Thanks to an awkwardly timed doctor’s appointment, I’ve had a sort of 3 day weekend so, right now, I have no idea what day it is.I’ve spent today relaxing and get some serious reading done. The good thing about having an extra day meant that I was able to get all of my boring shit out of the way. Then Saturday was taken up by taking photos and doing all of the other boring shit I didn’t do on Friday. Meaning Sunday is all about doing the fun stuff. I’ve watched some new shows, read a lot, and am going to try and get ahead with my posts. Last week was such a good week because I wasn’t rushing to finish posts every night. Organisation: turns out it’s not just useful during working hours.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW – The Cockaoch by Ian McEwan
I wasn’t expecting this to be the books I review last week but, after a surprise release at the end of September, I had to check out Ian McEwan’s new novella. A satire about Brexit that was also a play on Kafka’s Metamorphosis? It certainly talked a big game? But could it possibly work? Was it all just too good to be true? To find out, check out my review.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Rocketman (2019)
A musical biopic of Elton John starring Taron Egerton? I was all in for Rocketman before I’d even seen any trailers. The trailers just made it seem even more up my street. It was the perfect antidote to the frustratingly dull Bohemian Rhapsody. From the looks of it, this was going to a film that wasn’t afraid to show who the star really was. But could it possibly be as good as the trailers suggested? Go check out my review to find out.
- BOOKISH POST – September Reading Warp-Up
Another month over and another set of books finished. September was a better month for books than August. Although I still only managed to get through 5 but I really enjoyed most of them. So, I count that as a win. To find out what I thought about my September reads, check out my wrap-up.
- T.HROWBACK THURSDAY – The Greatest Showman (2017)
I’ve had people telling me that this film was worth watching ever since it came out. I wasn’t convinced. I love a good musical but this just seemed like it wasn’t for me. But, after I heard some of the soundtrack, I was interested in finding out for myself. Plus, Hugh Jackman singing and dancing will always bring me some joy. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- FRIDAY FAVOURITES – National Poetry Day
Week 3 of my new series is all about poetry. I love poetry but don’t read it as often as I should. In honour of National Poetry Day, I decided to discuss some of my favourite poems. They’re mostly all a few hundred years old cause that’s my jam. Do you have a favourite? Head over to my post to see if it’s here.
- The Institute by Stephen King
This book is freaking long guys. I know it’s Stephen King but his last few novels have been pretty digestible. This one is noticeably bulky. Still, I’m getting through it. Especially after today. Over halfway and I’m hoping to get further on tonight before bed. He might include a lot of detail but King is always readable.
- 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 splashed out on a few books this week. I was bad.
- The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett – I bought this Waterstones exclusive edition because it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. The printed edges, the endpapers, and the covers. I’m in love. And it sounds like a great story. A worthy purchase.
- The Wall by John Lancaster – I’ve seen an advert for this book at the station every morning as I go to work so it was only a matter of time before I got it.
- Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi – Remember after I read If All the Cats Disappeared From the World and I said I was on a mission to read more diverse books? Yeah, that never happened. So, I bought this to help. It sounds fucking amazing and the cover is beautiful. It ticks so many boxes.
- Luther – I’ve given South Park a break and have been catching up with the episodes of this that I never watched. When I eventually go back to Netflix I can finally watch the newest episodes.
- Goodness Gracious Me! – I was watching these old episodes on iPlayer this weekend and it’s still so funny. Such a groundbreaking show when it came out in the late 90s. I’m so glad iPlayer has old episodes now.
- UnREAL – started this today. I’m not sure I like it but it’s certainly easy to watch. Showing the behind the scenes production of a romance reality show, it’s sexy, dramatic, and ruthless. There are better things to watch but there are also worse things.
- 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."