Film Review – See How They Run (2022)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sometimes I feel as though I’m the only person on Earth who didn’t think that Knives Out was the revolutionary and original murder mystery that everyone else believes. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it but the way some people go on, you’d think Rian Johnson had invented the drama. Although, I’m generally underwhelmed by whodunnits in general. It might be because of my love of Agatha Christie or because I’m just too cynical. Either way, I just think they’re too obvious. It’s such an oversaturated market that we’ve seen it all before. I just think it’s difficult to shock, so you need to do something special to keep me on board. I was keen to find out if See How They Run would do that.

Bookish Post – 2022 Mid-Year Review

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Thanks to Covid, I missed the actual mid-year point to post this review but that’s not going to stop me. Before writing this post, I felt like I’d been having a good year but not as good as last year. There’s a definite difference between the amount of socialising I’ve been doing this year compared to last year. So, I was sure my reading had taken a hit. Turns out I was wrong. Either I’ve been reading shorter books or I’m just getting better at it.

Book Review – The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Do you remember how I had vowed to slowly make my way through all of Agatha Christie’s books by reading at least one per month? Yeah, that went out the window in recent months. So, I decided to pick one up in June. How did I decide? I went on Spotify and found the first audiobook that was in English. I also don’t think I’ve ever read this one before. If I have, it didn’t leave enough of an impression on me. As long as I didn’t need to know anything about golf then I knew I was going to alright.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Next week I’m heading to the Lakes for my friend’s hen weekend. So, I’ve had to spend this weekend getting ready for it. Mostly taking extra photos and buying everything that I’ll need. June is definitely going to be a month full of spending and probably less time reading. Thankfully, I’m going away in July so I can make up some ground.

Bookish Post – My Problem With Contemporary Crime Novels

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I’m currently reading one of the shortest books that I’ve read in a while and, considering how short my usual books tend to be, that’s saying something. Can You Ever Forgive Me? runs at under 200 pages yet I still couldn’t finish reading in time to review it. I’ll be honest, it’s been an odd week and I’ve been pretty up and down. Which has all meant that I haven’t made as much time for reading. It also didn’t help that my book club has been postponed until later this month. Now that I have no deadline I’ve lost all energy to finish it. All of which means I needed something else to write about. Thankfully, I’ve been thinking of this for a while.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Yesterday was my birthday and I spent most of the day celebrating. I’m also going to spend much of today celebrating, which means a complete lack of reading this weekend. I don’t think it’s a massive issue though. I’ll just have to do better this week. I need to start getting to bed earlier, which means less scrolling on Instagram and reading before bed instead. It won’t ever happen but it’s always nice to dream.

Film Review – Death on the Nile (2022)

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

It was already going badly for Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Death on the Nile thanks to Covid. Then there were the seemingly endless controversies that plagued the cast. Clearly, somebody was trying to tell him not to bother. I mean somebody other than me. After the dull and forgettable Murder on the Orient Express, I wasn’t exactly counting down the days for this to be released. It doesn’t help that I think this Christie book is overrated. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book and I do think the twist is cool. I just don’t think it’s one of her top 5. It might be popular but that doesn’t always mean something is good. So, the thought of Branagh attaching his fake moustache for this wasn’t exactly keeping me going through lockdown.

Bookish Post – February 2022 Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 2
Number of physical books: 3
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 5
Number of ARCS: 1

5* reviews: 2
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 2
1* reviews: 1

February has finally come to an end, thank god! It’s been the longest month for me and I’m glad to see the back of it. My main aim for reading this month was to focus on romance and love. I read more stories about love than I think I read in 2021. Not all of my reads were successful but, thankfully, there were plenty of highs to balance that out. Here’s how my month went.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I normally think that January is the longest month of the year because it drags so much. This year, February is proving to be the worst. It feels like we should be much further along in the month instead of less than halfway through. It’s possible that it feels longer because I’m still reading the same book that I started weeks ago. If I hadn’t requested the ARC then I’d have DNFd by now.

Book Review – At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I always used to think that I preferred Miss Marple stories but I think this is because of the adaptations. Or, at least, the women who have played her. There have been plenty of great portrayals of the character that made her seem much so wonderful. Going back to some of the stories that I haven’t read in a while, I’m starting to realise just how much help the adaptations have had.