Book Review – Mr Wilder & Me by Jonathan Coe

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have to admit, I haven’t watched a ton of Billy Wilder films. I’ve watched a lot of the big ones but not enough. I have loved Some Like It Hot since I was a teenager. My sister had a copy of it on VHS and I used to steal it from her room all the time. Without asking obviously and I wouldn’t give it back if I could help it. I sort of hoped that the longer it was in my possession for the easier it would be for me to just claim it as my own. Of course, at that point, I didn’t know anything about the Austrian born director or his Moldovan co-writer Iz Diamond. I just knew that it was a funny film. I’ve since learnt a thing or two about the pair, so I was very excited when Jonathan Coe’s new book was announced. Not only was it an insight into the real-life figures but it was a blending of fact and fiction. I love books that mess with real-life events. I bought it a week or so ago and I started it as soon as I possibly could. I knew that I was going to like it but would it become my new favourite Coe novel?

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

As you may have noticed, the blog has had a bit of a makeover in the last couple of days. I just suddenly decided I needed an upgrade. Something smarter and more minimalistic. Everything seems very big at the moment, so I need to figure something out with that. However, I’m pretty happy with it now. I don’t like mixing things up too often but I really haven’t been happy with things at the moment. I can probably blame lockdown for making me a bit antsy. As we all know, nothing feels great right now. We’re just over a month away from Christmas but I’ve never felt less festive. I think we should all just be happy that we’re getting through each day in one piece.

Book Review – Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

As is so often the case for my second book review of the week, I’m reviewing a short book because I needed to finish something quickly. It’s not necessarily a bad strategy as there are some really good short books out there but it still feels like a bad reason for picking something up. Although, I don’t think I’d ever regret picking up a Neil Gaiman. Well, I didn’t like The Ocean at the End of the Lane when I read it but I suspect I missed something there. After all, the majority of people rave about that book. I keep meaning to give it a reread but I’m still wary. But that’s beside point. This time, I went back to a classic Neil Gaiman story. One that feels so Gaiman. There’s Norse mythology, an odd (literally) protagonist, and Chris Riddell illustrations. I decided to listen to the audiobook at the same time because I needed the comfort of his narration.

Book Review – Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was one of the most hotly anticipated debuts of 2020 and I was definitely intrigued by it. It took me a while to get a copy though because I was still under the illusion that I could keep my promise to be more restrained about buying books. Once I had the copy in my possession, it still took me a while to get round to it, which is the reason I’m trying to be restrained about my book buying. I buy books thinking that I need to read them immediately but find my desire wanes when the time comes. Still, after my month of cosy crime, I was looking for something a little different and this seemed like a great thing to get my teeth into. I love a character study with little or no plot. From the sound of it, Pizza Girl would be right up my street.

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

So, second lockdown is proving to be just as much fun as the last one. I feel like I’m having mini breakdowns every other day despite the fact that my workload has dramatically decreased in the last week. I don’t know what’s going to happen workwise. At least they haven’t furloughed me. Still, I would be able to get more reading done. Thanks to some super short reads, I’ve managed to get quite a how count this week. Most of them are too short to review fully, so it means I’m still behind on my reviews for next week. How does this always happen?

Book Review – Reality and Other Stories by John Lanchester

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

It’s been a while since I last logged into NetGalley. It’s mainly because I hate the pressure of it. I would always get overexcited and request loads of books. Then I’d never be able to read them in time and feel guilty. I lost access to a lot of books and, consequently, my rating went down. So, I walked away and decided to read the books I wanted to buy. Then I realised that NetGalley were offering audiobooks. How perfect? I find it much easier to fit in an audiobook in my schedule. So, I went on and requested a bunch. This was the first one that I got and I was really happy. I’d been interested in this collection but, I admit, I’d been left scared after The Wall didn’t really do much for me. Could this collection be as good as it sounded?

Book Review – Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

This was supposed to be the book I read on October 31st but it ended up taking me over a week to get through it. I did also read another book in that time but there is no denying that this was a slog. So, you might be wondering why I was bothering to read it? There’s only one answer to that question: I’m super stubborn. This was a joke Christmas present from my friend last year and I decided that I had to finish it. If only to make the joke even better. I almost gave up but I sat down on Sunday evening to get it done. I can’t say that I was giving it my whole attention but I got the gist of it. It’s not as if I even went into it thinking it would be great. I mean, it was co-written by a fictional character. How good could it actually be?

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Another weekend is nearly over and I’ve done very little. I say that but last night I went round and finally changed all of the passwords that Google Chrome has been warning me about for a while. It didn’t take as long as I expected but I have a new found hatred for websites that don’t make it easy to change your password. Those websites that make you wait for an email link to reset it are so behind the times. Anyway, I’m mostly secure now, so that’s one thing off my mind. Of course, I should have spent the time reading and my security worries have become book worries. Mainly, why is it taking me so long to read these days?

Book Review – The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

How could I not read this during my Agatha Christie month? After all, it’s 100 years since it was first published. 100 years and Agatha Christie is still an important part of the literary canon. The fact that this year sees the release of another adaptation of Death on the Nile only proves that. As a writer, she is so often dismissed as being a writer of cosy crime but she has continually shown her longevity. It’s ridiculous to think that people still underestimate her but that’s always been the problem with the literary canon. And I understand that there are more than a few unsavoury moments that haven’t aged particularly well over the years but she’s not alone there.

Bookish Post – October Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

November is here and we’re about to go back into lockdown, so it’s kind of like it March again. Supposedly for a month but we’ll see how that goes. If I do get furloughed, at least I can use my time getting on top of my TBR. I’m currently reading my 71st book of the year. That’s 21 above my original target of 50. I doubt I’ll be able to double it but I’ll get bloody close.

Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads
: 6
Number of physical books: 4
Number of ebooks: 2
Number of audiobooks: 2