How has your week been? What have you been reading?
Urgh, back to work tomorrow. How has this week gone by so quickly? I’ve had a really lovely week though. I’ve seen friends, spent time with my family, and just relaxed. I’ve also had a stressful time trying to find a dress for a wedding next week. I hate shopping for an occasion. It’s all so stressful and sizes don’t make any sense. What is it with clothes companies not factoring in people with larger chests? According to the first result on Google, the average bra size in the UK is 36DD. So, why are we still making clothes assuming that it’s still 34B? It doesn’t make sense. In order to get a good fit on the top, I have to suffer through a larger lower half. I hate it. And I’ve bought so many different dresses this week. All our delivery men and my local post office must think I’m insane with the number of parcels I get and send back.
Weekly Blog Posts
- CREATIVELY CONTENT – #cs_farmtotable
I’m not sure that last week’s challenge was quite so much fun for me but I still gave it a try. We were trying to showcase fresh ingredients and I tried to approach it in a different way. Normally, I’m a complete flatlay lover but I tried to mix it up a bit. These photos aren’t my best but I learnt some things. When shooting food, it’s important to have your backdrop sorted. I’m not sure my current set-up really works for it. If you want to see how I got on you can check out my photos.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Spider-Man Far From Home (2019)
After doing my mid-year rundown, I’ve started to worry that I’m being too harsh on everything this year. So, it’s making me wonder if I was too harsh on the latest Spider-Man film. I was really excited to see it, especially after rewatching Spider-Man Homecoming the morning before I saw it. Tom Holland is great in the role and Marvel’s approach to these films has been perfect. But I still had some gripes with it. Was I just being too mean? To find out you should probably just read my review.
- BOOK REVIEW – If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura
Winning the award for best and longest book title of 2019, this was a book I was really looking forward to after stumbling across in a bookshop. I love the sound of the concept so much. The Devil offers a dying man an offer to gain more time. All he has to do is make something disappear from the world. Would you take him up on it? Would I? You might find out by checking out my review.
- THROWBACK THURSDAY – The Impossible (2012)
Before he became a huge Hollywood star, Tom Holland made his film debut playing the son of Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Retelling the story of a family caught up in the 2004 Tsunami, The Impossible is a realistic and emotional film that really resonates. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura
This was a pretty quick read really. It helped that I was really into the story. Such an original idea and so well written. Though, I think a lot of people might find it boring. It’s not so big on the action or events. But as a character study, I adored it.
- The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann
This book made the Shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize this year and I have been really looking forward to it. A German scholar has a dream that his wife has been unfaithful and it prompts him to leave the country abruptly. He travels to Japan where he meets a student. Together they set off on a journey following in the footsteps of the poet Bashō. It’s a bit of a weird book but it’s so beautifully written.
- 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.
Okay, I’ve had a bit of big haul this week but I did have a book token to spend. This means it isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. Was I planning on spending it all in one go? No. But it meant that I could buy new copies of books that I initially considered too expensive. Would I normally pay £12.99 for a paperback? Hell no! But when it’s not real money then it’s fine, right?
- 100 Hugs by Chris Riddell – an adorable set of illustrations accompanied by literary quotes. This is a sweet little book that I picked up at the til. How could I resist?
- The Colorado Kid by Stephen King – I have a difficult relationship with Stephen King but I’m obsessed with the Hard Case Crime covers. And, though it might not have been everything I wanted, I did enjoy Joyland.
- Heartstream by Tom Pollock – I have every inclination that this is going to be a big pile of wank but I thought it might be an easy read. It describes itself as being perfect of Black Mirror fans so it’ll be interesting to see how close it is to the series.
- Supper Club by Lara Williams – this is the £12.99 paperback that I mentioned. Such an outrageous price. However, I love the sound of this book. It sounds a bit gross and crazy. It might just be my brain making connections with Fight Club but it sounds very Chuck Palahniuk to me.
- Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson – I know that Machines Like Me didn’t live up to my sci-fi expectations but I still really want to see Winterson’s take on AI and sex robots. My friend had said that she could get me a copy through work but I couldn’t wait. So I didn’t.
- Three Women by Lisa Taddeo – I’ve read a lot about this book recently and it sounds amazing. Like non-fiction that plays out like a fiction book. And I always love books that show the other sides of women. I’m excited about this one.
- Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro and Cornelia Funke – I had to get a copy of this novelisation. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of the most spectacular films of all time. How would it work in novel form? There’s only one way to find out.
- Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher – Yes, I did buy a Stranger Things YA book. I know it’s probably going to be dogshit but I had to try. I do love Hopper so. Well, I did before season 3 but more on that story later.
- So much TV:
- Derry Girls – I have watched so many random clips of this show that I decided to finally watch it. It was better than I expected. I just wish the second series had been on there.
- Russian Doll – I’ve been meaning to watch this for ages and I took my holiday to do it. I’m obsessed with it. Natasha Lyonne is perfect and amazing and wonderful. I’ve loved her for ages now but this is perhaps the best she’s ever been. And it made me super excited for the final series of OITNB.
- OITNB – I decided to rewatch the last season in preparation for the final one. It was better than I remembered but still nothing on what went before. And I’m still waiting for the Carol and Barb prequel series. I’d love to see more of their life and find out how they got caught.
- Dead to Me – Another show that I’ve been meaning to watch. It was obvious what was going on from the trailer but it was still a pretty enjoyably silly show. I just hope it gets a bit more unexpected next season.
- When They See Us – I knew watching this short series would emotionally destroy me so I put it off. I was never in the right frame of mind. But I watched all four episodes on Friday. That final episode was so much. I was ugly crying and I couldn’t stop. I should not have watched it before bed.
- Blown Away – if ever proof were needed that I would watch anything if it were turned into a competitive TV show then this must surely be it. Competitive glassblowing shouldn’t be as engaging as this. I loved it.
- Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – I had a craving to rewatch this so I did. It’s still a weird series.
- So many shit films:
- Gnomeo and Juliet – I’ve never seen this adaption of Romeo and Juliet but have seen it on Netflix for ages. I didn’t have much to do on Monday besides take photos so I figured I’d give it a go. Not bad.
- Sherlock Gnomes – In for a penny as they say. Not a terrible sequel but also not that exciting. Major gripe? Johnny Depp as Sherlock? No thank you.
- American Wedding – Don’t know why but I suddenly started thinking about this film. I saw this at the cinema and haven’t seen it since. I had to remind myself. Wish I hadn’t.
- American Reunion – I’d never seen this installment before so, as I was returning to the franchise, it seemed like a time to do so. Again, wish I hadn’t.
- Not Another Teen Movie – The final film in my tragic look back on teen movies past. God, Chris Evans had a poor start to his career. I need to go and watch Snowpiercer again just to remind myself that I love him these days.
- Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate – The first one wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible. Why did I watch this? One word: Katya. I love that Queen. I’d watch anything she was in. Even her shitty show with Trixie. She’s everything. This film, unfortunately, wasn’t.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – I haven’t seen this film in years. Boy, it’s long. Still, it’s a fun and nostalgic watch for a lazy Saturday. But I am going to have those songs in my head forever now.
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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