Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Happy Easter. I hope you’re all having a wonderful day and are drowning in chocolate. I’ve had a few days off from work and I was intending to spend those reading. In the end, I tidied instead. It was necessary but not as much fun. So, I’ll postpone the reading until next week and get down to it then. I want to get ahead and finish a few off if possible. Other than that, it’s been great not being at work. I’ve got more holiday at the end of the month and I’m already counting down the days. More reading, rest and relaxation.

Weekly Blog Posts

  • BOOK REVIEW – Circe by Madeline Miller

I ended up loving The Song of Achilles way more than I ever expected to. I’d only ever seen the awful cover with the suit of armour and just decided that it wasn’t for me. It quickly became a top read and I was excited to read Circe. It had received rave reviews and sounded right up my street. I finally got around to reading but would it ever live up? Read my review to find out which of Madeline Miller’s books I preferred.

  • BOOK REVIEW Terry Pratchett A Life With Footnotes by Rob Wilkins

Boy, it took a long time for me to read this. All because I’m so bad at reading non-fiction. I don’t know how I’ve become so bad at it. I’m sure I used to be able to do it. I enjoyed it even. I thought this one would be a different story because it was about an author for whom I have a lot of love. I’ve not read enough of the Discworld series but it’s easy to see that Pratchett was a genius. I was looking forward to reading about his life. Read my review to see if my efforts we worth it.

  • FILM REVIEW –Minions: The Rise of Gru

I needed to find something quick to watch for this week’s film review so I ended up watching a film I didn’t really want to. Why would I do this? Because once upon a time I arbitrarily decided that I had to write one film review per week and I’ll be damned if I miss it while I’m on holiday from work. What did I think of the second Minions film? Check my review to find out.

Just Read

  • The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

I borrowed this from the library and listened to it at work. It was actually a pretty good read for the office because there wasn’t as much world-building as I expected. It wasn’t as great as I was hoping but it also wasn’t terrible. I’m not sure I’ll read any more but I might.

  • Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes by Rob Wilkins

I finished this book last weekend. I have to admit that I listened to the audiobook version to manage it. Basically, all of last Sunday was taken up with listening to Rob Wilkin narrate the final half of the book. I’m glad that I did because listening to it in his voice brought everything to life. This was a wonderful book about a wonderful man told by someone who knew him better than most.

Currently Reading

  • Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

This was one of my pre-orders for 2023 and one that I couldn’t wait to start reading. I’m not very far through it yet because I’ve not read much this week. Still, I’ve got a few days left of my holiday and I plan to spend Monday catching up.

  • Shy by Max Porter

It’s another pre-order that arrived yesterday. I’d normally finish the physical book that I’m reading before I pick up another but I couldn’t help myself. Max Porter is one of the most exciting writers of the last few years and I was too excited about this one.

Book Haul

Nothing that I can remember but there are double points at Waterstones this weekend. So, expect there to be something here next week,

Recently Watched

  • TV:
    • Diagnosis Murder – I bloody love this show. When it used to be shown on the BBC during the day, I was obsessed with it. I even owned the DVDs at one point. So, finding it again has been the best thing to happen to me. Dick Van Dyke is the best.

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