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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Another mini Shakespeare celebration pre-23rd April. You’ll hear more on Tuesday no doubt.