Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts

Despite the fact that I have not one but two reviews to write for 20 Books of Summer and a mere 10 more books to read, I am procrastinating BIG TIME this week. I have lots going on though, so inspired by Elle Thinks, I decided to do a Bookish and Not So Bookish thoughts post for the first time!

  •  Today I am coming to terms with the end of one of my favourite TV shows – Person of Interest. It finished a while ago but we just watched the last episode last night and I cried more than I probably should about an Artificial Intelligence called The Machine, which tried to save people before they killed or were killed. No more kick-ass women like Shaw and Root, no more wondering if Jim Caviezel can speak above a whisper. Hell, no more generally having little idea what was going on but going along with it anyway. I’ve loved this show. I will have to console myself with Season 2 of Mr Robot.
  • Speaking of TV shows, my attempt to catch up on all the Gilmore Girls before the new episodes start looks like it isn’t going to happen. I’m just at the end of Season 4 so three more seasons to go.
  • We got a new print for the living room – just have to get it framed!
  • I am very excited to have made the final 12 of The Stage Critic Search 2016! Last week I went to see one of my favourite plays Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness and was mentored by the fantastic Sam Marlowe of The Times. My review will be in The Stage next week before the final three are chosen!


  • I am working very hard trying to tie up all the loose ends at work before I start my new job next month. Leaving a job requires a leaving night out and a leaving night out requires a new dress. It’s the law. I went for this one…..
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  • If you are a fan of short stories, you could do worse that sign up to Thomas Morris’ Tiny Letter page. You get a short story emailed to you every fortnight and so far I’ve been treated to stories by A.M. Homes, David Foster Wallace, Richard Yates and Lorrie Moore. Fantastic stuff.

    • I am addicted to Angry Birds 2. If I didn’t play Angry Birds 2, I would most probably be on at least book 15 of my 20 Books of Summer.
    • In between watching The Avengers and The Force Awakens on constant rotation with the kids, Mr B and I managed to watch a grown-up movie this week, the brutal but brilliant 99 Homes. Starring Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield, this is a thriller set in the world of Real Estate (really) that deserved all the glory that The Big Short got.
    • My beautiful daughter wrote me a beautiful poem this week. Well, it’s beautiful until you get to the last line. As Elena over at Books and Reviews pointed out, at least she’s writing poetry!
    Stella Poem
    ‘My Mum is a very good chum, And a very good lady, And her bum is fat’

    That’s all for now, hopefully there will be a review by the end of the week!



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    I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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    1. Your daughter’s poem is adorable! Well, I haven’t been reading a lot myself lately. I blame The Adventures of Merlin, Master of None, Outcast (and probably too many other TV shows) for it 🙂

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    2. What a great newsy post… like getting a lovely much needed letter off a pen-pal😀 Love the dress and I’m sure your bottom won’t look big in it at all… despite the gloriously frank poem from your daughter. Hope you have a superb night out.

      Thanks for tip off about short story link… I’ve signed up! My reading is ridiculously sporadic so far this summer I’ve started at least 10 books but not finished that many yet… old monogamous habits shed & Ihave turned into a right book slut! Still we’re only halfway through 20 Books of Summer and I’m praying for a calmer August😘

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    3. What a fun post! I love the print you got – it’s really pretty (although I haven’t read 100 years of solitude – yet). TV shows ending can be so sad – I had the same when I watched the last episode of Gilmore Girls. And now there’s more to come! I’m so excited about the new stuff. I’ve been debating doing a rewatch, but I don’t think I’ll be able to watch 7 seasons before the new episodes hit the air. And congrats on making the final 12! Sounds really exciting 🙂

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      • I don’t think I’ll get the last 3 seasons of GG watched in time – I’m going to have to do so much spoiler avoidance online! I’m so excited about the Critic Search – should know by the end of next week if I’ve made the final three, but I don’t think I will. Just pleased to have got this far!

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    4. Yay! Loved this post. (Also: one of the great glories of growing up in an urban American high school was that in that environment, a big booty was highly desirable and important. That thought has helped me many a time in adult life!)

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    5. I am also a big time fan of Person of Interest. Although I enjoyed the first two seasons more than later seasons – except for this final cycle of shows. It was always aggravating to me that Caviezel spoke so low because I had a problem understanding him.

      The poem! Wonderful – the things kids say, lol.

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    6. Ha – love the poem, deary me. The dress is lovely, too. I just deleted Bejeweled Blitz as I’m sure that has taken up some reading time. My 20books has stalled as I have two review books to deal with before I can start up again, but the work deadlines have eased so I should be able to carve out some time. Hope so, anyway.

      Enjoyed the peek into the rest of your life outside the books!

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        • I agree – Mum’s bum is definitely not fat if she will be wearing a gorgeous outfit like that! I don’t know any of these TV shows, although Jim Caviezel is very easy on the eye…I’m watching Versailles atm, on the Kindle as Mr C has an aversion to series featuring people in “old-fashioned clothes”! I also started watching something called The Living And The Dead on BBC iPlayer – anyone watched it? I hugely prefer reading than TV, plus I get peace if he has the doofer. I’ve got lots to read for 20 Books… (I’m currently reading 4 books at once, having only finished 1!) And I need to read lots for Bloody Scotland & write lots of reviews! Congratulations and good luck with the Stage Critic Search. And I love your print! Finally, best of luck in the new job!

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        • As long as you get enjoyment out of it, but even getting that far shows your reviews are noticed and rated. I can’t help laughing at all the men’s lustrous locks in Versailles – like they just stepped out of a salon, as the ad used to say. I’ve come to the conclusion you can tell the evil ones as they have crap hair! It reminds me a little of the Henry VIII series with Jonathan Rhys Myers – sex, clothes, and bitching. Total tripe, but my eyes need a rest from print occasionally!

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        • I’m managing lots of reading – it’s the reviewing I struggle getting round to, and it builds up. I must be more strict, and write a rough review whenever I finish a book, which’ll just need polishing. I’m going to have to do some rapid re-reads of some books, which is ridiculous and a real waste of time!

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    7. That dress is gorgeous. I haven’t watched the last season of POI but I really want to. I can’t take knowing that it’s over, that’s stopping me. I adored the machine like she was my best friend 😦 So sad that it’s over


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