My Week(Or Two) In Books, Movies and TV

I was in India last week so I did not do a week in review. Even with a week off I don’t have a lot to report on as I was traveling a lot so my reading and watching was abnormal.

Movies: The movie selection on the plane to Delhi was limited. There were a handful of new Hollywood movies, a larger selection of older Hollywood movies and a collection of Indian movies. I watched Pacific Rim Uprising which was a lot better than I was expecting for a sequel without the original cast. I decided to save Tomb Raider for the trip home and rewatched Creed(very good) and You’ve Got Mail(still charming). Unfortunately, the plane on the way home had upgraded screens, but even more limited movies and the new movies were not an option. I ended up rewatching The Blind Side. I almost forgot: I watched Thoroughbreds on the short flight from Delhi to Hyderabad. It wa interesting, but not great.

TV: All of my TV viewing has been random repeats of Friends, How I Met Your Mother and other US shows that were airing on TV in India. We did see a piece of an Indian TV show while in a Uber in Hyderabad that we would like to find and watch, but we can’t remember the name and I haven’t been able to find it googling key words. Maybe some day I will find it again.

Books:  I took two ARCS with me to India: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix and Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer. We Sold Our Souls is about a former member of a metal band who now works at a hotel while her former band mate is a mega-star. When she finds out he is doing a farewell tour she decides to confront him about the end of the band and discovers there might be some evil behind the situation. I enjoyed it. It was a little weird, but it kept me reading. Hope Never Dies is a mystery where the “detectives” are Joe Biden and Barack Obama. They are investigating the death of an Amtrak employee Biden knew from his time riding down when he was in the Senate. It was a nice little cozy type mystery that I would not have read if Biden and Obama were not the main characters. It’s worth a read for the novelty, but that’s it.

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My Month or So in Book, Movies and Television

It’s been over a month since I’ve written a “week in review” post of my books, TV and movies. I likely won’t have one next week either as I will be out of the country again. Here are some highlights of what I’ve read and watched over the last month or so.

Books – I’ve read at least seven books since I last wrote one of these posts. I’m sad to say that only to really stand out enough to mention in a good way. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory and Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman. Spoonbenders is kind of mystery, but with people with some sort of super power. I really liked it. It has potential to be the best one I read this year. Safe Houses is a little more of a straight u mystery, but it does alternate between two time periods and involves some espionage as well. I would highly recommend both.

Movies – I haven’t watched a lot of movies recently. I did finally watch Lady Bird and Shape of Water on the plane to and from London last month. They were both very good, which makes sense since they were nominated for awards. I made my wife and daughter watch It with me. I had already seen it alone, but wanted to watch it again with others. They didn’t hate it as much as they expected to.

Television – I’ve watched a lot more TV than I have movies over the month. I finished season two of Thirteen Reasons Why. It was a good season, but the finale was not great. It coud have been a good ending if they had focused on the friends moving on with life and not added in the scenes setting up the conflict for next season(including a brutal assault scene). I watched season 2 of Santa Clarita Diet. I think it was better than season 1. Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore are very good, but I think I like the scenes with their daughter and the boy next door the best. Finally, a recommendation for a nice, light summer series – Take Two. Take Two stars Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian. Bilson plays an actress who had a breakdown after a break up and is just out of rehab. She once starred in a popular TV cop show. She has a shot at a role as a PI so her friend calls in a favor and gets a former cop and PI, Cibrian, to let her shadow him. She turns out to be good at it, they solve a high profile case and he gets more clients, but they all want her, so she joins the firm. Noting ground breaking, but it is a fun show.

That’s all I’ve got. I will try to get back in the weekly habit once I’m done traveling.

