Sunday, 1 May 2016

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week, etc)

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1. A happy May Day Bank Holiday Weekend to any of my fellow Brits who might be reading this! :)

2. The book that I'm currently reading is Dorothy L. Sayers' Clouds of Witness which is the second novel in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries. Once I'm done with that book I'd like to finally get started on W. Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil.

3. I'm going to update the "About Me" page on this blog sometime next week and I've also been thinking of writing up more "mini book reviews" in the future. Sometimes when I read a book I'll end up having a lot of thoughts and feelings about it and will be able to write up a fairly detailed, multiple paragraph review of it quite easily but then they'll be other times when I'll read a book and I'll find that I could quite easily cover everything that I thought and felt about in just a few short sentences. I imagine a lot of book bloggers will be able to understand where I'm coming from on this. So in the future what I thought I could do is, instead of trying to write a lengthy review of a book that I just don't have very much to say about, is to wait until I've read about four or five other books like that and then to review them all together. The reviews would only consist of a short paragraph and I don't think I'd give the books full synopses like I do with the lengthier reviews that I write. Another reason why I'd like to do mini-reviews is because I personally find it really hard to give in-depth reviews for non-fiction books without summarising everything in them *sigh*

4. I've only been to the cinema once this year and that was to see Midnight Special. There were a couple of plot points in that film that I'd have liked to have been better explored but it's still a fantastic film! :) It's a highly atmospheric and suspenseful SF thriller, its cinematography and music are both beautiful, it has strong spiritual overtones, the acting in it is superb, and I was wowed by its special effects. I love great cinematography and visual storytelling in films but I'm not usually very impressed by CGI even though I know that a lot of hard work goes into it. But in Midnight Special the CGI is genuinely awe-inspiring and makes the film look way more expensive than it actually was. And another great thing about Midnight Special is that it's an original film when there aren't nearly enough of them in the film industry. 

5. During April I shared a lot of poems that I like on this blog as part of a Poetry Month Celebration that my blogger friend Hamlette put together and I ended up writing a few poems of my own which I really wasn't expecting. If you haven't already seen them you can read them here: 1, 2 and 3. The event has also inspired me to read more poetry and I've ordered a collection of Pablo Neruda's poems to get started with. I wanted to share poems for every day of the month but, um, yeah, I failed on that one and I should have prepared for it better (I'm truly sorry, Hamlette!)

6. If you read my previous Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts post you'll know that I've been working my way through the complete boxset of Avatar over the past few months. I finally finished the show about a week ago and I really miss it. Thankfully I still have its spin-off The Legend of Korra left to watch but I thought it would be a good idea to leave it for a month or two before I get started on that show. I've heard that Legend of Korra isn't as good as Avatar and I think if I try to watch it immediately after Avatar I'm likely to be more critical of it. 

7. I did a bit of a baking in April. This is a picture of a Lemon Drizzle Cake that I made yesterday.

8. I'm now seeing Dreamgirls at the West End this December. It's not actually a musical that I know very well but my mum is a huge fan of it and asked me to go with her. Speaking of musicals, I've also downloaded the Hamilton cast recording. I haven't had much of an opportunity to listen to it just yet but I love the songs from it that I have heard and I'm happy that Lin-Manuel Miranda is going to be in the sequel to Mary Poppins along with Emily Blunt!

9. I got my hair done recently and went for a Balyage as you can see here :)

10. There are two things that I'm hugely excited about. One of these things is the new adaptation of Watership Down (one of my favourite books from my childhood!) that was announced the other day. It's going to be co-produced by the BBC and Netflix and the cast for it is just wonderful: James McAvoy, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton, Olivia Coleman, Ben Kingsley and Anne-Marie Duff! The other thing I'm hugely excited about it is Star Wars: Rogue One. As someone who's always adored the Jedi and force mysticism in the original films, at first I really wasn't sure how I felt about the thought of Star Wars spinoffs that would veer away from that. But a heist film set in the Star Wars universe is such a ridiculously awesome idea that it wasn't long before I was won over by Rogue One and I do love Felicity Jones. And the trailer! I now love Jyn Erso's character already, the cinematography in it is gorgeous, and the film looks suitably gritty and epic. I was also stunned at how much the actress playing Mon Mothma in this trailer looks like the actress who played the character from the original trilogy and I love the first shot of the rebels that you can see in this trailer at about 7 seconds in. I didn't realise this until someone pointed it out but the uniform that they're wearing is exactly the same as the uniform that the rebel soldiers are wearing in the first scene of A New Hope. It's a lovely touch.

Also, if like me you're also a huge fan of both Star Wars and Jane Austen I think you'll very much enjoy this.

I hope you enjoyed reading these various ramblings and flailings of mine! I'm now going to go off and eat dinner and then later on tonight I'll be making an index post of all of the poems that I put up on this blog in April. And I'll be also getting back to everyone who left comments on my blog recently as I know I've gotten very behind on replying again!


Miss Evie said...

Happy Bank Holiday! :D
Oooh that Star Wars Movie looks incredible! WAIT! Felicity Jones! Ethel hallow?! :D
I love the look of the cake! So nice to hear from you again.. have a lovely day!

Hamlette said...

Hey, you posted way more poems than I did, so even if it wasn't as much as you'd planned, you didn't really fail, I don't think.

Lianne @ said...

I find I've been doing that a lot lately, posting mini-reviews, for all the reasons you mentioned. And I totally understand what you mean re: non-fiction books, which is perhaps one of the reasons why I don't often post about them unless they are really thought-provoking and gets my academic hat on ;)

I hope you had a good bank holiday weekend! And I mentioned it on Instagram but I hope you enjoy The Painted Veil =D

Hannah said...

Evie - You watched The Worst Witch?! Yes! I wasn't a *massive* fan of that show when I was a kid but I did watch it and I was so shocked when I found out that it was Felicity Jones who played the main character! And thanks, I was also glad to hear that you're loving university life the other day.

Hamlette - Aw, thank you! :) I must admit I am pretty proud of myself for being able to write some poems of my own. I haven't written anything else since the event ended though. I guess I need to find further inspiration...

Lianne - Thanks! I liked 'The Painted Veil' a lot although I watched the film first and I think I liked that slightly more because I felt it was more romantic. But on the flip side that scene between Kitty and her father in the book is really moving and that scene isn't in the film. I guess I'm still processing the book, lol!