Monday, 11 July 2016

MONDAY RUNDOWN - THAT'S WHAT SHE READ

So it's time to apologise. Yesterday I failed to get my weekly rundown out and I honestly have no idea how. I remembered at about 1am when I was lying in bed and I really didn't fancy getting back up to do it. For the first time since I implemented my new system I have failed to get a post up in time. It's not even as if it was a busy day yesterday. Saturday I was in York all day for my sister's hen do but Sunday I was lazing around all day. I'm such a fucking failure. Still, I can get it out now and hope the one day delay has just made people more desperate to find out what I'm reading this week. I mean it's highly doubtful but I can always pretend. After all, if I go too far down the road  of how many people may actually read this then I'll probably stop ever getting posts out on time.

Just Finished
  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin
Yes, I know, I'm just as relieved as you are. This book is finally finished. It's been about a month long task but I've reached the end of the first three Dunk and Egg stories. It was hard going but only because it's been a while since I've read any George RR. I still loved it and can't wait for the rest to be released. Especially with the knowledge we already know about Dunk and Egg's futures. It's nice to see where they started from. It's the greatest bromance to hit Westeros since Sam and Jon. Or Tyrion and Bronn. Or Tyrion and Pod. Or Ned and Robert. Or Davos and Stannis. Okay there have been shit ton of bromances in Westeros but that doesn't mean Dunk and Egg aren't noteworthy. If only for the sheer number of times Dunk threatens to smack the future King. The only negative I can take from this book is that I definitely need to reacquaint myself with A Song of Ice and Fire before The Winds of Winter comes out. Otherwise, I'll be super fucked. 

Currently Reading
  • The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
This book's cover is beautiful and really fucking bright that it's been calling to me ever since I bought it. Even whilst A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms was dragging on I had decided this was what I was reading next. So far it's really good. It's about two neighbours living in South Africa and the conflicts that arise between the two of them. One if white and the other black and the racial tensions that simmer below the surface are just the start of their worries. Omotoso is a great writer and has a great style. It's an easy read but not in a simplistic way. Looking forward to finishing this one.
  • Bream Gives Me  Hiccups & other stories by Jesse Eisenberg
The other night I was super tired and couldn't be bothered with trying to get through another full section of The Woman Next Door. I decided to try a few short segments of Jesse Eisenberg's short story collection because, to be honest, I was interested to see how good he is. I know he's being hailed for his plays at the moment but it doesn't necessarily translate into fiction writing. I'm still not sure because the first "story" is a collection of restaurant reviews written from the POV of a nine year old. As such the writing is childish and incredibly simplistic. Still, I like it. It reminds me a bit of Rick Moody's Hotels of North America: A novel because we learn more about the boy's life than the restaurants he visits. I'm with Eisenberg for now but we'll have to see how he handles the different stories. 

Recently Purchased
  • Sexus, Plexus and Nexus by Henry Miller
Those who have been keeping up with my Instagram of late may have seen the gorgeous copies I obtained of Henry Miller's 'The Rosy Crucifixion' trilogy of novels. The novels are semi-autobiographical and presen a fictionalised account of a six year period in Miller's life. They are also so fucking saucy that they were banned in the United States. As everyone should be encouraged to read banned books and also read books with such gorgeous covers I just couldn't resist this trio.
  • A Spy in the House of Love by Ana├»s Nin
A book that was recommended as I made my purchase of the above three books. It tells the story of Sabrina who has spent her life pursuing her deepest desires. Sleeping with five different men and trying desperately to keep her marriage in tact, Sabrina finally realises that she is made up of several different identities all craving different things. As she tries to live out these different lives and their separate desires, all Sabrina craves is a unity she can't find. This novel is about desire and self-awareness and I can't wait to read it. 

Recently Watched
  • Game of Thrones
I'm just about to finish season 2. Something which I've been putting off because 'Blackwater' is still one of my favourite episodes. I love it so much that I want to put it off as long as possible. You know what I'm talking about. 
  • Gilmore Girls
Seriously, the moment Netflix UK got this series on there I was so fucking pleased. I've pretty much spent my whole week off just going through old episodes. Mainly seasons 5-7 because the Luke and Lorelai times are the best. Plus, Rory and Logan will always trump Rory and Dean and Rory and Jess. No matter how many times my friends try to convince me otherwise. 

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