How has your week been? What have you been reading?
I’m probably not going to be doing a reading wrap-up post this month because I’ve been terrible at reading. I’ve only managed to finish one book and that was Detective Pikachu. I don’t know how it’s gone so badly for me but I’ve just not been motivated. And it’s not that I haven’t got enough good books to read. I’ve currently got about 4 on the go and I’m enjoying them all. It’s just I can’t seem to open the pages. I’ve been pretty lazy. I guess I’m just so tired at the moment. Thankfully, I just have to get through 2 more weeks of work and I’ve got a week off. It’ll be the last break I have before our busy Summer period. Maybe I’ll get some reading done then? Or maybe I’ll just waste my time doing nothing again.
Weekly Blog Posts
- MONDAY MAKE-UP – Booksmart (2019)
So, you’ll probably remember that last week I didn’t really do any blogging. That also meant that I wasn’t taking part in the latest Creative Squared challenge. This meant I didn’t have a Monday post. I decided it would be a great idea to use my spare post to get back ahead with my film reviews. This is the one I should have written a week ago. Check out my bonus review here.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Dark Phoenix (2019)
I’ve been a massive fan of the X-Men for years. They’re my favourite series of comic books and I adored the cartoon when I was younger. Although, my relationship with the movie adaptations has been a bit strange over the years. It’s safe to say that Fox haven’t always made the best decisions. Now that Fox has been taken over by Disney, this would be the last outing of these characters before they move to Marvel. Would it be the ending they deserved or would we really be looking at a new The Last Stand? To find out you can read my review here.
- BOOKISH REVIEW – Detective Pikachu adapted by Sonia Sander
Amazing news everyone. I’ve done my first book review in about a month. Praise be! And what a book to be back with. After watching the film a few weeks ago, I wanted to find out if the book made things any better. I’m always interested in the books that are written after films. Espeically when it’s about something as visual and weird as Pokemon. Could that really translate onto the page? You can find out in my review here.
- THROWBACK THURSDAY – X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
After the internet’s overwhelmingly negative reviews of Dark Phoenix, I wanted to check that my memories of X-Men: Apocalypse weren’t wrong. I remembered it being disappointing and bland. Yet, people still think the latest film is worse than it? Not as I remember it. So, I did what I never thought I would and went back to it. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then you can click here to read my review.
- Detective Pikachu adapted by Sonia Sanders
I managed to finish this book in time for my review on Wednesday, which meant I was uploading a book review for the first time in weeks. It helped that this was such an easy read and didn’t really add anything to the narrative. Having already seen the film I could definitely just have reviewed it without finishing it but what kind of monster would that make me?
- Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute
If you’ve been here a while, you may know that I was lucky enough to be involved in the cover reveal of Alexis’ first YA novel Above the Star. I also got a copy to review and I bloody loved it. One of my top reads of last year. So, when she asked if I was interested in reviewing the second book in the trilogy I immediately said yes! It arrived really quickly and I started reading it straight away.
- Love Nina by Nina Stibbe
Okay, I was reading this and I was planning on taking it to London. BUT. I ended up putting my water bottle in my bag and it leaked everywhere. My book is currently absolutely sodden. I don’t even think I can rescue it. Which is really annoying cause it was a lovely edition and I was really enjoying it.
- The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
I’ve set this aside for the time being. It feels like it’s going to be a very dense read so I think I’ll leave it for a better time. A time when I’m in the right mood.
- 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.
I, obviously, bought the Detective Pikachu book and I ordered a replacement copy of Love Nina. However, I have resisted the urge to buy so many books this week. I should be proud of myself.
- TV Binges –Friends, Trinkets,
Still going through old episodes of the classic sitcom and, once again, realising that a lot of the comedy is really dodgy nowadays. Ross, as we all now know, is the worst human being ever. Such a terrible guy. So, I decided to have a break and watch this weird YA series about shoplifters. It was a bit of fun but really silly. The kind of melodramatic drivel that I’d expect from a Netflix YA series.
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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