SUNDAY RUNDOWN – THAT’S WHAT SHE READ

SUNDAY RUNDOWN – THAT’S WHAT SHE READ

Today has been a horrible day at work. If I could avoid working a bank holiday weekend again then I would. So I’m in a bit of a rush to finish this as I’m supposed to be editing my future brother-in-law’s personal statement for a job. I say editing: I’ve basically started rewriting it all. It’s why nobody should ask me to read anything for them. I always assume I’ve got a better way with words than they do. The reading thing hasn’t been going well this week as I’ve just bought a load of old games to play. Games have beaten literature in the battle for my spare time. Heavy Rain is an amazing story even if the game play is a little frustrating at times. Mirror’s Edge is as great as I remember but I think I’m a shitter gamer now. I’ve fallen off so many buildings. Next on my list is Beyond Two Souls but I want to finish Heavy Rain first. I may be late to these parties but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a good time. If only I could also keep reading. I’m just so tired at the moment.

Currently Reading
  • Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald (Kindle edition)
Not sure what to think about this but it’s pretty easy to read. Something that I really need at the moment. I’m wanting to do everything except read right now. I’m not sure I approve of the dual perspectives and it kind of feels like a crime-y version of The Holiday. We all know my feelings on that film so I don’t have high hopes for this book. 
Recently Purchased
  • New Mutants (1983-1991) #98 by Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld (Kindle edition)
Bought a lot of comic/graphic novel type things this week. Starting with the comic that contains the first appearance of Deadpool. Although, that actually had nothing to do with my purchase. It also happens to be the first appearance of Domino who I’ve been getting more obsessed with her ever since it was announced that Cable would star in Deadpool 2. Basically she’s fantastic and I want to be her. 
  • X-Force: Sex and Violence (X-Force Volume) by Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle, Dell’Otto, Gabriele (Kindle edition)
Another Domino story but this time she’s teaming up with Wolverine. Living up to its name, there’s plenty of violence and sex in this graphic novel. The story isn’t great or very memorable but it’s interesting. The pair also work well together.
  • X-Men Origins: Gambit #1 (X-Men Origins (2008-2010)) by Mike Carey, David Yardin, Ibraim Roberson (Kindle edition)
A one shot about everyone’s favourite Cajun mutant. I’ve always loved Gambit and, thanks to the 90s cartoon, he’s been my favourite member of the team for years. I really can’t wait to see Channing Tatum play him on screen so I decided I’d reacquaint myself with him. 
  • X-Men Origins: Beast #1 (X-Men Origins (2008-2010)) by Mike Carey, J.K. Woodward (Kindle edition)
Another of my all time favourite X-Men is Beast and it has always upset me that he’s never done well out of film adaptations. Kelsey Grammar? That kid from About a Boy? For god’s sake. Beast is an amazing character with a great deal of potential. Potential that has never been realised on screen. I’m glad this was recommended to me after I bought Gambit


Recently Watched
  • Absolutely Anything
Tuesday. Tuesday. Gonna hear about this on Tuesday. 
  • Little Britain
This appeared on my Netflix page when I was in the need for something easy to watch whilst I get ready for work. I loved this show when I was younger now it mostly makes me cringe. 
  • Buffy
After watching the early seasons of Little Britain again, I’ve rediscovered my love of Anthony Head. I’ve been pretty madly in love with Giles for many years so have taken to watching my favourite Giles episodes again. It’s pretty wonderful if I’m honest.
SUNDAY RUNDOWN – that’s what she read

SUNDAY RUNDOWN – that’s what she read

I’m ashamed of how little reading I’ve done this week. I’ve not been in the best spirits so have spent my time brooding rather than expanding my mind. It took me most of the week to decide what I wanted to read and then I’ve got about 20 pages in by this stage. Everyone has reading slumps so I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. It’ll pass eventually. On the other hand, my dark mood has meant I haven’t bought many books. In fact, had I not found a book voucher that I was given nearly two years ago and thought was lost, I would have gone the week without buying a thing. However, the free money meant I was able to buy a book I’d been lusting after for a while but also felt was too expensive to justify. It was such an unexpectedly wonderful way to finish my week. Hopefully, things are on the up. 


Currently Reading
  • The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
This is the first book Ive taken off my ‘Most Anticipated Books of 2016’ list. It’s about an elderly conman working on his final score and the woman he picks who seems more than happy to go along with it. Not got very far with this yet because I really haven’t felt like reading. I won’t say I’m not enjoying it but the book is slow going. Searle’s writing is lush and intelligent but it requires more attention than I’ve been willing to give it so far. I’m on holiday for the next week and a bit so I’m hoping to get through some more of this. Hopefully, it will improve. 

