my rambling stream of consciousness posts about nothing in particular. It starts off as a discussion of the fear of reading and then sort of tails off into nothing. But it’s something. I think. Find out for yourself here.

  • THROWBACK THIRTY – License to Drive (1988)

I’m a 30-year-old woman who never learnt to drive. So I can’t honestly say whether or not License to Drive is an accurate depiction of what it’s like to take your driving test. Still, I’m all over comedies starring one of my favourite double acts, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. Did the film inspire me to get behind the wheel? Check out my review here to find out.


Just finished

  • Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

Oh sweet joy it’s finished. The book that I was so desperate to read yet, also, so bad at reading is finally done. I feel bad that I didn’t read this in one go thanks to the time it took. I feel like it needed more of my attention. So I’ll probably try to revisit this at a later date. Still, I enjoyed it. We’ll go over this more when I review it on Wednesday.

 

Currently Reading

  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

I have to be honest, I completely judged this book by its cover. I saw it on Bookstagram and fell in love with the neon colours. So I tracked it down and realised it sounded fun. Still, it spent ages in my Amazon basket because, no matter how difficult it’s proving to be, I’m still trying to not buy books. Thankfully, a surprise gift allowed me to get this and I started it immediately after finishing Frankenstein in Baghdad. The chapters are really long, which is annoying at bedtime for someone who refuses to stop mid-chapter, but it’s a lot of fun. I’m hoping it gets darker as it goes on. I could use more dark humour.

 

Recently Purchased

So I have a confession to make, that vintage book haul I mentioned last week never actually happened. Apparently, I didn’t make it all the way through the checkout process so I never paid for them. Which is good for my bank balance but bad for my PAN collection. I’m sure I’ll get them later when there’s another offer on. They’re too good to miss out on. This week has been an okay week because I managed to have a good book haul without spending too much of my own money. I won a competition on Instagram and was gifted an Amazon giftcard. It was all the excuse i needed to buy a load of books I’ve wanted for ages. But then I popped into my local charity bookshop too…

  • Amazon book haul – I bought:
    • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero – I needed it as soon as I saw it and the giftcard allowed me to buy the slightly more expensive edition I loved. Perfect.
    • White Houses by Amy Bloom – A perfect purchase for Pride month and another one to cross off my Most Anticipated Books of 2018 list. Telling the story of Eleanor Roosevelt’s lesbian love affair with a journalist, I’ve been excited to read this for ages.
    • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – I already own this book but I have the ginormous hardback. As I’m meant to be reading it this month I decided it was worth buying the paperback or eBook. It just so happened the paperback was cheaper.
  • Charity book haul – I bought:
    • Middlemarch by George Elliot – I stumbled across a Penguin English Library edition of this book that I’ll probably never read. Still, it was so pretty and cheap I couldn’t resist. Plus, you know, charity.
    • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – This was one of those book that I “read” at university. By which I mean I raced though the salient points before my seminar and never thought about it again. When I found this gorgeous edition I decided it was worth giving it a proper go.
    • Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann – For my birthday a few years ago, my friends and I went to see a production of Faustus. I adored it but my non-bookish friends were unconvinced. I’m a little obsessed with the Faustian legend so when I saw this beautiful Vintage edition of Mann’s novel I had to have it.
    • It Can’t Go On by Joseph Connolly – I knew nothing about this novel or its author when I picked this book up. I just saw the amazing cover (check ym Instagram soon). Then I read the story about a man having an affair and the impact on his family life. It sounds like a dramatic character study about passion and obsession. I can’t wait.

 

Recently Watched 

  • Netflix Binges – Rick and Morty, Safe, Arrested Development

Finished Rick and Morty again. It’s still just as good. Still can’t wait for season 4. Still know it’s going to be ages. Urgh. Then I decided to finally watch one of the new shows I’ve been putting off for so long. Safe seemed like it could be super exciting and gripping. It wasn’t. It was an odd and really predictable crime drama. It was boring and the whole plot was just nonsensical. And Michael C Hall’s accent? Super weird. I’m just really disappointed by the whole thing. So I decided watching new things was bad so went back to season 4 of Arrested Development. But really that’s only so I can start the latest season. I know the first 3 series so well but the 4th was so meh that I need a recap.

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