Another week mostly home alone. I tried to use that time to get back on track with my reading. I still had issues deciding what to watch alone, so my reading time did tick up a little. Here’s the week.
I did watch one new movie this week. It was Irresistible with Steve Carell and Rose Byrne. Carell is a Democratic strategist who sees a viral video of a retired marine making a speech at a Wisconsin town council meeting and decides getting him elected as a Democrat in the mayoral race will help him convince people in the heartland to vote Democrat in the next presidential election. Rose Byrne is his Republican counterpart who comes to town to work for the opponent. Most of the movie is about the cultural difference between a DC guy and the small town residents. There is a twist I didn’t see coming. It highlights how money drives every election. I thought it was good. Don’t go into it expecting it to be a laugh riot and you will enjoy it.
A lot of my TV watching was driven by my DVR being almost full. I coordinated with my wife who was in Kentucky to watch shows so I could get them off the DVR. When I had nothing on the DVR I could watch alone I sampled a few shows to try to find something new to watch. I watched a couple of episodes of That Damn Michael Che on HBO Max. It was pretty good. I will probably watch the rest of the episodes at some point. Each episode deals with one topic and is a mix of him talking about it and skits highlighting the point. I watched a couple of episodes of Kim’s Convenience on Netflix. It was good, but not something that has compelled me to watch more when I have the time. I watched the Derry Girls episode of the Great British Bake Off. It was very good. I love Derry Girls and they were very entertaining while competing on the show. I watched a lot of Chopped and Impractical Jokers when I just wanted something on in the background while doing something else. I saw bits and pieces of Joel McHale’s new show Crime Scene Kitchen on FOX while waiting for my wife and daughter to arrive Wednesday night. Teams use clues left behind in a kitchen to figure out what was cooked and try to recreate it. They are judged on taste and accuracy. I think I will watch more. Finally, I watched the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions. I really like Buzzy Cohen as the host and would be happy if they hired him as the new full time host.
I finished two books this week
The Power by Naomi Alderman – Girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonizing pain and death. It is told through the eyes of a runaway who becomes a religious leader of the new powered girls, the daughter of a crime kingpin. a politician, her daughter, and a young man who becomes a trusted journalist. the book shows a world turned upside down by the new powers. Boys and girls are sent to different schools to protect the boys. Laws are put in place to control the power. The power in the world eventually shifts to the women. I really struggled with this one, In theory, I should have liked it more. I liked it in the beginning, but struggled to finish. A lot of people love it. I did finish, but almost gave up several times.
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline – I have always loved Lisa’s books. Here is the story of when I met her. I knew nothing about this book when I ordered it from the library and was surprised to discover it is a historical fiction set in the time around WWII. It is set in Rome and revolved around the lives of three friends. Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro. Marco is the outgoing, athletic son of a famous bicyclist and fascist. Sandro is a Jewish math prodigy son of a doctor and a lawyer. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist. Marco and Sandro are best friends who both love Elisabetta. Life is good for them until 1937 when Mussolini aligns his Fascist party with Hitler’s Nazis. We see the effects of the new laws on Sandro and his family and how the politics tears the friends apart. I loved this book. It is the first one in a while that I wanted to keep reading and didn’t have to force myself to finish. I loved all of the characters. I loved the story. It was very, very good.
We still have a ton of shows on the DVR. I’m sure my daughter will want to watch another old season of Amazing Race or Survivor. America’s Got Talent and Beat Shazam come back this week. New Lucifer episodes are on Netflix today. I need to make my wife and daughter watch Braveheart this weekend since it is taking up space on the DVR. I am reading Sooley by John Grisham.