My Week in Books. Movies, and TV 3/19/21

My daughter was home for a few days this week for spring break. This meant a different schedule than usual and watching shows that she watches. I stayed up way too late and still woke up way too early. I’m very sleepy, but with the basketball tournament this weekend that won’t change any time soon. Here’s my week:

Movies – We watched two movies this week. The first was Coming 2 America. I’m a big Eddie Murphy fan and I loved the first movie. This one did not disappoint. It was funny. It had throwbacks to the original movie. The new additions were very good. Jermaine Fowler was excellent as Eddie Murphy’s son. I’m not a huge Leslie Jones fan, but she was good in this. Wesley Snipes was the best new addition as the leader of a rival country. I loved it. The second movie we watched was Hillbilly Elegy. My daughter and I both read the book. She’s been wanting to watch it for a while but we kept forgetting. We liked the movie. It’s not a fun movie, but it was well done. The cast was good. The bounce back and forth between time periods was done well. I think people who read the book will like it more than people who did not.

TV – I did the Netflix “play something” thing and it picked The Crew for me to watch. You can read my review of it here. We caught up on our recorded episodes of Call Your Mother. It has gotten bad reviews, but we think it is funny. We caught up on American Housewife, one of the best sitcoms on TV right now. We watched a couple of episodes of The Chase. My daughter cheers for the chasers because she loves all of the Jeopardy GOATS. We watched a season of The Great British Baking Show. I’m sad to see they are taking old seasons off of Netflix. I watched the first episode of Letterkenny. I’m not sure if I will watch more.I watched a lot of basketball yesterday.

Books – I finished two books this week

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh – This is a collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays. It has stories from her childhood, stories about her pets, and other parts of her life. It was OK, but by the end I was reading to finish more than I was reading for enjoyment. It all started to sound the same. It was a quick read, though.

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth – There were two different stories here. 1902 at The Brookhants School for Girls where two girls have died and current day where they are making a movie about Brookhants and the possible curse/haunting. I feel like there was potential for a good book here. I enjoyed the current day story more than the 1902 story. I usually am OK with flipping back and forth between time periods, but this one always took me out of the story when there was as switch. It was too long. The author seemed to think she was more clever than the really was. It was disjointed and the story switched at terrible times. I think she was going for cliffhanger anticipation with some of the cuts, but I just found it annoying.

On Deck – I have four days of basketball starting today. I need to decide if I’m waiting for my daughter to watch Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I have some shows on the DVR to watch alone and then I need to find a new show to watch alone. Basketball will probably mean we will not watch a movie this week. I am currently reading Smoke by Joe Ide.

I Watch TV So You Don’t Have To: The Crew

The premise – Kevin James plays a NASCAR crew chief whose team is challenged when the owner steps down and puts his daughter in charge. She wants to shake things up and modernize and the team wants everything to stay the same.

I knew this show existed, but never really thought about it. I like Kevin James, but it was not on my radar. Then I finished a show(that I still need to write about) and didn’t know what to watch next. I tried the Play Something tool on Netflix where it picks a show for you and it gave me the first episode of this one. I was surprised when I discovered that it is a standard sitcom with a laugh track. It was not what I was expecting from Netflix. I don’t like laugh tracks and wish shows would stop using them. I know when something is funny. I don’t need a cue to laugh. If you need a laugh track for your show to seem funny maybe hire better writers. Despite the laugh track, i gave it a chance. It’s only 10 half hour episodes, so it isn’t much of a commitment. I just finished watching the last episode.

I wasn’t sold on the show after the first episode, but I like Kevin James and Gary Anthony Williams, so I watched again. It turned out to be a pretty solid workplace sitcom that didn’t need the laugh track to be funny. The cast works well together. The crew seems like a crew that has worked together for years. There is a chemistry there, especially between James and Sarah Stiles. Jillian Mueller is good as Catherine, the new boss. Freddie Stroma plays dumb, pretty boy athlete perfectly. The only weak link in the show is the wooden performance of Paris Berelc as the young, female driver Catherine wants to hire as the new driver. Luckily, she is not a featured character.

It isn’t perfect. It won’t win any awards. It is a good way to spend 30 minutes. It made me laugh. Isn’t that the job of a sitcom?