Recently Purchased
  • Better Living Through Criticism: How to think about art, pleasure, beauty and truth by A.O Scott
A.O Scott is one of the film critics for the New York Times and in this book he explores the importance of criticism on art and life. As you may have realised, I love criticism and believe that it’s always good to critically analyse all aspects of life. Really we’re all critics in our own right because we evaluate everything we experience. This book sounds right up my street and I’m excited to read it. 
  • The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
I first saw this ages ago but didn’t buy it because it’s so fucking expensive. When I rediscovered my old book tokens it seemed like fate and I purchased it as soon as possible. This cookbook takes the art of cooking back to basics and shows that you can create perfect meals without all the bells and whistles. This book discusses the science of the processes we take for granted. I’m hoping this guide will get rid of the all the bullshit that goes along with cooking these days.
Recently Watched
  • Deadpool

Yes, I’ve seen it again and, yes, it’s just as fucking amazing as it was the first time. In fact, I loved it even more. It takes a second viewing to appreciate some of the subtler humour because you aren’t so focused on the story. It’s a very clever and fun film. Here’s to the future. Especially if my current dream of having Jon Hamm play Cable comes true

  • Dr Who/Absolutely Fabulous/Any show I’ve already watched once

Whilst I’m still not watching the massive list of new things on Netflix that I want/should be watching, I’m currently still going through the back catalogue of shows I’ve already watched. Still, they are amazing shows. And rewatching Dr Who has caused me to realise that, whilst Donna is my favourite companion, series 3 is probably my all time favourite series. It’s a close-run thing between series 4, I grant you, but there are some big hitters in series 3 that you can’t ignore. Series 4 has more emotional investment but series 3 is the best all-rounder. Fact.  

THAT’S WHAT SHE READ – SUNDAY RUNDOWN

THAT’S WHAT SHE READ – SUNDAY RUNDOWN

You’ve caught me in an unusually joyful mood today. I’ve watched an amazing film, just started a weeks holiday and I’m feeling good about my chances of getting ahead blogging. I’ve already got my subject sorted for Monday and I can’t wait to start writing my Tuesday review. Sensibly, I’ve not arranged to do much besides sleep so I have time to read and watch things. I also, stupidly, decided to rebuy The Sims 2 for my laptop. I wasn’t sure The Sims 3 would play adequately and I was getting pissed of with the PS3 version. Despite having to get used to the shitty gameplay again, I’m loving this wave of nostalgia and can imagine losing hours to the game. At uni, I played it for so long one day that I wasn’t able to sleep that night. I was so fucking grumpy. Thankfully, adult life doesn’t really allow for these types of gaming binges so I’m able to approach the whole thing in moderation. I mostly spend hours creating my Sims and then decide it’s time for bed. Maybe one day I’ll actually get through an entire week. 

Recently Finished
  • What She Left by T.R. Richmond (Kindle edition)
This ended up being a pretty quick read but there were more than a few times that I felt it dragged. Some of the letters seemed to go on longer than they needed to for no reason whatsoever. It was an interesting idea for a novel but I felt the whole thing was just self-indulgent. There was no rush to get to the, again fairly obvious, ending and everything was dragged out to frustrating lengths in an attempt to create tension. I thought the first half of this book was alright but I cared less with every additional page. Could have edited out about a third and tightened up the plot to make this worthwhile. A misuse of a good concept. 

Currently Reading
  • The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North (Kindle Edition)
Very nearly gave up on this one immediately but, thanks to a shitty experience with public transport today I’ve kept going. I still have some issues with it, some of which I’ll possibly rant about tomorrow, but I’m going to push on. It’s an interesting concept and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I so want to like this.

Recently Purchased
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I’ve seen this book on Instagram for fucking ages and wanted it for myself. I love books that really mess with form. This is written as documents and communication and it looks fucking awesome. When I was a kid I remember reading a series of novels written through the letters/e-mails that a set of pen-pals sent each other. Since then I’ve lapped up anything that’s not written in a  traditional form. We’ll see how this YA sci-fi goes though.
  • Harry Potter Books 5 and 7
I really wanted to buy something on Amazon that was an add on item. Of course, this meant I HAD to buy other things to get my order up to £20. Decided it was time to finish my collection. These books are so fucking adorable and I think the artwork is just amazing. It really captures what I thought the characters looked like on first reading. Since playing Lego Harry Potter recently I’ve felt really nostalgic about this series so may have to re-read or re-watch them all. We’ll see. I might make a thing out of it. 
  • Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis
Saw this in WH Smiths on the way home for about £4 and it sounded really interesting. A book full of essays about the human body by ex doctor, Gavin Francis. It sounds informative but also quite literary. A perfect blend for someone who never quite feels ready for non-fiction. 

Recently Watched
  • Love
I wasn’t sure what to think of Netflix’s new series but, at about halfway through, I think I really like it. It’s a bit weird but really good. Interesting characters, bit quirky, kind of realistic: what’t not to like?
  • Gotham
I decided to give Gotham another chance recently and I’m really glad I did. I love it. I mean it’s a bit weird and play fast and loose with the source material but I’m okay with that. The cast is pretty spot on and it’s an interesting idea to show where the villains of Batman’s world came from. There are some that don’t quite work but the majority is great. I also think I’m pretty firmly in love with Sean Pertwee’s Alfred. I never thought I could love a portrayal of Alfred Pennyworth more than Michael Caine but I can’t resist this one. 
  • Deadpool
Fucking Deadpool man. Fuuuuuuuck. Finally saw it and I’m so ready to review it. See you Tuesday.