This time next week I’ll be in Scotland with my family. We’re going away to celebrate my mother’s retirement. I’m still trying to decide what to do about my posts for that week. I was hoping I could get ahead and schedule a regular upload but I’m not sure if I’ll have the time. What with work and other commitments this week. I’ve got two potential Tuesday Reviews to write-up and can try to have some random bookish posts ready. It’ll all come down to whether I can watch and review 2 TBT films this week. As I do have packing to fit in at some point. Plus, usual stuff like sleeping, eating, work. Fingers crossed. If I don’t get it done for that Thursday I’ll just do 2 the week after. Somehow I’m watching a 1988 film for every week this year. Somehow.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – Isle of Dogs (2018)
I bloody love Wes Anderson. I know he’s a kind of divisive director because his quirk isn’t for everyone. But I bloody love his films. So, I was super excited to watch Isle of Dogs. Unfortunately, my Anderson appreciating friends were nowhere to be seen so it’s taken me an age to watch it. So, would it live up to all of my personal hype? Find out here.
- BOOK REVIEW – Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates
Another week and another short book read just so I could get another review out. This time it was a short story by Joyce Carol Oates about a truly horrible subject. Check out my review here.
- THROWBACK THIRTY – The Great Outdoors (1988)
I’m normally excited to sit down in front of a John Hughes film but this week’s TBT post was one I hadn’t seen before. So I was unsure how it would go down. Although, it did star two great comic actors from the 80s: John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. With those three combined, surely it couldn’t be the worst thing ever? Find out by reading my review here.
- Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates
Considering I’ve just mentioned my review of this book, this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. I read this one night last week and, because of the harrowing nature of the narrative, I found it difficult to sleep afterwards. My brain just wouldn’t turn itself off. Still, it was great writing and a great book. A good book even if it wasn’t a particularly entertaining one.
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I’m slowly making headway through this book but it’s taking time. The chapters are really long and I’m super tired. Still, this is a really engaging story and I like the characters. So I’m looking forward to taking this on holiday with me to get really stuck in.
On my way home tonight I was tempted into a buy one get one half price offer and ended up buying two books I didn’t need but really wanted. They are:
- Patrick Melrose vol. 2 by Edward St Aubyn – You may remember that I bought the first volume earlier this year after being interested in the tv series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. I decided if I was going to read it I might as well have a copy of the next books so I can read it in one go. Plus, you know, another Cumberbatch face cover. Who can resist?
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – This book has been all over Instagram since it first came out and has been getting so much praise. I’m always wary of YA stuff but I decided I really wanted to try this out. Especially as it’s set to be a film.
- Netflix Binges – Taskmaster, Outnumbered, Sugar Rush, OITNB
I’ve not really watched a great deal this week but have continued a few of my previous binges. But, as the new series comes out on Friday, I decided it was time to refamiliarise myself with the last season of OITNB. I’m only one episode in but I’m already super excited about next series. No doubt I’ll get through it in a day and regret my actions immediately.
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.
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