Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I never read this book during school but I’ve always heard amazing things about it. I found this book for £1 in a charity shop and it looked like it had never been read!

Initially, I found this book quite hard to get into. I did not know what was going on. But as I read more, I got more into it. The setting of America in the 1930s is not something I’ve read much about but it was very well described. I could imagine how hot and dry it was. I did find it strange how Scout and Jem called their dad by his first name.

Some of the characters are so mean and their views are just wrong! Some of the things Mrs Dubose came out with! And also it annoyed me when Scout got scolded by her teacher for being literate – what! Oooo and the Ewells, what a horrible bunch!

I liked Atticus, he had many wise words and he was very wise. He was a good man. I really admired how he defended Tom Robinson even with all the abuse and nasty comments that he received. I also loved how his children stood up for him.

The court scene was really interesting. I think court scenes are my thing. I really related to Dill’s and Jem’s reaction to the events occurring in the courts – how upset they were at the injustice. Jem exclaimed, “How could they do it, how could they?” at the jury’s verdict. One of the quotes I really found moving was Atticus’s reply, “I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it – seems only children weep.”

I felt the book was quite slow and steady in pace the majority of the time but then it all went off during the last few pages! It was quite shocking really. Boo Radley!

There is another powerful speech by Atticus: “If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?”

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Review: Alien: Covenant

1. Two first time experiences for me. First time properly watching a film from the Alien franchise and the first time seeing a movie on my own.

2. Was going to see Alien a bit of a mistake for me? (Not referring to the film, but the fact that I’m a bit wimpy when it comes to horror/thriller type movies haha). So when a trailer for the new Annabelle movie came on I was terrified and had to avert my eyes towards the floor haha.

4. I really did enjoy this movie. It was intense, very gory and quite shocking at times. The scenes where the aliens burst from the backs of the infected crew were gross!

6. I loved Michael Fassbender and Daniels. How creepy was Michael as David/Walter? When they were both having a conversation and were so close, face to face, I was like they’re going to kiss each other, and then they did! Very strange.

7. Daniels was awesome, really enjoyed the scene where she had to get rid of an alien that managed to cling onto the ship.

8. That ending was kind of a cliffhanger. There was a feeling of dread about what will happen next.

9. I should have watched Prometheus first, to fully understand what had happened previously. I might go and watch it now actually.

10. Overall, as the first film I have ever seen in the Alien franchise, I am definitely hooked and looking forward to future movies and maybe going back and watching the previous movies.

Manchester 22/05/17

Image Credit: Manchester Evening News

I love Manchester and I have called it my home for 22 years – all my life.

Yesterday when the first news reports were breaking, I didn’t want to believe it. But as more information started coming in, I was in shock and truly saddened. Like many people have said, you never think it is going to happen in your city, so close to you.

I live about 15 minutes walk from Manchester Arena. When I am feeling lazy and I decide to take the bus, it passes Victoria station and the Arena so that area is so familiar to me. I have enjoyed many concerts there over the years – Placebo, Bring Me The Horizon, 5 Seconds of Summer, Taylor Swift and One Direction. Concerts are one of my favourite things ever, and it’s sad that people will feel more apprehensive about going to enjoy their favourite artists/bands.

I had BBC news on throughout the night until around 3am, it was a very scary time. I could hear the helicopters circulating overhead. There was confusion and lack of information when reports of an incident started coming in. It was so heartbreaking to find out that there were so many fatalities and injuries.

I attended the vigil held in front of Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, with my friend, Fatima. I have never experienced anything like this before – so many people packed out the square to show support. Although we couldn’t see anything, we could hear and we could feel. There was applause and thanks for the amazing emergency services. There was a moving poem by the poet Tony Walsh. There was a silence to remember those we lost. When there was applause and cheers of “Manchester!” – we could feel the love and the solidarity of the people of Manchester.

It has been a horrible two days. It really reminds you of how important your family and friends are. My thoughts are with all those who were affected. Stay strong Manchester.

Review: The Fate of the Furious *Spoilers*

I think I first saw the trailer when I went to watch Logan. “Dom’s gone rogue” – and I was thinking, come on! Really?! I didn’t think Fast and Furious franchise was my thing. But to my surprise I really enjoyed this film! There were quite a lot of plot twists going on. I thought the team were awesome and really enjoyed how they worked together. I also enjoyed the addition of Jason ‘tea and crumpets’ Statham and Scott Eastwood. And Charlize as Cipher – wow she was sooo cold, in one of the scenes she was especially cruel.

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Review: Apple Tree Yard *SPOILERS*

Apple Tree Yard
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the drama adaptation of this book, which aired on BBC at the beginning of the year. And that series definitely made me want to pick up this book.

1. I loved the science parts of this book because I’m a biologist too. And I kind of understood some of the things mentioned.

2. There are metaphors/analogies that Louise uses and they just make me think. One example is the one on page 68, about a spider’s web. And how when the web touches an inanimate subject, it just adheres, but when the web is touched by something that attempts to escape, the web kind of reacts and tries its best to prevent escape.

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Review: Interstellar *SPOILERS*

I watched this film at the cinema for the first time and I really did enjoy it then. It has such an intricate plot that I found myself not fully understanding how things occurred and even watching it again, I still wouldn’t say I fully understand it. Nevertheless, what an amazing film!! Some scenes in this film just make me tear up. The score by Hans Zimmer is absolutely stunning and is so perfect paired up with some of the scenes. This film makes me think a lot about everything.

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Review: Logan *SPOILERS*

I loved 2013’s Wolverine so much. I came into this film not expecting it to be so heartbreaking though. This was a very dark Marvel film (I totally get the 15 rating haha!). After I left the film, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Hugh Jackman was just amazing. Patrick Stewart was just wonderful as was Dafne Keen. I just felt so much for these characters.

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