Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

The last week of July was a bit of a blur. A miserable and rainy blur but a blur nonetheless. August is going to be a pretty busy month, so hopefully I’ll get through all of the books I wanted to read. But I can worry about that later. For now, I’m finishing the month having finished more books than I expected. It’s been a difficult month and I haven’t felt up to reading much. This week was especially tricky and I was convinced that I’d fail to finish the books I needed to. So, how did I do?

Weekly Blog Posts

  • BOOK REVIEW – You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

I’m not a big fan of YA fiction. I’m also not a big fan of romance novels either. I just find them to be quite obvious and simplistic. There’s not the kind of character development that I crave and everything is conveniently wrapped up by the end. I’m just not into that. So, why did I decide to read a YA romance this month? Cause I needed a novel starting with Y obviously. Would it be as bad I expected it to be or would it convince me to give more a chance? Find out why by giving my review a quick read.

  • TBT REVIEW – Iron Man (2010)

Ah 2010. When the MCU was much less complicated. When each film was only leading to The Avengers instead of the insane plan that Kevin Feige and co. have cooked up. As Black Widow has been in the spotlight (sort of) thanks to her first solo(ish) outing, I decided to revisit her first time in the MCU. It’s my most hated Marvel movie and one I haven’t watched more than once. Would it be as bad as I remember? If you’re feeling nostalgic, take a look at my review.

  • BOOKISH POST – July Reading Wrap-Up

Another end of the month and another post looking back on what I’ve read. I didn’t think I’d do too well this month because I’ve just not been bothered about reading anything. I must have managed to bring things together in the end though. I did much better than I expected. To see what I’ve read in the last 31 days, check out my wrap-up.

  • BOOKISH POST – Spell the Month in Book Titles: July

I’ve made it over halfway through the year and have successfully managed to each month so far. Of course, February aside, the first part of the year is relatively easy. Yes, there are a few odd letters but, lengthwise, there are no real worries. Now July is over, I really have to start getting a handle on my reading. There are some long months coming up. See how I did with July in my post.

Just Read

  • You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Leviathan

I didn’t enjoy this one so it probably took a bit longer than it should have. Still, it wasn’t exactly taxing. A pretty mindless and obvious story to get me through.

  • Jazz by Toni Morrison

There was a point when I didn’t think that I’d finish this in time but I needed it for my Reading Challenge. Somehow, I managed to fit it in. It’s not my top pick for Toni Morrison but it’s well worth a read.

  • Thor Vol. 1 by Walter Simonson

I even managed to fit in a couple of extra graphic novels before the month ended. I like Thor as a character, so I thought this was quite fun. Who doesn’t love Beta Ray Bill?

  • Journey Into Mystery Vol.1 Fear Itself by Kieron Gillen

My final read of the month was a Loki filled one. He’s very much in the picture again and I can’t say that I approve of how Marvel handle the character. So, why not go back to the comics and see him in all his glory?

Currently Reading

  • The Tenets in the Tattoos by Becky James

I won an ARC copy of this recently and I’m hoping to get it read before it comes out in early August. It’s not necessarily my usual read but it sounded really interesting. I’m hoping it’ll go well.

Book Haul

I have bought a book this week but it was only because I was also buying something else. I decided to pick up Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder. I’ll get round to it at some point.

Recently Watched

  • TV:
    • ER– I’ve just reached the final season and I’m starting to care less. Pratt’s dead and Abby’s gone. Neela is the only person I really care about and she is making terrible choices. I might not bother with the rest.
  • Movies:

TBT Review – Iron Man 2 (2010)

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

During all of the press surrounding Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson criticised the film in which she made her first MCU appearance. Johansson spoke out about the “hypersexualisation” of her character during the film. Of course, she didn’t have an awful lot to say about Joss Whedon’s decision to focus on her arse as much as possible during Avengers but never mind. It’s not like you can disagree with her. Everything about Nat’s first appearance in this franchise problematic when you look back. First and foremost, the way she looks. It’s her worst look by far and speaks to the male gaze that comes from the comic books. That awful red wig doesn’t really work and makes Johansson look much less beautiful than she really is. Yes, she’s still one of the best looking people on the planet so it’s all relative. Now with all of this talk of Iron Man 2, I decided it was time to go back and rewatch it.

Tuesday Review – Black Widow (2021)


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

It’s been a long road getting to this Black Widow film. The character first appeared in the MCU way back in 2010 and has been sidelined ever since. Then the news finally hit that she was getting her chance in the spotlight. Of course, it wasn’t smooth sailing and Covid put the release date back by over a year. It’s fair to say that Natasha deserved a better deal but at least she’s finally the star of the show. Yes, it’s 4 years after Wonder Woman debuted and we’ve met Captain Marvel already. The fact is, Black Widow is here and we’ve got a lot to celebrate. For one thing, Scarlett Johansson is playing a character with an appropriate ethnic background. But this has always looked like a genuinely good film. The cast looked awesome ad there was plenty of potential to get to know the character from a different point of view.

