How is the current lockdown treating you all? I hope everyone is managing to stay safe and stay sane in the current climate. As a high-risk individual, I’m doing everything I can to avoid going to the house. It means that any time I do get outside, it feels like the best thing ever. I went for a necessary blood test on Thursday and it felt like a holiday. But I’m keeping busy enough. I’m still working during the week so I’m not having to fill too much extra time. I’ve got a load of puzzles to work on and a huge pile of books waiting for me. Oh, and all of Disney+ to work through. All I need to do is keep active. I’m going to have to figure out a better fitness routine to counteract all this staying indoors.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW – Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Choon
I bought this book a few weeks ago because it sounded great. Since then, I’ve been seeing it everywhere. It feels like everyone on Instagram is suddenly reading it to but that’s to be expected with new releases. I was always looking forward to reading this one but then everyone started saying how great it was. Which is normally a problem for me as hyped books rarely work out well for me. Read my review to see if was everything I wanted it to be.
- BOOK POST – Self-Isolation Reading Plan
By the time I started working from home 12 days ago, I had already amassed a bunch of new books to add to my TBR. It’s safe to say that I had high hopes about how much reading I’d be doing now I wasn’t able to get out of the house and see other people. Things have turned out the opposite way. I’m reading less, missing blog posts, and am generally feeling uninspired. I decided I needed to figure out a plan to turn things around. Head over to my post to see how I’m going to do it.
- THROWBACK THURSDAY – 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
If you’re in your 30s, have Disney+ and didn’t immediately watch this film, then we clearly had different childhoods. This film had a greater impact on me than I’d like to admit. I played the soundtrack on repeat for years and it gave me a lifelong love of the band Sister Hazel. I still occasionally listen to the two Letters to Cleo songs on there and I’m listening to that bloody Angels song right now. I was obsessed with this film. So, I knew it needed to be the first one I watched using my new subscription. If you’re also feeling a bit nostalgic then head over to my review.
- FRIDAY FAVOURITES – Simpsons Episodes
The other thing I did when I got my Disney+ subscription, was to start working my way through old episodes of The Simpsons. There are plenty there that I hadn’t seen for years and definitely needed a rewatch. I know the show gets a lot of criticism these days but, even at its worst, it’s always been watchable. Still, it can’t be denied that when it was at its highest point, the show had some utterly spectacular episodes. I decided to try and figure out my favourites. It was hard but I did it. Head over to my post to see them.
- Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
I finished this just in time to review it last Sunday. It was only a short read but I was not in a reading mood back then. Still, I enjoyed it and finishing it inspired me to keep pushing on with my books.
- Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin
I bought this book because I fell in love with the cover on Instagram. It really is bloody gorgeous, so I had to look it up. It sounded like the ideal story for me. Character-driven and quite insular. I’m not always a bit plot person, so all of these shorter reads focusing on the relationship between two people is perfect. I finished it last night and will post my review on Monday.
After my recent massive haul, I think I’ve managed to reign in my spending. Although, I did cave and buy the new Vintage edition of Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida. But have you seen it? How could you not?
- The Simpsons– Picking and choosing my favourites of the last 30 seasons. It’s been great.
- Lizzie McGuire – I had to give it a go. This was a childhood favourite too.
- Lady and the Tramp (2020) – This will be the subject of my review this Tuesday. I bet you can guess what the TBT post will be.