Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, reviews, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Tomorrow is my first day back in the office since March. I’m not sure how it’s going to go. I’ve been shielding for so long that the idea of sitting in a small office is a bit weird but I was given the impression that I needed to come back. On the plus side, I’ll not longer be working extra time unpaid. There’s also the issue of getting back to my schedule. I’ve been able to finish writing a bit later because I wasn’t having to get up as early. It’ll take a bit of time to get back into my old routine. I doubt I’ll get much reading done in the first few weeks back. Good job I’ve already reached my 2020 target.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • BOOK POST – Top Ten Greek Legends by Terry Deary

I needed to find a quick read for my review this week, so I went back to my childhood. I loved this book when I first read it. It was funny and I also loved reading about the Greek gods. It kicked off my love of Greek mythology and I couldn’t wait to see if it lived up to my memories. You’ll have to read my review to find out if it did.

  • TUESDAY REVIEW – The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

All I’ve ever heard about this film has been positive. Everyone bloody loves it. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel. I couldn’t argue with the cast and I think Armando Iannucci is a genius. It’s Dickens. I’m not a fan and I’ve never bothered to read David Copperfield. I assume it will be too Dickens for me. Read my review to see if even a Dickens-sceptic enjoyed it.

  • BOOK REVIEW – Top Ten Fairy Stories by Michael Coleman

My second book review for this week was a second book from the Top Ten series of books. Another that I had read when I was a kid. I loved that this book told the true and gory stories behind the fairy tales that I was so familiar with. It was probably the first time I’d ever heard the original ending. Was it still as good? Head over to my review to find.

  • TBT REVIEW – The Death of Stalin (2017)

I’d always meant to watch this film when it came out but, for whatever reason, I never did. So, finally watching Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Dickens gave me the excuse to watch it. If you’re feeling nostalgic then check out my review.

Just Read

  • Top Ten Greek Legends by Terry Deary

Written by the man behind the Horrible Histories series of books, it was always clear that this book was going to be both funny and interesting. Going back to this book, I was surprised by how much detail there was in it and how much I must have learnt the first time around. It’s a great little resource.

  • Top Ten Fairy Stories by Michael Coleman

Though I don’t think was quite as good as the Greek Legends book in this series, the Fairy Tales in this collection are fun to read. The facts in between are a little more dry but there is definitely a lot of fun here.

Currently Reading

  • The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

I pre-ordered a few books that were released on Thursday 3rd September and this was the one that I was most excited by. I started reading it this week and I wish I had a week off to really get to grips with it. I can’t wait to keep going.

  • Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux

I meant to get more of this done but I’ve had a few late nights this week. I don’t like starting an audiobook to late because I worry that I won’t pay attention. I’ll get round to this soon.

Recently Purchased

I don’t think I’ve bought anything new this week, which is definitely a good thing. I’ve bought too many books recently. Although, I do have a book voucher from my birthday to spend and, now I’m, going to be back at work, I might be able to finally use it.

Recently Watched

  • TV:
    • Torchwood: Miracle Day– I thought that I’d enjoyed Miracle Day when I first watched it. Watching it again, I can’t see why. It was such a weird series. We were expected to care about new characters we knew nothing about, Jack was barely in it, Gwen was acting weird, the story wasn’t that great, and the Oswald Danes storyline was pointless. I’m starting to think this was actually worse than Children of Earth.
    • The Simpsons – Yep, I’m still going through all of the episodes on Disney+. There’s so many of them. The latest ones aren’t great but they’re hardly terrible.
    • Come Dine With Me – There are so many fantastically shit British shows on Netflix now. I used to watch this show religiously. Going back to the early days just reminds me of how terrible all the contestants were. I love it.
    • Criminal: UK – I decided to finally watch this series and I loved it. It’s not what I’d thought it was from the Netflix trailer but it was so much better. I won’t pretend it was the most tense thing I’ve ever watched and the twists weren’t that shocking but I’m excited for the next series.

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