Apparently, last week I couldn’t be bothered finishing my little opening paragraph before I posted my blog. Not that I had anything interesting to say, of course. It wasn’t that interesting a week. I’m happy to say that I’ve had a better reading week this week and it all comes down to the book. Rereading The Handmaid’s Tale had a huge impact on how quickly I got stuff done. I was actually looking forward to reading and found it really hard to stop. It means I’m absolutely exhausted now but it’ll sort itself out. Hopefully. Speaking of sorting stuff out. I’ve recently taken possession of my 6th bookshelf. I finally have all of my books on shelves and not on the floor. I’m hoping this makes it easier to sort out what I do and don’t want. In the near future, I’m going to have a proper sort of what I want to keep and what I don’t. What I’m eventually going to read and what I’m not. It’ll be tough but it needs to be done. It’s getting out of hand.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY REVIEW – One Cut of the Dead (2019)
I don’t know why but I’ve struggled to get the name of this film right every time I mention it.I published my first review with the wrong name and I’ve constantly recommended it to people using the name One Shot of the Dead. I realise this makes it seems like I don’t actually like it but that’s simply not true. I’ve had a copy of it sitting on my shelf for months so I was excited to finally get a chance to see it. All I’ve heard is great things so I had high expectations. But could it live up? Go check out my review to see.
- BOOK REVIEW – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
If you read my rundown last month, you’ll know that I wasn’t planning on reading this book this month. But The Testaments went and seduced me. It’s been a while since I read this book so it was great to go back. Margaret Atwood has such an impressive way of words and I found myself highlighting so many passages. This book is an important read for so many reasons but none more so that her use of language. It’s the first time I’ve reviewed this book and I always find it a bit of struggle when I love a book. So, my post probably eneded up less of a review and more of a general musing. Still, I hope there’s something there.
- THROWBACK THURSDAY – Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
There are many reasons that I use to pick my TBT film. Sometimes it’s based on a common theme, sometimes an actor, and sometimes it’s just my craving for a particular movie. This week? I picked a random film starring Jeff Goldblum. And I think that’s just as good a reason. Anyone who watched Goldblum trying to come to terms with the new that Spiderman is no longer in the MCU will know what a special human he is. We need to protect him and respect his past works. But do we need to respect all of them? After this week, I’m not so sure. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- FRIDAY FAVOURITES – Quotes from The Handmaid’s Tale
I almost forgot! I started a new series this week. If I can be bothered, I plan to publish a post every Friday about my favourite things. This week, it was all about Margaret Atwood and her amazing writing. I picked out some of the quotations that I picked out during my rereading of The Handmand’s Tale. Do you have a favourite? Head over to my post to see if it’s here.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I feel like I’ve read a lot of feminist dystopian literature recently and all of them have just been terrible versions of this book. Taking the basic premise of Atwood’s book and then trying to make it more violent isn’t a great strategy. Going back to The Handmaid’s Tale just makes me even sadder that I wasted time on those pretenders.
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
I’m doing it and I’m currently loving it. I can’t wait to see where this goes. Although, I’ve heard there were a lot of issues with writing because of the TV show (which I haven’t watched since season 1). So, I’m waiting to see how long it’ll last.
- 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.
I had a bit of a new book haul recently. I couldn’t help myself. Last week was a big release week.
- The Films That Made Me by Peter Bradshaw – Peter Bradshaw is one of my favourite film critics. He’s been writing for the Guardian for about 20 years and I love his reviews. He manages to find the perfect balance between fun and professional. He has real things to say about quality but isn’t afraid to get emotional. I’ve been waiting for this book to be released since I first heard about it.
- South Park – There are so many fantastic moments in these earlier seasons of South Park. I’ve just watched the episode where James Cameron raises the bar and I’ve had that bloody song in my head ever since. Let’s not forget, “James Cameron doesn’t do the things James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does the things that James Cameron does because James Cameron is… James Cameron.”
- Too much reading for films this week.
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."