So how has your week been? What have you been reading?
Another Sunday has come and gone and, though I do it every week, I confess I nearly forgot to write this post. I’ve started back at work after having a few days holiday and it’s been awful. I’d forgotten how tiring and frustrating that job is. So, I kind of crashed as soon as I got home. It doesn’t help that yesterday, the last day of my holiday, I decided to start playing Skyrim again. Yep, not at the beginning of the week in which I had very little planned but at the end. Smooth move Laura. I’ve been so engrossed in the game that I nearly missed the new Dr Who as well. But I didn’t. And, as I plan on addressing this later in the week, I won’t say too much about it for now. Check back later if you’re really dying to hear what I think… I know everybody is.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – Like Father (2018)
You know it’s a stellar film week when you have to ask yourself “what did I watch this week?” After failing to watch any new releases I was forced to check out the Netflix original that has been on my list for ages. It had a cast that excited me so I was hopeful it would turn me around on Netflix comedies. Did it? Check out my review here.
- BOOK REVIEW – Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
I actually managed to finish a book in time to review it. It’s a fucking miracle. This time it’s two of my all-time faves (*waving my sarcasm flag furiously*): YA fiction and contemporary poetry. But this is a book that so many people I like have praised. It was something I had to check out and, as a bonus, it was super quick to read. See if it changed my mind on either of these things checking out my review here.
- THROWBACK THIRTY – Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)
Halloween is round the corner and I’m slowly trying to get into the spirit of the season. Zombies really aren’t my favourites and never really have been. However, there will always be a special place in my heart for the original Return of the Living Dead film. I’d never seen the second because it was universally panned. If ever there was a time to do it I guess it was now. Read my review here.
- The Beach House by R.L. Stine
So, after I officially put TATBILB to bed, I needed another book to read. I bought this book a while ago but never read it. It’s an old Point Horror book that I read as a kid but I couldn’t remember the name of it. I’d spent ages trying to remember before I decided that it was this one. As it’s October and I’m trying to get spooky, I decided it was time to read it. In the end it took me about a day so it’s a huge win for nostalgia and my total number of books this year.
- The Likeness by Tana French
Another book that I’ve had for years but not read. In fact, it’s sat at the bottom of an over-spill box of books that I’d forgotten about. I decided, as I’d randomly stumbled across it again, that it was time. It sounds kind of spooky and weird so it fits in with my October theme. The only problem is that it’s bloody massive and the chapters are so long. I’m going to have to stop mid-chapter when I go to bed. I hate that.
I’ve not been too bad this week but I have bought some books. I bought a few collections of ghost and horror stories that I’ve had my eye on for ages. And I love them all. They’re so pretty.
- Classic Ghost Stories by various: this is the beautiful Vintage Books hardback collection that I saw in a bookshop weeks ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about. I had to have it. I was like a bored housewife who couldn’t stop thinking about the young man who smiled at her once day. I just had to have it.
- Ghost Stories by E.F. Benson: I have to admit, I mostly because it has an introduction by Mark Gatiss and I’d do anything for that man. He’s my favourite member of The League of Gentleman and if he thinks these stories are worth reading then he’s definitely right.
- The Pan Book of Horror Stories by various: this was one of the books that was published for Pan Book’s 70th anniversary. It’s gorgeous and simple cover is something that’s sat in my Amazon basket ever since. It was finally time. I haven’t stopped stroking it.
- Netflix Binges – Hilda, Dr Who, Dancing Queen
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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