I was away last week and did not do my regular recap of my reading and viewing. Let’s see how much I can remember of what I did while I was away.
I saw bits and pieces of several movies while we were away because my son would always find something to watch at my MIL’s house. I generally read or played a game on my iPad while he watched the random movies. We did all sit down to actually watch a movie at my brother’s house. We chose Shutter Island. I don’t know why I never watched it. I am a fan of Leo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo and I like psychological thrillers. I liked the movie. I would have liked it more had we not had to keep pausing it for various reasons. It was long enough without multiple stops. I thought it was well done with a twist that made sense at the end.
I did watch a lot of TV both at home and on vacation. We made the time to watch the new episodes of Loki. While my wife and kids played cards with my MIL I started watching Cruel Summer on Hulu. I was just in time as it apparently goes way next week. It aired on Freeform. It takes place in the 90’s and revolves around two girls. One goes missing and when she is rescued she says the other girl saw her in captivity and did nothing to help her. The show goes back and forth over three time periods – pre/mid kidnapping, post kidnapping, and a year later. I thought it was very well done. The time changes were done well and I was able to not get confused. There were some unexpected turns in the story. It had a good cast. I see they are doing a second season. I have no idea where they will go with it. We caught up on Good Girls and are sad it was canceled. We are still watching The Republic of Sarah. My daughter finally said she was done watching Flash so I am watching all of the backlogged episodes we had. I think it is time they wrap it up, especially since two original cast members left this season.
I read several books since last time I posted, Here they are
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – Yadriel’s traditional family has problems accepting his gender and will not allow him to go through the ritual to become a real brujo. He decides to go through the ritual anyway with the help of his cousin Maritza. He unlocks his power and then discovers his cousin has been killed. When he tries to summon the ghost of his cousin to set him free he instead summons the ghost of Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy. He agrees to help Julian find out who killed him before he releases his ghost. As he gets to know Julian he realizes he does not want him to leave. I liked the book, It was an interesting story with good characters. I did feel like some of the emotions depicted toward the end were a little strong given how short a time the characters actually knew each other. Otherwise, I would recommend it.
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis – I only read this because of book club. I’m not a big fan of The Muppets and don’t remember ever watching Sesame Street. I had the ideal conditions to force myself to finish the book – an 8 hour car ride followed by a boring day at my mother-in-law’s house. I didn’t hate the book. There were some interesting stories. I did watch Captain Kangaroo as a kid and there was a lot about that show as several people who worked there also worked on Sesame Street. I did tell some of the stories in the book to my family. I thought the structure of the book was a discombobulated mess. I would only recommend it to major fans of Sesame Street.
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley – I love YA books. I love mystery/thrillers. This is a combo of the two. The perfect book for me. Daunis is a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal. She has never fit in with her rich white family or on the Ojibwe reservation where her dad’s family lives. Daunis has decided to say home and go to the local college to help her mom when she witnesses a murder and is recruited to help a federal investigation into a meth ring in the area. It’s a great mix of native culture, mystery, action, romance, There was no forced Hollywood happy ending. It was a great book.
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – A friend mentioned this book so I ordered it from the library. When I picked it up and saw it was about four senior citizens in a retirement community solving a crime I expected to hate it. I was wrong. It was very good. The four members of the Thursday Murder Club meet to try to solve old cases. When a local developer is found dead they find themselves with a fresh case to investigate. I liked those four, but I also really liked the two cops who they work with to solve the mystery. It is a good cast of characters. I guessed wrong on who did it and why for all the murders.
We have two more days to watch In the Heights before it leaves HBO Max. I think we are watching it tomorrow night, We will have the final episode of Loki this week. Virgin River is back with a new season today. The Oregon Trail version of Miracle Workers starts this week. I am almost finished reading The Last 8 by Laura Pohl.