What have you been reading this week?
I’m not sure how I feel about January 2021 to be honest. Normally, January feels like the longest month ever but. thanks to the Pandemic, the majority of 2020 seemed about 3 times as long as usual. So, for me, January actually felt quicker than usual but it still feels like Christmas was a really long time ago. Time really has no meaning right now. At least I managed to read a fair bit in the last 31 days. 10 books and 1 on the go has got to be up there with my best. I’d love to be the kind of person who regularly gets through 10+ each month but I just don’t have that kind of attention span. And, honestly, that’s okay. Let’s make 2021 the year we stop comparing ourselves to other people.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW –The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
In the past few months, I’ve had a great time taking part in my friend’s virtual book club. I so rarely discuss books with actual people. It’s normally via social media or this blog. So, actually discussing something face-to-face (over Zoom) is a refreshing change. The only issue is, I have very strong opinions on the kind of books that I like. So, having to vote on the monthly read doesn’t always work out in my favour. On the bad months, the best that I can hope for is that the rest of the group also didn’t enjoy it. This was one of those months. Why? You’ll have to head over to my post to find out.
- BOOK REVIEW – Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
I’ve had this book for a few months now and have never found the right time to read it. I decided it was finally time to just get on with it. In the end, it took me no time at all to read it. In fat, I read most of it in one evening. It was such an interesting read despite the fact that the premise is so unoriginal. I wish I’d read it earlier. Head over to my review to find out why it got me so excited.
- TBT REVIEW – Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
I know that I’m still getting to grips with my film reviews but, for the time being, I’ve decided to do one a week. One week will be a current release and the other a TBT. At least until I decide that I can’t be bothered or I find something better to do. I decided to start with a classic from my childhood. My sister and I used to adore this film. I’ve not seen it for years so, when it appeared on my Disney+ feed, I decided it was time to go back. Would it be as good now? If you’re feeling nostalgic, head over to my review
- Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
I finished the majority of this book last Sunday. I went to bed early and just got on with it. By my normal bedtime, I was only one chapter from the end. Well, there was no way that I was going to end things there. I had to carry on into the wee hours. It’s safe to say, I wasn’t at my best at work on Monday morning.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I’ve had a copy of this book for years but never actually felt much of a desire to read it. As I’m trying to read more of the books on my shelves, I decided to finally give it a go. I started off by reading the actual book but I realised it was going to be tough. So, I bought the audiobook and finished it that way. It was much easier listening to Poehler narrate the book herself.
- Come Again by Robert Webb
Another book that I bought last year and had every intention of reading in 2020. Of course, I’ve never been good at sticking to a TBR and it’s sat on my shelf unread since I got it. After finishing Yes Please as I worked on Wednesday morning, I decided that I might as well listen to another one. I’d been set a repetitive and boring task so I needed something to keep my occupied. As Olivia Colman narrates the audiobook version of this, I just happened to have a copy of it ready to go. I finished it that very day.
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
I must say, this is definitely one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays. I just think the whole thing is so silly and melodramatic. It’s Shakespeare’s version of The OC and I hate the fact that its so beloved. How is this the standard of teen romance? It’s awful. Why am I reading it then? I have an idea for a future post and it seemed appropriate to reacquaint myself with it. At least it was quick.
- When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Admittedly, I’m only one chapter into this so far but it’s something. I was sort of hoping that I’d mostly be done with this by now but I didn’t really read anything on Friday. So, the plan is to read as much as possible today and get it over with asap. I have big plans for February.
After my huge haul last week, I’ve only bought one thing.
- The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
This month’s book club pick. I’ll tell you what, Nancy Mitford books deserve better covers. With this one, you either have the Penguin Essentials cover, which is incredibly boring compared to the rest of the Essential covers. Or there’s Penguin’s Nancy Mitford collection. Some of these are beautiful but The Pursuit of Love is just uninspiring. In the end, I bought a vintage Penguin triband copy and it’s better than either of the below.
- 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.