Apparently, last week I couldn’t be bothered finishing my little opening paragraph before I posted my blog. Not that I had anything interesting to say, of course. It wasn’t that interesting a week. I’m happy to say that I’ve had a better reading week this week and it all comes down to the book. Rereading The Handmaid’s Tale had a huge impact on how quickly I got stuff done. I was actually looking forward to reading and found it really hard to stop. It means I’m absolutely exhausted now but it’ll sort itself out. Hopefully. Speaking of sorting stuff out. I’ve recently taken possession of my 6th bookshelf. I finally have all of my books on shelves and not on the floor. I’m hoping this makes it easier to sort out what I do and don’t want. In the near future, I’m going to have a proper sort of what I want to keep and what I don’t. What I’m eventually going to read and what I’m not. It’ll be tough but it needs to be done. It’s getting out of hand.
For the past few weeks, I’ve left work telling myself that this was going to be the week that I started my new blog post series. It all started after I listened to the episode of the Empire podcast where they were deciding whether they preferred Batman or Superman. I had decided it would be an easy thing to steal and, because I don’t really like Superman, it wasn’t exactly going to be a huge choice for me to make. Of course, as always, I ended up failing to see it through. However, I really liked the idea of doing another blog post a week and the Friday Favourites thing appeals to my love of alliteration. Thankfully, this week I was super inspired after reading The Handmaid’s Tale. Margaret Atwood really is one of the greatest writers around these days. She manages to be a beautiful writer of literary fiction whilst being so down-to-earth. Her novels are incredibly readable even with her breathtaking use of language. I highlighted so many quotations during my re-read that I knew I had to do a post about them. And it was one that could have gone on forever. I might as well have just typed the whole thing out. But, instead, I narrowed it down to 18. And I refused to include the oft-quoted “nolite te bastardes carborundorum” because it seemed like such an obvious choice. Not that the rest of them are particularly original mind you. So, do your favourite quotes appear on this list? Have I missed any? Let me know.
I’ve just got back from spending a lovely afternoon with my sister, brother-in-law, and my niece. Yes, I ended up at a rugby match despite having little or no interest in the sport. But it was a pretty good time.
I’ll be honest, when I picked this up I knew it wasn’t going to be the greatest thing I ever read. I mean, a YA detective story based on the pre-Eleven life of Detective Hopper from Stranger Things. It was an absolute cash-grab. Something that is instantly confirmed by the price. This book cost me £20 and there is nothing about it that looks worth it. It’s not got a very good cover nor does it feel like super great quality. It’s just plastered the faces of familiar characters on the front, used the Stranger Things logo, and made it an official novel. Then let the die-hard fas shell out their money without a second thought. I say that knowing full well I bought it but, in my defence, I had a book token so I don’t really count it. I didn’t spend my hard-earned cash on it. It was essentially a present. And I was a little intrigued by this. I’ve never had a great time with the novelisations of films or television shows. I want to love them but, more often than not, I just think it’s cringe. Can it ever not come across as fan fiction? Anything written as part of an expanded universe that doesn’t come first-hand from the original creators will always feel weird and desperate. Let’s not forget the curse of The Cursed Child.
I’ll be honest, the last 7 days haven’t been the greatest. Work is super stressful for everyone right now but my manager seems very willing to ignore everyone’s increased workload. By the end of the week, I was physically and emotionally exhausted. I’m not even 6 months into my apprenticeship and I’m already dreaming of pastures new. Not a good thing I guess. It doesn’t help that I’m meant to be learning the business from people who don’t seem to know/care about marketing strategy. I mean, I’m the only one in our office who’d had the foresight to carry out real keyword research for our SEO strategy. Is it any wonder I’ve had my dream copywriting job saved on Indeed for ages now wondering whether to apply? I mean it’s creating pop culture content for a website. If that isn’t perfect for me then what is? Anyway, enough of the moaning. A good night’s sleep will hopefully get me ready to face the stress of next week. I could do with getting some reading done too. I’ve barely achieved anything this week. It’s been hard to concentrate.
After watching the adaptation of Hush the other day, I decided that it would be a good idea to go back to the graphic novel. I don’t know how long it’s been since I last read it but it’s been a while. Is it entirely possible that I’m doing it because I knew I was ever going to finish my current read in time for this post? Possibly. But that shouldn’t take anything away from the fact that it was in keeping with my theme of the week. And it is one of those classic Batman story arcs. The kind that is so often referred to in lists of the ones read. But, if I’m honest, I’ve never been as big of a fan as other people. I didn’t know if I was just missing something or whether it actually was just massively hyped. Of course, it’s possible that the artwork was just making it seem better. I admit to falling for that so often. If a graphic novel is a bit meh but the artwork is gorgeous I’ll always rate it higher. But is that the point? Should it be let off for looking good if the story isn’t all that great?
Here we are on another Sunday evening with a rundown of my week’s reading. I had Friday off so it feels like I’ve done a lot this weekend. I had a lovely day out on Friday, a night out on Saturday, and a relaxing day today. I’m still not ready to go back to work tomorrow but when does anybody ever look-forward to a Monday. Especially having had a day off. Youn can guarantee that nobody was dealing with my emails when I was off. That would be far too helpful. But, never mind. I can get through this week and hopefully find some time to read. Doubtful if you look back on August but I’m an optimist.
I wasn’t sure that I was going to finish this book in time to write something tonight. It was super down to the wire. I men I only finished it an hour ago. Not because it wasn’t an enjoyable book but because I’ve been rubbish recently. Plus, my sister brought my niece round on Monday and it really cut down on my reading time. Plus, the usual laziness and binge-watching that prevents me from getting stuff done. But at least this brings up my total for books read this month. I needed to get one more in before August ended. It’s not been a great one in terms of page numbers. Can I blame the weather? Or the fact that I’ve been busy at work? Doubtful but that’s not going to stop me. Instead, let’s just rejoice in the fact that I’m managed to finish something and can actually get this review written.
To start things off, you may have noticed that my blog theme has changed again. I’ve been feeling a bit bored with things recently so I was looking to make a change. I think I’m pretty happy with the way it looks now but we’ll have to see. I keep having the urge to change a lot of things at the moment. I think it’s because there are so many things about my work’s marketing strategy that I would change but don’t have the authority. So, I’m altering whatever I have the power to change. Speaking of work, tomorrow is Bank Holiday Monday and, once again, I’m going to be at work. It’s our busiest time of year and I was told about this when I joined. But it doesn’t mean it isn’t irritating. Especially as half of my office have actually managed to get the day off. I still feel pretty new but I need to be there to look after our Summer temp. God help him if he needs to ask me anything too complicated! But I’m not really complaining. I had a busy week last week but I think I managed to catch up by Friday. Which means I’m starting the week feeling a little better about everything than I was expecting.
I’m still being pretty rubbish when it comes to reading but I have at least finished something this week. It took me late into last night to do it so I’ve been a zombie at work. A massive shame considering that I’ve had to sit and listen to a man talk about Google Analytics all day. It was a useful webinar for my course but, when my eyes were having difficulty staying open, I probably didn’t take in as much as I should. Still, I got through it and had a play with some metrics. What more could I ask for? Okay, sleep but who needs sleep when there are books to read. Even if those books are supposed to be for children. I’ve always been curious about what David Walliams would be like a writer. I was the right age to love Little Britain when that came out even if it now seems a bit dodgy in place. So, I have a bit of trouble fitting that side of him with his authorial side. Still, he has the silliness necessary for a winning children’s writer I guess. But calling him the natural successor to Roald Dahl seems like a bold claim. Could it possibly be true?