Bitesize Book Reviews 4

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I fell behind with my reviews last week because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. To make up for it, I’m back with 3 mini reviews in on post. I guess book reviews are like buses. You wait a week for a new one and then 3 turn up at once. Really though, it didn’t seem worthwhile giving any of these books their own post, which means that they’re all clumped together. Enjoy a bitesize analysis of my last 3 reads.

Bitesize Book Reviews 3

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March hasn’t been the month that I thought it would be. I expected to read way more than I have. The fact that I’m falling behind my target it starting to get me stressed, which is also making it harder to concentrate on reading. It’s a shame. I didn’t manage to finish any of the novels that I’m currently reading for today but, thankfully, I can post a couple of super quick reads. One of them was something I read at the start of the month haven’t been able to get out of my head. The other was one I read on a whim this evening. That’s just how it goes I guess.

Tuesday Review – Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I don’t want to say that I had high expectations for Wonder Woman 1984 but the first film did make me cry in it’s opening sequence. Then there was the fact that the movie poster is absolutely astounding. It had everything we needed. Diana looked like an absolute powerhouse and the 80s vibes were incredible. I’m not a big DC fan but the first film was such a great celebration of female superheroes. Plus, it showed that women can be given the lead role in a comic book movie and make a shit ton of money. The fact that DC were sensible enough to bring Patty Jenkins back was comforting. Over the years, they’ve often put their trust in the wrong hands and its not something that’s really worked well for them. Not since The Winter Soldier has a second comic book film been better than the first. Would Jenkins and Gal Gadot be able to work movie magic again? Would it be worth the £15.99 rental fee? There was only one way to find out.

TBT – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

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220px-scott_pilgrim_vs._the_world_teaser 5_star_rating_system_4_and_a_half_stars 10 years ago today, Edgar Wright’s film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was released in the US. The final volume of the comics, written by Canadian author and artist Bryan Lee O’Malley, had only just been released before the film came out. Although, when Wright was originally approached to make the film in 2004, which was just after the first book had been published. It took 6 years for the film to come together and, though didn’t do so well at the cinema, it has become a much-loved cult classic. As somebody who loves the source material and the film, I wanted to dedicate today’s TBT post to the film’s 10th anniversary. What I hadn’t remembered was that I’d already written a review of this film. So, now I don’t really know what to do. I haven’t got time to watch something else and I haven’t watched anything old recently. Or at least nothing memorable enough to review. Well, what’s the worst that can happen?

Book Review – The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

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17261250 5_star_rating_system_2_stars This weekend I, like so many other Netflix users around the world, sat down and binge-watched the second season of The Umbrella Academy. When the first series came out, I didn’t know much about it. All I knew was that it was based on a comic book series written by the lead singer of My Chemical Romance. Now, I admit that Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is one of my guilty pleasure albums but I’ve long outgrown MCR. I didn’t expect to enjoy the show but Netflix is clever. It kept playing the trailer over and over until I couldn’t help but watch. I was quickly obsessed. It was a great show and the soundtrack was phenomenal. It felt new and nostalgic at the same time. I couldn’t wait for the follow-up season and, though the narrative wasn’t quite as slick, it was still bloody entertaining. So, when I realised I wouldn’t finish a book in time for today’s review, I knew I had to do something drastic. I bought the Kindle edition of the first volume of the comics. I had to see for myself.

Friday Favourites: Female Comic Book Characters

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Last weekend was International Women’s Day. The one day a year when all of the pathetic men out there can go on social media and say “er… but when is International Men’s Day?” Yep, you can really see why the patriarchy has thrived for so fucking long, can’t you? It’s such a fun time. Still, the day is always a good excuse to celebrate women and their impact on the world. Reading books by female writers or watching films directed/written by women. This week I’ve been reading the final part in Alexis Marie Chute’s fantasy trilogy. I’ve also been watching some fantastic female superheroes. So, I decided to carry on the comic book theme and discuss some of my top female characters. Most of them will be very obvious because I’m an obvious person and I’ll miss out plenty I’m sure. There are just too many of them!

TBT – Justice League (2017)

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justice_league_film_poster 5_star_rating_system_2_stars In the Marvel vs DC debate, I’ve not been the kind of person who shows loyalty to one over the other. It’s weird. There are characters on both sides that I love and those that I don’t care about. I’m not entirely sure that it’s as much of a thing as it used to be now that so many people have been introduced to graphic novels and comics. Maybe I’m just naive though. I’m just happy to embrace anything well-written and well-drawn. However, that’s only for the comic. When it comes to the film side of things, I’m a Marvel gal all the way. DC films just haven’t had the same impact on me. They’ve just never been able to match the skill and precision that Marvel has become known for. And I don’t say that trying to pretend that Marvel films are perfect because there are still plenty of flaws. It’s just that they have embraced different approaches and have such a tight grip of where they’re going. Some might call it overthinking or overplanning but it’s clearly working. Just look at those box office figures mixed with the critical response.