Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. Let’s skip right on over the ‘pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named’ and instead get straight into reflecting back on what we’ve been reading, watching and doing over the last week:
My reading has been good this week. First, I finished reading the magical, historical-fiction, The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale, a hauntingly beautiful fairy tale for adults. Then I read the epistolary novella, Lady Susan by Jane Austen, while short, Austen still manages to pack in plenty of her trademark wit and ironic observations of people, etiquette and society.
Now I am reading the Christian non-fiction, The Problem of Pain by C S Lewis, in which Lewis’ argues that pain is not sufficient reason to reject belief in a good and powerful God, an apt read in the current climate. I have also continued to dip in and out of The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a history of the life of this powerful, glamorous and controversial favourite of Queen Anne.
While in my Bible reading, I worked my way through the book of Joshua, which is a history of the Israelites’ journey out of the wilderness, hoping for some encouragement in these hard times. Next, I think I will start reading the book of Daniel, as I have fond memories of tales like ‘Daniel and the Lions’ from my childhood.
Whilst on the screen, I continued my comfort watching of the BBC’s nostalgic Back in Time Corner Shop, where the Ardern family experience running this great British institution through the decades; and I also continued working my way through the back catalogue of one of my favourite shows: the British archaeological series Time Team, on All4.
As I finished watching the second season of the sexy-ass vampire drama, True Blood and the new, supernatural horror series, Locke & Key, I have now switched back to watch the third season of the retro, supernatural horror, Stranger Things, hoping for some monster mayhem. 👾 I also had a lot of fun watching the fantastic, animated family adventure Coco (2017) earlier today.
With the government laws on social distancing and staying home, it is not surprising that I have spent all week home. For work, I have spent my time checking emails; doing some online training, and finding lovely resources for reading Stig of the Dump and A Christmas Carol with the kids, hopefully at a future time. And when not working, I have continued to try to distract myself with books, TV, relaxing yoga and online services and prayer sessions from my church, as I believe it is good to try to keep my body and mind happy and healthy. 🧘♀️
While here on the blog, midweek, I took part in the weekly WWW Wednesday meme to share what I’ve been reading. While at the end of the week, I used some of my additional time wisely to catch up on my backlog of reviews and managed to share my reviews of the science-fiction thriller, Cold Fire by Dean Koontz and the Christian non-fiction, No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi.
Now that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless, peace be with you and bye for now! 🙏
Now over to you: I’d love to hear what you have been reading, watching and doing this past week?