Are you ready for Christmas? The big day is only about 7 days away and I still haven’t got my sister’s main present. To be fair, her birthday was only 2 days ago so I was more focused on that than her Christmas present. I have also got her a few small bits so I’m not doing too badly… right? Plus, there’s the added stress of waiting for everything to be delivered. I love getting all of my shopping done online but that does mean relying on Royal Mail to get it here in time. Plus, the desire to buy stuff for myself. I can’t even talk about the number of Christmas jumpers that I’ve nearly bought over the last few days. I’d probably have had enough for every day of advent if I’d let myself go crazy. I, at least, have been pretty good at not buying books. If it weren’t for having to buy a secret Santa present for someone at work then I wouldn’t have had anything to discuss this week.
Weekly Blog Posts
- TUESDAY’S REVIEWS – A Christmas Prince (2017)
I’ve been feeling super Christmassy of late so I made the decision to watch as many Christmas films as possible. I started with this new Netflix classic that I’ve not been able to avoid of late. Is it the new must-see festive flick? Find out here.
- BOOK POST – 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag
I didn’t have a book to review this week so I had to pick a random book tag to do. It seemed appropriate considering my Christmas theme. Want to know more about me? Click here.
- TBT – Angel of Christmas (2015)
After trawling through Netflix for another random Christmas film I came across this gem. It’s very similar to A Christmas Prince but with added angels. What could go wrong? Find out here.
You know what, I actually read something this week. It wasn’t a lot because it’s nearly Christmas for fuck’s sake. It does mean, yet again, that I won’t make it through any of my Christmassy books… for the second year in a row. This is why I don’t bother making TBRs anymore. I can’t stick to them.
- Women & Power by Mary Beard – Mary Beard writing a feminist manifesto? I mean as if I could say no to this?! This sounds perfect and I just couldn’t resist anymore. It wasn’t very expensive and isn’t very long. I can’t wait to read this.
- Nutshell by Ian McEwan – I’ve wanted to buy this for ages because it sounds amazing. I mean it’s like Hamlet but with a fetus instead of a Danish prince. I love it. I’m already looking forward to reading it.
- Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn – I’m in a bit of a Star Wars mindset at the moment that when this turned up for Kindle for 99p I couldn’t say no. I’m not even sure when I’m going to read this.
- Netflix Binges: Miranda, Luther, Parks and Rec
I’ve just started an Amazon Prime trial so am enjoying the benefits of Prime video. Starting with finally finishing Luther season 2. It lost its way, somewhat, but I still really like it. Tom Ellis is amazing in the role and it’s a super interesting story. Season 3 awaits. Then, I decided it was time to watch some of favourite Parks and Rec episodes. I fucking love that show.
It’s been a stressful week and I’m so glad it’s over. It started off terribly when my house was broken into on Monday. Thankfully there was no major damage but they took some of my mother’s jewellery, including her engagement ring. So I’ve spent the week feeling really angry and sad about it. I just don’t understand how someone can do that to another person. It’s absolutely disgusting to break into their home and root around all of their stuff. What kind of person thinks that’s acceptable? I don’t care how difficult or hard someone’s life is. It’s just horrendous. Still, there’s not much we can do about it now. It’s just bullshit. So a new week will hopefully mean a better one. It’s getting nearer to Christmas and, fingers crossed, I’m basically done with my presents. Although, I feel like I’m spending a shitload at the moment. It was my Christmas party this week and, despite being fairly restrained on the drinks front, I did end up caving and buying a fairly big round of drinks near the end of the night. One shot of tequila and suddenly I’m super generous. Just waiting until January and my year of sensible living awaits.
- Not Working by Lisa Owens
This is another book that I can cross off my ‘Most Anticipated Fiction of 2016’ list. It wasn’t exactly a challenging read but I enjoyed it enough. I actually really related to the character of Claire who, during her search to find the perfect job, keeps making excuses for herself. She avoids dealing with issues and gets easily distracted with meaningless tasks. As someone who has lost their way a lot during job hunting it was both a positive and a negative to come face-to-face with a different version of yourself. It left me wanting to change and feeling happier that my life could be worse.
- Mistletoe and Murder: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery by Robin Stevens
I’ve been inspired by the season of goodwill and am trying to find as many festive books as possible. This one sounded like a fun and silly murder mystery set at Christmas time. I’m not the biggest lover of crime fiction but if its silly enough I’ll give anything a go.
I am currently enjoying a free trial of Amazon Prime and am taking advantage of all the shows that I’ve currently missed out on. This was the first I tried and, I must say, I love it. Tom Ellis is fabulous as Lucifer and the premise is fun. I mean it’s hardly a challenging show and it’s always obvious who the killer is but it is enjoyable enough.
Yes, it’s been fucking ages but I finally saw Benedict Cumberbatch’s turn as Stephen Strange. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. But I’ll go into this on Tuesday. I’ll see you there.