My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 3/12/21

I spent all day yesterday thinking it was Friday. It might be because Kentucky played(and lost) an SEC tournament game yesterday. Since they are usually one of the top teams they always play their first game on Friday. It really messed up my sense of time. Maybe I should use that as an excuse to pretend it is Saturday and watch movies all day. Since it is actually Friday today, it is time for my weekly review of what I read and watched in the last week.

Movies – I watched three movies last Saturday. The first was The Replacements. I love this movie and watch it whenever I find it on TV. I’m a sucker for inspirational sports movies. I then watched Hot Fuzz. I watched Shaun of the Dead the week before. I’m recording the third of their movies, The World’s End to watch this weekend. That night we watched Judas and the Black Messiah on HBO Max. It is the story of Bill O’Neal who infiltrates the Black Panthers for the FBI to avoid going to jail. It is a very good movie. The cast is excellent. The story is compelling, especially if, like me, you didn’t really know anything about it. There are clips from an interview with the real O’Neal at the beginning and the end. I would highly recommend.

TV – I watched two new shows this week. We watched Debris on NBC. It is a sci-fi show about debris from an alien spacecraft falling to earth and causing mysterious effects. Two agents from different countries work together to investigate. I still have mixed feelings about it. I find it interesting enough to keep going, but I’m not completely sold on it yet. I’m also afraid it will be another one that is canceled before the story is done. I watched the entire first season of Ginny and Georgia on Netflix. Georgia had Ginny when she was 15. She has a second kid with someone else. We start with her latest husband dying and Georgia, Ginny, and Austin moving to a house he owned and his first wife contesting the will. Ginny and Georgia make friends and start to settle in in the new home. Ginny deals with new friends and new relationships. Georgia schemes to stay afloat and date the mayor. There is a mystery concerning the death of the husband. I liked it. I finished it in a week. I know there has been talk about the portrayal of Ginny’s race(her dad is black) and how the show handles racism. I can’t speak to that. You will have to make you own decision there. We watched the Station 19/Grey’s crossover last night but it wasn’t really a crossover. Grey’s did continue the story from Station 19, but like the rest of the season you could have watched one without the other. I watched the latest episode of Million Little Things this morning. I’m curious how it will be received as they are just starting a Covid storyline right when it seems like we are nearing an end.

Books – I only finished one book this week:

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry – Set in the late 80’s, we follow a field hockey team in Danvers, Massachusetts who discover that the witchcraft of their ancestors might be the key to a winning season. They have never had a winning record until they start to sign onto a pact at summer camp. Suddenly, they start winning on the field and off. We follow them through their senior season and finish with a reunion 30 years later. It took me a bit to read the book. I liked it, but it isn’t one you can breeze through. I enjoyed the story and it was well written. I was happy to have the reunion at the end to see what happened to each girl after high school. I can see why it was on an award list.

On Deck – I hope to watch Coming 2 America this weekend. My daughter will be home for spring break this week so we will watch the shows she watches. There will also be more dozing on the couch while she and my wife watch the Great British Baking Show. The NCAA tournament starts next week so there will be a lot of basketball watching. I am currently reading Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh.

My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 3/5/21

It was a back to normal week for me as my daughter is back to school. My viewing was no longer focused on shows that she watches. I had more time alone to read and watch TV alone. Here’s my week.

Movies– I don’t think I watched a movie this week. I know I’ve browsed the guide on FIOS multiple times during off hours to try to find an old movie to watch. I did land on Love Me Tender at one point, but I didn’t really watch it. We were more focused on catching up on TV shows this week.

TV – While my daughter was still home we watched all of the episodes of Snowpiercer that were on the DVR. This season is very good and I’m sad that I have to wait for my daughter to watch the rest. I finished Greek. I wrote about it here. I watched the first of the bonus epiosdes of The Walking Dead. I know a lot of people have given up on it, but I still like revisiting the TWD universe, I’m looking forward to seeing how Maggie and Negan living in the same town works out. We watched the season premiere of New Amsterdam. I was happy that they did a montage of the hospital dealing with Covid, but then moved ahead in time instead of focusing on it for the season. I think it’s more interesting to see the issues facing a hospital post-Covid. I got up early today to watch the finale of WandaVision before I had a chance to see spoilers. I think it was a good finale. It completed the story and had end credit scenes that set up the next story for at least one character. It was a very good show.

