So how has your week been? What have you been reading?
This week saw the start of my new work experience placement and I had a great day. Obviously, I was super nervous and I felt like a massive idiot all day. I described it to my friend as feeling like a kid on their first day of school. But that kid who got sent up a year and was faced with people who were much better than them in every way. It was weird and I’m not sure I achieved anything useful on my first day but I’m definitely going to do what I can to take advantage of the situation. I’ve lost count of the number of job applications I’ve sent over the years only to hear nothing back at all. Then the super disheartening feeling of getting an interview, feeling really good about it, then losing out to someone with more experience. This is the time I need to prove I can do this. To myself more than anything else. All this rejection has really worn me down. But let’s not start this rundown off on a downer. I’ve had some really good days lately. Not a dark day to be found anywhere.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
It seems as if you can’t really go anywhere without hearing someone talking about how great this film is. It’s the YA adaptation that everyone is absolutely loving. I was never convinced by the story and never really intended to watch it. But, when fate seems to be pushing it down your throat, it’s sometimes easier just to accept that it needed to be seen. To find out if I agreed with the popular consensus then check out my review here.
- BOOK REVIEW – Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
A graphic novel on the longlist for the Man Booker prize? What? How could I not immediately check this out? I put my current read on hold to work my way through Nick Drnaso’s second graphic novel. It was a quick and interesting read that I’ve not been able to get out of my head since. To find out more click here.
- THROWBACK THIRTY – Heathers (1988)
I’ve had people telling me to watch Heathers for years so, because I’m so bloody stubborn, I haven’t ever done it. Until now. I had a real desire to finally watch it for this week’s TBT post. But then there’s the whole weird thing about it being described as both a 1988 and a 1989 film. I didn’t know what to do. Until I remembered that it didn’t matter. To find out if my years of waiting were worth it go here.
- The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick
If I don’t mess around I should have finished this book tonight. I’ve got a few pages left that I would have finished yesterday had I not fallen asleep mid-chapter. It’s been a busy few days.
I did have a brief shopping spree the other day where I accidentally bought two books. Whoops!
- All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – After watching the film I decided that I should give the book a try. I’m pretty convinced I’ll hate it but I need to give more YA a chance. Surely it can’t all be too simplistic and unoriginal?
- Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner – I’ve wanted a copy of this for ages but it’s always so bloody expensive. When I found one for half price I snapped it up. It was only after I got it home that I realised why it was so cheap; there’s a fair amount of water damage and some staining to the back. I can live with it for now but it’s safe to say I’ll be getting another copy at some point.
- Netflix Binges – BoJack Horseman, Dr Who, American Vandal
I wasn’t really up for watching the new series of BoJack when I got home on Friday so I waited until Saturday to start it. I flew through the whole thing. This show continues to be unique, well-written, and fantastically realistic. It is funny and completely disheartening in equal measure. It’s kind of ridiculous that it is only through a show about an animated horse that we see this kind of portrayal of depression. To counter act the emotions I went back to watch some classic Dr Who. When I say classic, I mean after the 2005 reboot but still… classic. What I realised it, Christopher Eccleston really is underrated and the first series is pretty shit. So cheap and childish. Speaking of childish, there’s a second series of the true crime parody American Vandal and it’s just as stupid and outrageous as the first. It’s nice to watch something so silly that never tries to take itself too seriously. It’s a great watch if you need to switch off from life.