Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (08/06/14)

The Sunday Post is hosted @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

I'm back! You may or may not have noticed that I have not posted or commented in about a month. I was in a major reading slump that lead to a blogging slump, but that is all in the past - on to the future.

I have almost finished my first year of university, I would have finished and have passed with a great grade, if I had not failed that one exam that is going to bring my overall grade down, :,-( I have to re-sit it next month and it will be capped at a D- no matter how great I may do. Oh well, it's only the first year and the grades don't count to the overall degree, but I now know that I won't be able to coast next year and that I will actually have to work my ass off.

I had a very interesting day out in London, interesting as in I spent nearly the whole day travelling. Me and my friend had matinee tickets for Star Trek Live and had planned to do the touristy thing in the morning before the show. Well, we did get to see a lot of London but none of it that we planned, and most of it was what we saw from the wrong buses and down in the tube. The show started at 2:30 and we turned up at 4:15 and so only caught the last hour. That last hour was fantastic, it was my first time seeing a live orchestra and it was so beautiful I almost cried. I will definitely be going to see this again if it comes back and I won't be booking it on a Saturday, especially one on which a major rugby final is being hosted in London or when about three tube lines are closed for repairs.

Yesterday I went to see a local production of Macbeth and it was absolutely freaking fantastic. It was so incredibly well acted, I was blown away. It was performed and produced by my university's BA Acting students and if I don't see any of their names attached to something bigger in the future I will be surprised.

I only saw one movie in the last month and that was X-Men: Days of Future Past, and while I did really enjoy it, I felt that something was off or missing and I can't quite put my finger on what. I also didn't like how Pure Evil it made Erik, I just didn't see his motivation for his actions, unlike in the past movies in which you could see where he was coming from. Maybe another viewing will clear up any misgivings I have, I hope so because I love this franchise.

Stacking the Shevles hosted @ Tynga's Reviews




Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker et al
The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week by Christopher Yost et al

Hawkeye: My Life As A Weapon by Matt Fraction et al
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4 by Zack Whedon and Georges Jeanty
Saga Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

The Art of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This thing is so beautiful, lots of great art and behind the scenes info. Definitely worth it if you love the movie as much as I do.


Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
How Many Socks Make A Pair? by Rob Eastaway
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline


It's Monday! What am I reading?
Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite books of the year
Waiting on Wednesday: Labyrinth
Feature and Follow Friday: Armchair Travel
Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Sunday Post


No big plans for next week just lots of packing, as I still haven't moved yet, and working on the garden, if the weather co-operates.

How has your week been?
Any great new books?


  1. Hawkeye looks good, I put it on hold at my library. I read the first 2 volumes of Saga and really loved them, hope you will too. Have a great week ;)

    1. Hawkeye is good and Yes, Saga is amazing, I can't wait to get to the rest of the series.

      You have a great week too

  2. I like all your comic picks, especially the Hawkeye and Cap/ Avengers. I've been reviewing some of the Winter Soldier comics... And I agree about Erik- he just seemed way too ruthless in this one. Trying to kill Mystique- I just didn't get that.

    Sorry to hear London didn't go according to plan, but sounds like the play was great. I love going to a well done play, it's always amazing to me the talent that's out there.

    1. I have Winter Soldier: The Longest Winter and I cannot wait to get to it. I am glad someone else agrees with me about Erik - thank you ;-) I look forward to your review of the film.

      The quality of the play and the talent of the actors were a very nice surprise indeed.

      Have a great week Greg

  3. The Macbeth play sounds like it was wonderful, and I am so glad you made it past your slump. Have a delightful week Natalie!

    1. The play was wonderful Kimba, it was my first Shakespeare play and hopefully not the last.

      And yes I am so glad to be out of my slump.

      Have a lovely week :-)

  4. I just saw Captain America: Winter Soldier today in our second run theatre. I was asking my husband all these burning questions about Cap and Bucky. He's read all the comics.

    I got Orphan Train for free on my Nook earlier this year. I haven't read it yet. Have a great week!

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

    1. Haha I am like that too, even though I hate spoilers, but I think there is enough difference between the books and movies to not be overly spoiled.

      Happy Reading :-)

  5. Sorry to hear about your exam, and I wish you the best of luck with the re-take! I had a tough first semester in college (more years ago than I want to admit) and you can get past it, so don't feel disheartened.

    You'll never forget your first Shakespeare play, but it won't be your last! Glad you had a chance to see a terrific production.

    I remember seeing stuff about Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops when it came out, but then I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder - I want to find a copy!

    1. Thanks for your encouragement Lark and yes, I am staying positive, everything will work out just fine.

      I don't know what took me so long to see my first Shakepeare play and now I want to see all the Shakespeare plays.

      Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops is a very small book which makes you question the intelligence of the general (non-reading) population. I think the whole time I was reading it I was shaking my head and silenty tsk-ing.

      Have a great week lark :-)

  6. I'm sorry to hear that about your exam but I'm sure you'll ace it this time. Don't worry you will see with years your grades will grow and you'll get more comfortable with everything. Trust me, I don't want to leave it now. xD I'm having Shakespeare this semester and we read majority of his plays :) I wish I could see them on stage. Maybe one day. Great post :)

    1. Thanks Tanja, I am sure that everything will get better from here, I just have to put the work in.

      I am studying Shakespeare next year too. I am sure that you will get to see one of his plays soon and I hope you will really enjoy it.

      Have a great week.


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