What have you been reading this week?
We’re just over 2 weeks into the UK’s third lockdown and it’s been an interesting time. I’m starting to have weird lockdown dreams again. Don’t worry, I won’t tell you about them. Just trust me when I say they’re getting weirder. I’m still working which at least gives me something to do. Part of me thinks that if I was furloughed that I’d love having the time to read. However, I’m sure I’d spend most of my time in bed or watching Netflix. Sticking to my routine is definitely for the best. Even if it does mean my reading count isn’t likely to dramatically improve. At least I’m sticking to my schedule. According to Goodreads, I’m 6 books ahead of schedule but that’s for 60 books this year. My secret plan is to get to 100, which means two books a week. I need to keep up the pace.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW –The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke
I love reading contemporary children’s book because they’re so much fun. I don’t remember the books of my own childhood being quite so exciting but, to be fair, it was quite a while ago. I always seem to get suckered in by Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Month and have plenty still waiting to be read. I had an urge to read this one recently because it sounded delightful. Was it? You’ll have to head over to my post to find out.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – Wonder Woman 1984(2020)
I think I’ve settled on a fortnightly film review for the time being and will consider what I do about Was it the perfect start to 2021? You’ll have to check out my review to know for sure.
- BOOK REVIEW – The Death of Francis Bacon by Max Porter
When I bought this, I always knew that it would come in handy one week when I was behind on my reading. Did I expect that week to be the same week that I took possession of it? No, but here we are. I read this on Tuesday during my lunch hour because I was struggling with my other book. I had been excited to read it so I wasn’t exactly complaining. Would it be as good as I hoped? Head over to my review to find out.
- TBT REVIEW – Ralph Breaks the Internet 2018)
Whenever I have to type this title I automatically write Ralph Wrecks the Internet, which begs the questions, would that not have been a better name? I mean I get it. It’s a reference to that Kim Kardashian picture and it does play off the original title. However, why wouldn’t wrecks have worked instead? Everyone would still have got the refence and it would at least have been kind of clever. But I’m getting distracted. I wathced this film this week. If you’re feeling nostalgic, head over to my review
- The Death of Francis Bacon by Max Porter
A read that took less than an hour to complete but one that had so much complexity. This book is only about 80 pages long but Porter’s writing is packed with detail. It’s a fantastic read for anyone who has a love of Porter and/or a love of Francis Bacon.
- The Incendiaries by RO Kwon
This was my book club’s pick for this month and it took me a long time to read. The club only ever picks book that are around 200 pages, which would normally take me a couple of nights to read. I started this on Sunday and didn’t finish it until just before the meeting on Thursday. I did not get on with at all. You’ll see why in my review tomorrow.
- Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
I’ve been reading this since Friday and, to be honest, I haven’t got very far. This might have something to do with the fact that I know there’s not as much of a rush as normal. I’ve got my Monday review ready and waiting, which means I just need to finish this by Tuesday. Even I can manage that.
After my huge haul last week, I’ve only bought one thing.
- Fox 8 by George Saunders
After the majority of my book club decided to pick the disastrous The Incendiaries for this month’s read, I voted for this one. I’ve been wanting an excuse to buy it for a while and this would have been ideal. When that didn’t happen, I decided to just do it myself. Why not?
- The Simpsons– Am I still dipping in and out? Yep. Though I’m starting to see my attention is waning.
- Blackadder – This seems to be back on BBC iPlayer and I really had an urge to watch it. It’s so good.
- A Teacher – This was advertised on Instagram and I decided to give it a chance. It’s not as horrendous as the premise could have been but I really do hope they explore the consequences soon. So far, there’s been very little to suggest that the teacher/student romance is a bad thing.
- WandaVision – I finally watched the first 3 episodes of Marvel’s first original Disney+ show. I kind of wish I hadn’t because I’m obsessed. I hate the fact that I have to wait for weekly installments. Still, the finale is released on my birthday which is bound to be a great present.