Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A dull, grey week of convalescing has passed by for me and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
💜💜💜 Life 💜💜💜
I’m afraid all week for me has been spent warmly tucked up inside feeling very unwell and sorry for myself. Starting on Sunday, I had painful, swollen sinuses and later developed an unceasing pressure in my ears. When I didn’t feel any better after a few days, I contacted my doctors, who prescribed antibiotics to treat an infection in my sinuses and inner ear. 🤒
Blessedly, today while I still have some pressure in my ears, I am finally at least pain free in my sinuses, so I am thankfully able to focus on a little blogging. 😌
💜💜💜 Reading 💜💜💜
For the first half of the week, I was experiencing too much pain and fuzzy focus to read. When I had a clearer moment or two, I picked up and finished reading the 1958 thriller The Land God Gave to Cain by Hammond Innes. I enjoyed escaping my own troubles to follow the young engineer, Ian Ferguson in his dangerous travels into the snowy wilds of Labrador, Canada. 🏔
Later in the week, as my symptoms started to ease a little, I whipped through two, very short reads, perfect for my Novellas and Non-Fiction reading events. The first was The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings by Dan Jones, a brand-new translation of a Medieval horror tale. While the second was The Crusades: A Very Brief History by Mark Black, a quick non-fiction that breaks down the various campaigns of these ‘holy wars’.
Finally, this weekend, I lightly tripped through the classic 1905 novella, Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster; a tale of love, society, reputation and freedom set against the beautiful, sultry setting of rural Italy. Not as long or well rounded as Forster’s later novels, but still a very enjoyable and well written read. ☀
I am currently reading another short book: the 1969 historical-fiction Anne, The Rose of Hever by Maureen Peters. I have also continued with the biography of The Gilded Lily: The Life and Loves of the Fabulous Lillie Langtry by Ernest Dudley, but I have sadly struggled to focus on my Holy Bible reading. Instead I have been listening to these Bible Verse videos by SOAKSTREAM, which have helped me to relax, reflect and fall asleep peacefully. ✝
💜💜💜 Viewing 💜💜💜
On Monday, tucked in bed with my sinuses too swollen to read, I watched the remainder of the four-part-drama, The Devil’s Whore (2008), on 4oD. A heavily fictionalised account of the English civil war, told from the perspective of the beautiful and spirited Angelica Fanshawe, with an excellent cast including: Dominic West, Michael Fassbender, Maxine Peake and a personal favourite of mine John Simm. ⚔
Then, from my Netflix list, I chose to watch the biographical film Effie Gray (2014), based on the oppressive first marriage of Euphemia ‘Effie’ Gray to the art critic John Ruskin, written and starring the brilliant Emma Thompson, and Dakota Fanning in the title role. A quiet, emotional watch which has been criticised as ‘sexless’, but which made a refreshing change for me! 💔
On Wednesday, still struggling to read much, it seemed the perfect time to tackle Jack Snyder’s Justice League (2021): the epic 4hr director’s cut of the underwhelming Justice League (2017). While butt-numbingly long, this is definitely a more coherent and polished film than the original. But I still think Warner Bros should have made the effort to set up all the main heroes in their own separate films, instead of this looong, over convoluted, mash-up. 🦸♂️
Having enjoyed The Devil’s Whore (2008), I returned to 4oD to watch the four-part sequel: New Worlds (2014). This later drama follows events, on both sides of the Atlantic, during the turbulent Restoration period. Disappointingly, none of the original cast returned, instead there was a very different actress for older Angelica and a whole new cast for the younger generation. Enjoyed but not quite as much as the first series.
Finally, my only wholly disappointing watch of the week was the video game based fantasy film, Mortal Kombat (2021). My dad and I popped this on Friday night hoping for a bit of light-hearted fun. While there were a few good laughs, what we mainly got was a bloated and lumbering adventure, with little character or concept background, and a lot of very gory fight scenes. I’m afraid not my cup of tea. 😐
💜💜💜 Blog 💜💜💜
Well, as you may have noticed, with my illness I have not been able to focus on any blogging; whether that be writing my own posts or visiting yours. I am sorry. My only post was the pre-scheduled Adjustments to my My Classics Club list. Please check that out if you haven’t already and here’s hoping for a better coming week. 🤞
For now, that’s all folks! Today, will be another restful day at home and after an early night I hope I will feel well enough to return to work tomorrow. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bye for now! 👋
(I have linked this post into the weekly meme, The Sunday Post)
Now in the comments let me know: How you are? What you have been reading and watching? How was your week? Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post. I love to chat with you all!