What have you been reading this week?
So, second lockdown is proving to be just as much fun as the last one. I feel like I’m having mini breakdowns every other day despite the fact that my workload has dramatically decreased in the last week. I don’t know what’s going to happen workwise. At least they haven’t furloughed me. Still, I would be able to get more reading done. Thanks to some super short reads, I’ve managed to get quite a how count this week. Most of them are too short to review fully, so it means I’m still behind on my reviews for next week. How does this always happen?
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW – Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
I had intended to read all of this book on Halloween because it wasn’t exactly a long one. However, it didn’t quite work out like that. Instead of taking up one Saturday, it took me well over a week to finish this one. But why did it take so long? Read my review to find out.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Over the Moon (2020)
I didn’t really know anything about this film when I decided to watch it. In fact, I only knew about it because someone I follow on Instagram had mentioned watching it. Netflix have been pretty good when it comes to animation in the past, so would this be another potential hit? You’ll have to check out my review.
- BOOK REVIEW – Reality, and Other Stories by John Lanchester
I haven’t requested anything on NetGalley for ages because I could never handle the stress of having books to review in time. This week I got an email about available audiobooks and it included this one. It’s been on my radar for a while but I wasn’t confident enough to buy a copy yet. Head over to my review to see if I had reason to doubt it.
- TBT REVIEW – Coco (2017)
I must be one the last people to see this film. I’d heard nothing but good things about it and had been meaning to get around to it. I’ve had Disney+ since it launched in the UK and I’ve barely used it. So, I decided it was time to make it worth the subscription. If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out my review.
- Reality, and Other Stories by John Lanchester
I wasn’t a huge fan of The Wall but that didn’t mean that I wasn’t interested in John Lanchester’s recent collection of short stories. Although, I wasn’t sure that I was ready to commit to buying it yet. Thankfully, it was on offer as an audiobook on NetGalley and my request was approved. It was a short listen and I managed to get it done while I was working.
- Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman
Any chance to listen to Neil Gaiman for free and I’m going to take it. I requested this audiobook on NetGalley and was pleased to get a chance to hear it. It was as lovely as I expected. I’m definitely thinking about buying it for my niece when she’s a tad older.
- Five Little Easter Bunnies by Laura Hughes & Sarah Jennings
I’ve got one of Laura Hughes previous children’s books because I bought it for a Bookstagram prompt. It was also sweet and I can imagine my niece enjoying it if we’re allowed to be together next Easter. So, when this turned up on Read Now on NetGalley, I had to see. It was sweet and another good read for kids.
- Wolfboy by Andy Harkness
Another NetGalley Read Now book and one I picked up for fun. It wasn’t everything that I wanted it to be but I can see children liking it. I guess I was just disappointed by the rhythm of the story. I’m just used to kid’s books being more like a song and flowing really nicely.
- Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
I’ve had this for a little while and now seemed like a good time to read it. It’s the prefect length and an interesting concept. I love stories that really get to grips with its main character and this seems as though it will be devastating in its own way. I can’t wait to carry on with it.
I may have bought two new books this week. Okay, I did buy two new books this week. In my defence, it was double points at Waterstones and I really wanted both of them.
- Mr Wilder & Me by Johnathan Coe – I’ve had my eye on this for a while and was eagerly awaiting its release this year. Although, as I’m trying (and failing) to be good, I wanted to put it off for a bit. Then Bob Mortimer reviewed it on Twitter. How could I put it off any longer?
- Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie – Yes, this may be a collection of stories that are available in other places but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a must buy. It’s bloody beautiful. Harper Collins is definitely out to get me.
- The Crown -Did I watch all of Season 3 yesterday to prepare for the release of season 4? Yes. I put off watching this show for so long because I didn’t think I’d care Then they cast two actors whom I love and I knew that I had to watch it. Cut to now. I can’t say that I’m a huge fan but it’s a really well-made show.
- Community – I’ve got to that point where I know it to well to want to continue rewatching it anymore. I love this show though. I love that John Oliver was in it and I love that it managed to be wacky without seeming too gimmicky. It just worked so well.