What have you been reading this week?
We’re into that bizarre period between Christmas and New Year when time goes a bit weird. I’ve been exhausted since I woke up on December 25th and have been craving my bed ever since. As soon as the sun goes down, my body goes into shutdown mode and becomes convinced that it’s much closer to bedtime than it actually is. Part of me can’t wait to get back to work, so I get back into a proper routine again. Although, the rest of me wants to delay the New Year in the hope that I can cram a few more books in this year.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW – My Latest Reads
I ended up reading a few really short reads last week and I decided that it wasn’t a good idea trying to review them separately. So, I bunched three together into a mini festive roundup. Which books make the cut? You’ll have to head over to my post to find out.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
I’ve discussed Netflix’s Christmas film output plenty of times before that you might question why I keep going back to them. However, I had hopes that this one would be different. After all, the cast was pretty amazing and it had John Legend helping out on the soundtrack. So, it had to be better than the usual guff they bring out this time of year, right? You’ll have to check out my review to know for sure.
- BOOK REVIEW – The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
I was looking for a quick read for my second book review of the week and I’ve had a copy of this for ages. I’m aware of the story of The Nutcracker but I’m pretty sure I’ve only ever known the Alexandre Dumas version. It’s a bit of a travesty considering I’ve had a copy of Hoffmann’s original story for a few years. So, I decided to finally read it. Head over to my review to see what I thought.
- TBT REVIEW – Gremlins (1984)
Is it or isn’t it a Christmas film? Does it matter? This is an absolute classic and a film that I’ve loved since I was much younger. I’ve never officially reviewed it on the blog, so I decided it was finally time. If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out my review.
- Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
After struggling with Truman Capote, I found this an absolute breeze to get through. Admittedly, I found bits of it less entertaining then the rest but that’s to be expected with a collection like this. I’ll certainly try and read more by David Sedaris after this.
- The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
I’ve been meaning to get a copy of this for ages anyway so, when I saw the new edition on sale, I had to get it. It’s not exactly a substantial read but I think it’s exactly the kind of thing that people should be reading in 2020.
- The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
All of my recent reads seem to have been super quick ones that I needed to read to make my review deadline. This was exactly what happened here. I knew that I needed a book that I could finish in one night and this is one I’ve owned for a while now.
- Murder Most Festive by Ada Moncrieff
This book is only 300 odd pages but it’s the longest thing I’ve read in a while. It feels like I’m never going to finish it even though I’m already halfway through. I think some serious reading needs to happen today. But, I’ll be honest, I’m not loving it. It’ll be a slog to get to the end.
I’ve not bought anything for myself this week but, as it was Christmas on Friday, I have gained some new books.
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton: My biggest surprise of the day was definitely when I opened the Folio Society edition of this book. It came from my twin sister and I had no idea. She must have seen a recent Instagram story I posted about it. I’m absolutely in love with it.
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys: This year, my dad decided that he wanted to buy my some Penguin clothbound classics and he’d already asked me to pick 3. This was one of them and it’s utterly beautiful. It’s also something that I’ve never read.
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf: Another Clothbound classic and another stunner. I can’t say that I’m a huge Woolf lover but I’m also not anti-Virginia. It’s also worth having a copy of her books to hand if I’m ever in the mood.
- Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: The final book in my new Clothbound trio. The only issue with getting these is that it’s going to start a new trend for getting more of these editions. When I spend all my money on clothbound classics in 2021, I know who to blame.
- Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey: My friend and I tend to get each other the stupidest presents that we can find to amuse ourselves. This year I bought her the creepiest Baby Yoda hand puppet ever created. In return, she bought me Matthew McConaughey’s new book. Sorry, that should be his “approach book” as he’s calling it. I’ve only flicked through it so far but it looks absolutely ridiculous. I can’t wait.
- ER– I don’t know why but I’ve had a real craving to watch this show all week. Thankfully it’s on All 4 so I could watch from the very beginning if I wanted. I didn’t. I actually started from season 6 because I had the urge to watch the episode where Carter and Lucy were stabbed. I vividly remembered watching it when I was younger and wanted to see how it held up now.
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – I rewatched the final film in the trilogy and enjoyed it a little better than the first time. Although, I really didn’t like it much the first time round so that’s not saying much.
- Galaxy Quest – I decided to watch this last night to try to help alleviate that post-Christmas ennui. It’s such a great film and always improves my mood.