How has your week been? What have you been reading?
You catch me on the first day of my mini holiday from work. I can tell you it’s a much-needed break as it’s been a tough few weeks lately. I just need a few days away, get my head sorted, and go back with a different attitude. That attitude being to ignore all of the toxic and stress inducing parts of my job and just do what’s best for me. 2019 is the year we should all start getting rid of the negative things from our lives. Whether that’s people, responsibilities, or bigger things. Also, guilt is a good thing to get rid of. In relation to this blog, the guilt of not reading. I’ve done quite badly this week and, probably, won’t finish my current read for Wednesday. Normally, I’d be rushing out trying to get something finished because I’ve got a busy week. 2019 me? I’m just going to go with the flow. I’ll try to read but if I have to post some nonsense on Wednesday I will. And I won’t give a flying fuck about it… okay I will but some things never change.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – Roma (2018)
It’s that time of year where we’re just starting award season so I’m starting to think about my annual plan of watching every Best Film Oscar nomination. Last year I left it so up to the wire that I finished the day before the ceremony meaning I couldn’t even get my predictions out. This year I’m trying to guess what will be nominated and starting earlier. Starting with Netflix’s own Roma by Alfonso Cuaron. It’s all anyone has been talking about since it came out so I had high expectations. But, considering Netflix’s past performance, could it really live up to the hype? You can find my review here.
- BOOK REVIEW – The Dinner Guest by Gabriela Ybarra
A book I bought last year after it was put on the longlist or the Man Booker International prize. It neither made the shortlist or made it anywhere near the top of my TBR. But I’m trying to focus on my unread books this year. So, I plucked it off. If nothing else it looked short so I reckoned I could do it in the week. The book is based on the true story of Gabriela Ybarra’s grandfather’s murder and the death of her mother. It sounded incredible but, as it hadn’t made the shortlist, was it really all that? Find out here.
- THROWBACK THURSDAY – The Three Musketeers (2011)
The third film that I ever reviewed on this blog was one that I vowed never to watch again. So vehement was my hatred of it. But, I do like to bring these things on myself. Would Paul W.S. Anderson’s version of this story still get me into an absolute rage? The kind of rage that saw me almost fall out with an old friend the first time. To see if it did, click here.
- The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
I know I’m meant to be focusing on reading unread books but I’ve decided that it’s been a while since I read any Wells. So, I’m treating myself to a reread of this book. It’s a great story. It’s just a shame the last thing I’ve wanted to do this week is read. I’ve only read about one chapter.
Am I looking smug? I should be because we’re over halfway through January and I’ve yet to buy a single book. Have I changed? No way. This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
- Netflix Binges – Bake Off,
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."