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Good news! I’m no longer sick. I spent about 3 days tucked up in bed last week and I nearly went crazy. I didn’t even get much reading done I felt so bad. Instead I’ve just been binge watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s so good… even if it definitey won’t be as good for my brain as picking up a damn book.

Currently Reading
  • The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet
What I love most about this book so far is that it’s taught me more about semiology in a couple of paragraphs than my entire time at university. Seriously, there’s a section where Binet explains the concept of this theory and it made so much more sense than it did when I did a whole course on literary criticism in second year. It’s also a really interesting narrative but I’ve put in on hold for a bit this week. 

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)

The reason I haven’t read much of The 7th Function this week is because I started listening to this audiobook on audible. I was feeling exhausted after my first day back and work and decided it was better to listen to Gaiman talk to me than try and read something. I no longer like reading more than one book at once so I’m focusing on finishing this one now. I started dipping in when I first bought the book but having Neil Gaiman read it to me is so much more soothing. It makes my commute so  much happier and peaceful.

Recently Purchased
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Kindle Edition)
I bought another copy of this book for one simple reason. If I bought the 50p eBook then I could buy the Kenneth Branagh performance of the story on audible for a much cheaper price. I mean, seriously, it was a crazy discount and much less than the price of a new set of credits. Bargain.

Recently Watched
  • Netflix binges: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
I watched this whole 3rd season of this on Saturday and really enjoyed it. I mean it’s not as good as Season 2 but it’s still funny. There are jokes a plenty but it feels very familiar and a bit too similar to season 2. This time, instead of getting her GED, Kimmy is trying to go to college. She’s still rehashing the same stuff and following the same storylines. However, it’s jam packed with jokes and the cast are all great together. How long for season 4?


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I’m running so late with this because I promised to help out my brother-in-law with an essay he’s got to hand in. I’ve supposedly been proofreading it since Friday but I’ve really only just got round to it. This weekend has been rough so I’ve just put it off. So I’m rushing to get this out but I’ve not really done a great deal this week. I promise you aren’t missing out on much.

Currently Reading
  • End of Watch by Stephen King

I’ve read a bit more but I’m still not convinced it’s worth my time. Especially as the pile of deserving books is getting larger by the day. I’ll be fair and give it another week just to be sure.

Recently Purchased

  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
A book from the Man Booker 2016 Longlist that had a blurb so awesome I couldn’t help but buy it. A brutal murder has taken place in the Highlands in the 1860s and a young man has been arrested. The book, set out as a memoir, tells us that he is guilty but we must wait to discover what drove him to commit the act. It sounds fucking brilliant. Obviously, if I had unlimited time and money then I’d have bought the entire Longlist but I’m trying to limit myself to the ones I can’t live without. I decided this was the best place to start. 
  • Spider-Gwen Vol 1 by Jason Latour
When I was still wasting an insane amount of money on postage getting my weekly comic book order shipped to my house I fell in love with Spider Gwen. She’s awesome. However, I got a little behind with my reading when I stopped the comic books. So why not get every issue I  probably already own in one handy dandy book?
  • Batgirl Vol 1 by Cameron Stewart
Likewise, Batgirl. I love her. To be honest, this mainly comes down to her sense of style. It’s because of her that I’ve desperately seeking a cheap pair of yellow Dr Marten boots. I don’t think I have any physical copies of Batgirl so I decided it was time to track down the collection. I’ll get them all eventually. After all, I’m always willing to read a few good comics and if it means picking up a few fashion tips then it’s all the better.  
  • Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (Blind Date Book Company)
To be honest, this really isn’t the kind of book that I’d have bought for myself. The coverart is pure chick-lit and the premise is too trashy thriller even for me. It’s the usual kind of guff, survivor of a serial killer suspects that the man she helped imprisoned is not the man who tried to kill her. Noting too exciting. Still, I found myself in possession of this novel when I took a chance on the Blind Date Book Company. I picked out this mystery book based on three simple words and ended up with this. I’m sure it will be a decent enough read but this was more about the experience of getting a surprise book int he post. it was fun and an experience I’m keen to repeat. 

  • Hostage by Robert Crais (Blind Date Book Company)
The second book in my Blind Date Book Company haul and another book I’d never have picked myself. That’s the fun though, right? This is another crime thriller about a frontline negotiator who is haunted by his dead family. After taking a job in a sleepy town, the police chief finds himself in the midst of a Mafia stronghold. Sounds like a mindless kind of thing that’ll keep me entertained enough. 

Recently Watched
  • Sisters
Kind of wanted to see this when it came out. Really wanted to see it when I found of Kate McKinnon was in it. Now regret being so excited. See my Tuesday review for more details.
  • Step Brothers
TBT really is just my chance to watch one of my favourite films once a week. This week was no different as I continue my TBT Will Ferrell retrospective


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This week has been a strange one. I’m back at work and I’ve instantly fallen back into the stressed, tired pattern that always plagues me. I really need to start stepping up my game to get out of there as soon as possible. There’s only so long a person can go on pretending they want to work in catering when it’s one of the last things they want to do. I’ve spent too many days of my life worrying about how may fucking avocados we need. In case you’re wondering, it’s fucking loads. As you can tell I’m pretty moody today. Yesterday I went bridesmaids dress shopping for my sister’s wedding and it has left me with even more body image insecurities than before. Just when I thought it wasn’t possible, I have to go shopping for a dress with my super sporty, super slim twin sister. But let’s not dwell. There have been a few positives to the week.

Never Finishing
  • Maestra by L. S. Hilton
Gave up on this after a couple of chapters. It’s just the shittest thing I’ve ever read. The worst kind of erotic thriller but with no style or substance. Not worth my time.

Currently Reading
  • Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Started this as soon as I gave up on the last book. This is a fucking breath of fresh air after Maestra I can tell you. A group of parents get together at a beach house for the weekend. They are all hiding their deepest secrets and their real views on each other. I’m loving this book and wish I was getting more time to read it. The characters are all so awful but they are compelling regardless. I want to learn more about them and see how their relationships change. 
Recently Purchased
  • Where’s Will?: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays by Tilly
If you can’t understand why I bought this book then I’m not sure this blog is the right place for you. It’s Where’s Wally but with fucking Shakespeare. I’ve walked past this in the window of my local bookshop for ages and I just couldn’t resist any longer. Seemed even more appropriate considering we’re less than a week away from the 400th anniversary of his death. I’ve got Shakespeare fever and the only cure is more books. 
  • The Genius of Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate
When I went into my local bookshop to finally buy the book above I wasn’t able to find it. However, I was suitably distracted by their Shakespeare display. So many books I could easily have bought myself but I didn’t. Instead I just bought this. Bate’s work The Song of the Earth had a great part to play in my undergraduate dissertation and I really enjoyed his writing. I also really love Shakespeare. Simple mathematics suggests that I’m going to enjoy this. 
  • The Art of Wearing Hats by Helena Sheffield
Another book that I’ve lusted after on my walk to and from work. Sitting beautifully in the window of my local bookshop, this called to me. It’s one of those miscellaneous little books that I love collecting. Also, I really love hats but never have the guts to wear them out of the house. I guess I hoped this would help convince me it was okay. 
Recently Watched
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2
Watched the new series in a couple of days. Loved it. Like all second seasons, though, there are aspects that are better than and those that are worse than the first. All in all, Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess are phenomenal. Plus, Tina Fey’s new character is delightfully outrageous. Will have to watch again though. Too much to take in the first time. 
  • Macbeth
Another mini Shakespeare celebration pre-23rd April. You’ll hear more on Tuesday no doubt.