What this Week #4

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s a beautifully sunny but cold day here in Sydney. Winter seems to have arrived much earlier this year, with May being exceptionally cold. Without further ado, here’s this week’s edition of What This Week.


I finished The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis early last week. It’s a dark and twisty thriller and had me hooked despite being maybe 200 pages longer than it should have been. After finishing this, I started a nonfiction book – Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma, by Clare Dederer. It’s a book that explores whether we can separate the art from the artist.


We have continued watching Season 3 of Ted Lasso this week and have just finished Episode 9. I also started re-watching Seinfeld, a show I haven’t seen for over a decade but one that I wanted to rewatch after reading this piece in the New York Times. I haven’t watched Mrs Maisel this week but I’m hoping to get back to it.


This week I’ve been listening to a playlist made for me by Spotify – Melancholy Instrumental – which is basically a collection of some of the post-rock melodies I love. I also listened to a podcast recommended by a friend at our book club – The Witch trials of J. K. Rowling. It’s given some food for thought and I’m looking forward to the conversation with my fellow book clubbers at our next meeting about this. Additionally, I started listening to an audiobook – they usually don’t work for me because I get distracted. Still, I figure it’s the best option I’ve got because it’s Sam Neill’s autobiography ‘Did I ever tell you this?’ It is for our June book club, but the library is out of copies, and I wasn’t willing to buy this {Sorry, Sam. Not *that* big a fan!}


This past week has been a much quieter week at work, and I’ve been sitting with the anxiety while focusing on what is in my control. I have also been focused on cleaning my apartment as I have a rental inspection today. I suspect my rent will go up, and the anxiety is: by how much? I’ve heard some ridiculous stories of rental increases in Sydney, and I can only hope mine is reasonable. On the positive side, I caught up with a friend for lunch, had two different sets of friends over for dinners, and attended a couple of brilliant Sydney Writers’ Festival events this week where I heard Bernadine Evaristo and Shehan Karunatilaka – both Booker winners – enthral the audience.

What have you been reading, watching, doing or listening to this week?

Do share!

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