Books – I finished two books and gave up on one this week:

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee – This is an account of a group of young second-generation Japanese American citizens in San Francisco whose lives are changed by the mass US incarcerations of World War II. The story is told through the eyes of different teens as were move from the rumors of “evacuation” after Pearl Harbor into the incarceration camps. We follow their lives in the camps. We follow two of them to the front lines of the war as they fight to prove their loyalty to the country. We follow some families to a more secure camp after they refuse to say yes to a loyalty contract. We eventually follow them back to San Francisco after the war. It is very good.

Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler – This is the one I stopped reading. It got very good reviews. That’s why I got it from the library. It is about a woman who finds out her boyfriend is secretly running a right wing conspiracy theory social media account. We then flashback to when they met and then forward again to after she finds out. I gave it 90 pages and I just didn’t care about the story. I didn’t enjoy reading it. I don’t have time to waste on bad books. There are too many good ones out there to read. I still counted it on my books read list because I gave it several days.

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang – I love Yang’s work and this one is just as good as his other books. Yang taught at Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland. The basketball team has gone to the state championship game multiple times and lost. In 2015 they had their best shot yet of winning. Yang decides to travel with the team and write a graphic novel about the season. I am a big basketball fan, so I was pretty sure I was going to love it and I did. I think people who aren’t basketball fans will also enjoy it. He tells the story of the team, but also includes a lot of historical details about the game.

On Deck – There are several movies streaming that I would like to watch – Judas and the Black Messiah, Coming 2 America, Boss Level. I’m not sure which ones we will watch. I think my wife will want to rewatch Coming to America before watching the sequel. We should probably watch Judas first since it will leave HBO Max soon. I still want to watch the new NBC show Debris soon. I have decided Ginny & Georgia on Netflix will be the next show I watch alone. I’m currently reading We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry.

The podcast below is another not connected to a current post. I played with adding music and did an episode about finding new bands via my love for Bowling for Soup.

Edit – apparently you can only listen to the episode below in the app and this only plays the terrible recording I made about using anchor. Oops.

My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 2/12/21

Another week is almost over. The end of winter is in sight. Warmer weather might mean more time reading on the deck. I might trade screen time for book time. Or not. I guess we will see. Here’s my last week in reading and viewing.

Movies – We watched one new movie tis week. The Little Things on HBO Max. I’m loving all the new movies coming to HBO Max the same day as the theatrical release. This one stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto. Washington is a former LA homicide detective who is now with a Sheriff’s department north of LA. He is sent to L to get evidence and is drawn into a homicide investigation led by Malek. Leto is the guy they suspect of being the killer. I enjoyed the movie. It is not for someone who needs a lot of action or a clear cut ending. It is slow moving, perhaps a little too long. It’s a good story with a great cast and an open ending. I would recommend it to people who like drama and detective stories and don’t mind not knowing all of the answers at the end of the movie.

TV – I don’t think I watched anything new on TV this week. We’ve been watching a lot of the Canadian import Nurses. I know people have complained that it is not realistic but I don’t really care if it accurately portrays the job of a nurse. I like the cast and it is a nice way to spend 40 minutes or so. We watch Resident Alien the day after it airs. It is a weird, fun little show that my wife weirdly loves. I’m still working my way through my rewatch of Greek. I’ve had the TV on the impeachment trial during the day while I am writing/reading. Watching the poor performance of the defense lawyers reminded me of the time I was on a jury. Watching the video of the break in at the Capitol reminded me of a scary day when I was in college. The extra footage showing how close they got to people in the building was chilling.

Books – I finished three books this week

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi – This is a very short book about two siblings with extraordinary power. It starts when Ella is a child and Kev is born and takes us through their adulthood when Kev is incarcerated and then out on parole. Ella visits him both in person and supernaturally and shows him a possible future of a revolution that burns down the new fascist society. The book definitely kept me reading. It was a little hard to follow as it had time jumps and I had a hard time figuring out how much time had passed and how old they were though a good portion of the book. I would recommend it, though.