My Week in Books, TV and Movies(5/25)

Here it is – my anticipated by no one weekly review of what I’ve read and watched since last Friday. It’s been a long week filled with prom, trip planning, work around the house, etc but I did manage to find time to read and watch some stuff. I’m sure that means there are things I forgot to do. This weekend will also be filled with very stressful “getting ready for company” cleaning and then the company arrives and a week from today is graduation. I don’t think this post will happen next week. Anyway, here is my week:

Books – I’m reading pretty fast right now because the day I get back from th trip I am going to a high school to do summer reading promotions. I’m trying to get through the books I haven’t read before I leave. It looks like I will be taking my last book with me on the plane. This week I finished As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti and And Then You Die by Cody Cassidy. As You Wish takes place in a small town where everyone gets to make one wish on their 18th birthday. The wish can’t affect anything outside of town. The main character struggles with his wish so he asks others about their wish and the results. I liked it even though I hated the main character. And Then You Die goes through multiple scenarios like “what happens if you go over Niagara Falls in a barrel” and “What would happen if you were swallowed by a whale” It’s interesting, but better to read off and on and not all together.

Television – I’ve been home alone a lot this week, so I’ve watched a good bit of television. I started working my way slowly through the second season of 13 Reasons Why. It’s been pretty good so far, but I’ve been warned(and then googled to read about it) about the last episode being very upsetting. I’m still slowly working my way through Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. Wednesday night after work my daughter and I watched the season finale of Survivor. I still love the show. It will be less fun next year when my daughter is at college and I’m watching alone. I also watched the series finale of The Middle. It was such an underrated show. So much better than others that won multiple awards. It was probably more emotional for me as I am looking toward my youngest heading off to college and the episode was all about Axl leaving home for a new job in Denver. I will miss the Hecks.

Movies – We watched two movies this week: Justice League and Maze Runner: Death Cure. I need to re watch some of Justice League. I did my typical “doze off and miss half the movie” thing. What I saw wasn’t bad. We started Maze Runner early enough that I was able to stay awake for the entire thing. I liked it more than I expected, especially since I can’t really remember what happened in the second movie. It had a good cast and a good mix of action humor and drama. I also liked that they actually allowed major characters to die. I’m not saying I’m a fan of death, but I get frustrated with TV and movies where the characters are always facing death, but never die.

That’s that for the week. I expect I will not have much time to enjoy myself for the next one, so I’m glad I got all that in this week.

Book Tag: This or That

I wasn’t tagged in this, but I thought it was interesting and decided to post mine. Please excuse odd font changes. I finished this on my phone while waiting for the senior awards ceremony to start at my daughter’s school.

Reading on the Bed or the Couch?

Definitely the couch. I never can seem to get comfortable reading in bed and if I do, I promptly fall asleep. Actually, I’ve recently started reading a bit in a chair in my home office/library an I think that might be my new favorite place to read.

Male Main Character or Female Main Character?

I don’t really have a preference. I probably read more books with male main characters, but some of my favorite authors write books with female main characters(Lisa Scottoline, for example).I just want a good main character. That’s all.

Sweet Snacks or Salty Snacks while reading?

I don’t snack a lot while reading. I do read while eating lunch at work. I do enjoy a cup of coffee while reading. I enjoy a cup of coffee any time.

Trilogies or Quartets?

Neither? I read a lot of series, many of them that go on and on and on, but I have to admit that I really wish more books were stand alone books. I don’t think everything needs to be a series. If I was forced to pick, I would say a trilogy.

Reading First Person or Third Person POV?

Another one that really doesn’t matter. Third person? Maybe? As long as it is well written. I’m good.

Reading at Night, or in the Morning?

I prefer morning. I’m old and fall asleep easily reading at night. I’ve always been more of a morning person. I also read on my lunch break at work.

Libraries or Bookstores?

I enjoy bookstores, but since I am at a library every day, obviously library. Also, I don’t reread, so there is not a lot of reason to own books. I do have a small collection of signed books and I buy every Stephen King book that is released. Otherwise, you can’t beat free.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

I’m a big fan of funny books. Chris Moore is one of my favorite authors and I love the humorous memoirs, especially on audio read by the author.

Black book covers or white covers?

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

Character driven or Plot driven?

It varies, but even a plot driven book needs good characters.


