How has your week been? What have you been reading?
This weekend has just flown by. Yesterday was a long day that saw me traveling to and from a friend’s wedding. It took 2 hours to get there, 2 hours back, and a lot sitting around waiting. Most of the guests were staying over so could go and wait in their hotel rooms. Not me. Plus, I couldn’t drink anything most of the night for fear I’d need loads of toilet breaks on the journey home. But the actual wedding was lovely and a lot of fun. The bride looked beautiful and it was a really emotional day. But I’m tired and have done nothing all day. Well, except get angry with a random comment on my Instagram. After ranting about how badly written and pretentious a book was, someone commented that they “liked complicated language” and might give it a go. To me, this suggested that they hadn’t read my caption properly and were suggesting I was too stupid to understand the book. I wasn’t. I was suggesting the writer was too stupid to write a book. What is this awful shaming thing that goes on with bookish people? It’s pathetic. If you want to waste your time reading a book with nothing to say then fine. Just don’t suggest that I’m not a good enough reader for a book you’ve not even seen.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BONUS POST – Stranger Things 3: I’m hopping mad actually
Ever since I watched the third season of Stranger Things I’ve had some thoughts about. Some thoughts about some changes to characters that I didn’t think were very positive. I hadn’t wanted to discuss it but I didn’t want to risk spoiling it. But I’ve recently seen things on Instagram that pushed me into action. If you’ve seen the latest season and had some issues with it then check out my post.
- CREATIVELY CONTENT – #cs_mealsinmotion
I wasn’t going to post this last week because I hadn’t really done anything for this challenge. I had tried to get some things done but my set-up wasn’t really giving me the quality I was looking or. But, I also managed to get a couple of photos that I really liked so I thought I might as well. If you want to see how I got on you can check out my photos.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Yesterday (2019)
I’m not a big fan of either Richard Curtis or The Beatles so I was never sure that Yesterday was going to be the film for me. Still, I’d heard lots of good things about it and the concept was interesting. In the right hands, it could be great. And we have to trust Danny Boyle’s hands. But was he enough to take a Richard Curtis rom-com and make it great? To find out you should probably just read my review.
- BOOK REVIEW – The Pine Islands by Marin Poschmann
You may have noticed that I’ve been making more of an effort to read works by more diverse writers. I don’t mean to but I do tend to accidentally stick to white male authors. But who picks a book because of the author? If it sounds good then I’ll try it. But, I wanted to branch out and I started with one of the books nominated for this year’s Man Booker International Prize. It sounded amazing but would it live up to its potential? You might find out by checking out my review.
- THROWBACK THURSDAY – The Impossible (2012)
When I post my review on Tuesday, I was worried that I’d made myself seem like someone who hated The Beatles. But I don’t hate them. I just think we need to get a bit of perspective. So, to prove that, when used right, Beatles songs can be great inspiration for stories. This is a film I first watched years ago and have loved the soundtrack ever since. I guess, if I’m honest, I just wanted an excuse to watch it again. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann
This got a bit slow towards the end, so took a bit longer than I’d expected but it was still a fairly quick read. I’d been looking forward to reading this as soon as I picked it up in a bookshop. It was the kind of book that got me hooked. I wanted to read it and actively took the time to do it. That makes a change for me.
- Colorado Kid by Stephen King
This book was originally published by Hard Case Crime in 2005, I picked it up recently because of the amazing new edition. It has been republished with illustrations and it’s great. I’m a bit of a sucker for the Hard Case Crime covers anyway so this was an easy purchase. Joyland disappointed me so my expectations are low. However, I don’t think it’ll be dreadful. It passes the time at least.
- 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.
After last week’s mega book haul I haven’t felt the need to buy any more book. I just don’t need to add to my TBR right now. No matter how many I want. And, boy, do I want a lot.
- So much TV:
- Teen Titans Go! – I normally like to watch something easy in the mornings as I get ready for work. This seemed like a great choice. It requires no attention and is bright and colourful.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race – I love Katya. She’s one of my favourite ever contestants so I got the urge to rewatch her season. It’s so underrated.
- OITNB – it’s time for the final season. I couldn’t start this until Sunday but, once I was in, there was no way to stop.
- So many shit films:
- Matilda – I bloody love this film. It’s great. I wanted to watch it so I did. Love it.
- Last Action Hero – For some reason, I always think this was directed by Tony Scott. It makes me think it’s better than it is. It’s not terrible and is funny enough. But, for a Shane Black script, it could be funnier. And shorter.
- The Pirates! Band of Misfits – I don’t understand why UK Netflix has to show the American title but I decided I wanted to rewatch this. I already reviewed this and I enjoyed it. Back then I was writing essays instead of reviews
- Flushed Away – I guess I got a touch of Aardman fever because, as soon as I’d finished Pirates!, I decided to watch this. I don’t think I’ve ever watched the whole thing so wanted to try it out in full. It’s fine but not one of their greatest efforts.
- The Spy Who Dumped Me – I was always a bit intrigued by this film. Not because I thought it would be good but because I’d watched Kate McKinnon in anything. Something I’ve proved on this blog time and time again. But I also didn’t think it was ever going to be good. And it wasn’t. Yes, there were some funny moments but it was a fairly bland and highly predictable comedy. A comedy that was nowhere near as feminist as it thinks it is.
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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