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson – A boo in verse about the son of an NFL player dealing with how CTE has changed his dad. His dad is an NFL tight end who has had multiple concussions. His headaches get so bad he has to stop playing while the doctors try to figure out what is causing headaches, mood changes and memory loss. The book takes place before we knew about CTE. Woodson is a great author and this is a very good book. I recommend you read anything by Woodson that you can find.

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour – I put a hold on this one after reading a rave review in the Washington Post. Darren lives in Bed-Stuy. He was valedictorian at his high school. but opted not to go to college. He is working at a Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building and has no desire for anything different. This all changes when a encounter with Rhett Daniels, the CEO of New York’s hottest tech startup results in Darren being offered a spot on his elite sales team. He is given the nickname Buck by the racist head of sales. As he gets more immersed with Rhett and makes more money he changes and is estranged from his mom and his friends in Bed-Stuy. A tragedy at home and a scandal at work sets ups a chain of events that changes everything. I loved this book. It is compelling. It is funny. It is well written. It has great characters This could easily end up being the book I most recommend this year.

On Deck – My daughter will be home this weekend and has asked me to watch Hillbilly Elegy with her. I also have the DVD of Tenet from the library. We will catch up on some of the shows she watches with us while she is here. I am currently reading the new Alex Delaware novel Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman.

My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 1/29/21

We are one month into the new year already. I had drifted back to the news recently, but I am shifting towards music now in the mornings. CMT and MTV actually play music videos in the morning and I have the Sirius App on my TV now. Maybe I need to start adding music to my weekly list. Here is what I’ve watched and read this week.

Movies – I watched one movie this week – The New Mutants. I think this was the last of the mutant movies before they were officially under the Marvel umbrella. It was supposed to be the first of a new series, but I think that plan is canceled now. I don’t know if any of the characters from this movie will survive to join the Marvel group. In this one, a girl is taken to a place she is told is a hospital where they help mutants learn to control their powers. They soon realize it is not a hospital, but a prison at the same time the people in charge decide the new girl is too powerful and needs to be killed. It was a decent movie. I did struggle to stay awake, but that is my norm when watching movies at night. I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple of these characters in new Marvel mutant movies.

TV – This week in TV has generally been watching the shows on the DVR that only the two of us watch. We finished season one of LA’s Finest. It is the spinoff TV show of Bad Boys. It wasn’t great, but if you liked Bad Boys you will probably enjoy it. We watched the new SyFy show Resident Alien. Alan Tudyk plays an alien who crash landed on earth in a small town in Colorado. He takes on the form of a doctor who has a second home there and is asked to help when the town doctor is killed. We liked it and will watch more. I’m a fan of Tudyk and he does a good job of playing an alien trying to pretend to be human. It seems there will be a season long murder mystery combined with the story of the alien trying to complete his mission on earth. I started a re-watch of Greek in the afternoons while I am waiting for my wife to finish work. It’s the first time I’ve decided to do a full re-watch of a show. The good news is that I still really like it and it has been long enough since it was on TV that I don’t remember the specifics enough to be bored. I also wrote this week about how I’m annoyed at how shows are portraying the pandemic.

Books – I finished two books this week”

Deadly Cross by James Patterson – I am still determined to keep reading the Alex Cross books. They used to be really good. The stories are still not bad. I enjoy the mystery and the books are always nice and quick to read. The problem is the Cross family is too perfect. Cross is the best cop/psychologist ever. Bree is the Chief of Detectives in DC. The oldest kid is off at a prestigious school. The daughter is an Olympic level track star. The youngest son is a genius and there is apparently a YA series with him solving crimes. The grandmother is in her 90s, won the lottery and survived being kidnapped and almost killed. I prefer characters who are flawed in some way.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – This is a prequel to The Hate U Give. It follows Maverick when he was a teen and has just found out that the baby he thought was his best friend King’s is actually his. He is still associated with the King Lords, but has started working at the local grocery store and starts to realize he wants to get out to give his kids a chance at a different life. I liked this one as much as I did The Hate U Give. I wanted more of Maverick’s story when it was over. If you haven’t read The Hate U Give, go read it now and then grab this one.

