Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts!

It’s Thursday! What better way to kick off the weekend than with some bookish and not so bookish thoughts? Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous

  • I was sad to hear of the death of JP Donleavy this week – although 91 is a pretty good age to get to! I posted about his iconic novel The Ginger Man earlier in the year. Banned, blaspheming and beloved of Johnny Depp and it is now a literary classic, cementing Donleavy’s reputation as one of Ireland’s most important writers.
  • Has anyone else be watching Channel  4’s new anthology show Electric Dreams? Each episode features an all-star cast in an adaptation of a Philip K Dick short story. I had high hopes for this series, but so far, the first two episodes have been decidedly underwhelming. They look stunning, but I found the stories to be formulaic and a little bit dull. I won’t give up just yet as Sunday’s episode The Commuter features the wonderful Timothy Spall and has a great premise about commuters catching a train to a mysterious town that doesn’t exist.
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    • At the moment I am completely enamored with enamel! Pins that is. The Literary Gift Company  (regular readers will know I am an addict!) have a new range of bookish enamel pins and I have managed to whittle my wish list down to these three beauties!

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    • I am seriously considering a trip to Dublin to see the stage adaptation of Let the Right One In which is on at the Abbey Theatre. This is one of my favourite movies (the Swedish version) and I’d love to see how it works on stage. It could be really wonderful – although that swimming pool set finale could prove tricky…


    • Does anyone else follow the brilliant Robert Macfarlane on Twitter? If not, you should. His ‘word of the day’ tweet, featuring a little-known or vernacular word that celebrates our environment, is both fascinating and necessary. Macfarlane’s ‘word-hoard’ is reminiscent of the Seamus Heaney word-hoard we have at HomePlace.  


    • I am a musically a happy girl this month with new albums from two of my favourite artists – Iron & Wine and the incomparable Tori Amos. Her new album Native Invader is a real return to form, politically charged and technically brilliant. I’m working on a post at the moment about my favourite lyricists and Tori and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine would definitely make the list!


    So what have you all been watching/ listening to/ hoping to buy this week? Do tell….


    Cathy746books View All →

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

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    1. I wasn’t sure about Electric Dreams, although it did look very tempting. I might give it a go, if only for Timothy Spall!
      I also love the Swedish version of Let the Right One In. I didn’t see the play when it was on here but a friend of mine loved it, so it could be worth the trip?
      Those enamel pins are gorgeous!

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    2. I have to confess my sadness over Donleavy’s death is tempered by the fact that, er, I coulda sworn he died years ago. I very well remember reading The Ginger Man at an age when my mum would have had a fit if she’d known I was doing so!

      I must catch Electric Dreams when/if it makes it across the pond. Funny how PKD seems (almost) always better when adapted to screen than he does on the printed page.

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    3. Watching Father Brown – addicted!
      Listening to the Grateful Dead.
      Hoping to buy cappuccino – I keep my expectations small!
      And reading The Good Lord Bird which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
      Love Tori (fave albums of the 2000s are Scarlet Walk, Night of Hunters & Unrepentant Geraldines) and Iron and Wine. The Last Song soundtrack is a guilty pleasure – never tire of “Each Coming Night.”
      Any interest in the Ulysses play Dermot Bolger has adapted? That would be my go to if a trip to Dublin were achievable.


    4. I went to see a play called The Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic which is by Conor McPherson and uses Bob Dylan songs. I’m not a huge fan of Dylan but I loved this. It had a stunning performance from Sheila Atim who is going to be a big, big star if this performance is anything to go by.

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    5. Love the idea of the word hoard, I could do with some vocab enhancement…..
      Have you been following the Twitter feeds on the World Cup of Books hosted by Richard Osman and Waterstones. It’s almost down to the final and I have a dreadful feeling its going to end up with a fantasy novel. Bronte just about squeaked through but some other ‘classics’ fell by the wayside early on

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    6. Lovely post, Cathy! I didn’t know about this feature, but feel like I should join you all soon 😀

      My week is looking good: I am starting my new job tomorrow, and I’m also very happy because my favourite Irish people (The Corrs!) have new songs out, and a new album will be released next November!


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