Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, reviews, rundown


How has your week been? What have you been reading?

So, as promised, this week I can actually reveal my big life changing news. Last Friday I was offered a new job after about 8 years of looking. I can’t even put into words just how much of a relief it is to finally be getting into Digital Marketing after all this time. However, I’ve been at my current job since I was 16. I was there for my gap year before uni and there during my holidays. I worked throughout my Postgrad and ever since I graduated. It’s been 14 years of my life and I’ve made so many great friends. Of course, it’s caused me some of the most stressful and awful moments of my life. I’d say that the year or so I spent as manager was definitely the most anxious and depressed time in my life. I didn’t sleep, I was cried every night I got home, I dreaded going to work, and, generally, felt terrible. Add to that the fact that my boss basically told me to forget about because “we all have problems” and I’d say that I’ve long since lost my respect for the company. But, I love most of my colleagues and it’ll be a shame to leave them behind. I had my final day of work experience this Friday and it was weirdly sad considering I’ve only been there once a day since September. And, if I’m honest, they’ve all been way more supportive than the managers in my branch. They all said how proud they were of me, said so many positive things about my work, and were just so incredibly supportive. My Branch Manager? She’s not said one word to me about it. My Deputy Branch Manager? She’s asked me one question. These are people who’ve known me for years and know how much I want this. It doesn’t say much for how much respect we’re all given by the top dogs. So, if I’m honest, it is making it a little easier to walk out forever. Maybe I should be thanking them?

Weekly Blog Posts

  • TUESDAY REVIEW – Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

It’s been absolutely ages since I watched a new film because I got so far ahead of myself. I watched this film at the start of the month but have only just got round to reviewing it. And I’ve still got two more lined up. I should have written them at the time but, apparently, past Laura doesn’t think about these things. Fingers crossed I can remember them. Could I remember this one? Find out by reading my review here.

  • BOOK REVIEW – The Shadow Tribe: Book 1 by Jaffrey Clark

I’ve been a little distracted with my impending move this week so haven’t read as much as I should have. And it was a bit of rush to get the end of this one in time for Wednesday. But, somehow, I managed it. This was another NetGalley book that’s been sat on my shelf for a while. It sounded like a great idea so I was interested to see how it would work. If you’re interested in fantasy novels then find my review here.

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY –  Spy Kids (2001)

Sometimes there are films that you just kind of accept that you’ll never watch. Spy Kids was one of those films. It came out when I was 13 so I definitely thought I was too cool for it. However, I was looking for a film to “pair” with Alita this week and I stumbled across this on Netflix. I thought now was as good as time as ever. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then you can click here to read my review.

Just Read

  • Dark Days by James Baldwin

Another of my Penguin Mini Modern Classics that I’m trying to make my through. I’m a week behind but, in my defense, I’ve had a lot going on. This was an interesting read as James Baldwin uses his personal experiences to discuss race issues in his society. It makes an uncomfortable read when you realise that not much has changed from the time he has written  it.

  • The Shadow Tribe: Book 1 by Jaffrey Clark

A NetGalley acquisition that you can read my review of using the link above.


Currently Reading

  • Moonlocket by Peter Nunzl

Another NetGalley book that I’m trying to get through to improve my score. I didn’t realise that it was part 2 of a series but I’m assuming that it won’t matter too much. It sounds like an interesting book and I’m hoping it won’t take long to get through.

  • Ill Will by Michael Stewart and Spy in the House of Love by Anais Nin

I’m still leaving these be because I’ve got to that point where I’m too afraid to go back to these books. When I say afraid, I probably just mean lazy but the thought of picking them up again is making me not want to read. And it’s not as if I wasn’t enjoying them. It’s just that I’ve read other things now. So, I’ve seen what else is out there.


Recently Purchased

I have to start tightening my belt for a bit because I go from weekly to monthly paid with the new job. It means I’ll be without wages for a little while so there’ll be no random book buying for a while. But just wait until that first big pay-day… there’ll be no stopping me.


Recently Watched
  • TV Binges –Afterlife
Amazon Prime trial is over and, cause of the wage issue, I’ve decided to stop for a while. So, it’s back to Netflix and I’ve finally watched this new Ricky Gervais series. It’s not as good as a lot of his stuff but I enjoyed it. Well, not enjoyed it but I thought it was a good watch. There’s is a lot more dark stuff than we’ve seen before even in the likes of Derek and stuff. But I kind of like that. I wonder how the second series is going to go after that kind of Hollywood ending but we’ll see.

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