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).
1. Hello again, dear readers! :) Usually I start these posts off by talking about the particular book that I'm reading but I'm actually reading not one but three books at the moment! It's rather unusual for me but I think I might turn this into a regular thing. At the moment I've just started reading J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst's S but I've also been dipping in and out of a book of Pablo Neruda's poetry for a while in addition to listening to a non-fiction audiobook called The Theater of War - read by Adam Driver - on my way to work.
2. I've recently joined Instagram! I used to think that it was mainly photography buffs and people who take selfies a lot who used the site but I started to get interested in it when I found out that it has quite a large "Bookstagram" community. Do feel free to follow me on there if you have an account, I'd very much appreciate it :)
3. A few weeks ago I bought a complete collection of Shakespeare's works (the hardback RSC edition with footnotes) and Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote. When I then uploaded a picture of the two books on my Instagram page, I was both very shocked and delighted when Craig Pearce (the screenwriter of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby) liked it!
4. After completely falling in love with the TV show Avatar earlier this year, I've now started to go through its sequel show The Legend of Korra and have just finished its first season. LoK definitely isn't as good as Avatar but it's still enjoyable and is better than most things on TV. I'll talk more about the show when I've finished it or have almost finished it.
5. I've started to go to yoga classes once a week with my mother. A new centre has opened up that's literally around the corner from our house so it's extremely handy!
6. As I'm going away to New York this November (I still can't believe that this is happening!), I won't be going away on holiday this summer. I went on a day-trip to Stratford with some friends recently though and I'm hoping that I can have one or two more trips out...
7. If you've been reading my other Bookish and Not So Bookish Posts you'll know that I've been doing some baking in my spare time. This is a picture of a Carrot Cake that I made not so long ago :)
8. I'm getting more and excited about J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I'm not seeing the play live - if only I were so lucky! - but I have pre-ordered the script which is due to be published next month. Up until fairly recently I'd been more excited about Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them project since it sounded more intriguing to me - wizards in Jazz Age New York! - but now that I've been thinking some more about what I'd actually like to see in a Harry Potter sequel my enthusiasm has gone up considerably. Since the epilogue to The Deathly Hallows implies that Harry's son Albus is a Slytherin I'd love for the play to follow through on that by having Albus sorted into Slytherin House. I imagine Albus would then feel under pressure to prove to everyone at Hogwarts that he isn't the black sheep of his family and I think it would be pretty awesome if he then ended up becoming friends with Draco Malfoy's son Scorpius. I would also love for Scorpius to then have a romance with Ron and Hermione's daughter Rose because oh my goodness can you imagine how Ron would react to that?! Comedy Gold! :D So that's what I'm personally hoping for with this Cursed Child play but even if that isn't actually what Rowling has written I'm still hoping that I'll love it anyway. I'm also taking it as a very good sign that the play had its first preview the night before last and that the audience absolutely loved it! I'm just hoping that I'll be able to avoid any spoilers until I read the play...
10. Just before I finish this post, I thought I'd talk about the upcoming films that I'm thrilled about seeing. One of these is the new adaptation of Jane Austen's Lady Susan called Love and Friendship. Apparently it's got rave reviews and it will be my first time seeing an Austen adaptation on the big screen so that's going to be fun. I was hoping to see the film later this week but I don't think I'll be getting to see it until next Saturday now. Another film that I'm thrilled about is Ophelia which is an adaptation of a YA novel by Lisa Klein that retells the story of Hamlet from the perspective of Ophelia and will be starring Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts as Ophelia and Gertrude. I adore Hamlet and these actresses so, yep, I'm very excited about it - I think I need to use more synonyms for "excited", lol - and also about the new Beauty and the Beast! :)