Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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

We’re only 10 days away from the big day and I feel like I’m not prepared at all. But I do have 3 days off work next week to get sorted. Then it’s only 4 more days of work until January 2nd. I’ve never had time off over Christmas before and I’m beyond excited. The fact that I only have 4 more days of work left until the New Year is genuinely amazing. I’m hoping to get some serious reading done. I do have to get through the Christmas Party next weekend. They’re always a bit weird but this is my first one at my new job. I barely know anybody and I just don’t want to spend all night sitting in the corner like a loner. But it’ll be okay. Everyone’s nice. I just need to find something to wear. Also exciting, is the fact that I’m heading to watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Friday. I loved The Last Jedi so I have high hopes for this one.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • BOOK REVIEW – Peter Pan: An Audible Original Drama

I’ve only been a member of Audible again for a few weeks and already it’s proving it’s worth. Every year they give their members a free Christmas present. This year, it was a dramatisation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Starring Rupert Everett as Captain Hook no less. I was excited to listen to this so, last Sunday, I wrapped up in bed and listened to it. Read my review to see if it was a decent present or not.

  • TUESDAY REVIEW – Ford vs Ferrari (2019)

Recently I’ve discovered the phrase “Dad film”.  Meaning, as I’m sure I don’t need to clarify, the type of film anyone’s dad would enjoy going to see. Looking at the list of thing people describe as a Dad film, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a dad. I wasn’t sure I’d like this one, as I don’t care much for motorsport these days, but it looked really good. So good that I couldn’t’ wait to give it a go. I enjoyed it, so I guess that proves I’m a dad? Go check out my review to find out if you’ve got dad tastes too.

  • BOOK REVIEW – Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’m struggling to get through my current read Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. I don’t know why but I can’t get into it. So, last week I knew I needed to do something drastic to have a second book review ready. I decided that drastic thing would be to read an absolute Christmas classic. The collection of letters author J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his children in the guise of Father Christmas. Well, it was on my list of Favourite Festive Reads. If you fancy checking out an old favourite then have a read of my review.

  • T.HROWBACK THURSDAY – Nativity (2009)

I hated this film when I first watched it. That’s the reason it made it onto my list of Worst Christmas Films of All Time. But, as I’m doing my self-imposed Christmas Film Advent, I decided it was time to give it another go. Would I like it better now I’m a bit older? Now that my friends and family have started having babies? Would I finally get the thing that kids saying stupid things is adorable and funny? There’s only one way for you to find out. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.

  • FRIDAY FAVOURITES – Movie Santa Claus

What is the plural of Santa Claus? Is it Santa Clauses? I don’t know and I didn’t know when I wrote the title of this post. So, I just went singular and the lack of grammatical sense is annoying me. But, enough of that. This is all about celebrating the best Father Christmas we have seen on screen. Who is your favourite? Head over to my post to see mine.

  • BONUS REVIEW – The Knight Before Christmas

Another week and another Netflix Original Christmas film. This week it was the second starring Vanessa Hudgens as the romantic lead. It’s your classic time-travelling Knight in modern society kind of vibe. Never seen that before, right? See my review to find out how bad it was.

Just Finished

  • The Letters of Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

I finished this super adorable book really quickly. It was mostly because I needed to for my review. But it was also because it’s a really cute read. It’s full of charm and originality. Plus, the illustrations are all beautiful. It’s definite must-read at this time of year.

  • Festive Spirits by Kate Atkinson

This little book is a sweet little collection of three short Christmas stories. It’s something I finished in a couple of hours and really enjoyed. There was a lot of range in the stories and I definitely had my favourites. But it was a nice read.

Currently Reading

  • Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Part of my festive reading this month is the novel that Die Hard was based on. Admittedly, it’s not as good and I’m pretty sure that certain bits don’t make sense. But I guess it’s fun. And interesting to see where the film came from.

  • 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

Don’t think I’ve bought any new books this week. It’s all about the Christmas presents.

Recently Watched

  • TV:
    • Parks and Rec – I got a bit bored of The Office so I’m having a break with this show. Again, I’ve seen it too much but it’s so lovely. I want to be Leslie.
  • Films
    • So many Christmas films. I’m off out soon so I don’t have time to list them. However, if you’re interested check out my Instagram story highlights.

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