Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

img_4240So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

Today has been a good day but I’ve felt utterly awful for the past 2 days. I woke up yesterday with a horrible cold and I’ve been suffering all day. I’m so pathetic that I keep having to lie down after doing anything. Still, I’ve managed to take quite a few photos for Instagram today. It’s always useful to get ahead of myself. Especially with the buys weeks I’ve got coming up. Hopefully it is something that can last. Doubtful but fingers crossed.
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Book Review – Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Book Review – Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

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5_star_rating_system_3_starsAs you may have been able to gather from my review of it last week, I was angry when I finished reading Mad. So, when I started looking for my next read, I wanted something a comforting and silly. I’d owned Kenobi for a while but I’d not had the guts to start reading it. I admit that I haven’t read much of the Star Wars Expanded Universe because I’ve had my fingers burnt before. At this point, there is a lot of stuff out there and it’s difficult to decide which is worth reading. In my opinion, nothing will compare to the films and it’s not always possible for different writers to replicate the voice of these familiar characters. Obi Wan has always been a huge fan favourite so there was obviously going to be massive interest in the furthering of his story. There is still so little that we know about Ben that you could write countless novels about his story. But, at the same time, we all have such a clear image of how he acts and sounds. Would it be possible for a writer like John Jackson Miller to tell us more about a beloved Jedi without ruining our idea of him? It was finally time to find out.

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Book Review – Mad by Chloé Esposito

Book Review – Mad by Chloé Esposito

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I don’t tend to pick my reads based on anything other than random choice. As I’ve discussed before, I’m not the kind of person who sticks to my TBR at all. I also don’t really tend to pick seasonal reads either. Well, I guess aside from reading Christmas/Winter related novels in November and December but that’s just common sense. Still, there is something about Summer time that just gets me wanting to read some trash. And I’m talking full on trash. Like the worst of the worst. There’s just something about reading in the sun that requires something absolutely outrageous. So, this year, when I went on holiday recently I took a piece of trash that I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I was so desperate, in fact, that I bought a cheap hardback copy despite already owning it on my Kindle. The reason I was so desperate? It was about twins. I’m a twin (something I’ve mentioned way too often during my 30th birthday year) and am always interested in narratives that relate to twins in some way. So a trashy novel about twins? It was the only thing I was looking forward to reading this August.

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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

img_4240Good news everyone! This was a much better week than the last. I feel much more positive going into the next 7 days than I did at this time last Sunday. I’ve been sleeping a little better, which has no doubt helped the situation somewhat. I’ve also managed to get a bit of reading done most nights. Though I’m feeling kind of uninspired by my current read. It feels like I’m never going to finish it. If I’m going to continue my review streak then I’m going to have to finish it in just over a week. We’ll see how that goes.
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Book Review – Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Book Review – Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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I was less than halfway through this epic fantasy story before I went on holiday so I wasn’t entirely sure I would even finish it whilst I was away. Thankfully we had one incredibly rainy Sunday where we spent nearly the entire day inside reading. It meant that I was able to get quite a way through it and finish it in the middle of the trip. Of course, I hadn’t brought either of the other books in the trilogy so was unable to continue with the series but I was actually grateful for a break. It was a fairly long and intense book. And not necessarily what I expected. I’d heard a lot of people celebrating Brandon Sanderson on Instagram and the like so, during a book slump, I decided to pick up the first Sanderson book that I came across. It was simply luck of the draw that the book in question happened to be The Final Empire. I haven’t read much fantasy besides Tolkien and George RR Martin. I guess I’ve been put off by some of the overly silly stuff I read as a kid. But it felt like Sanderson was a good person to start with.

