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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

So, I’m writing this Sunday rundown on Thursday night before I head down to London. As I write this I haven’t seenย Hamilton but as you read this I will have done. As such, I’ll pretend it’s Sunday and give you my feedback. Oh my god! It was so amazing! I have no words to describe just how good it was! It’s an experience I’ll never forget! I mean, the chances of me not enjoying it are pretty slim. I know it’ll be weird without the voices I’m used to hearing on the soundtrack but seeing it all happen in front of my eyes will be amazing.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

This time next week I’ll be in London having finally seenย Hamilton. I’m super excited but I’ve got a lot to do to get ahead. I hope to have everything ready so I don’t need to worry about posts next week but, knowing me, it probably won’t happen. At least I should get a bit of reading done on the way down and the way back. A two-hour train journey is always good for getting ahead on the old reading challenge. Truth be told, I’ve been very bad this week. I’m not even halfway through my current read so, from the look of it, I won’t be ready for a review this week either. June clearly isn’t my reading month. But nevermind.

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Bookish Post – May Reading Wrap-Up

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So, it’s that time again. That time of the month where I cover up the fact that I don’t have a book to review yet by discussing the books I read last month. It’s the perfect crime. And I don’t think I did too bad a job in May. I thought I’d done really badly but I forgot about a few quick reads early on. When I say early on, I mean May 1st. I got a couple of NetGalley books done and dusted on the first night of the month and promptly forgot about them. It safe to say my great start didn’t continue all month. I did pretty well until about halfway through when I slowed down. I haven’t had a lull that bad all year. But I got through it. And I’m determined to catch up this month. Unfortunately, my first read of June looks like it’s going to be a slow one so I’ve already paused that and moved on to something else!

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Boy, the weekend has just flown by, hasn’t it? But we’re in June. June is a pretty big month. For one thing, my older sister’s baby is due on the 21st. So, obviously, we’re all getting a bit excited and anxious about it. I’m mainly anxious because I’m absolutely dreadful around babies. Kind of terrified of them. They’re so tiny and delicate and I am neither of those things. I’ll just be one of those aunts who never actually goes near their niece/nephew. It’ll be fine. After that, the biggest thing happening this month is finally getting to seeย Hamilton. I am so excited. The first time I heard the soundtrack I was obsessed. It’s such a perfectly written musical. Lin Manuel Miranda is an absolute genius. I never thought I’d the chance to see it but I managed to get some tickets with some friends. It’s going to be amazing.

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Book Review – What Red Was by Rosie Price

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I didn’t know anything about this book before my friend sent me a copy. She works for Vintage publishing and is always trying to give me cheap books from work. I know I know. First world problems. So, when I asked for a copy of Machines Like Me I wasn’t expecting a whole package of fun stuff. And by fun stuff, I mean a copy of Rosie Price’s book and some marketing material relating to it. Including a tote bag that my mother was extremely excited about. God knows why. I have more than my fair share of free tote bags. Don’t all women, particularly bookish women, have more tote bags than they could ever need? But do I ever have one with me when I need one? Of course I bloody don’t. That would require too much forward-thinking. But I digress. I decided that I would give this book a go once I’d finished the Ian McEwan. It sounded like an interesting read. About a horrible topic, obviously, but an interesting read. And Price’s debut had been receiving a lot of attention.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

We’re in the middle of a bank holiday weekend and it’s going great so far. I’ve had a great time but this is my last bank holiday this year. As my job gets super busy in August, we don’t get the August bank holiday off. I’ve already got so used to 4 day weeks that I’m not sure how I’m going to cope. You wouldn’t have thought I’d just left a job where I worked nearly every bank holiday.

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Book Review – Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

dscn9479-015266252618802267648.jpeg5_star_rating_system_3_and_a_half_starsย One of my best friends works for Vintage books so she is constantly offering to pick up cheap books for me. I know I know. I’m making it sound like a bad thing when it’s not. The only problem is that I never remember to ask her. I buy the book myself and then have to put up her with telling me she could have got it for me. So, when I heard about Ian McEwan’s latest book dealing with AI, I knew this was one of the times I should take her up on it. I was a massive fan of Ian McEwan as a teenager but I’ve lost my way over the last few years. Basically, everything afterย On Chesil Beach has remained unread on my shelf. And I’ve been okay with that.ย Sweet Tooth andย Solar I wasn’t that interested in but I did really want to readย The Children Actย andย Nutshell. Honestly, I did. I just never got round to it. But this one sounded interesting. An alternate reality 1980s where AI technology exists. Part of me was worried, though. AI has become a bit of a thing in literature recently and I wasn’t sure that McEwan was the best to add to the conversation. But, I couldn’t let my friend down again.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Today has been a weird day. For almost a year I’ve been suffering from alopecia and it’s slowly been getting worse over the past few months. So, today I finally bit the bullet and bought a wig. I was annoyingly terrified before I went. I had no idea what to expect andย  I was worried about it being too obviously fake. But I have a wedding coming up later this year and I was determined to get something to wear. My two sisters came with me for moral support and were absolutely fabulous. And I managed to find something that I really like. It’ll take time to get used to it but it feels good that I’ve made that step. It also makes me feel stupid for being so worried about it. But that’s me all over.

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Bookish Post – Oh Dany… Boy! (Spoilers)

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So, you may have noticed that this isn’t a book review. And that’s only partly because I haven’t quite finished Machines Like Me yet. I say partly because I’m trying to convince myself that I haven’t been rubbish at reading this week. That’s not the reason. The real reason is that I needed to talk about this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. Or, more specifically, the reaction to it. Cause this season has divided opinion quite dramatically. And the last few episodes have left a particularly sour taste in people’s mouths. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve found the final series of Game of Thrones to be disappointing. The writing has gone downhill and the storylines are being rushed to fit into the shorter episode run. The focus has been on spectacle instead of the story. Character development has gone out of the window in favour of more CGI dragons. Now, it should go without saying but spoiler warning guys.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Today, I had a massive panic that I’d accidentally put my phone in the washing machine. I knew I probably hadn’t because even I’m not that stupid but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So, my mind immediately starts conjuring up images of it being in the middle of the pile of washing I’d just put on. Of course, I found it not long after. As it happens it was under a pile of books I’d just been taking photos of. Guess that’s what you get when you spend your day off preparing for the week ahead. It also meant that I didn’t read as much as I’d wanted to. My plan is to finish this quickly, have a quick shower, and then settle down with my current read for the night. Get me in the right head space for the week ahead. I’m starting my apprenticeship webinars tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. Then I can finally see what I’ve let myself in for.

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