Welcome to lockdown content! It’s only taken me a full month of lockdown in the UK to finally decide i should get back to blogging. Better late than never, huh?
We’re all desperately looking for things to do to keep us entertained – books, films, tv shows, crocheting…The boredom is real.
I’m slowly making my way through Netflix’s selection and the Kindle library, so here’s everything i devoured in March and April!
The Flat Share
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
As someone who typically reads gripping, horrifying crime novels, The Flat Share was a refreshing change. I finished it in about two days and absolutely cried during it. Fluffy romantic comedies are what the world needs right now.
The Flat Share is easy to read, keeps you interested the whole way through and has you rooting for a romance from the start. Beth O’Leary has a wonderful way of capturing the heart of a story and i’ll definitely be reading any future releases.
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce – Obsession, revenge, lust and murder play out on the pages as a female barrister tries to hold her life together while her personality tries to tear it apart.
And just like that, we’re back to murder. The blurb doesn’t give too much away about this story, i felt, and there’s a lot of different aspects to it. That said, i didn’t find it difficult to follow and actually read it all in a day.
I thoroughly enjoyed following a barrister working a murder case and all the work that goes into it; that aspect of the storyline was my favourite.
The parts of the story that focused on the barristers’ personal life, i didn’t enjoy as much. I didn’t like her, and the ending felt miles away from the rest of the story. I ended it feeling slightly confused.
All the Rage
All the Rage by Cara Hunter – Faith Appleford was attacked…and then by some miracle, she escaped. Faith refuses to press charges. Without more evidence, it’s looking like the police may have to drop the case. But what happens if Faith’s attacker strikes again?
I am a huge fan of Cara Hunter’s books and writing style; i don’t think she has written one bad novel. All the Rage is her most recent release, and follows DI Fawley and his team investigating crimes.
The twists in this book are unreal. As soon as you think you know what’s going on, new evidence is uncovered and you’re pointed in a completely different direction. You find out everything at the same time as the characters, which i love.
All the Rage in particular deals with some current societal issues and it does so very sensitively. The crimes in this series of books are not for the weak-stomached but are not exploited for shock factor, either.
The DI Fawley books are some of the best storylines i’ve ever read, and they stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. If you were to read one book from this post, let it be this one.
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood – Susan Green doesn’t like surprises – she likes to be in control. But at 45 her perfect life starts to unravel, and real life in all its messiness shows her that it’s never too late to bloom.
It took me a while to get into The Cactus. I would say it didn’t pick up, for me, until around 60%. Even then, the ending wasn’t enough to leave me feeling satisfied and that i had read a wonderful book.
I struggled to get on with Susan, which resulted in me struggling to enjoy the book. With most genres, i tend to enjoy books more when i can relate to the main character or see myself within them. Murder novels not included, obviously…
Overall, i found myself feeling annoyed frequently whilst reading and that’s not entirely enjoyable for me.
Aladdin (live action)
Released in 2019
Where to watch: Disney Plus
My rating: ★★
March saw the release of Disney Plus which i, like so many others, signed up to immediately. The live action Aladdin was the first thing i chose to watch – Jasmine is my second favourite Disney Princess and i wanted to see how it compared to the cartoon.
I wasn’t entirely impressed. The story felt like it fell flat compared to the cartoon version – i found that the characters had no depth and there wasn’t as much plot development.
The best part of the movie was Will Smith as the genie, he was wonderful. Mena Massoud, who played Aladdin, was the ideal casting for a real-life Aladdin, but the plot itself just didn’t live up to my expectations.
Stuck in Love
Released in 2012
Description: Bill Borgens, an acclaimed writer, has not worked since his wife left him for another man. As he struggles to raise his teenage children, they all try to comprehend the complexities of love together.
Where to watch: Netflix UK
My rating: ★★★★★
I’ve watched Stuck in Love at least five times – it remains one of my favourite films. It’s extremely cheesy – Lily Collins’ character doesn’t believe in love, Nat Wolff’s character is in love with a problematic character and Greg Kinnear’s character is dealing with unrequited love.
This film will leave you feeling very warm inside. There’s various elements of heartbreak throughout and i cry at it every time, but i’d still call it a feel-good film. It’s the kind of film you put on late at night, when it’s raining outside, so you can fall asleep happy.
Released in 2019
Description: Young women must band together to escape from a seemingly idyllic island that holds a sinister secret.
Where to watch: Netflix UK
My rating: ★★★
The premise of this film is originally what drew me in; i really enjoy dystopian sci-fi stories and this one seemed unlike any other plot i’d heard of before. I had such high hopes that, unfortunately, fell flat.
I felt as though there was no real character development throughout, we didn’t have a chance to bond with the characters before we were being thrown head-first into the climax of the movie. I had movie blue balls at the end of this.
I still think it’s a good plot. I enjoyed the story, i just think the characters could’ve been fleshed out a little more so we felt more emotion throughout. I couldn’t feel sad or happy for them – they were strangers. It simultaneously felt like a very long and very short movie.
Falling for a Killer
Released in 2020
Description: Reframing infamous serial killer Ted Bundy’s crimes from a female perspective, uncovering the disturbing and profound way his psychological hatred of women collided with the feminist movement and culture wars of the 1970s.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
My rating: ★★★★★
We all know Ted Bundy. If you’re anything like me, you will be sick of hearing about him. This docuseries intrigued me from the beginning, as it’s told from the perspective of his long-time girlfriend, Elizabeth Kendall, and her daughter, Molly.
This series is the first time they’ve spoken out about him, and it does a very good job of not including him in it at all. This is one of the only true crime shows i’ve watched that focus heavily on the victims of the crimes.
There’s interviews with survivors, with the friends and family of the victims, and information on how these murders impacted the feminist movement, which wasn’t something i ever considered.
Falling for a Killer should be how all true crime documentaries are done; with a heavy focus on the victims. It was refreshing to learn about those who lost their lives – what they enjoyed, what they were like and how much they were loved. We only ever seem to know these things about the murderers.
I hope everyone is staying safe during this uncertain time and is managing to find joy in things such as books and watching tv. If you watch/read any of these, let me know what you thought!
Remember to be kind to yourself right now.