What have you been reading this week?
As you may have noticed, the blog has had a bit of a makeover in the last couple of days. I just suddenly decided I needed an upgrade. Something smarter and more minimalistic. Everything seems very big at the moment, so I need to figure something out with that. However, I’m pretty happy with it now. I don’t like mixing things up too often but I really haven’t been happy with things at the moment. I can probably blame lockdown for making me a bit antsy. As we all know, nothing feels great right now. We’re just over a month away from Christmas but I’ve never felt less festive. I think we should all just be happy that we’re getting through each day in one piece.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW – Pizza Girl BY Jean Kyoung Frazier
This was a book that I was really looking forward to. It’s been one of the most hotly anticipated debuts of 2020 and it sounded like my kind of thing. I do always worry when I have high expectations for something. It’s exactly the kind of situation that can leave a person unsatisfied. Read my review to find out if this was everything I wanted it to be.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – The Crown Season 4
I’ve not really been in a film watching mood of late. I just find it such an effort to pick something to watch and then sit down an watch it. My attention span has decreased dramatically since we went into second lockdown. So, I decided to do something a little different this week. I’d just binge watched the new series of The Crown and I had some thoughts. What were they? You’ll have to check out my review to find out.
- BOOK REVIEW – Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Once again, I needed a quick read to fit in this week, so I headed over to my Audible library. Turns out I had a copy of this narrated by Neil Gaiman. I’ve been having a rough couple of weeks and a bit of Neil Gaiman in my earholes was exactly what I needed. Head over to my review to see if it made me feel better.
- TBT REVIEW – The Queen (2006)
I didn’t care a great deal about this film when it came out because I was a stupid 18-year-old. I only really watched it because I have a undying love for Michael Sheen. After finishing season 4 of The Crown, I decided that it was a good time to rewatch it. What would I think of Helen Mirren’s performance now she’s competing with my beloved Olivia Colman? If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out my review.
- Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
I finished this last Sunday after a hour or so of straight reading. I always feel stupid after doing that because it makes me realise how easy it is to finish books without distractions. If I spent less time just in front of Netflix or distracting myself on the internet, I’d get way more books finished in a month.
- Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Last week I listened to a Neil Gaiman audiobook and I wanted more this week. So, I listened to this book on a particularly slow afternoon this week. I’d forgotten that I’d bought it on Audible and it always feels good to finish listening to something else. Now to get through the rest of the ones I’ve forgotten about.
- Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe
I’ve been waiting to read this one since I bought it the other week. I love Jonathan Coe and the film link just got me all excited. I admit that I’m not the biggest Billy Wilder fan ever. Not that I don’t like him but that there are still so many of his films that I still need to watch. Something that this book is certainly inspiring me to do. I already know this is going to be one of my top 2020 reads.
I have bought something this week but, in my defence, it was on offer. Although, I don’t have any excuse for the other two. Whoops.
- Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval – Foyles announced that this book was going to be £10 off last weekend. It’s something that I really wanted and it seemed like a good time. As a Wes Anderson fan and a photography fan, this is everything I need in a book.
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell – I have more copies of this book than is necessary but when I found this Chris Riddell illustrated version, I knew that my life wouldn’t be complete without it. It was expensive but I had £10 off at Waterstones. I’m just viewing it as an early Christmas present.
- Starve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley – I’ve had my eye on this for a while and then somebody on Instagram started reading it. Their review of it was enough to get me to buy it. This is going straight to the top of my TBR pile.
- The Crown -Did I watch the majority of season 4 last Sunday? Yes. I’m not sure how but I ended up only have 2 to watch on Monday. I won’t say too much about it as I went over it in my review.
- Drag Race – This is how bad it’s got. I’m back at my fall-back TV watching. I’m just not enthused about anything right now.