Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts

Life continues apace in the world of 746 Books, sometimes bookish, sometimes not so bookish.

Another week has gone by in a blur of work and family life and I’m yet again wondering where this year has gone. The Halloween costumes have been bought (we are now living with Poe Dameron from Star Wars and a pink Power Ranger) and some early Christmas presents have even been bought – I know, I know!

So here some of the things I’ve been up to lately:

  • This week we managed to watch a grown-ups film in our house and it was the fantastic, stylish and nightmarish High Rise. I’m a BIG Ballard fan so this was a no-brainer for me, but I also love the work of Ben Wheatley, who has directed Sightseers, Down Terrace and Kill List, all of which I have loved. This is a movie that looks amazing (and no, that doesn’t just refer to Tom Hiddleston) and is unlike anything I have seen in a long time, which can only be a good thing. Plus, it is the first film that made me think that maybe, just maybe Sienna Miller can act.
  • Still on a sci-fi kick, we’ve also started watching Westworld, HBOs big budget, high profile version of the 1973 classic movie. I wasn’t won over by the pilot mainly due to the depiction of women (victims or whores) but subsequent episodes have opened out the story – of robots in a Wild West theme park who are becoming sentient – and I’m really starting to enjoy it. Featuring Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newtown and Jeffrey Wright, it’s an oddly prescient look at artificial intelligence and our need for constant immersive entertainment.
  • Tonight I am off to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast to see Three Sisters. Adapted from Chekov by the fantastic Lucy Caldwell, it’s sent in the 1990s and should give me some nice flashbacks to the days when I wore oversized men’s cardigans and DM shoes to go out dancing to the Wonderstuff and James ….I’m showing my age here!
  • As Santa letters are currently being written in our house (my children are nothing if not organised) I’ve been scouring the Literary Gift Company for bookish gifts for friends and little treats for myself. Favourites are the Lady Macbeth Guest Soap, the Ulysses Tote Bag and the Emily Dickinson Cookie Cutter!
  • The 746 books challenge has become a family affair this week as we have all started reading Swallows and Amazons at bedtime. Yes, I have to admit I have never read Swallows and Amazons despite having a copy for more years than I care to remember. We have all loved the movie from 1974 and so far the book is great fun – even if I am skimming some of the technical sailing sections. Expect a review up soon. I might even get the kids to review it with me!
  • And finally, I need someone to talk me into/ talk me out of buying these Oxblood Chelsea books from ASOS. I have a little shoe crush on them. They are calling ‘buy me…buy me’. What do you all think?!

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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. What a great post Cathy… lovely to hear your news. Film looks worth a view and we are well into Westworld. I did S&A for degree, most of us middle aged but still tittered about Titty…

    Love the cookie cutter! And oh, yeah… Get the boots! Then we can be feet-twins😀

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  2. I vote for the boots, they’re versatile.
    I have not heard of High Rise, I am going to look into it.
    I hope you enjoy(ed) Three Sisters.
    And….my son has started “writing” Santa letters a couple weeks back. He’s the first of our family to be thinking about Christmas this far ahead of time.

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  3. Get the boots!!! I love Swallows and Amazons; I still have my childhood copies of all the books. I’m thinking of making the guest bedroom into a cosy reading nook for the winter, so might just have to curl up with them there!

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  4. 1. I totally want to see High Rise now
    2. Swallows and Amazons is so wonderful! If your kids like it, there are about a trillion sequels…
    3. Cannot believe you are on top of Christmas presents already
    4. I have found that the one pair of oxblood shoes I own goes with everything. Not trying to sway you; just sayin’

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  5. Buy the boots…

    I really loved High Rise – I really felt like I was watching a work of art. I’ll admit that I mostly went because Hiddleston, but I didn’t think he was the best thing about the movie. I though Luke Evans was fantastic and frightening, and I agree with you about Sienna Miller. And the soundtrack?? It was incredible. It just lifted the atmosphere of the entire film.

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  6. I vote for the boots as well, unless you want someone to dissuade you from getting them. 🙂
    I’ve purchased some Christmas presents, too, already, although that might just be an excuse I used to tell myself it was OK to get even more books for the kids…

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  7. Swallows and Amazons is a set text for my open university module on children’s literature. It’s not one of my favourite reads – way too much sailing stuff. Have you figured out what is the stuff they are eating at the beginning. it sounds like some kind of pressed meat in a tin (A version of spam maybe?)


  8. I love it so much when bloggers share some personal stuff! First of all, your kids are super cool for writing their Santa letters now… Like mother like twins, right? (If that even makes sense).

    I am interested in watching High Rise because they say Sienna Miller is amazing on it, and although I am a big fan of her style, I have seen some interviews and she looks quite interesting as well. Glad to hear it is a good film.

    As for the ASOS booties, they are gorgeous! And a totally deserved treat xxx

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  9. First of all, I LOVE your typo – “Oxblood Chelsea books” – sign of true obsession! 🙂 Also, if you’re looking for great bookish gifts for friends, you should check out my gift guide -



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