On Deck – I have no new movies from the library, but there are new movies on Netflix, HBO Max and Hulu that look good, so I have options. I think if we watch a movie it will likely be Outside the Wire on Netflix or The Little Things on HBO Max. TV will continue to be catching up on shows we have recorded. I will keep watching Greek. I’m reading Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale and have a big stack of books from the library that won Youth Media Awards.

My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 12/11/20

My last day off from work before my last day of work. One more day off when I assume my personal time will be interrupted multiple times by someone who cares nothing about boundaries and a work/life balance. I ignored one of those calls at 7 last night. Its hard to relax when people won’t let you have time off. I’m hoping next week will bring a calmer mind that will be more conducive to reading. I still can’t tell if I find it hard to get into a book because of the book or because of my state of mind. Here’s the week:

Movies – I don’t think I watched a movie this week. We do have a DVD from the library, but between football and work we never had a night to watch it. All of our other screen time was spent with TV shows. Now that HBO Max is on my TV and I will have more time, I expect this will change soon.

TV – The Kentucky football game was on Saturday night. Kentucky basketball was on Sunday evening. Ravens football was on Tuesday night. The rest of the time was spent with our regular shows. Magnum PI and Bkue Bloods were both back this week. I’m happy to see that they both seem to take place in a post pandemic world. They mentioned it, but in a way that makes it sound like it was in the past and no one is wearing masks. It will be nice to have more shows that seem somewhat normal. We watched one new shows – the Canadian show Nurses that NBC has purchased. I saw a lot of mediocre reviews for it, but I enjoyed it. We like medical shows and it has a good cast. I’m blissfully unaware of how medically accurate it is.

Books – I finished one book this week – Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. I love her book Trail of Lightning. It took me a minute to get into this one. It is a true fantasy book and sine I had read nothing about it, this was a surprise for me. That threw me off and then it took a little bit for me to invest in the world she was building. I kept going because I had heard so many good things about it and eventually got to the point where I wanted to keep reading. I will read the next book, but I wish this one didn’t seem like all build up for what’s next.

On Deck – My kids both come home Monday so we will catch up on all of the holiday shows and movies I’ve been saving for them . The finale of Amazing Race is Wednesday. I’m reading Some Kind of Animal by Maria Romasco-Moore.

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My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 12/4/20

It’s December. One week before I’m done with my job. Three weeks before Christmas. This year was both extremely long and oddly quick. Anyway, here is my weekly recap of what I read and watched.

Movies – Thanksgiving week means the beginning of our viewing of Christmas shows and movies. This week we watched Home Alone and Elf. Home Alone is a favorite of my daughter. It is the first one she wants to watch each year. I still enjoy it, but it isn’t my favorite. Elf is one that I consider a favorite. I look forward to seeing it each year and would be sad if I missed it.

TV – We also watched one of our favorite Christmas shows, Year Without a Santa Claus. It is the one of the main ones we make sure to record and watch each year. We love the miser brothers. We did some catch up on shows this week as well. American Housewife, Amazing Race, Superstore. I was sad to see the news yesterday that this is the last season of Superstore. It is the best comedy on TV right now. Not much else to report on the TV front. Mostly trying to keep the DVR from filling up now that I am saving shows and movies for my daughter to watch when she comes home from school. We are at almost 80% full now.

Books – I finished one book this week: Fair Warning by Michael Connelly. It was a new Jack McEvoy book. McEvoy is the reporter from the books The Poet and The Scarecrow. In this one, someone Jack had a one night stand with is murdered and he is questioned by the police. When he looks into it he discovers the possibility of a serial killer. I like the characters in the series and for the most part the story was good. I thought the end kind of ruined the whole thing and dropped it to a 3 star instead of a 4 star book.

On Deck – We have the movie Bloodshot on DVD. There will be basketball and football to watch. I have so many shows on the DVR to watch. Blue Bloods is back tonight. I’m reading Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse.

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My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 11/27/20

I actually watched and remember two movie this week. I finished two books. That’s a banner week for me. Here’s the recap.

