Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown
How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I’ve just got back from spending a lovely afternoon with my sister, brother-in-law, and my niece. Yes, I ended up at a rugby match despite having little or no interest in the sport. But it was a pretty good time.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • TUESDAY REVIEW – Blinded by the Light (2019)

When I asked a friend of mine if he’d seen this film, he replied “sounds like a Jesus film and then decided it sounded “odd” after he’d Googled it. I know not everyone can be a Bruce Springsteen fan but I was not happy about that. I mean, yeah, does it sound kind of religious but it is also a Springsteen song. It’s not that weird. Anyway, he definitely wasn’t into the idea. But don’t listen to him, he knows nothing about films. To find out what it’s really like, check out my review.

  • BOOK REVIEW – Darknenss on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher

I didn’t think I was going to finish this book in time for a review because I was still doing pretty badly at reading last week. After a huge effort on Tuesday and Wednesday, I did get the book completed and managed to post a review. Most of the time, books based on television or films are never that great. But would this one be different? Or is my love of Hopper so strong I was blindly walking into a disaster? To find out if it was worth my time you can check out my post.

  • THROWBACK FRIDAY – Bend it Like Beckham (2002)

After watching Gurinder Chadha’s latest film, I decided to go back to watch one of her early films. Bend it Like Beckham wasn’t meant to be the huge hit it ended up being Johnathan Rhys Myers talked about being so embarrassed about being in it that he barely told anyone. On paper, it didn’t seem like the kind of thing that audiences and critics would love but it made waves. I remember it at the time and probably caring more about the romance plot than anything else. But I was 14. What would it be like 17 years later? If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.

Just Read

  • Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher

I feel like I’ve been reading this book for ages. I know I’ve read other things in between but I just couldn’t get into it. It just wasn’t an engaging story. This was more a quick and easy cash-grab than a decent example of literature. Think The Cursed Child but with more drunk cops and fewer wizards.

Currently Reading

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I hadn’t intended to start reading this but I also hadn’t intended on buying The Testaments just yet. Then I came face-to-face with a copy and couldn’t resist. But, before I read that, I’d promised myself I would finally revisit The Handmaid’s Tale. So, we’re in a situation that I didn’t plan and am not entirely proud of. Then again, I fucking love this book so it’s all good.

  • Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Not got any further with this for obvious reasons. It’ll be my next read I’m sure. Am I lying? Definitely.

  • Supper Club by Lara Williams

I think I’m going to try the audiobook with this one. It might be easier to get through.

  • 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.

Recently Purchased

I had a bit of a new book haul recently. I couldn’t help myself. Last week was a big release week.

  • The Institute by Stephen King – I can guarantee that when I write my review of this book I’ll moan about how bad the ending is. I know I’ll say it’s disappointing and doesn’t live up to its potential. But, dammit, I think Stephen King always deserves a try.
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – I was going to stay strong. I was going to wait until my TBR was smaller. I promised. But I saw it in a bookshop. I picked it up. There was no other way that was going to end.
  • Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson – This book is fucking gorgeous. Seriously, check out my Instagram this Tuesday for a sneak peek. It’s beautiful. Totally worth it.

Recently Watched

  • TV:
    • South Park – I decided to watch season 21 of the show as I hadn’t seen it yet. It was a great season so I decided to go back to earlier seasons. I can’t watch the very first seasons anymore so I picked a random number (8) and just went for it. I think South Park got much better in recent years but there are so many classic episodes from these years. It’s so much fun to watch them again.
    • Mr. Mercedes – I wasn’t a massive fan of Stephen King’s crime thriller when I read it but I felt like it could work as a film. So, I decided to give the adaptation a try. Especially as Brendan Gleeson stars as Billy Hodges. It was okay. I think it made a lot out of certain things that it didn’t need to and it wasted a lot of time on silly things. But as crime thrillers go, I guess it worked well enough. And I guess my knowledge of the later book is clouding my judgment anyway.
    • Heroes – my enjoyment of this show has already started slowing. It takes so long for anything to happen. I don’t know why we didn’t see it earlier. Why was it so surprising when it all went to shit? I guess there’s a lot to be said for having to wait a week between episodes.
  • Films
    • Not sure I’ve watched any random films this week

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