Reading & Walking Vlog | 10 Miles Around London!


Hi everyone, it’s the weekend, Mr. M is
out with a friend and I decided that I would do one of my walking and reading
vlogs. If you haven’t seen one of these before, because I haven’t done one in
about a year, it’s where I walk around listening to an audiobook, show you the
walk that I go on, I put the walk on a map in case you want to do it to and link it in
the description box, and occasionally throughout my walk I’ll sit down and
talk to you about the audio book that I’m reading and maybe read a short story
from a short story collection I’ve taken with me, too. So today I’m going to be
listening to Case Histories by Kate Atkinson; it’s the first in the Jackson
Brodie series and I’ve never read or listened to any of these before. I know
that they are very much beloved. I know nothing about Case Histories apart from
that is about Jackson Brodie who’s a private investigator and he’s
investigating stuff [laughs] we will find out together and I will talk to you about it
as I go. I’m also taking this with me which I can read when I stop to
have a rest, this is All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva. I’ve had
this on my shelf for a few months now and I’m really excited by it because it
deals with bodily difference a lot, disfigurement, disability, magical realism
a little bit of fairy tale, basically ticking all of the boxes of things that I love. I’ll link both of those books in the description box if you’d
like to go and find out more. I’m not sure where I’m going to be walking to
you today but I’m going to start off at Holland Park and I will be taking you
along with me so let’s go. Ok, so I have a slight confession —
there’s going to be more walking footage in a second, don’t worry, but normally when I
do walking vlogs I sit down and I film in real time me talking about the books
but for some reason yesterday I just really felt self-conscious about filming
myself in public, so I just filmed the walking bits and I made notes about how I was feeling
about the books and then I’m slotting in my thoughts here.
So we’re going to get back to the walking in a second but, yes, I went through
Holland Park, saw the peacock, also I have a question and I really want to know
your answers in the comments down below that clip where I was showing the
fountain, that clip is completely muted and music is playing over the top of it
but when I was editing it together, I can still hear the water, can you hear the
water? Now that’s not the video file malfunctioning, it’s something called
VEAR which is visual hearing and scientists argue about that; there was a
a gif that went viral last year, I think, with a pylon
jumping and the gif would shake when it hit the ground and people said
that they could hear it hear the shaking but there’s no sound in the gif at all. It’s a bit like synesthesia, that’s how some scientists explain it, that your
brain makes up that sound because it thinks it should because it’s seeing
something that it associates with sound. Can you hear the water in that clip?
I’ll insert it again here. Can you hear it not all people can hear
it, I know that because VEAR doesn’t work with everybody, anyway I find it really
interesting, tangent, side note. So I was listening to Case Histories. I knew
nothing about it before going into it. I think it’s much easier to go into a an
audiobook not knowing about it because the blurb is not on the back of the
thing that you happen to be reading. I just know that lots of people love the
Jackson Brodie series. I was assuming it was going to open with him and that
we would follow him around as a private investigator but that’s not
what happened; we open with three cold cases, three cases that are seemingly
disconnected but I’m going to assume probably aren’t, so the first case is a
family and their youngest daughter goes missing after she’s camped out in the
garden overnight with one of her other sisters. She is three.In the second
one a lawyer’s daughter is murdered at his place of work and in the third one
it seems as though a woman has murdered her husband with an axe. I’m not sure if
it’s as straightforward as that sounds. It feels like listening to a television series, it feels very cinematic, which is
great. I’ve just been introduced to Jackons… or had just been introduced to at
this point, and he is, I mean…. I feel like private investigators/police men, single
dudes who are married to their jobs probably divorced, possibly have a child…
very much overdone and stereotyped in a lot of crime fiction and I’m hoping that his
character’s going to be fleshed out. I mean I I am enjoying and was enjoying the book
at that point though I did feel like some of it felt a little dated. Not in an offensive
kind of way but just in a way that felt quite jarring; in a way that just wouldn’t be
written in that way now, and I’m not sure if that’s the characters and them being
dated or the book itself being dated… it’s kind of hard to work out. So at this
point when I had lunch I decided that I would be a tourist in
my own city because sometimes that’s fun to do and I decided to take the London
water bus. In the first reading and walking vlog that I did, I walked a bit
along Regent’s Canal. The water bus also goes along Regent’s Canal; the last
London water bus from Little Venice was at half four, so I booked that when I was
eating lunch because you can book online I’ll link it down below.
