My second weekly wrap up since I started back on here, I’m on a roll! So what have I been up to this week?
This weeks blog posts
- It’s Monday what are you reading?: Lets see if I achieved my goals
- Top Ten Tuesday: Books that made me smile
- Review: Forced out by Kevin Maxwell
- Connect 5 Friday: Books that I gave up on
Reading this week
On Monday I outlined a few plans for the week and I have managed to meet them (unbelievable what can happen when you get rid of social media distractions!)
- I finished Forced Out by Kevin Maxwell
- I finished volume 1 of Locke and Key (a long time after I started it)
- I’ve started a new Audbiobook: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler as part of the Strong Female Leads podcast book club
- I’ve read a couple more short stories from Trigger Warning
- I am halfway through Girl by Edna O’Brien
Phew! Busy week!
New books this week
- Black and White Sands by Elma Napier
Digital booksv (I’m a sucker for a Kindle deal!)
- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
- Small Island by Andrea Levy
- The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown
- Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
- Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
Links I have enjoyed this week
Having recently deleted the facebook app from my phone (and only going on to check notifications a couple of times a week!) I am finding that I have a lot more time to explore interesting articles, videos and blog posts that I would never have found otherwise. So here’s this weeks gems:
- The First Feminists, a short story by Bernardine Evaristo
- Health vs. Fitness and why running a marathon doesn’t mean you are healthy by The Travellothoner on Bombay Ficus
- 6 Practical tips for reading in a pandemic by Resh Susan on The Book Satchel
- Goodreads has an explore science-fiction and fantasy week by Annemieke on A Dance With Books
- Review Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney by Stacy on A Court of Coffee and Books
What have I been watching and listening to this week?
- Obviously a few more episodes of The Gilmore Girls (it ran for ages and is a good fallback).
- Dave Chapelle: The Kennedy Centre Mark Twain prize for American Humour : Dave Chapelle isn’t really someone who I’ve personally been aware of growing up other than he’s been in a couple of movies I’ve watched over the years. My other half really likes him though. If you’re like me then this is a good place to start in terms of learning about him and his impact on comedy both in the US and around the world.
- Mrs America: It’s on Hulu in the US and BBC iPlayer in the UK. It’s about the Equal Rights Amendment in the US, it has an amazing cast, amazing outfits and an amazing soundtrack. I also think it’s an incredibly relevant story to our current times and the way some people are having their rights stripped or challenged.
- Britain’s forgotten Slave Owners on BBC iPlayer: Hosted by Historian David Olusoga, this 2 part documentary looks at slavery and how it and it’s profits helped to build much of what we know in the UK today. It also looks at the decision to compensate slave owners for their loss of ‘property’.
- I May Destroy You on BBC iPlayer: Michaela Coel (creator and star of Chewing Gum for the UK based people, or the Black Mirror episodes Nosedive and USS Callister for everyone else) has created a series based around consent and a lack of memory. If you can’t remember could you really consent?
- We’re still working through Avatar: The Last Airbender… we’re really close to the end though 😦
- In podcast land S5 of the Strong Female Leads podcast has started and I have gotten into You’re Dead to Me a podcast on BBC Radio 4 about History (created by one of the team from Horrible Histories!)
- This weeks lockdown Netflix party was Mamma Mia! (much to my other half’s disappointment) and it was just what I needed right now. We have decided this will be the last one though.