Hello there! It’s time for another post about what I’ve been up to reading-wise, show-wise, and film-wise.
What I’ve read, what I’m currently reading & what I’ve added to my TBR pile:
I’m currently reading Lekker Laten Lullen, a Dutch book about the lives of two women who have just reached their thirties, written by Suzette Hermsen and Lianne Marije Sanders.
I’ve nearly finished the book and will probably be able to post a full review later this week. But as a short review for now: it’s great. Hermsen and Sanders write openly, honestly, and amusingly about their lives. The book is filled with just that kind of humour I love (dry and sharp), but besides the writing being funny, it’s also real and recognisable. The short chapters make it an easy read and the difference between Hermsen (carefree and sober) and Sanders (sensitive and a worrier) adds to the story. While they both write about relationships, jobs, family, friends, buying or renting houses, and simply the life of a millennial in general, Hermsen writes about being proposed to, buying a house and a car, and friends getting married and having babies, and Sanders writes about her burn-out, therapy, spirituality, and her fear of abandonment. It’s a very good read.
I’ve been rather busy this last week and haven’t had much time to read (hence why I haven’t finished The Book of Dust yet or started reading other books on my TBR pile), so I don’t have a lot more to add.
I am planning on reading How to Stop Time by Matt Haig though. It’s been waiting for me on my bookshelf for ages and I really want to read another one of Matt Haig’s books. His memoir / self-help book Reasons to Stay Alive is one of the most fantastic books I’ve ever read and although How to Stop Time is a fantasy / science fiction novel (so not that comparable to non-fiction like Reasons to Stay Alive) I enjoyed his writing style a lot and am curious about more of his work.
I also keep seeing Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles and Circe everywhere. These books have been on my radar for quite some time, but somehow I’ve never ended up reading them (even though I’m a sucker for Greek mythology). But since the books (and reviews of them) keep popping up around me, I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something. I should probably give them a read.
What I’ve watched, what I’m currently watching & what I’ve added to my watchlist:
I’ve noticed that when I’m quite busy, I tend to not feel like spending any spare time I do have watching or reading something new, but I’ll go for a rewatch or reread instead. Or, if I do choose something I haven’t seen or read before, I’ll go for something light (like the above-mentioned book Lekker Laten Lullen).
If you’ve read the previous updates, you’ll know I’m watching Cheers and let me tell you, that is just the kind of light show I crave after having done a lot and needing a breather. I go through a few episodes late in the evenings and by now I’ve reached the ninth season. It’s a great show to unwind with and at this point I kinda feel like one of the bar’s regulars. Returning to Cheers every day, just like Norm, Cliff, and Frasier.
Because of my need for light shows/films and/or rewatches, I haven’t added anything new to my watchlist. But I do intend to rewatch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald soon and last week’s watchlist addition The Good Liar reminded me of Helen Mirren in the action comedies Red and Red 2, so now I want to watch those again too. I also really, really feel like rewatching Boston Legal. I yearn for some Alan/Denny bromance, some silliness, and some brilliant courtroom speeches.
Side note: I mentioned in last week’s update that I had finished watching Barry. I have since posted my full review, so you can check that out if you want. I ended up rating the show 3 out of 5 stars (2.5 for the first season and 3.5 for the second).
That’s all folks! See you next week!