I’d recommend booking online just because you could turn up and all the
seats could have been taken and that will be a pain. And then I had to walk
pretty quickly across Hyde Park, through past Queensway, past Paddington down
into Little Venice to get on to the Water Bus. The London Water Bus on Regent’s Canal goes from Camden to Little Venice and back
again and I think there are three each way each day and a one-way ticket is £12, so it’s not that cheap. It does take 50 minutes to an hour and it goes
very, very slowly… I mean you could probably walk it in that time as well
but it’s a really lovely thing to do and you know that I like to be by the water
and as I said it is fun to be a tourist in your own city, so that’s what I did
and here’s the footage of that. You see, it’s so peaceful and lovely isn’t it?
I got off the boat at Camden Market had a little wonder around Camden Market
and then decided to walk to Chalk Farm and hop on the Northern Line two stops
to go to Hampstead. I could have walked there but it’s not a very
exciting walk, it’s just up a main street so I decided to hop on and cut off the
roadie part of the walk and then I could continue into the greener part. One of my favourite things to do in London is to seek out the calm, quiet
green spaces, plus I really wanted to get to the Hampstead Creperie before it
closed and I did manage to get there and if you find yourself in Hampstead (again
this is slightly touristy because it’s quite hyped but it’s hyped for a reason)
there’s a truck there with two French people who run a creperie and it’s
fantastic but that does mean that there’s always quite a queue. So this was
the queue and I stood in the queue for ten
minutes and the queue didn’t move at all so I came to terms with the fact that I
wasn’t going be able to eat one unless I stood there for an hour or something
which I just couldn’t be bothered to do and then I started to walk onto the
heath and I think was about six o’clock at this time and then I walked
around Hampstead till about eight o’clock at night, so the
light was really beautiful, I listened to more of the audiobook and then I sat
down on Hampstead Heath to read two stories from the short story collection
All The Names They Used for God. I will insert that clip here From there I went home and when I got
home I checked my phone which told me that I’d walked just over 27,000
steps which was just over 10 miles and I’ll put that walk on a map and I’ll link that down below in case
you want to go and do the walk yourself. I was out of the house for just over eight
hours, I listened to 6 hours of my audio book and I’m really enjoying it I’ll
report more once I finished it and I’ll talk about it in a wrap up. I think
having a character-driven crime book as opposed to just a plot driven
crime book is the kind of crime that I particularly like because I don’t pick
up crime that much. I think also having it as a slow character-driven novel means that it
works really well for audio, as well, which I appreciate, and if I like it I’ve
got four more Jackson Brodie books to read afterwards which is quite
exciting. When I sat down on the heath and I read the first two stories from
this collection I thought, and still I’m hoping, that this could be my favorite
short story collection of all time that’s quite a bold statement but
honestly the first story made me cry, which is called The World by Night; it’s
about a woman who has albinism who has a husband who’s an explorer and he travels
far and wide and she decides she wants to explore as well, so she starts
exploring all of these caves near her house and the dark world underneath,
because it’s easier for her to see because her eyesight is very, very poor
because of the condition that she has. I thought it was absolutely beautiful. The
second one which is called Glass Lung is about a man who is burnt after an
explosion at his place of work where he’s helping a scientist mine for
these particles that he’s turning into this very thin glass and then that links
him with his daughter who then cares for him and she is the assistant to an
Egyptologist who is very interested in hidden treasures underground, much like
the things he was mining for. I just thought they were both fantastic, and
obviously they both deal with bodily difference and I underlined one phrase
in the second one… I enjoyed the first
story more than the second one but I still love the second one very much…
where where is this line? Oh here we go this is after he’s just got home
from hospital “he spent hours at night standing before the mirror after if he
went to sleep, holding a candle at his shoulder and craning his neck to look at
the mottled red and white skin on his back. He wondered if his lungs looked the
same. He imagined them hanging like clouds in his chest, swollen with glass
instead of rain.” So I was right in thinking
that this book is ticking all of the boxes of things that I am really drawn
to and I’m hoping that the rest of the book continues in that way. I will link
All the Names They Used for God and Case Histories in the description box down
below in case you would like to go and find out more about them. I will
hopefully do more walking videos this summer, too, I haven’t done any since the
end of last summer. It’s difficult to do it in the colder months when the light
is not so good but I’m hoping to do more of these because I really love doing
them. Please let me know in the comments section if you enjoyed this video.
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in the tip jar is very much appreciated. I hope you all have a great week and I
will speak to you very soon. Lots of bookish love. Bye!

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