Book Review – Hourglass by Keiran Goddard

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve been so tired this week that I haven’t finished my current ready yet. Luckily I already had a book ready to review, so I didn’t have to rush to finish something. Hourglass was my final read of last month and one that I’d had my eye on for a while. I’ve not read any of Keiran Goddard’s poetry but I do love a verse novel. Plus, it looked absolutely gorgeous and was going to be a super quick read. Basically, my perfect book.

Book Review – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sometimes you just get a feeling about a book. That you know it’s going be a new favourite even before you’ve opened it. I felt like that about Lessons in Chemistry. I requested it on NetGalley because it sounded incredible. I pre-ordered a hardback copy before I’d even started reading the ARC. I was so confident that I’d love it enough to want to own a copy. But I’ve been fooled before. Could this possibly be as good as everyone sad? As good as it sounded? We’d have to see.

Film Review – Turning Red (2022)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

It isn’t surprising to find out that a certain group of people have turned against Pixar’s latest film release. Those idiots on the internet who don’t like people who look, act and speak differently to them. I’ve seen snippets from reviews say that it is only relevant to a small audience or that it’s unrealistic. Yeah, and I guess Wall-E, Up, and Cars were all super relatable and true to life. The word woke has been tossed around a lot as you would expect. Then there are those who think children shouldn’t be made aware that periods are a thing. I don’t know why I expected anything else but it’s getting boring now. It’s an animated movie for fuck’s sake. There are worse things going on in the world to worry about that.

Book Review – Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve said it plenty of times before but I do worry about super hyped books. I know that everyone was raving about Piranesi when it came out but I still wasn’t ready to give it a chance. After all, I’ve read so many supposedly flawless books that just disappointed me. It didn’t even matter that Susanna Clarke had been nominated for so many literary awards. We all know that’s not always a mark of quality. The Testaments is proof of that. However, I was looking for an audiobook to keep me occupied during work and this one grabbed my eye. Why not try it now?

Book Review – The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love Rosie Jones. I think she’s a really funny and odd person. She’s consistently hilarious when she appears on chat shows or game shows. So, I was already super excited when she released a children’s book. I mean how could it not be funny? I was also looking forward to seeing how she handled the topic of disability in the book. Jones has cerebral palsy so if anyone could write a story offering a realistic insight then it’s her. I decided to also buy the audiobook because this seemed like the kind of book that deserved to be heard read out loud. The fact that there is an introduction by Jones herself was an added bonus.

Film Review – The Father (2020)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I missed a lot of films that came out in 2020 and 2021 because I wasn’t really in the mood for films. Lockdown and covid really hit me and I stopped bothering to keep up. This means that I’ve missed a lot of great films. Last year was the first year that I hadn’t watched all of the big Oscar nominees before awards season. So, as well as trying to watch new releases, I also want to revisit some of the films I missed. Why I started with this one is beyond me. I knew it wouldn’t leave me in a good place but the draw of Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman was too strong. What a pair.

Book Review – Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages. I was so excited to get it because it sounded like such a fantastic story and it looked beautiful. I was hoping to read it last year but I didn’t get a chance. That’s what happens when you set yourself a stupid reading challenge that restricts your choices. I’ve been making slow progress with my current read, so I decided to spend some time yesterday getting through this one. I hoped it would be a change from the heartbreaking Dear Edward. Well, it didn’t quite turn out like that.

Book Review – Taste by Stanley Tucci

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I wasn’t expecting to read this book last week but I ended up needing a pick-me-up at work. It was when I was feeling shit and I was desperate for something to distract me. Otherwise, I would have sat in front of my computer feeling sorry for myself. So, I started listening to Stanley Tucci narrate his book Taste. I’d bought the hardback when it came out but I always like to experience this type of book in the writer’s own voice. Especially when that voice is a very talented and funny actor.

TBT Review – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is old. How old? So old that we used to own VHS copies of all of the films. Also, it turns 20 this week. It’s been a while since I last sat down and watched any of films in the trilogy. I used to watch them all the time. Well, I used to repeatedly watch the scenes where Aragorn was a full-on hunk repeatedly. It probably didn’t do the videos any good, so I quickly upgraded to the DVDs. As tomorrow is the official anniversary of the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, I decided that it was a good time to go back to Middle Earth.

Book Review – Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s safe to say that my Sunday didn’t exactly go to plan. I was intending to get stuff sorted. Mostly organise my week’s photos and then read this book. Thanks to unforeseen events, that didn’t happen, so I was rushing to get this book finished in time for this review. Good job it’s a pretty short book and one that is easy to read. I just about finished with enough time to spare. I was a bit later in getting to bed than I’d hoped but we can cope with that.