Good news everyone! This was a much better week than the last. I feel much more positive going into the next 7 days than I did at this time last Sunday. I’ve been sleeping a little better, which has no doubt helped the situation somewhat. I’ve also managed to get a bit of reading done most nights. Though I’m feeling kind of uninspired by my current read. It feels like I’m never going to finish it. If I’m going to continue my review streak then I’m going to have to finish it in just over a week. We’ll see how that goes.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – On Chesil Beach (2017)
The problem with Ian McEwan is that he’s the kind of writer whose stories are so good that you want to see their adaptations but he also writes stories that are so awkward or sad that you also don’t want to see then. On Chesil Beach is a reading experience like no other: full of doddery British stiff upper lipped restraint. Reading it made me cringe on behalf of the characters and, despite it being beautifully writer, I haven’t had the desire to read it again. So I wasn’t exactly rushing to revisit it in film form. But I’m a sucker for Saoirse Ronan these days. Check out my review here.
- BOOK REVIEW – Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Second review in a row. I’m starting to get cocky again. When it comes to contemporary fantasy authors there is one name that leaps above the others in terms of popularity. Yet, I’d never read anything by Brandon Sanderson before. After hearing so much praise for his works I decided to pick one up for myself. I picked this one totally at random. Find out if it was worth the risk by reading my review here.
- THROWBACK THIRTY – Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
There isn’t much that I wouldn’t enjoy if Jeff Goldblum turned up in it. He’s quite an actor. So, when I decided that my TBT film for this week would be his weird sci-fi comedy I figured I’d at least have something to enjoy about it. Check out my review here to find out if Jeff was the only thig about it that I loved.
- Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
I don’t understand why I’m finding this book so slow but it seems to be taking way longer than it should. It’s only about 400 pages long yet I’m only just at the halfway point. I don’t know if it’s the characterisation of a character I’ve “known” for so long or the story itself but something isn’t clicking. I’ll have to push harder to finally get this done.
I made the mistake of popping into a charity book shop on my lunch break the other day and found some amazing things. Amazing things that I didn’t need, obviously.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – Everyone has been jizzing over this book for ages so, upon finding a decent enough copy (that I now see is kind of stained), I just went for it. If I ever finish my current read I’ll start it.
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Sparks – Found this Folio Society edition in amazing condition for less than £7. How could I not buy it? I ask you, how?
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Laura, you reviewed this book earlier this year. Why did you buy another copy?” The answer? Because I found it in hardback and I’m an unstoppable book buying monster. I’m not even sorry. Not one bit.
- Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon – Another gorgeous hardback that I couldn’t resist. I’ve wanted to check this out for a while so it seemed like a good opportunity.
- Netflix Binges – Disenchantment,
I’m sure I’ve watched something else this week but I genuinely can’t remember what it was. I do know that as of yesterday I finished the first 10 episodes of Matt Groening’s new animated series. I’m not entirely sure what to think about it. I thought it was good but had higher expectations. Groening’s shows tend to start slowly and build once he’s really got to grips with them so I’m willing to wait. I just can’t help but feel that it was a bit flat. A bit uninspired.
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."