In terms of reading, the week didn’t start off too well. I still wasn’t in the mood so it was a struggle getting finished for Wednesday. Then I started reading some short stories but I just couldn’t get into them. So, it wasn’t until the weekend that I actually started reading something new. I started on Saturday night and got about 40 pages in and then I’ve got most of the way through this afternoon. It’s amazing what a difference the right book makes to your reading Get something that you engage with and it’s a piece of piss. Maybe this is where I’ve been going wrong all of these years?
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
10 years ago, Zombieland became the unexpected success in the comedy-horror genre. It was a fun and fresh take on the very oversaturated zombie film market. And it managed to do it without being a cheap copy of Shaun of the Dead. There was talk of a sequel as soon as the first one was made but it just never happened. For whatever reason, the sequel just kept being put back. Well, now it’s here and the only question we have is, “was it necessary?” Go check out my review to find out.
- BOOK REVIEW – Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
There are plenty of Discworld novels that I haven’t read. I have read a few when I was younger but it’s probably safe to say they could do with a reread. So, I decided to start at the beginning. Or almost. As it’s Halloween, I decided to start with the third book in the series because, you know, witches. It’s the first time I’ve read it, despite knowing some of the characters from later books. Would their first outing be everything I always hope for with Terry Pratchett? Read my review to find out more.
- T.HROWBACK THURSDAY – Shaun of the Dead (2004)
I think I’ve decided that Shaun of the Dead is my favourite part of the Cornetto Trilogy. I know Hot Fuzz has more jokes and funny moments, I think Shaun is so clever. It’s a perfect love letter to the films that Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg love. It has all the zombie movie cliches and plays with them wonderfully. It’s a refreshing and original even 15 years later. I didn’t need the excuse to rewatch it but I felt it was time to review it. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- FRIDAY FAVOURITES – Halloween Reads
It’s Halloween next week and I’m in a spooky mood. I’ve been trying to theme my reads and have been having fun on my Instagram. My most recent photos have been Halloween themed. I’ve been really enjoying playing with fake blood. So, I decided to use my Friday Favourites to talk about my top books to read during at this time of year. Do you have a favourite? Head over to my post to see if it’s here.
- Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
It’s was tight but I got there. This isn’t my favourite Terry Pratchett book, which could explain the time it took. Still, there is some fun to be had here. It’s just hard reading some of the earlier novels whilst knowing how great the later novels are.
- Ayoade on Top by Richard Ayoade
I bought this as soon as it came out because I love Richard Ayoade. He has such a wonderful and dry sense of humour. He’s really clever and knows how to make his odd comedy work. I’ve bought his two previous books but I was super excited about this one. I watched the film View From the Top years ago with a friend. I remember it being really bad and us laughing our way through it. So, I was really looking forward to reading Ayoade’s analysis of it. Especially because he’s really knowledgable about all things films. This has the potential to be both hilarious and really informative at the same time.
- 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:
- My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – I was making an Amazon order and needed to get it to above £20 for my add on items. I found this book for £3.99. How could I not? I’m really interested to see what all the fuss is about.
- It Only Happens in Movies by Holly Bourne – I’m pretty sure that this book is going to disappoint me but the movie lover in me had to try. Again, this was an addition to my Amazon order but it only cost £2.00. Amazon might be dreadful but their prices are irresistible.
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson – The final book in my recent Amazon haul. Again, this was a £3.99 buy. And again, I’m not sure it’ll sit well with me but why not try.
- Australian Masterchef – I haven’t been watching much TV this week but I did start watching the next series of this show. It’s a great thing to have on in the morning or in the background. You can dip in and out without much trouble.
- Taskmaster – Still watching old episodes of this and loving it.
- 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.
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