Movies – We watched two movies the first was To Hell and Back. It is the 1955 movie starring Audie Murphy as Audie Murphy. It tells the story of Murphy in WWII where he was the one of the most decorated combat soldiers. It’s always been one of my favorite movies. My wife had never seen it. I’m happy to report that she liked it and I also still liked it. We also watched The Hunt. The general plot – 12 strangers wake up in the middle of nowhere and discover they are being hunted. The twist – they are all “deplorables” being hunted by “liberal elites” It was 90 minutes of gore and satire. We all enoyed it.

TV – College basketball is back! This is good considering it is looking more an more likely that the Ravens game won’t be played this week. At least I have Kentucky basketball for now. We watched the first episode of Big Sky. I’m glad I didn’t see any spoilers for it. There was a twist at the end that I was not expecting. It got mediocre reviews, but I like the cast so I will give it a chance. Basic plot – two girls disappear on the way to visit one’s boyfriend. Boyfriend’s mom is a PI. She investigates with her partner and her ex. Her partner and her ex recently slept together. One note on people talking about TV – I’m tired of the trend these days of TV writers and others tweeting that they have anxiety when they watch non-pandemic shows and people are in crowds without masks. Either they have no ability to separate fiction from real life or they want to highlight how they are being so safe while others aren’t. Either way annoys me.

Books – I finished two books this week:

The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly – A new Lincoln Lawyer book. In this one Haller is arrested for the murder of a former client and has to prove his innocence. Bosch joins his defense team to help. As always, Connelly doesn’t disappoint. I love his books. I love the characters of Haller and Bosch It’s fun to have them together. I was not fond of the pandemic starting to become part of the story. I need a break. I want my fiction to be fiction these days.

Junk Boy by Tony Abbott – A novel in verse about a boy who lives with his dad in a house and world filled with junk. People at school call him Junk. A chance meeting of a girl in his school leads him on a path of hope. It was a quick read. I liked it, but it did seem to be lacking something. Maybe verse was not the right format for the story.

On Deck – Movies will go back to being random based on what we find or holiday themed. Same for TV. We will be watching a lot of college basketball. I’m currently reading another Connelly book: Fair Warning. This one brings back Jack McEvoy from Scarecrow and Poet.

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My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 11/20/20

While I till haven’t quite hit the point where I feel the relief of the upcoming change, I do feel like I’m able to focus more on my reading. Even so, it took a while to read an 830 page book on my iPad. Here’s my week:

Movies – I don’t remember watching a movie this week. I feel like I possibly watched some movie I’ve seen before at some point, but if I did I don’t remember what it was. My wife did watch Godzilla: King of Monsters while I was in the room, but I watched TV shows on my iPad while that was going on.

TV – The reason we didn’t watch movies was because we watched a lot more TV shows this week. We finished Cobra Kai. I really enjoyed the show and am glad the new season starts soon. We watched all of our regular shows. I started watching Ted Lasso on Apple TV. I didn’t really know much abut the show when I decided to start watching it. I expected funny and it is funny. What I didn’t expect was for it to be just the comfort TV I needed at a stressful time. If you have access to Apple TV you should watch it.

Books – I finished two books this week.

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith – This is the new Cormoran Strike book from JK Rowling. Going in I knew that Rowling had been very publicly transphobic and I had heard that the book had a killer that dressed as a woman. Rowling is still a very good writer. I love the Strike books and this one is as good as the rest. I didn’t feel like the killer storyline was part of her views on the trans community. It was a very small part of the book and was not written in a way(in my view) was transphobic. But, I would love to hear thoughts from someone from that community.

Sanctuary by Paolo Mendoza and Abby Sher – This is a YA book set in a near future where the US is run by a xenophobic president who has been elected past the usual two term limit. All citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked. A deportation force is formed and undocumented citizens are being rounded up and forced into labor camps. Vali and her family are on their way to New York to get help getting to California where they ill be safe when her mom’s counterfeit chip malfunctions. Vali and her younger brother then have to try to make their way across the country alone. It is very good, but very dark and stressful.

On Deck – I have The Hunt on DVD. We have plenty of new episodes of TV shows on the DVR. Big Blue Madness(Kentucky basketball stuff) is on tonight. Kentucky football tomorrow. Ravens football Sunday. Actual UK basketball games Wednesday and Friday. I am reading The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly.

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