I really seem to struggle to read when I’m at university. It may have something to do with the fact that, seeing as I spend at least 5 hours a day trawling through piles from the library, trying to put together some semblance of an essay, my desire to read in my spare time decreases hugely. But I think I also feel that when I’m not working I should be doing something useful with my time; making the most of the short amount of my life I’ll spend at University. So instead of reading I’m doing two sports and still attempting to have a social life… Hmmm.
I do find though that there are some places where I am just more comfortable reading. At home I read partly because I live in a fairly suburban-esque area and there’s basically nothing else to do, but also because, curled up on my bed, or lying on the sofa I can really lose myself in the book. Before they downsized, I used to really enjoy reading at my Grandparents house as well – reading was actively encouraged and my Grandfather used to buy us books every christmas and every birthday, which meant that every time we visited it was basically a three day readathon for the whole family, interspersed with a few countryside walks. It was also a really big house, that always seemed really quiet so it was perfect for reading. Bliss. Beaches are also fantastic to read on, if you can cope with propping yourself up on your arms for that long; again, I think it has to do with not needing to be doing anything else. You’re there to relax anyway, so spending hours reading in the sun is amazing, and if you want a break the sea is right there. Being in Oxford I do really miss the beach.
Here however, I wish I read more. Instead I just seem to watch TV – I use it to wake up in the morning, before my brain has had time to fully engage, while I drink my tea. SO i thought I’d let you in on what I’m watching at the moment, seeing as I don’t seem to be reading anywhere near as much as I should.
Based off of a book that I still haven’t got around to reading, season 2 has just started and it’s great. Well, I think so – my boyfriend says its one of the worst things he’s ever watched and will barely let me even put it on if he’s in the room. Spoilsport. If you don’t already know, its based after earth was made unliveable, due to radiation, and 90 or so years later, a group of children are sent down to try and repopulate it. Only they have to deal with what was left behind. It’s very dystopian, very post-apocaliptic, with a bit of an iffy love-triangle, but Clark is badass, and it’s really fast paced. I have no clue where this season is going to go, but with a whole bunch of new people introduced I’m really excited. I also can’t wait to see how the power dynamic changes now that the adults are on the ground, because the kids have all the knowledge and I don’t think the grown-ups will adjust very well. Worth a watch, and I might even try and read the book at some point soon.
Here we have a period drama based around the life of Mary Queen of Scots, starring Adelaide Kane. I say period drama loosely though. It’s more like Gossip Girl set in Tudor France, with an indie soundtrack, chokablok with The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons and the like. I think one of my favourites was a cover of Lorde’s Royals done on violins as one of the ballroom dances. Again, just starting it’s second season, it’s full of intrigue and magic, plots and the romantic chaos that you expect from such a show. It’s fairly predictable and everybody seems to die, but it’s still fun and I’m getting addicted.
I decided to start watching this a couple of weeks ago, and my lord does it make me feel old. Originally released in 2003, the outfits and the music definitely dates it. It’s a fairly typical teenage high-school drama, set in California, from which stars such as Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton originated. There’s drama every episode, like, seriously, no one has that much drama in their life, it’s ridiculous. And yet somehow everything always seems sunny and happy at the same time. It’s not as good as One Tree Hill. And I’m not even sure how good One Tree Hill is now that I’m no longer 15, but The OC does make for some adequate half-asleep, background type watching, so why not. I’ve got 4 seasons to go…
So I guess that was kind of an update? I don’t know – I feel as though I haven’t been reading enough to talk about new books, and my brain is dead from nearly 4 hours of sport so I’m too lazy to actually think up an interesting post. So you’re stuck with some ramblings and the shit I’m currenty watching on TV. I have pretty bad taste in TV… Oh well. Maybe next week. In actual updates though, I have given up on The Program, finally, in favour of Shadow and Bone, which is sooooo much better. I’m already half-way through and I’ve barely put any time into it. Review to follow. Probably….
~ Becca x