My Week in Books, Movies and TV 7/19/19

My first week back in the real world after vacation combined with terrible, extreme heat was tailor-made for me to sit on the couch and watch TV, so that’s what I did. I’m hoping the reading part will pick up once it is cooler and I can sit outside where there is no screen to distract me.

Movies – I almost made it through the week with no movie watched. I wasn’t going to count the dumb action movie my wife watched while I read/slept on the couch, so I had no movies on my list until last night. I had recorded The American President before we went to Kentucky because I thought my daughter would like it. We watched it last night. I told her that I thought she would like it because she loves The West Wing. I told her that without realizing Aaron Sorkin also wrote the movie. I was correct. She did enjoy the movie and I still liked it as much as I did when I first watched it. There were a lot of West Wing actors in the movie. If you are a West Wing fan you should definitely watch it.

TV – I watched more Stranger Things. I’ve got three more episodes of season 3 left to go. I just need to find the time home alone to finish. I think I might like season 3 more than season 2. We will see how I feel when I get to the end. The final season of Suits started this week. It’s not nearly as good as it was in the early days, but I still enjoy it. I’m curious to see how they end it. I’m watching the first episode of the spinoff, Pearson, as I type this. I’m not sure I will stick with it. Jessica Pearson was my least favorite character on Suits so the rest of the characters will need to be really interesting for me to want to keep watching.

Books – I finished one book this week, The Fifth Season by NK Jemison. I really wanted to like it more than I did. I can see why it won awards and why so many others like it. There’s just something about her writing style that doesn’t connect with me. I felt the same when I tried to read her short stories. The story was interesting, but I felt the structure of the book took away from my enjoyment of it. I can’t say more without spoilers. I did figure some stuff out early, so the aha moments hundred of pages later didn’t really have the punch I’m sure they were meant to have. You should read it, though, because I’m one of the few people who feel this way. I’m weird.

On Deck – I have The Public, Mid90’s and Sandlot: Heading Home on DVD. My kids apparently didn’t know that Sandlot movie existed and want to watch it tomorrow. I’m hoping people show up at the library today for my movie matinee so I can get paid to watch The Public. I hope to finish Stranger Things this week. I still need to decide if I care enough about Season 2 of Big Little Lies to go back to it. I have started reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig last night. It is almost 800 pages long, so I doubt I will finish it this week.


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