Weekly Wonders: 30th April

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I think it is fair to say that this week has been horrible. Uni stress has basically reached a whole new level, which has included having to think about my assignments in a different way. And I still have no ideas for a major project, which is stressing me out.

This might have been manageable if I hadn’t heard some really heart-breaking news on Monday that threw me out emotionally all week. Suicide has such a huge impact, and sometimes I wonder if people realise how loved they are.

So rather than thinking about the week, I’m going to think about what I’ve been reading this week.

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My main book was Blood Forest by Geraint Jones. I’ve got a review coming for that in a few weeks, but it’s not for the light-hearted. Set in Roman times, it deals with issues of loyalty and the comradeship the soldiers felt for each other. It was enjoyable, but contained some graphic scenes of violence that made me feel uncomfortable at times.

I’ve finally finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! It took me about twenty days to read it (while reading other things in-between, I must admit), which I think is the longest I’ve spent on one book for a long time. I never really liked this one as a child. It still isn’t my favourite, but I did get more enjoyment out of it than I thought I would.

Having read the first two in the trilogy, I’ve just started The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks. It’s not a short book, but I am hoping to make some steady progress through it. I’m hoping it isn’t as repetitive as the previous two in the series though.

Talking of repetition – what’s been up on the blog this week? Whether you missed a post or want to have a re-read, here’s what got posted:

One reason why I want to get Terry Brooks finished is that I have three books currently on reserve at the library. Admittedly, two of them have been on reserve for a couple of months. But I’m reaching a point where I am getting close to the front of the queue for all of them and do not want to overwhelm myself with library books.

While I resist the temptation to reach for my book right now, here’s what is coming up on the blog next week:

  • Monday: Book Review: The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse
  • Wednesday: Up and Coming: May’s Posts
  • Friday: Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them – I went on a bit of a spree during the week trying to get on top of posts.

So there we have it; my week in books and films. How about you? What have you been reading?

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