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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

img_4240What a difference a week makes, eh? Last week I was still feeling super relaxed after my holiday and now it feels like I was never away. From Tuesday on it’s just been awful and I’ve ended the week feeling exhausted and irritable. It’s been a while since I’ve had to stop myself crying in public but this week nearly got me again. To add insult to injury, I’ve barely read anything because I couldn’t stay awake and, because they fucked up my shifts, I’ve not had the normal amount of time to get my posts written. So, I’m just chalking this week up as a loss and trying to start anew tomorrow. It probably won’t last long but at least my shifts are back to normal. So I won’t be stretching myself too thin. And I managed to have a really good night last night with some friends. I suspect they were both quite concerned about me having a potential breakdown beforehand but it didn’t spoil our night. And it’s exactly what I needed today. I woke up feeling better than I have since Monday. Speaking of Monday, I’d better get to bed to prepare for the next one.
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Book Review – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Book Review – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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It seems appropriate to start my review about this YA novel discussing prejudices by talking about my own. I openly admit to you all here that I’m prejudiced against YA fiction. I’ve always been disappointed by the simplistic narratives and underwhelming writing on offer in so many popular YA books. I know there are some really good ones out there but the majority are just so obvious, repetitive and dull. I’ve always found it a little hard to accept that so many adults these days are reading Young Adult fiction. I think YA books are great… as long as they’re read by Young Adults. The thing is, a lot of the people who read YA these days aren’t of that demographic. They’re adults. And maybe it’s because they don’t have the time or energy for something more advanced or maybe they just don’t see the appeal of other fiction? I don’t know but I find something a little bit sad about anyone over the age of 20 who reads only or primarily YA fiction. I just haven’t enjoyed very many YA books that I’ve read in recent years. It’s all so immature and simplistic. The use of language just isn’t on par to anything I’d normally read. Still, every so often there comes along a book that I can’t ignore. This was one of those books.

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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

img_4240So my holiday is almost officially over. I got home yesterday evening but I’m not back at work until Tuesday. Still, it’s amazing how quickly I fall into the same routine. Whilst I was away I used every spare moment to read but today I’ve spent most of the day in front of Netflix or on the internet. A week without signal or streaming TV really changes your priorities but as soon as that WiFi is back up it’s all nothing. Still, I’ve managed to get through a lot in the last 7 days so I’m going to try to keep it up. I need to turn everything off earlier and read before bed. It all sounds so easy now but once I’m back to juggling work with blogging and normal life it all changes. We’ll see how it goes I guess.
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Bookish Post – RuPaul’s Drag Race Book Tag

Bookish Post – RuPaul’s Drag Race Book Tag

rupaul-500x282Last Monday I was lucky enough to see Bianca Del Rio perform in Manchester. It was something I addressed last week in my review of Hurricane Bianca so you may well be wondering why I’m bring it up over a week later? Well, I’m currently writing this the week before I go on holiday so I can schedule it to be uploaded whilst I’m away. It’s a level of dedication I’ve never strived for before and it feels weird. Good but weird. So, I’m still on a bit of a drag high. I mean I’m always on a bit of a drag queen high. I definitely thought I would hate Drag Race when a friend suggested I watch it but I was, as she predicted, quickly obsessed. I’ve watched all but the first season of the show at least three times in the last 12 months. Okay, I’ve not rewatched season 10 yet but Eureka annoyed the fuck out of me. I can’t go through that again. So, yeah, I love a bit of drag. And, as it’s on my mind, I decided to try to see if there was a Drag Race book tag. For one thing, there’s a book tag to do with anything these days. And, for another, I needed something to bosh out quite quickly. Luckily, I’m not the only Drag Race loving book nerd.

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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

img_4240I’m writing this the night before I go away with my family to Scotland. I’ve spent most of the night packing and repacking because I can never get it right. I’ve definitely still got too much stuff but, as you can’t trust the Scottish weather, it probably isn’t actually enough at all. Still, it’s too late to change my mind again so I’ll have to live with it. I’ve also just finished writing next week’s TBT post so I can officially say I’m ahead for my posts. I wasn’t entirely sure it would happen but I managed it. I feel quite proud but super tired. I’ve worked non-stop to get this done this week. Never again. Next time I’ll just take a week off. Now I definitely need a holiday!
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