Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.
I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.
The Understudy by David Nicholls.
I read this shortly after reading One Day, one of my favourite books of all time, and Starter for Ten, both by David Nicholls, so obviously I was expecting great things. Unfortunately The Understudy just didn’t grip me as much and it took me ages to get through it.
I’ve decided to start doing monthly posts about the different things I bought or received as gifts each month. I know a lot of people do monthly book hauls but I don’t always let myself buy lots of books so I thought this might be interesting.
I did buy some books in August:
I read a lot of books this month, but still haven’t found any new favourites. But anyway, here are the books I read in August!
1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
Before you read this, I’d like to reiterate that you absolutely must not read this or any other spoiler-y reviews before you see the play! If you’d like to read my thoughts, here is my spoiler-free review of the onstage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I was lucky enough to go and see last weekend. (Seriously, I cannot believe my luck. I feel like a member of the A-list.)
If you’ve seen the show and are interested in my general thoughts on acting and staging, I talk about these in the spoiler-free version as well. Below follows an in-depth discussion on the parts of the play that are not common knowledge, like how particular things are staged or certain characters that not everyone knows appear in the story. I’m also writing this under the assumption that people who are reading it know what happens, so I will talk about specific plotpoints. So finally, please please PLEASE do not read on if you haven’t read the script or seen the show! #KeepTheSecrets!!!
Right, so it’s been a few days since I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and I’ve had time to read the script and gather my thoughts. I can now give a proper answer when people ask how it was, rather than just a massive grin and half-finished, garbled words in a language that may or may not be English.
Firstly, this is a review of the play currently running in London’s West End, not the book which is not a book. Secondly, I’ve split this review into two parts (like the play! Ahahahahaha): a spoiler-free review, which follows below, and a more in-depth review here.
Guys, guys. I know how you feel.
I’m lucky enough to have tickets for the show, but even though I’m a massive theatre geek, I wish JKR had written a novel instead.
A lot of people fell in love with reading through Potter. A lot of us already loved to read, but had never found a book as game- and life-changing as when we read Philosopher’s Stone for the first time. It seems like a bit of a slap in the face, therefore, that the 8th story has been reserved for such a select group of people.
I had a lovely, fun Saturday! I met up with some friends for a bar crawl around Covent Garden, London. We booked the Ice Bar and I got to eat lobster for the first time in ages, which was probably my favourite part of the day… I love food.
Oh my god, guys, this has to be the best readathon ever – The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon created by Aentee at Read at Midnight.
The idea of the readathon is to treat each book you read between 14th Aug and 4th Sept as a gym that you have to battle. You win CP points by doing certain activities, such as beating a gym (i.e. finishing a book), evolving your pokemon or by reading a certain number of pages (1CP every 10 pages, i.e. 10CP every 100 pages).
For a full list of how you can earn extra CP during the ReadThemAllThon, go take a look at Aentee’s post here where she outlines how to excel at this brilliantly imaginative challenge.
But first, I need to choose my Pokemon!
Let’s go for a non-bookish tag today, shall we? Yes, let’s.
I haven’t been officially tagged for this but Getting Through Anxiety tagged everyone! Yay!
1. HOW OFTEN DO YOU WATCH A MOVIE?
Not that often anymore. Probably once every week or every two weeks.
2. WHAT MOVIE GENRE ARE YOU PARTICULARLY FOND OF?
It’s not really a genre, but I love those classic British working-class films about ordinary people, like The Full Monty, Brassed Off and Made in Dagenham.
3. WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED AND LIKED?
This list is not very extensive or impressive, but I’m pleased with it. I finally seem to be properly back into reading, even though there was nothing this month that I really loved.
Most of these books were read during BookTubeAThon, which is why I didn’t bother doing a wrap-up last week – I figured it would end up being too similar to this post.
1. Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik.