Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Blog Tour: Review of A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft

It's my stop on the Sue Moorcroft blog tour today to celebrate the release of A Christmas Gift-so exciting! Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more exclusive content, extracts and reviews!

Here's what it's all about:

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.
To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?
Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

Review: As an avid reader of books by Sue Moorcroft, as well as a lover of Christmas fiction, I have been looking forward with great anticipation to her new Christmas story. As I had expected, this book was easy to read, grabbing my attention right from the start and holding it to the last page. In common with most of Sue Moorcroft's books, this one has a really inviting cover, in this case making the reader think instantly of Christmas. 

As with many of Sue's previous books, this story is set in the Cambridgeshire village of Middledip, much of the action taking place in its performing arts college. Georgine France, who has lived in Middledip all her life, is events director at the college and is currently run off her feet organising the annual Christmas production. Principal of the college, Norman Ogden, surprises her with the introduction of a new member of staff, Joe Blackthorn, who is going to assist her with this task. However, it turns out that he may not be quite what he seems at the start. He seems familiar to Georgine, and as the story progresses surprising details of his past and present life come to light. To add to Georgine's load, she has financial troubles preying on her mind, as well as having to keep an eye on younger sister Blair and ailing father Randall. All in all, a busy and stressful festive season for her. 

Although this story plunged me into an area I am unfamiliar with, from staging a musical production to the world of rock music, I absolutely loved it. Through Sue Moorcroft's skillful story telling, I became totally absorbed in the tale, actually finding myself nervous that anything might go wrong on the night and worried about the outcome of troubles experienced by the main characters. Above all, though, it made me feel Christmassy, surely the best recommendation for a book published at this time of year. 

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Monday, 22 October 2018

Guest Review: The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant

Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme Greenwood. Recently jilted by her cheating fiancee Warren, she’s had enough of London life and escapes to Thimble Cottage in the Peak District, home of her beloved grandmother Matilda.

While Esme mourns for the wedding she’ll never have, Matilda puts her granddaughter back together again with comforting words and generous helpings of fruitcake and together, they plan the trip of a lifetime, to Lapland to see the northern lights, somewhere Matilda has always dreamt of going.

But tragedy strikes and when Matilda dies, Esme screws up the courage to go on the trip on her own to honour her beloved grandmother’s wishes. At the airport she meets a motley crew of characters including Zach, a handsome, brooding, out-of- work actor and together they set off for an adventure.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, Esme and Zach grow closer. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something very significant - will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent of Zach’s own secret past, is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

Review: I am a big fan of Tilly Tennant's books and was looking forward to reading this Christmas story, having very much enjoyed her previous festive tales. I especially love the cover of this book, promising lots of snowy scenes and clear, crisp nights. Once opened, it proved a real page turner too; this was definitely a book I didn't want to put down - once started I had to finish. 

The story revolves around Esme, who has run away from a life she no longer finds enjoyable to stay with her grandma, Matilda, who lives in a dreamy cottage in a sleepy little Derbyshire village. Esme is escaping the clutches of Warren, her cheating and controlling fiancé who turned out not to be what he seemed, although it cost Esme lots of friendships before she realised. When Matilda dies suddenly, Esme decides to fulfil her grandmother's dream of holidaying in Lapland and, hopefully, seeing the Northern Lights. This trip leads to more than a winter delight. Esme makes some new friends, including Zach, who she is attracted to, but finds a little mysterious. At the end of the holiday will she return to Warren, or will her life take a different direction?

I found this a lovely, rounded story, with some humour mixed in with the drama and romance. I was very worried for Esme, firstly that she didn't see Warren for what he was, and then that she might go running back to him; it was at times difficult not to feel angry with her. Zach, on the other hand, was just an all round nice guy, if a bit of a conundrum. Esme's older travelling companions injected most of the humour into the story. I think that this was a wonderfully Christmassy book, with all the snow and winter activities in Lapland added to the usual features at this time of year. I can recommend it to be read at any time of the year, but especially now, in the run up to Christmas. 

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Guest Review: The Art of Captaincy By Mike Brearley

My Sunday series of sport and history guest reviews has been on hold for a little while but now i'ts back! So here's something a little different for you today. 

Mike Brearley played cricket for Middlesex and England. He captained Middlesex from 1971 to 1982, during which time they won the County Championship four times and the Gillette one day cup competition twice. He made his Test debut for England in 1976, and captained the national side during two periods, the first from 1977 to 1980 and the second in 1981. On both occasions, he took over the captaincy under difficult circumstances. The first time was when Tony Greig was stripped of the captaincy as a result of his connection with Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket. The second occasion  followed Ian Botham's resignation from the captaincy in 1981 after the first two Tests in an Ashes series against Australia. Overall, Mike Brearley's record as captain of England in 31 Test matches was 18 won and 4 lost. Perhaps his most notable achievement was in turning around England's fortunes in the Ashes series in 1981. After the first two matches under Ian Botham's captaincy, Australia were 1-0 up in the series. Under Brearley, England went on to win three of the remaining matches, to take the series 3-1. The most remarkable performance came in the third Test at Headingley, thanks to outstanding performances in the second innings with the bat by Ian Botham and with the ball by Bob Willis, when England fought back from a seemingly hopeless position to win the match. Mike Brearley is considered to have been one of England's best captains. When he finished playing, he pursued a career in psychoanalysis.

In this book, Mike Brearley discusses all the aspects of captaincy, from organising pre-season training, team selection, tactics, motivation and discipline. Throughout, there are numerous examples and anecdotes, mainly garnered from the author's own experiences of his playing days with Middlesex and England. The book was published in 1985, so it is interesting to see what changes in the game have occurred since then. In particular, the physical training and conditioning of the players is a lot more intense nowadays, and more limited overs cricket is played, especially since the advent of 20 overs a side cricket.

This book will provide a fascinating insight into the thought processes of a captain and will appeal to any cricket enthusiast. However, I think the book also has relevance for managers in any organisation in that it deals with what it takes to get the best out of people and to mould a group of individuals with different skills into a cohesive team. One anecdote that I enjoyed especially was the story of a letter that the author received on being recalled to the England captaincy in 1981, which quoted an old Italian proverb: "if you want to know that a fish is bad look at its head". I think there is a lot of truth in that statement.

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Friday, 19 October 2018

Poetry I've Read Recently

It's been a while since I've been able to include poetry in a top ten or similar list and I've been posting reviews of some poetry books I've read recently over on my IGTV so if you're not already following me on Instagram, you should head on over there.

So here are five poetry books I've read and loved recently and which have fuelled my desire to read more contemporary poetry. 

A new Amanda Lovelace poetry collection is always a must-buy for me. I'm going to share a full review of this one with you soon and I talk about it on my IGTV channel but I wanted to highlight it here too. This book is broken into three section; Monster Boy, Monster Girl and Sun Heart so it almost reads like the arc of a novel. It highlights the damage past relationships can have on us then, now and always. It has some beautiful illustration and even made me cry. I share some of the specific poems that spoke to me in that video. 

I have a full review of this collection of short stories and poems which you can find here

I'm not bundling these two together because I feel that they are the same story but because I loved them both equally and read them virtually back to back. Wild embers is a great collection of poetry and I highlighted so many poems which I talk about in my IGTV video. Some of my favourites were those that concern fairy tales and princesses from those tales. So naturally I rushed out to get fierce fairy tales the day it was released and I have the very beautiful UK hardback edition sitting on my shelves, also show in an IGTV video. I think I definitely preferred the poems to the short stories in this collection but I loved the way it made me look at fairy tales and the princes and princesses found within them. 

First of all, I loved the design of this book of poetry so I could do just as it said and take it with me. I actually borrowed this one from my library but I have it on my wish list so I will try and obtain a copy so that I can read it again. I loved the way this book spoke to me directly as a reader. I loved the way it highlighted the ups and downs of a relationship both inside and outside of one and I loved the structure of the book and the fact that it included illustrations. 

This book really is for everyone, another one where it does exactly what it says on the cover. This is the shortest of the books mentioned in the post and so possibly the most accessible if you are new to contemporary poetry. These poems are really beautiful and really do make you see the things in your life in a new light. The colours used throughout the book are lovely too and make for a very three dimensional reading experience. The thing that I loved most about it was the fact that inside the cover you have a section where you can fill in your name (if you own the book, I got mine from the library) and then pass it on to someone else so it is like a library borrowing system but to leave and pass on to everyone. 

Please let me know in the comments if you have enjoyed any similar collections of poetry recently or have any recommendations for me based on the books I have shared here. 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Review: Fashion Victim by Amina Akhtar

A thrilling take on the fashion world, #FashionVictim is Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada.

Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.

Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.

But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah…she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.

Review: Wow this novel is dark. If you don't like a lot of death or violence in your novels then this will definitely not be one for you, but if you do, then you're in the right place. This novel is twisty and unexpected and yet funny and snarky and kind of relatable all at the same time. 

This novel is set in the fashion world of New York, one of my very favourite settings and although we don't get a lot of description of the city, we get a lot of description of New York Fashion Week and just what a cut throat (literally) environment the world of fashion really is. 

I loved the fact that we see this whole story through Anya's eyes, we get her take on everything that goes and and we really get into her mind, which is a very unique place indeed. Anya definitely isn't a character you're going to like but she is one of the most intriguing character I have read recently. She is also quite easy to sympathise with in some ways and so you can see where she is coming from in some of the actions that she takes. 

It is very hard to talk about the plot without giving any spoilers away but there is fashion gossip and bitching, police procedure, weight loss, relationships and friendships covered within the pages amongst other things. One of the great things about the plot is that incidents occur very much in the passive voice and it might be a few pages before we, as readers, get to see what actually happened in the active voice. 

Very twisty, very snarky, full of intrigue and surprise. A thriller with themes of mental health and friendship, truly one of the most unique reading experiences I have had in a long time. 

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Guest Review: A Gift From the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry.

But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindess at the Comfort Food CafĂ©.

This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.

Review: This is the fifth book in the series about The Comfort Food Cafe, the amazing venue in the seaside village of Bunbury, Dorset, that is so much more than just an eating establishment. As readers of previous books in the series know, the Cafe is a place where the perfect dish to soothe your soul appears as if by magic in front of you, served up by proprietor Cherie Moon, or chef Laura. I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, all of the titles in this series, and was looking forward to this Christmassy story.

As the series has progressed, we have met the regulars at the cafe and a procession of characters who have discovered its healing powers.  In this story, we learn more about Katie and young son Saul, who have been present from the start, but with Katie always keeping herself to herself. As the pages turn, Katie's background and reason for relocating to Budbury emerge. Cherie and Laura are, as usual, matchmaking and hoping to get Katie together with local man, Van, but can she overcome her misgivings about entering into a relationship at all? While this is the central story in the book, there are, of course, other things happening with the cafe's clientele, making for an entertaining read. 

This book contains the wonderful blend of comedy, romance and drama I have come to expect from Debbie Johnson. I cannot recommend this series highly enough. Each story can be read as a standalone, but it would be a shame not to read them in order. They are full of strong, believable characters, each with interesting back stories. Each time I read about the Comfort Food Cafe, I have a longing to visit and sit there watching the sea, with a plate of their delicious food in front of me. I'm sure other readers would join me. 

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores/Libraries I've always wanted to visit 16/10/18

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Again I've been very lucky when it comes to bookstore and libraries, I always make a point of seeking them out when I travel, however there are definitely some that I haven't managed to get to yet!

Books are Magic, Brooklyn, USA

El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy

Honesty Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye, UK

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France

Seattle Public Library, USA

Copenhagen University Library, Denmark

Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

Admont Abbey’s Library, Austria

Vienna National Library, Austria

Monday, 15 October 2018

Review: Short and Skinny by Mark Tatulli

New from syndicated comic strip artist Mark Tatulli comes a full-color middle grade graphic novel that centers on Mark's own experience in the summer after seventh grade.

As a middle schooler, Mark finds himself on the smaller side of the physical spectrum--being short AND skinny has really wreaked havoc on his confidence. So to end his bullying woes and get the girl--or at least the confidence to talk to the girl--he starts to explore bulking up by way of the miracle cures in the backs of his comics. But his obsession with beefing up is soon derailed by a new obsession: Star Wars, the hottest thing to hit the summer of 1977. As he explores his creative outlets as well as his cures to body image woes, Mark sets out to make his own stamp on the film that he loves.

Mark Tatulli's graphic novel debut is a humorous and heartfelt take on body-image, finding a creative outlet, and spending a summer in the 70's.

Review: this was the first graphic novel I have read all of, I normally struggle with them and so I think a graphic memoir was a great place for me to start. I was endeared to the setting, time wise, straight away and loved the fact that not only is this a memoir but takes place when Mark is in middle school in the 70s, what a great period in recent history. 

I also loved the illustrations in this novel. I actually liked the black and white that was used, especially for the more dramatic pages when there is a lot of dark in the story and on the page, as well as the illustrations of the Star Wars parody, they looked great in black and white so I am VERY curious to see how this one looks when it is out in full colour. 

I really liked Mark's story, being short and skinny but finding something he loved to do and was good at. He goes through everything we all do as teenagers, but this is also a fab example of male body positivity in a novel-so great to see. I love the fact that he calls himself short and skinny and we see what that does to him and the reaction of his classmates and yet he doesn't let that stop him from winning friends and trying something a lot of people wouldn't go to the effort to. 

I will definitely be seeking out more from this author and publisher because I really enjoyed this and will certainly be looking for more graphic memoirs in the future!

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Movie Reviews: October 7th-13th

As always, if you would like longer, more comprehensive reviews of the movies I saw this week, you can check out the weekly review video over on my YouTube channel, I will always try and link this at the bottom of the post as well. There will be no movie review post next week just because I am away from Tuesday to Sunday and so won't be watching as many movies this week and also won't be able to film and post next weekend. They'll be back in 2 weeks though!

This film was good. This lighting and the camera angles were great. I also loved the fact that we got to see the impact these NASA mission had on the wives and families left behind. This film was very long though and really felt that way. I thought the actors were good as well, I thought they obviously embodied the characters enough to make me believe in them and make me cry. I could definitely see this getting some Oscar nominations. 

This film definitely has some care warnings where sexual assault, physical assault and rape are concerned. But this film is perfect for the climate that we have right now of women coming forward about the assault or abuse they have suffered in the past/present. It is a film that is a good survivor story. It is also a film where marginalised groups are well-represented so it has that going for it. This film is about a stand up comedian so it has some really funny moments too and all of us in the cinema were laughing out loud despite the dark content and subject matter. 

I'd been wanting to see this one for ages and waiting for it to come out. Obviously everyone else had been waiting for it to come out too since the screen I saw it in was full! It was more of a thriller even though I feel like the trailer paint it to be a horror film. It plays out like a really good thriller novel and its structured so that each of the characters get their own back story played out by the room in the hotel they are staying in. These stories overlap and then obviously all come together at the end. The ending isn't tied with a neat bow which I liked and this film has some amazing actors in it. It is also long but doesn't feel that way-definitely recommend if you love a good thriller!

What movies have you seen recently?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Guest Review: Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

A second chance by the sea?

When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.
But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!
Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…
Maybe this is where her new life begins…?
Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove: A heartwarming romantic read from bestselling author Sarah Bennett (Butterfly Cove, Book 2) by [Bennett, Sarah]

Review: This is the second book in the Butterfly Cove series from Sarah Bennett. I recently finished the first in the series and was keen to find out what would happen next with the central characters, their friends and family. I think the title gives a clue to the main event, but there is a little more than that going on in the story. Once again, I found this an easy read and an entertaining way of spending a few hours. Although this is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone, but whets the appetite to find out what transpired before. 

The first book in the series saw Mia renovating a guest house in the beautiful seaside setting of Butterfly Cove with the help of new friend artist Daniel, his best friends Aaron and Luke, and neighbours Madeline and Richard. Although Mia and Daniel's friendship has moved on, this story centres more on Mia's sister, Kiki, who arrives at Mia's guest house with her two young children after finally giving up on her marriage to controlling and abusive Neil. Kiki and the children end up sharing Aaron's cottage since Mia has no room, and she begins to see a chink of light at the end of the tunnel of despair she has become stuck in as these idyllic surroundings work their magic. Everyone is surprised when the third, and youngest, sister, Nee, shows up for the wedding with a shock revelation. 

I have really enjoyed this sequel to Sunrise at Butterfly Cove and would recommend it to other readers. It was good to revisit the characters I met in the first book and to find them all moving on with their lives. As before, I found them likeable (with the exception of Kiki's husband of course) and so eager to help one another that it makes Butterfly Cove a place you would want to visit, if not to live. I am looking forward to catching up with everybody in the next part of the series. 

