What have you been reading this week?
In terms of reading, this has been another pretty successful week. I’ve been able to squeeze in 3 more audiobooks at work and have finished one of my most anticipated books of this year. Everything else has been less successful. I’ve been in a bit of a funk this week. It’s not been great and I’ve been feeling pretty bleak. I’m just overthinking everything and letting other people’s actions get to me too much. A habit that I’ve not been able to break for the past 30 years. It’ll be fine. I just need to get back into the right mindset. Thankfully, I have a few days off coming up, which should help a little. I just need a bit of a mental kickstart.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW –Burn by Patrick Ness
I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while now, so I decided that I’d finally pick it up. It seemed like a good book for this time of year and it helped me deal with that pesky B title in my Spell the Month challenge. I’ve not had a great history with Patrick Ness but I had high hopes for this one. An alternate reality where dragons exist in the 1950s? Sign me up. But could it live up to my expectations? You’ll need to head over to my review to see.
- TUESDAY REVIEW – The Starling (2021)
Call me naïve but I still have hope that Melissa McCarthy will get another film worthy of her talent soon. Can You Ever Forgive Me? was amazing but she’s can’t have just one hit on her hands. I’m sure that she enjoys the slapstick comedies that she does but I just wish someone would recognise that she is more than just the silly actor who falls over a lot. Would that film be The Starling? Head over to my review to find out.
- BOOKISH POST -Bitesize Book Reviews
Last week, I managed to fit in 3 audiobooks whilst I was performing dull tasks at work. It meant that I managed to cross of 3 more letters without much effort on my part. I enjoy listening to audiobooks when I’m working but a lot of the time I have to write. It isn’t always a good idea to mix the two as I’m prone to typing what I’m hearing. This week was a lot of admin and data entry. Otherwise knows as the perfect conditions for audiobooks. What were did I listen to? Head over to my post and you’ll see.
- The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
I decided to listen to some spooky Agatha Christie audiobooks this week and I started with this beauty. A tale full of suspense and possible sorcery. It’s an ideal book for the spooky season and one that I always enjoy reading. I really should try and watch the recent adaptation starring Rufus Sewell as well. I missed it when it was on TV.
- By the Pricking of my Thumbs by Agatha Christie
I’m not a massive fan of the Tommy and Tuppence stories but I do think this one is worth a read. It’s super creepy and I always have the urge to whisper “was it your poor child?” to everyone I meet. It might not be her best ever novel but it is a good one to read before Halloween. There are some pretty chilling moments
- Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
Another murder mystery with a supernatural twist. An old house full of mystery and possible ghosts. Can Miss Marple get to the bottom of this or did Gwenda really have a vision of a murder? I’d say this is pretty strong Christie but not her best. It’s definitely one of the better Miss Marple books but I guess that could be because she isn’t in it a lot.
- Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet
I was hoping to have this finished by now but I’ve been falling asleep whilst reading this week. I’m absolutely exhausted, so it’s trickier to get things done. Still, I’ll be done tomorrow in time for my review. It’s been quite a ride and I definitely think this is on par with His Bloody Project.
Last weekend, I had a bit of a mini haul thanks to Waterstones offering double points. They really do know how to manipulate me. What did I buy? I’m glad you asked.
- The Appeal by Janice Hallett: Did I need another copy of this book? No way but was I going to miss this hardback special edition? No way. I really did enjoy this book and I’m all about pretty hardbacks. I know this is literally just an aesthetic thing but I had a voucher to spend. Add that on and this book was only a few pounds.
- Frostheart by Jamie Littler: So far, I’ve bought the first 2 Frostheart books in the Waterstones exclusive editions. I haven’t read either of them but I’m sure that I’ll love them. This is why I had to get the third book. I will read them soon. I promise.
- The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones: I think Rosie Jones is an icon and was excited to hear that she had written a book. Especially a book that had much needed representation of disabled characters. I think this is going to be super sweet and funny. Also a very important book.
- The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow: I’ve had my eye on this book for ages and I finally relented. I probably won’t get round to it this month but I might try next month.
- Drag Race UK– I’m watching the current series and it’s pretty good. Not as good as the last two though. So, I’ve started rewatching from series 1. I’ve just started series 2 now and I’m remember just what made Lawrence Chaney stand out. Yes, I love Bimini as much as the next person but Lawrence was so polished from the start.