Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Another week and another struggle to get any reading done. Although, I did manage to do more than I did last week I think. I actually finished two books and I completed this month’s book club pick well in advance. My main worry now is that I won’t complete my Spell the Month Challenge for February. I’ve currently still got an R, B, and Y to go. My Y pick isn’t too long but the other two will take me a bit of time. So, I’m planning on getting ahead today. I’ll get as much done as possible in the hope that I finish in time. Thankfully, I’ve run out of things that I’m desperate to watch. Although, I’ll definitely be getting a few viewings of WandaVision in before the season finale on my birthday. It’s so good.

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Is it just me or has this been quite a long week? I feel like a lot has gone down since I wrote my last Rundown. There’s been plenty of medical drama for the whole family but, fingers crossed, it’s all going to be okay. It’s just a bit of waiting. Aside from that, it feels like I’ve managed to do a lot this week. I’ve finished 4 books in total now, which is madness. That’s nearly half of the books I read in January in 1 week. God knows how I’ve managed it but it’s happened. Just sit back and watch me hit the biggest slump in the history of reading slumps.

Bookish Post – Spell the Month in Book Titles: January Edition

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I’m always really interested in those challenges that ask you to spell out certain works using book titles. It’s always fun. I never really struggle with spelling out my name because, weirdly, the letter U is pretty easy. I liked the idea of spelling out the months with books but, being the overachiever that I am, I needed to go one step further. I secretly decided that I would tailor my reading material in January so I would have one book for each letter. In my attempt to keep my intentions hidden, I didn’t read them in order. Although, I’m not actually that paranoid. It was more to do with the fact that I had already started reading an A book when I made this decision. I can’t promise I’ll do this every month because some of them of really long. Plus, I think I’ve used up one of my only Y titles and I’m meant to be buying fewer books this year. But, we’ll see how it goes.

Bookish Post – January Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

We’re one month down in 2021 already and it looks like all of those people hoping for a better year are going to have to wait a while. The UK is going to shit and lockdown will probably keep going forever. On the plus side, I’ve been able to spend more time inside reading and have managed to do better than I normally do in January. Last year was my previous best and I’m already 2 ahead. If I can keep this up (I won’t be able to) then I’ll smash my target in no time.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads
: 0
Number of physical books: 6
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 3

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’re just over 2 weeks into the UK’s third lockdown and it’s been an interesting time. I’m starting to have weird lockdown dreams again. Don’t worry, I won’t tell you about them. Just trust me when I say they’re getting weirder. I’m still working which at least gives me something to do. Part of me thinks that if I was furloughed that I’d love having the time to read. However, I’m sure I’d spend most of my time in bed or watching Netflix. Sticking to my routine is definitely for the best. Even if it does mean my reading count isn’t likely to dramatically improve. At least I’m sticking to my schedule. According to Goodreads, I’m 6 books ahead of schedule but that’s for 60 books this year. My secret plan is to get to 100, which means two books a week. I need to keep up the pace.

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

It’s been a bit of a quiet week on the blog. I don’t know what happened but I just couldn’t find the energy to watch a film and then review it. So, I decided to give myself some time off. I’ve already mentioned that my heart isn’t really in the film side of this blog at the moment. It’s possibly a consequence of lockdown and not being able to actually go the cinema. Or it might just be that I’m stretching myself too thin. It’s always a bit exhausting trying to get every new post ready and find time to read/watch everything I need to. Sometimes, a person just needs to take a break and chop some trees in Animal Crossing for a bit. I’m still trying to decide what my strategy will be for 2021 but I’ll get there. At the very least, there will still be book posts going up every week. I’m weirdly in a reading mood right now.

Bookish Post – 2021 Reading Resolutions

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I wasn’t going to bother setting any resolutions this year, reading or otherwise. I think it tends to put too much pressure on and you end up feeling worse if you don’t do as well as expected. I’ve tried doing the normal ones but it never last more than a couple of weeks. So, I just tend to tell myself that I’ll just try and be happier, kinder and healthier. That’s the kind of goal I can work with. I also don’t even really set reading ones. I’ve only been setting myself a yearly reading goal since 2018. Again, I just don’t like the added pressure. I always worried that I would end up reading books simply to cross another number off. However, I found that it has helped me read more, so it’s a tradition that I’ve kept up. Even though I tend to keep my target fairly modest.

Book Review – A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I admit that it took me longer to read my first book of 2021 than I’d have imagined. I started on January 1st and have only just finished today. I’m just experiencing that classic January reading slump. I could have spent last weekend reading but I just couldn’t focus. It doesn’t help that I’m pretty tired now I’m starting back in the old work routine but it should help me get better at reading. It got so bad this week that I was worried I wouldn’t even finish the book in time. So, I turned to the audiobook version to finish the last two thirds. It turned out to be a bad idea because I really didn’t get on board with one of the narrators. She just didn’t sound like I imagined the character would. In fact, very few of the voices seemed to fit their characters. It was a real shame and made it harder to engage with the story.

Bookish Post – December Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

That’s it. 2020 is over and we’re staring a new year. It feels good that it’s all behind us but I can’t pretend that 2021 is magically going to be better. After all, the virus is still raging and it’ll be a while before the vaccine is really rolled out. Then there’s Brexit which has the potential to fuck everything up. It might cause problems for food and shopping. There’s also the chance it will create issues with the vaccine. So, who knows where we’ll be this time next year. I’m hoping that the Leave voters were right and we’ll be fine. However, I can’t see it being that rosy. Anyway, enough about the future. We’re hear to look back. I’ve already posted my 2020 review post but I still wanted to breakdown the books I read in December.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads
: 1
Number of physical books: 10
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 0

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’re into that bizarre period between Christmas and New Year when time goes a bit weird. I’ve been exhausted since I woke up on December 25th and have been craving my bed ever since. As soon as the sun goes down, my body goes into shutdown mode and becomes convinced that it’s much closer to bedtime than it actually is. Part of me can’t wait to get back to work, so I get back into a proper routine again. Although, the rest of me wants to delay the New Year in the hope that I can cram a few more books in this year.