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I've Read 9/10/18

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have to admit I am intimidated by longer books, I tend to keep my longer books for audiobooks just because then they don't take up weight in my bag and if a book on kindle is overly long I get obsessed with getting to the next percentage point and don't concentrate on reading! I've basically just listed almost everything I've read over 500 pages. 

 584 pages

576 pages

560 pages

544 pages

536 pages

531 pages

528 pages

521 pages

516 pages

516 pages

503 pages

Monday, 8 October 2018

Review: What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Review: Of course I absolutely loved this story, I am obsessed with Becky Albertalli's words and have recently discovered Adam Silvera too so the two of them working together was going to be an amazing story. 

This book has some super sweet moments but also some heartbreaking moments. These two authors are known for that and I wasn't sure how the two elements were going to work together but they really do. I love the concept of a missed connection and the search of trying to find one another was probably one of my favourite parts of the storyline. There are also threads of terrible dates, getting over your ex and of course more serious issues like racism, homophobia and anxiety also feature. I thought the more serious issues explored in the book were handled very sensitively and also as part of the the storyline, this didn't feel like an 'issues' book. 

I loved Ben and Arthur as characters, I had a strong sense of obligation to look after them because they're just both so sweet. I also love the fact that this is entirely a gay romance novel featuring Jewish and non-Jewish characters as well as someone with ADHD. There are also some wonderful friendships with side-characters, some of whom I would like to see more of *hint* and all of the characters seem to really know what it means to be there for someone! The romantic moments of this book are really super romantic and make me melt just a little bit inside every time. But the real world definitely does factor in here as well, there is no such thing as a romance bubble for these two. 

One of my favourite features was the fact that Arthur is brand new to New York whereas Ben has grown up there and so we also get to discover the city, both the negative and the positive side, along with Arthur. I think this made the setting feel fresh and meant that it was also an influence on the storyline and more specifically Ben and Arthur's dating life. I don't think that any other setting apart from maybe another metropolis of similar ilk would have worked for this story and the description f the various meeting places and journeys that these two guys have were really wonderful. 

I really loved this novel and I think that if you are a fan of either of these writers then you will definitely enjoy this book. If you have never read anything by these authors then you don;t need to have, you will still love it. If you're looking for a fabulously gay romance to snuggle up with this fall then definitely do yourself a favour and pick this one up now!

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US 

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Movie Reviews: September 30th-October 6th

Here are my movie reviews from this week. I saw all but one in the cinema and all but one of those in the same cinema! If you want to hear slightly more detailed thoughts, head over to my move reviews video on my channel (at the end of this post) to hear some more detailed opinions!

This was a little disappointing, it was a bit like it was trying to be a scary Harry Potter and it couldn't keep y attention the whole time so I wish any parents taking children to this good luck! Jack Black and Cate Blanchett were of course wonderful because they just are but the plot and the 'action' just fell short for me, i wouldn't recommend. 

This one exceeded my expectations. I thought it was going to be fully silly all of the time and the humour is that style of humour but it had some depth! The characters all has depth and it does highlight dyslexia and dyscalculia and the problems they can cause in adult life if undiagnosed early on. The humour was funny, it did make me laugh and so if you know you like these actors, you're going to have a good time!

I loved this film so much I saw it twice this week. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are amazing on screen together and their chemistry is just red hot-super sexy! The songs are wonderful and the storyline compelling. Even though this is a long film, it doesn't feel it and I would just urge everyone to go and see this now, maybe twice like I did!

This was everything I expected it to be. I feel like the actors voicing the characters in this one are very much the 'in' voice actors right now and so that is is a bit of a draw for people. I laughed at a few points during the film, I didn't cry, which I think is a good thing. This one has a good message of acceptance and inclusion and that is the takeaway I got from this film so...

Did I mention that this one is just awesome and you should go and see it now?

My final Marvel film. Not the last one in the series so far but the final one I had on the list to watch, it feel like it deserves a special mention even though I watched it on Blue Ray. Obviously this is the second on the Thor series and have seen the third so it didn't hold the same gravitas as if I had seen this one in the order in which it was intended. It was good to see how things worked out with Natalie Portman's character because I was left wondering after film one. I would have liked to have see more avengers in this film but that's just because I like when they make cameos in each other's films. I may watch Infinity war again now, even though I have seen it twice just because I've finally seen ALL of the films leading up to it now-yey!

What movies have you seen this week?