What have you been reading this week?
So, another lockdown has been announced in England starting from next week. Of course, as it the usual way with this government, it’s coming too late and will disrupt more lives than were necessary. If they’d listened to the science in September we could have done it for two weeks. If they’d listened Labour in early October we could have done it for two weeks. But it’s too late now and we’ll be in it for at least a month. Probably longer. I’m starting to think my boss might furlough me. As he told me last time, my colleague has already been furloughed so it my turn. But we’ll see what happens.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOKISH REVIEW – The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie and trains go together like Wilbert Awdry and trains. Okay, not quite the same as the Thomas the Tank Engine writer only wrote about trains. Yet, there’s no denying that Christie loved train travel. I admit that I miss my daily train rides to work at the moment. Although, that’s probably got less to do with the romanticism of the train and more about my lack of freedom. Would this book satiate all of my train-based needs? Read my post to find out.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)
2020 is a strange and terrifying year, so it’s the perfect time for one of the best loved comedy characters to come back. Borat is such an iconic character but how was the new film going to work? After all, everyone knows who is he now, right? Surely nobody will agree to an interview with him. So, how did Sacha Baron Cohen get round it? You’ll have to check out my review.
- BOOK REVIEW – Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
Give Agatha Christie a locked room mystery and, more often that not, you’ve got literary greatness. Add a mode of transport to that and it’s classic Christie. There’s a reason why this was name checked in Doctor Who. It just felt like the right time to reread this one. It was never one of top Christie books but I had nothing against. Would things have changed this time? Head over to my review to see.
- TBT REVIEW – Borat (2006)
Sacha Baron Cohen really is a fantastic performer. You just need to look at how much he inhabits his characters. How else would he have convinced so many people in this film to believe the unbelievable? It’s been so long since I watched this film that I was really looking forward to it. If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out my review.
- The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
I spent a lot of last Sunday just reading this book and I managed to get through it quite quickly. It left me with plenty of time to get my review written for Monday. I even had time to spare which was weird but useful. The clocks changing had massively messed with my head and I needed sleep.
- Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
I started reading this as soon as I’d finished The Mytersy of the Blue Train but it was clear that I was going to struggle getting it finished it in time. So, I decided to listen to the audiobook while I was working. It’s a bit cheeky but I found it on YouTube. I have an Audible membership so I’m not against paying for Audiobooks but I was already someway through the book. It just seemed silly to buy it.
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
It’s been 100 years since Agatha Christie’s first book was published and her impact on the literary world is still clear to see. This was another Audiobook listen as I was working. Things have been quite repetitive and boring at work at the moment. I’m being left with all of the day-to-day stuff so I can allow myself the pleasure of listening to a book without it interrupting my day too much. I just have to be careful when I write emails to customers otherwise I’ll end up quoting Poirot’s words to them.
- Murder, She Wrote: Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
Yep, I’m currently reading a Murder, She Wrote spin-off novel. And yes, it does list Jessica Fletcher (a fictional character) as one of the authors of the book. It was a present from a friend last Christmas and I’ve been waiting for Halloween to read it. This is from the late 90s/early 00s, the real Golden Age of television spin-off novels. When they were just mega cringey and odd. The sort of books that were written quickly so as much money as possible could be made. It’s a tough read but I’ll get there.
I actually think I’ve been good and not bought a single new book this week. My pre-order copy of Troy by Stephen Fry finally turned up but that doesn’t count. I can’t be blamed for something past Laura did months ago.
- Fresh Meat – I really enjoyed this series when it came out. Well, it was written by the writers of Peep Show. It’s weird watching it and remembering how long it’s been since I left university. The last series left me with some serious feels.
- Schitt’s Creek -I’m very close to the end now but I’ve not watched a great deal this week. I don’t really want it to end. It’s so good.