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The Science of Living by Stuart Farrimond

Published March 27, 2021

The Science of Living by Stuart Farrimond

A great book, really, one you can dip in and out of and find answers you’ve been searching for or just look at questions that you’ve never even thought of asking. Some of them were a bit obvious - the diet and health ones are more of the same: eat less, move more, etc, etc. But some of the stuff on sleep was really interesting, and it surprised me how many areas we really don’t know very much about.

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

Published March 25, 2021

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

Was worried this was going to ruin the first one, which was a delight, but thankfully it didn’t. It wasn’t as good, I’m not about to argue that, the story didn’t hold quite as much weight as the first one, but it held its own. It felt a bit more difficult to root for Elle in this scenario - of course animal is testing is should be banned but it is hard not to laugh at someone doing it because they want to invite their dog’s mother to their wedding.

I'm Still Standing by Colleen Coleman

Published March 23, 2021

I'm Still Standing by Colleen Coleman

Aww, this really was a lovely book. It was a super simple story that had plenty of drama but still somehow felt as though it was gently drawing you along the story of Evelyn. She goes to the big city after a break up and finds a brand new life that she would never have predicted for herself - running and restoring an authentic old pub back to its old self. Quite a lot of the story is just how the pub gradually comes back to life which is nice. The sad twist towards the end, of course, adds a bit of jeopardy but I never doubted for one second that it would all end happily. Which it did, and then some!

Old School

Published March 21, 2021

Old School

This is such a weird film. Genuinely for the first hour, I didn’t really understand what it was about. It was quite entertaining, these three guys bumbling about and making a mess of their lives, but it didn’t seem to have a point. It wasn’t until the dean got involved that it actually developed a plot and started to mean something.

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Published March 21, 2021

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Well first off it was nowhere near as bad as the Bogus journey, so that’s a good start. It was watchable and overall entertaining but I can’t say that it was actually very good. To be honest, the best bits were the bits that Bill & Ted weren’t in, which isn’t ideal. Dennis the Robot took over the spot from Death - stealing every scene he was in. And it was fun for the wives and daughters to have a good story to go alongside the main antics.

Legally Blonde

Published March 20, 2021

Legally Blonde

Everyone’s heard of Legally Blonde, I’m sure, but I really didn’t know a lot about it other than it recently becoming a musical. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to watch it, the film was so good from start to finish! It had echoes of Clueless and Mean Girls, but also had its own thing - a young woman realising she doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone, but herself.

Love Stuff by Ellie King

Published March 20, 2021

Love Stuff by Ellie King

I really enjoyed this album, it was different to what I was expecting. Ellie’s gone for more of a country route recently, and whilst there is certainly plenty of country influence on this one, it also has a lot of pop and elements of rock. It’s not a coincidence that Apple list it as alternative. A few of the more up-tempo songs have a Jade Bird feel about them, Ellie singing with that raw throaty voice that must cause sore throats at the end of a studio session, surely? A really nice mix of songs, well worth a listen.

Spaceman by Nick Jonas

Published March 20, 2021

Spaceman by Nick Jonas

I think this album delivered exactly what I was expecting it too - the Jonas doing his thing with his pop beats and falsetto moments. It was fine but I don’t know that it’s something I’ll particularly remember or go back to in the future. It’s funny though, I did think as I was listening that this pop is starting to sound a bit nostalgic, like pop music has moved on already. You don’t always notice when you’re going along and who knows what it’s moved on towards but that’s the journey, isn’t it?

The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver

Published March 19, 2021

The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver

I wasn’t as keen on this book as I have been on others, the travel to Italy didn’t work for me as well as I’d hoped, there seemed to be quite a feature on the language barriers and different cultures without it really making any difference to the story. I did enjoy Ercole though, a fish out of water detective who was blamed for making errors when he was actually one of the smartest ones there. Still, interesting mystery that I didn’t guess any of the twists and turns to at all.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Published March 16, 2021

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Watched the movie and almost immediately started reading the book. It’s interesting in the way it’s intensely similar but has a few differences. I feel like the book was slightly darker, some of the things that took place really take your breath away. But then there are some circumstances the film does better - the fact that the main guy was the son of the male principal in the book seems very specific, whereas the female principal in the film is a more likely occurance and creates a more nuanced story. But still, it’s girl power, it’s kick-ass, and it’s brilliant.