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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

It’s so late on Sunday night, I have to be up at 5:45 tomorrow, and I was meant to be getting an early night. It’s safe to say, this rundown hasn’t gone well. So, hopefully you can forgive me for this rushed introduction. Let’s do this so I can go to bed where I belong.

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Book Review – #Toots by Linh Le James

441758985_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars Anyone who’s been keeping up with my Sunday Rundowns of late will know that I’ve been making painfully slow progress with Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson. So, when I was approached by Linh Le James to read her novel #Toots for a review, I decided it would be a good excuse for a break from my current read. And, thankfully, it was a quick read that proved to me it’s not that I’m in a slump that Byrson is taking so long. It’s just the book itself. So, I’m now wondering, still being only about halfway through at 2.5 weeks, whether it’s worth carrying on with it. I don’t want to give up considering how much time I’ve put into it but it feels like this uphill struggle is never going to end. I mean, there’s only so much pleasure you can take reading the history of a man who we know next to nothing about. It’s pretty much all speculation. I’ll be honest, I could have been asked to review any book right now and I’d probably had agreed just to give me the excuse to put Bryson down again. Maybe that explains why I got through #Toots in only 3 days? Or maybe it was just the best book I’ve ever read?

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

My week off is nearly over and I’m both looking forward to and dreading going back to work. I’ve been keeping up with the gossip over the weekend and it sounds… interesting (to put it mildly). Thankfully, I’m in on Tuesday, off Wednesday, in Thursday, and at work experience on Friday. Not the worst week I guess. And I’ve still got one more day to relax. Plus, I’ve had a pretty decent week. You catch me after watching Captain Marvel this evening so I’m full of feminist joy. Perfect for a few days after International Women’s Day. It was such a wonderful viewing experience and it’ll be a difficult thing to review. But I’ll get there. Believe me, I’ll get there.

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Book Review – He Did It: A Short Story by JT Lawrence

41usdy9tf7l5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars What’s this? Another Wednesday and I’m reviewing something that isn’t my current read? Yep, yet again, I’ve had to resort to reading a short story in order to stick to my upload policy. There’s something about Shakespeare: The World As Stage by Bill Bryson that is making it difficult for me to finish. Although, I am in the midst of birthday week so I’ve had other things on my mind. So, what was I to do? Check Kindle Unlimited for an interesting sounding short story that I could finish in less than an hour today, obviously. There really was no thought beyond that. It was basically the first short story I came across that sounded interesting. I’d never heard of the author before or the short story collection that it came from. But I guess that’ the joy of having to read something for a review. You pick up things that you’d never have considered before. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Today marked my final day at work before I have my annual birthday week off. I hate working my birthday. I know that seeing all my friends would be a great thing but the idea of having to be in work on the actual day is just too much. I think it should be a worldwide policy that nobody has to work on their birthday. Along with standard 4 days weeks. Then workers would be so much happier and less stressed. But, let’s be honest, it’s never going to happen. So, we do what we can to de-stress when we can. And for me, that will involve a lot of reading and watching stuff. Oh, and a super exciting trip to see Captain Marvel, of course. I cannot wait.

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Book Review – The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton

melancholydeath5_star_rating_system_4_stars1 Up until yesterday, I was only reading Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Billy Bryson. Up until the point I stopped kidding myself that I would finish it for today. Given the fact that I’ve fallen asleep reading it every night since I started it, it was never going to happen. But, as we know by now, I’m pretty delusional when it comes to my reading goals. So it took a while for me to admit defeat. Stubbornness can be useful in certain situations but sometimes it can make life difficult. Like forcing me to find a quick read to finish in one night. Normally, that would involve me buying a super small book during my lunch break. But, as I’m still trying (and failing) to stick to my book buying ban, I decided that this time I would go back to one of the books on my shelf that I have already loved but never reviewed. A collection of poems, in fact, that I’ve owned for years and adored. I loved it so much that I’ve gifted it to a few friends and I’m the kind of person that doesn’t normally force my bookish loves on my unsuspecting friends.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Just a quick intro this evening as I’m very behind schedule. I was surprised with a meal out with the family and it went on a bit longer than I thought. We ended up being the last people sat in the pub. It’s something I never like because, working in a kitchen, I know how irritating it is when people hang out too long. I always get a bit anxious and jittery when I know I’m the last person in a restaurant. I have to try super hard not to rush the people I’m with. But there have been numerous times when customers have stayed for over an hour after we’ve closed just chatting and it never makes anyone working feel good.

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Book Review – Cities I’ve Never Lived In by Sara Majka

img_20190217_131839-018790418202906966352.jpeg5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars So, after a brief stop last week, normal service is resumed and I have a book to review. This is one that has sat on my shelf for a while. I bought it a year or two ago when I decided to try out more short story collections. I figured it might make me a better or, at least, quicker reader. As expected, it did neither of those things and I just shoved it away with my other unread books. But I’m trying really hard to get through my unread books this year so I randomly plucked this off the shelf a few weeks ago. I can’t remember what prompted it but it was probably because I, naively, believed it would be a quick read. And February hasn’t exactly been a stellar reading month for me. I’ve still got two books on the go and this marks my second finished read. I’ve been doing so well so far that this is a genuine crushing blow. Still, let’s not start this review on a downer. Especially as I started this book with high hopes. A short story collection connected by a common theme and character? It sounded wonderful.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I’m starting to sound like a broken record but I’m feeling awful again. I’ve spent most of the day just lying around in a funk. If the last few weeks are anything to go by, 2019 is going to be a shitty year health wise. At least I’ll have a good excuse to stay in bed reading though, right? I’ve got a bit of catching up to do this month. I’ve only completed one book and that was a 40 page short story. I know February is a shorter month but that’s pathetic even for me. I’m just so tired at the moment that I can’t stay awake long enough. And I’m so slow as well. I’m barely making it through a chapter on my breaks at work. Let’s hope March will fair better. After all, it is birthday month.

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Bookish Post – Calling All Book Blogger

screenshot_20190213_193204_com8375721210764747773.jpegIt feels like it’s been a while since I did a Wednesday post that wasn’t a book review. But, it’s not because I haven’t finished a book… well not fully. It’s because I’m hoping to get a few interested bloggers to help me out with a project. So, if you fancy writing a little something for here then read on. If not, feel free to go about your business.

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