I’ve had a much less euphoric week than I’d had last week. 7 days ago, I was celebrating finishing one book and being near the end of another. This week, I’m not even 100 pages into my latest read. I’ve been distracted and tired so it’s not exactly gone to plan. Plus, the weather has been better. I’ve not had to hide from the rain on my lunch. This would usually see me sat in Costa reading a book with a peppermint tea. No rain means no midday reading. But I’m hopeful I can get it finished before I need to write my review. I’ve done more unbelievable things for this blog before now.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW – The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
What’s this? A book review? On a Monday? This isn’t my usual blogging schedule. Last week was a great week for me. Don’t know what made it so special but I managed to finish two books pretty quickly (for me) and was cocky enough to post two reviews in one week. The first was this thriller by Ruth Ware. I bought it because the page edges had keys on them and I love a decorated edge on my bookshelf. But what about the book itself? Find out if it lived up to the design by reading my review.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Ad Astra (2019)
All I’d heard before watching Ad Astra was positive. People were going crazy about Brad Pitt’s space adventure so I was desperate to check it out for myself. I’m always suspicious of super-hyped films (as you’ll remember from my Hustlers review) but I had to admit that Pitt was pretty good in Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood. So, was Ad Astra as worthwhile as everyone was saying? Go check out my review to find out.
- BOOK REVIEW – Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
This is another one of those books with a title that begs to be picked up mixed with an utterly irresistible premise. Starting lie as a play, the story is set inside a cafe that has magical properties. It can send patrons back in time so they get one more chance to see the people they love. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Read my review to find out more.
- T.HROWBACK THURSDAY – Solaris (2002)
Ad Astra sees Brad Pitt exploring the wonders of space whilst also facing up to his past. For this week’s throwback Thursday, it only seemed right to go back to the film that saw his Ocean’s 11 co-star George Clooney do the same thing. Solaris isn’t particularly well-remembered but is it better than we all think? I had to find out. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- FRIDAY FAVOURITES – Batman storylines featuring the Joker
To celebrate finally getting to see Joaquin Phoenix playing Batman’s greatest nemesis, I decided to list a few of my favourite stories featuring the character. There are some absolutely unmissable graphic novels that see the Joker doing unspeakable things. He’s such an interesting and evil character that you can see why he deserved his own film. But could the film ever live up to his comic book appearances? Especially when they are this good. Do you have a favourite? Head over to my post to see if it’s here.
- Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
I raced through this last Sunday and had basically finished it by the time I went to bed. It didn’t take long to get through it on Monday because it’s so well-written. The story is irresistible and so original. It’s no wonder it was such a hit in Japan. I’m so glad it was finally translated to English. If you haven’t already read it then I suggest you do it.
- Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
It’s October so I’m trying to theme my reads this month. My last book featured a ghost and this one is all about witches. Yes, it’s Terry Pratchett so is less scary and more hilarious. But that shouldn’t matter. It’s still on topic. The only problem is, I’ve not really been in a reading mood this week. I think my double read last week exhausted me! Fingers crossed I get more of this done tonight.
- 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’ve been a naughty girl this week:
- It’s Not Okay to Feel Blue and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis – This collection of writing is all about mental health. It features a whole host of great people discussing a range of topics. It sounds like exactly my kind of thing and I can’t wait to dive in.
- The Outsider by Stephen King – After my review of The Institute, you might be wondering why I’ve bought another Stephen King. Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment? Maybe I’m just a hopeless optimist? Whatever it is, I feel like I should give The Outsider a try. We’ll see how it goes.
- UnREAL – I’m on the final season and, though I’ve lost some patience with it, I’m invested now. I have to see how this goes.
- Taskmaster – This is what I’ve been doing instead of reading. I’ve been watching old episodes of this show and laughing myself silly. It’s so good.
- 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."