Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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

It’s March and you know what that means. It’s birthday month. In the past, I’ve made a big deal of my birthday month but not in 2020. I’m also going to try and make sure it doesn’t impact on my reading. I’ve been doing quite well at managing to get through 2 books a week and keep on top of my posts. It would be great if I didn’t get distracted and lose my momentum. If I do, I probably won’t get it back until Summer. We’re having a big family holiday in Scotland in July. As it’s Scotland, it’s likely it’ll rain quite a bit and I’ll get plenty of reading done. That would definitely get me back on track.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • BOOK REVIEW – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

As I’ve said in every post relating to this book, I read it for an Instagram photo opportunity. I had chocolates in the shape of buttons and this is the only button related read I could think of. There’s probably loads out there but this was what I came up with. If I think of any more then I’m screwed because I ate a lot of them. Anyway, I decided it was a good reason to go back and revisit this short story. Read my review to see if it paid off.

  • TUESDAY REVIEW – Pain and Glory (2019)

This week’s Tuesday review marked the final Oscar film that I needed to review. Was I saving the best to last? Probably not because we all know that I was jizzing all over 1917 and Parasite earlier this year. Still, I was really looking forward to finally seeing this film. Plus, finding another great actor who might be able to take the Oscar away from Joker would be a bonus? Was it be everything I hoped it would be? Read my review to find out.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Never judge a book by its cover, right? Well, I judged this book by its cover. I liked it when I first saw it. I’ve not seen the hardback edition and much prefer that but let’s not get into it. I wanted to recreate the cover for Instagram so I bought this super cheap from WH Smiths in January. I finally decided to read it. Head to my review to see the story was worthy of the cover.

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY – In and Out (1997)

I was reminded that this film existed when I was writing my Favourite Tom Hanks Movies list the other week.  This was inspired by Hank’s Oscar speech following his win for Philadelphia. Reading about it mean that it was in my head all week and I knew I had to watch it. I know I normally like to link my Tuesday and Thursday posts but you’ve got to deal with your cravings I guess. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.

  • FRIDAY FAVOURITES – Fictional characters born in March

I know further up this post I said I wasn’t going to keep banging on about my birthday but I had no idea what to write for Friday this week. So, I found a website listing the birthdays of fictional characters and decided to list a bunch of fellow March babies. I’m not sure about the validity of all of the ones on the original list but I think the ones I chose were accurate. Head over to my post to see them.

Just Finished

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I finished this in less than 2 hours last Sunday. It was such an easy and nice listening experience that I feel as though it shouldn’t really count. But it does.

  • Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

I got most of the way through this book before I got too annoyed to carry on. Then I skimmed the final few chapters. It just proved that I was right to dislike it. The ending was stupid. Not quite Stephen King stupid but stupid.

Currently Reading

  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

I’m not as far along with this book as I’d like to be at this point but I can hopefully get ahead this weekend. I started a new medication last Thursday and one of the side effects is making me feel even more tired than usual. Not a great thing for someone who needs to read a lot.

Recently Purchased

I think I’ve been okay this week. I was tempted but I managed to resist. Of course, if I’m not also reading books this book buying ban is only partly working.

Recently Watched

  • TV:
    • House – I finished season 8. It’s not my favourite series of the show but I think the ending was nice. Bringing everyone back was a nice touch and it was a fitting end for the whole thing.
    • The Ricky Gervais Show – I’ve been listening to the old XFM podcasts at work and it’s been great going back to the start of Karl Pilkington. He’s such a funny guy and I love the three of them together. So, it inspired me to revisit the show that animated his greatest moments.
    • RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars – I got the notification from Netflix to tell me that Season 12 had started but I haven’t watched it yet. Instead, I’ve gone back to rewatch All Stars 2 and 3. I love Katya and BenDeLaCreme. Both of them are absolutely amazing and really funny. Both absolute babes as well, obviously.
  • Films
    • I feel like I’ve watched something this week that I’ve forgotten. I haven’t written anything on my Films Watched in 2020 list but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. God, it’s been a long week.

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