How has your week been? What have you been reading?
I’ve got a holiday coming up in a week so, at the moment, all I can think about is getting through the next 5 days. The only problem is, I have to try and write a load of articles about football in those days. Something I know fuck all about. So, it takes a lot of research and writing obviously takes time. I don’t mind having to do it but my boss is really keen to get it done. I’m not sure he understands how long it will take to get it right. It’s a really good job that I’m so fast at typing. Touch typing is hardly an important skill these days but I guess it has done quite well for me. So well, that my boss even asked me if I’d ever thought about being a secretary because of it. Don’t worry. I bit my tongue and laughed it off. Even if the feminist inside me was screaming with a white-hot rage.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Men in Back: International (2019)
Men in Black is still much-loved film and Sony are not going to stop squeezing as much money out of it as possible. We’ve already seen two disappointing sequels and now we’ve got this reboot. We return to the world of MIB but without either main characters from the first three films. Instead, we have a new cast, a new location, and new bad guys to work with. Does it make up for the last couple of misfires? To find out you should probably just read my review.
- BOOKISH REVIEW – Detective Pikachu adapted by Sonia Sander
Fingers crossed I’m back on track with my book reviews now. The second one in as many weeks and it’s a good one. Ass soon as I read Alexis Marie Chute’s first novel, Above the Star, I’ve been waiting to read the sequel. Thanks to Alexis’ amazing generosity I got an ARC of Below the Moon. Does it hold up to the first book? You can find out in my review.
- THROWBACK THURSDAY – Men in Black (1997)
I remember seeing Men in Black at the cinema. I must have been 9 years old and I went with my sister and our friend. There was probably a responsible adult there too. I’ve always loved this film since then. It’s one of those childhood favourites that never leaves you no matter how old you get. But it’s been a while since I’ve seen it. And I’ve sat through loads of horrible sequels since then. Would it stand up? There was only way to find out. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute
There are a lot of good reasons for spending my spare time writing this blog but, I have to say, getting the chance to read Alexis Marie Chute’s novels have been a great one. I loved the sound of the first book since I agreed to be involved in the cover reveal and it didn’t disappoint. It was a dream come to true to get the ARC for the sequel. I got a little sidetracked reading it cause of niece’s birth but this week I finished it.
- Love Nina by Nina Stibbe
Getting back into it with this book. I have a new, dry edition and I’m slowly making progress. It’s such a lovely read and I’m really looking forward to getting some read tonight. As soon I’ve finished this damn post.
- 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’ve been quite naughty this week and have bought 3 more books. I didn’t need them but they all sounded too good to resist.
- All Neon Like Love by Dan Gennoe – This book is all about loneliness, love, and obsession. It sounds like it could either be absolute trash or absolutely amazing. Either way, I’m here for it.
- If Cats Disappeared From the World by Genki Kawamura – What would you sacrifice for an extra day of life? This book sounds so different and exciting. I’ve thought about it ever since I saw it in a bookshop weeks ago. I had to. It’s taking all my strength not to start it now.
- The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann – Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, this is a novel all about a lecturer who runs away to Japan. He sets off following the footsteps of a Japanese poet and meets a Japanese student on his way. I love the sound of this one. I’m really looking forward to it.
- TV Binges –The IT Crowd, Stranger Things, The Hunger Games movies, RuPaul’s Drag Race,
I’ve been watching all kinds of shit this week. I got bored with Friends so got through the whole of The IT Crowd in a couple of days. On Thursday and Friday I watched the third season of Stranger Things. I enjoyed it but I have some issues. I feel like Hopper’s character changed dramatically this season and not for the better. Also, Eleven seems to slip between being a functioning human teenager to understanding nothing. It’s all very inconsistent. But it was a good season I think. On Saturday, I decided to watch all of The Hunger Games movies. I’ve only ever seen the first one and now they’re back on Netflix it seemed like it was time. Meh. They’re okay. After that, I was at a loss of what to watch so I’m rewatching the last season of Drag Race. Maybe I need a break from Netflix?
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."