Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thought #4

Wednesday, 27 July 2016
This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Bookishly Boisterous (link here) where you can write about anything that's happening in your life, book related or not!


1. Firstly apologies for the lack of posts over the last month or so. I've been in a massive panic trying to find another flat to stay in after my landlord asked me to move out of my current one. The stress was multiplied because my flatmate is away in America for the whole summer, so I have had to sort everything myself. Thankfully everything seems to be almost sorted now, I'm signing the lease on a new property in the next week or so, and should be able to move everything from the old flat to the new flat before the deadline! That is my feeble excuse for not posting, but I get anxious about these things, and struggle to find the motivation to blog when I'm not feeling calm!!

2. I've also been working loads over these holidays. I've had 4-5 shifts every week, which is great for my bank balance, not so great for my reading! I also got a pay rise a couple of weeks ago, so that's helping too!! I work in a cafe in a soft play area, which is a popular place during wet Scottish summers, so I am pretty tired when I come home from shifts, and would rather stare mindlessly at a tv show than try and engage in a book. Excuses, excuses, I know!!

3. I just want to take a moment in this post to say how horrible the news has been these past weeks. Although it is such an unpleasant experience reading about the events I think it is our duty to be fully informed about the horrific attacks that are occurring all across the world. It doesn't matter where they occur, it is still a horrific attack on humans and humanity, and a tragic cutting short of lives, some of which hadn't even fully begun. It seems that every morning when I wake up some other attack has occurred somewhere in the world, and it can be depressing to read about. Something that makes me feel slightly better is reading about the response to these attacks. Things like the hashtags that trended after the Nice and Munich attacks with people offering their homes to others to shelter in. These things always remind me that humanity as a collective is better than these individuals who decide to do these deplorable acts. 
Sorry for that serious point, I just felt that I needed to mention it.

4. I did get quite a few books in the past couple of months. I had a £20 book token to spend so I bought The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (this one has been on my TBR for a while, loads of people on the internet rave about it), Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (I had never heard of this one, but it looked really good so I bought it on a whim!), The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (her second book has just been published, and I wanted to pick this one up, also the cover is absolutely gorgeous!) and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (this one has been all over twitter too, so I wanted to see what the excitement was all about). I was also given a copy of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins from a member of my family to read, hopefully I'll get to it soon!

5.I finally started reading the first book for next semester at Uni. I've been meaning to start reading them for a couple of weeks but I just got around to it last night. The first one is Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, which is for my Multi-Ethnic American Fiction module. It seems like quite a quick read, and even making notes as I go it doesn't seem like it will take much time to get through. Thats a relief, because there's 5 or 6 others that I need to read and annotate before mid-September!

6. This week's (plus some extra mentions) TV/Movies:

  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries- Series 1 and 2. This is my current tv obsession, 1920s glamour plus Australian accents, plus a female detective, and one of the best will they/won't they couples ever makes a great tv show!! Honestly check this out, I know its on UK Netflix, and the relationship between Miss Fisher and Jack is the best thing ever!!! It's a light-hearted show, definitely recommend!
  • Friday Night Dinner- Series 4. This is a Channel 4 sitcom about a Jewish family who meet for dinner every friday night, and its the funniest thing ever! I watched the rest of the series last year, and its all available on Channel 4 On Demand, and possible Amazon Prime. I highly recommend if you're looking for a hilarious, laugh out loud show (episodes are only 25 mins each, so easy to binge!!).
  • Slow West- 4/5. This is a movie about a Scottish teenager who travels to America in the 1800s to find the woman he loves. It stars Michael Fassbender as a bounty hunter who takes the boy under his wing, doing a very respectable American accent, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the teenager. His Scottish accent isn't quite as good as Fassbender's Amercian, but he give a good performance. This movie was enjoyable overall, and had an action packed finale!
  • Torchwood- Series 1. I own all the series of Torchwood on DVD and decided to begin re-watching them on a whim. Torchwood is a spin-off series of Doctor Who, although its much grittier and more adult! It stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, and rewatching this just reminded me how much I love Harkness, and made me want to rewatch Doctor Who too!
Happy Reading!!

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  1. Everyone in my house adores Doctor Who, even my daughter who is probably too young to fully appreciate the show. My husband and I really enjoy Torchwood too.:-) I've heard wonderful things about Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and really need to watch it. I am glad you are enjoying it!

    Congratulations on finding a new flat and your raise. Two good things. I'm sorry about the move though. I hate packing with a passion, and don't envy you that task. Especially with your flatmate out of the country.

    I hope you love The Night Circus as much as I did. I listened to the audio version, but want to now go back and read the print version. I own copies of both The Miniaturist and Shantaram, both of which I've heard good things about. I hope you enjoy them when you read them. Someday I hope to get to them!

    What is going on in throughout the world today is heartbreaking. So much violence and killing. I wish there was an easy answer to put a stop to it all. I like what you said about focusing on the good that people do, that "humanity as a collective is better than these individuals who decide to do these deplorable acts". That is so true.

    1. Thanks for reading!
      Haha I have yet to convert my family to Doctor Who, but I'm trying!
      Yeah packing is never fun, who knew I needed so many tupperware boxes!!!!
      I'm excited to get to them soon, if only I could read books faster than I seem able to buy them!

  2. Oh, moving and all that goes with it can certainly put us off track. So glad you found the new flat and that all is coming together. The pay raise sounds like a positive.

    And the violence throughout the world is so horrendous, especially since it seems as though nothing will stop it. The responses are good, though, and are heartening.

    I hope you get nicely settled and enjoy your reading.


    1. Thanks for reading.
      I'm using the move as a reason to clear out my stuff, so that's a positive, plus a pay rise never hurts haha!!
      Have a lovely week.

  3. 1. Moving is stressful enough without all your added pressures!
    3. Agree - I just feel despair every time I turn on the news.
    4. Shantaram - good value if you go by a cost-per-page measure! The Miniaturist - it's wonderful. Enjoy.
    6. A lot of Miss Fisher is filmed around Melbourne - last year I went to see an exhibition of the costumes used in the tv series - needless to say, AMAZING.

  4. Thanks for reading!
    Oh I'm excited to get to those books now, I'm glad you enjoyed them!
    Oh wow I'm so jealous, the costumes in Miss Fisher are amazing!!


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