My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 7/30/21

My laptop is back in working order. It’s still old and has a bad screen, but it works. I’m glad I don’t have to try to do a real post on my iPad. On to my week in review,


I am 99 percent sure I did not watch a movie this week. With the Olympics on all day it’s easy just to have that on in the background of everything. I will get back to movies when the Olympics are done.


We are primarily watching the Olympics. We try to watch most of the gymnastics My daughter loves rugby so I record it when it airs at 4am and we watch when she wakes up We are really invested in the swimming. The preliminary heats are always on live at this time of the morning, so I see a lot of swimming. I’ve watched quite a bit of volleyball. It’s the only sport I feel like I’m good at. Well, I felt that way until I played beach volleyball in California and walked away exhausted and covered in bruises. I have watched the first two episodes of Ted Lasso. We caught up on our episodes of Walker and now have to wait until after the Olympics for them to air the finale. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it.

The other big TV news is LeVar Burton week on Jeopardy. Unlike a lot of people, I have no strong feelings about Burton. I know who he is. I’ve seen him in Star Trek and Roots. I liked his episode of Community. I would have viewed him as I did any other Jeopardy guest hosts if not for the very loud Burton fans who think he is the only person who should ever host Jeopardy and tweet things like this at people who dare to say his hosting is not great.

I’ve watched every guest host. I watched Jeopardy almost every day before that. I didn’t only watch Burton’s week because he was hosting. I have to agree with the assessment that he is not that good. He makes mistakes. He pauses too much. He sounds like someone playing a game show host on TV. I admit that tweets like the one above might make me biased against him, but my daughter also agrees that he is not good. That doesn’t stop all of his fans raving on Twitter about how it is obvious that he should be the permanent host. It’s weird to be that passionate about an actor being hired to host a show. It’s weird to think anyone who doesn’t like him is obviously racist. I will be glad when this guest host thing is over and they announce a new permanent host.


I finished one book this week.

Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza – Andie Stern was once a budding FBI profiler who helped take down a serial killer while she was in college. She gave it up to raise her four kids. Now pregnant with her fifth, Andie stumbles on a crime scene and sees the local cops are n over their heads. She becomes obsessed with the case and is soon tracking another killer. Kenneth Lee is a disgraced journalist who is trying to rebuild his reputation and sees this case as a way to do it. Andie and Kenneth both grew up n West Windsor and knew each other when they were kids. They end up working together to solve the crime. I enjoyed this one. I liked the odd duo working together to solve the crime. I liked that the author did not show any hint of a romantic connection between the two characters. It was a decent mystery even though you kind of knew early on the whys and some of the whos. I hope there will be more adventures for Andie and Kenneth.

On Deck

It will be another week of watching the Olympics. I’m not sure my family is as excited about the start of track and field as I am. I think it is the best part of the summer Olympics, plus there are a lot of Kentucky people competing. The new season of Outer Banks is on Netflix today, but we probably won’t watch any of it until after the Olympics. I am about 30 pages from finishing The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix.


9 thoughts on “My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 7/30/21

  1. I’m watching all the swimming and some of the gymnastics, too. My kids were swimmers and I still know several of the swimmers competing from meets I went to. I’ll never forget a junior national meet when my daughter was in high school and the air quality was so poor Caeleb Dressel was hospitalized twice! He kept coming back to swim.

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  2. I have not heard anyone I personally know say LB is a good host. I think he’s a great actor…like him a lot. However, game show hosting is not acting…not everyone can do it. Not everything is about race…

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    1. I think a lot of people were so loud about how he should be the host they can’t admit he wasn’t great when it actually happened. I’m just ready for them to announce a new host. I’m glad there are only two more weeks of guest hosts

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      1. I don’t watch the show with any regularity, so I won’t weigh in with an opinion as to who should host. But, sometimes you need to admit that someone is just not good at something

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  3. I don’t care for him as host. I did not like last night’s show when he laughed after reading aloud the question regarding black history month. Very inappropriate. The female panel member looks surprised. Does he think we are unaware of the month regarding black history? What about Swedish or Irish history? Oh, wait. We don’t have one that I am aware of.

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