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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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

Today, I had a massive panic that I’d accidentally put my phone in the washing machine. I knew I probably hadn’t because even I’m not that stupid but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So, my mind immediately starts conjuring up images of it being in the middle of the pile of washing I’d just put on. Of course, I found it not long after. As it happens it was under a pile of books I’d just been taking photos of. Guess that’s what you get when you spend your day off preparing for the week ahead. It also meant that I didn’t read as much as I’d wanted to. My plan is to finish this quickly, have a quick shower, and then settle down with my current read for the night. Get me in the right head space for the week ahead. I’m starting my apprenticeship webinars tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. Then I can finally see what I’ve let myself in for.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • CREATIVELY CONTENT – Week 3 #cs_noteworthy

This is the third week of my new series where I force you all to look at my pictures. I had a lot of fun with this week’s Creatively Squared hashtag challenge and I wasn’t really feeling it this week. I love stationery as much as the next person. But how the hell do you make it look good? It doesn’t really work with my approach to photography. A few notebooks on a white background aren’t going to cut it. But I tried. That’s something. If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, check out my work here.

  • TUESDAY REVIEW – Dumbo (2019)

I actually watched this film before seeing Endgame but it seemed more important to get the week of posts out of the way first. But I was looking forward to seeing what Tim Burton could do with Dumbo. He’s an interesting director when he’s left to do what he wants. And he has the ability to bring a certain creepiness into his work that doesn’t go down the overly gritty route. I’ve never really been a huge fan of Dumbo so I wasn’t exactly worried about him fucking it up. But, we’ve seen a few stinkers in Disney’s remakes. Could he do it justice? To find out you can my review here.

  • BOOK REVIEW – The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Agatha Christie aside, I’ve never been a huge fan of crime fiction. It never really surprises me. That’s not me bragging about my brain, mind you. I’m a massive idiot. It’s just a testament to how obvious and cliched the genre is becoming. It’s as if every murder mystery has been written so we’re just going over old ground. So, I’m not quite sure why I thought The Hunting Party would be any different. But it’s got a yellow cover and sounded a bit like And Then There Were None. So, I let myself believe. Was it? Find out in my review here.

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY – Dumbo (1941)

What else could I watch this week but Dumbo, right? It’s been a long time since I last watched it and I wanted to see if it actually was as sweet as I remembered. Obviously, there is a lot of controversy around the crows, which, being the coward that I am, I avoid discussing in this review. There are way better things out there to read if you really want. But, if you want a nonsense review of children’s film, you’re in the right place. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then you can click here to read my review.

Just Read

  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

A crime thriller set in the middle of the Scottish Highlands? This sounded like atmospheric as fuck and it was. There’s a link to my review above or you can check it out on Goodreads.

 

Currently Reading

  • Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

As I mentioned in my review of My Purple Scented Novel, I’ve sort of lost my way with Ian McEwan novels. But I was interested to read this one. I know the whole AI thing is being way overused in the literatre right now but I hoped McEwan would bring something different to it. And it’s set in a weird, alternate Britain which I always find a bit interesting. It’s been slow going so far, which I hope isn’t an indication that I’m not loving it.

  • 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

Had a bit of binge this week. I made the mistake of going into my local Oxfam books and bought 4 things. Then I had a two-book haul on Amazon. I’ve been so good lately that this is a huge step back.

  • Oxfam Book haul
    • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding – One of my mottos is “if you find a Penguin English Libray or Clothbound Classic edition in the charity shop, buy it”. So, when I found this PEL edition I couldn’t not. It’s beautiful.
    • The Star Wars Trilogy – I have an old copy of the Star Wars novel but I love the look of this 25th-anniversary trilogy edition. The picture on the cover… I can’t even.
    • The Infatuations by Javier Marias – I’ve wanted this book for ages but could never find a copy that didn’t seem ridiculously expensive. So, coming across one in Oxfam was the best thing to happen to me in a while. And I say that with absolute sincerity. But I don’t get out much.
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – I love this book and already own a couple of copies. So, why did I buy this one? It’s the movie tie-in cover. Normally, I hate a movie cover but this one is actually good. Simple, orange cover with a picture of Jack Nicholson. It’s goddamn perfect. And talk about picking the best font for the title. Love it!
  • Amazon haul 
    • Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li – I accidentally added this to my Amazon cart after reading the description. It sounds amazing and will tick a diversity box or two for my reading this year.
    • The Sky Is Your by Chandler Klang Smith – this was on my Most Anticipated Books of 2019 list but I never got round to it. This week I found the hardback was super cheap on Amazon. I feel like it’s time.
Recently Watched
  • TV Binges –Masterchef Australia
I know I know. I’ve been watching Masterchef Australia for ages now. How am I still doing this? I think I’m broken.
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Murdocal

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."

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