Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I’ll be honest, I was surprised by how productive my week has been. Especially as last weekend I finally allowed myself to buy Animal Crossing. I’m already obsessed. Although I have already restarted my game once because I ended up hating the layout of my island. My second game is going much better but I do regret the placement of my house. Once I make enough bells I’ll definitely have to move it. In between all of this island living, I have managed to do some reading. It’s a miracle.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • BOOK REVIEW – Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

I started out the week with this review of one of my most anticipated books. I absolutely loved Before the Coffee Gets Cold so I was, understandably, excited about the second book. Especially as it promised to be more of the same. I didn’t need new and exciting concepts in the sequel. I just wanted more people visiting the time travelling café. But could I possibly love it as much as the 5 star worthy first book? You’ll have to read my review to find out.

  • TUESDAY REVIEW – Love, Guaranteed (2020)

As Autumn rolls in, it raises one huge question. Will Netflix still be able to pull off their annual Christmas movie output this year? We’ve become used to those dreadful Hallmark-esque films but what if Covid makes it difficult? What are we going to do without new films like A Christmas Prince, A Christmas Prince 2, and A Christmas Prince 3. Thankfully, they are still pushing out of the romantic nonsense for now, so we can get our fill now. Check out my review of their latest romantic-comedy offering.

  • BOOK REVIEW – The Cat That Changed America by Tony Lee Moral

I got an email the other week from writer Tony Lee Moral offering my the chance to read his upcoming book. It’s an illustrated children’s book about a mountain lion who made an extraordinary journey to find a new home. It sounded like a Disney movie and I couldn’t wait to check it out. Head over to my review to see if this is as wonderful as it sounds.

  • TBT REVIEW – She’s All That (1999)

One of the major plus points of watching Love, Guaranteed this week was that it gave me the excuse to rewatch She’s All That. It’s been a really long time since I last watched one of the defining teen movies of the late 90s/early 00s. It has been parodied so many times and is iconic in its own way. But has it aged well? I had to find out. If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out my review.

Just Read

  • The Cat That Changed America by Tony Lee Moral

This was a short but sweet little book that I had intended to start and finish last Sunday. Did that happen? No. I started it late on Sunday and finished it Monday. It was close enough.

Our virtual book club pick this month was one I’d already read. This meant that I was even more relaxed about starting it on time. The club purposefully picks books that are around 200 pages because everyone has full-time jobs and busy lives. This means I always start reading it late and have to push to finish on time. To get this finished, I listened to the audiobook. I finished it on the morning of the meeting.

Currently Reading

  • Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

There are a couple of Agatha Christie books that I want to read this month and I decided to start with this one? Why? It was nearest. I guess at some point I should try and read every single novel she has written but that would require dedication and me acquiring several books that I’m missing. Maybe I’ll try and do it in 2021?

Recently Purchased

I got a few new books this week but there are still plenty more that I want. I think the fact that I was even a little bit restrained shows some personal growth. Not a lot, I grant you, but some.

  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke – Have I read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell yet? Are you kidding?! That book is huge. Have I see Susanna Clarke’s new book everywhere? Yes and it was so beautiful I decided that I needed a copy.
  • Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang – This book has dragon scales on the fucking spine! I don’t care what the story is about, I needed it. I’m sure it will also be good thought because Waterstones have been banging on about it for ages.
  • Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – Did I buy a special edition paperback of this book because I want to reread it? Yes. Is that a bad thing? Also yes but also no.
  • Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – Did I buy another beautiful edition of this book? Yes. But, in my defence, this was a preorder, so it simply got delivered this week. There was nothing I could do to stop it.

Recently Watched

  • TV:
    • French and Saunders – Finished it. Loved it. I now have a urge to watch Ab Fab and the Vicar of Dibley. I love these women.
    • RuPaul’s Drag Race – Started and finished All Stars 5 today. I out it on in the background as I was doing other things. I need to stop this kind of behaviour.

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