My Week in Books, TV and Movies(5/11)

Welcome once again to my end of week review of what I’ve read and watched. I hope someone is enjoying them.

Books: I have been reading Splinter in the Blood by Ashley Dyer since last week. It’s not a bad book, but I’m just not really in to it. I never feel compelled to pick it up and only read it when I’m eating lunch at work. I’ve set it aside and have started reading Sunny by Jason Reynolds. It’s good, but I liked the other track series books better. Maybe it’s me. Maybe I just need the right book, but I’ve entered a period of not really wanting to read much lately.

Television: Maybe I’m not wanting to read as much because I have so much to watch on TV. My new DVR is already at 90% full and we have entered the season of finales of the network shows. I’ve been trying to catch up on those shows while also watching Handmaid’s Tale with my family and Dear White People alone. My goal is to finish season 2 of Dear White People this week so I’m ready to start season 2 of Thirteen Reasons Why when it premieres next week. Some bad TV news – Clayne Crawford has been fired from Lethal Weapon and now FOX has to decide if they want to renew the show without him as Riggs. FOX has also canceled Brooklyn 99. These are two of my favorite shows. Network upfronts start Monday, so this blog will turn in to a TV blog soon.

Movies: I’m not sure I watched a movie this week. I think during the times we would normally watch a movie we were watching Handmaid’s Tale. If we watched a movie this week it wasn’t very memorable. I still haven’t seen Infinity War. I need to convince my family to go see it this weekend. I’m not sure how much longer I can avoid the spoilers.

So, that was my week. Hopefully, I will have more to report next week. I would like to say my light week of movies and books meant I was too busy doing other fun stuff, but I didn’t really do anything last week. I guess I just watched a lot of TV.

A Collection of Short Tater Thoughts

I have no topic for a long form post today. The following are random short thought that will hopefully pop in my head while I am writing.

Hello Guvna: The Governor of Maryland will be at my old branch today. A delegation from his office will be at my current branch today. The Governor will not join them. I’m sure that I am missing out on my shot by not getting face time with Governor Hogan. I’m sure he would hire me on the spot.

Driving: I could write about this every day. My latest traffic complaint is that yesterday I was driving on a highway with 55 MPH speed limit. I will admit that I was speeding(70 in a 55) and still someone comes up behind me a rides my bumper because they wanted to go even faster. That is just a guarantee that I will start to drive much slower. Yes, I’m that driver.

Reading Slump: I don’t hate the book I’m reading, but I don’t really feel the need to read it when I have free time. I guess I should take a break from it and read something else to see if reading in general is the problem or if it is the book. It’s hard for me to take a break from a book if I plan to finish it.  I’m good with quitting a book I hate, but I find it hard to take a break or quit a book that is just mediocre.

Goals: I’ve written here several times about not knowing what I want to be when I grow up Our new CEO plans to meet with each of us to ask what we do, but also what we want to do in our job. I guess I need to figure that out soon so I have an answer. I’m not sure “retire” is the answer she wants. Maybe I will tell her I want her job.

Blogging: I will end with more blog talk. I am going to set a goal to be more organized with my blog. Right now, I just get my laptop and write whatever pops in my head that morning. I rarely plan ahead. This is fine for what I want as far as the writing goes, but it leads to long stretches of not posting because my mind is blank. I want to start doing more planning on what I will write. I want to be better about writing down topics and rants as they pop in my head. I have no idea what will work for me, but I hope it will at least lead to fewer long breaks from posting. Any suggestions appreciated.

 

My Week in Books, TV and Movies

I’m away at a conference and writing this on my iPad so I expect there will be typos. I’m old an can’t type well with my thumbs. I don’t want to get off track on writing these on Fridays, so here I am. It’s been a weird week with one day at my branch, our all day staff meeting and then three days of a conference, so not much to report.

Books – I’m listening to As You Wish by Cary Elwes for book club. I’m not sure I would like it as much if he wasn’t reading it to me. I love the movie The Princess Bride and the book is fun, but maybe I would be bored if reading? I don’t know. I also read Malagash. I picked it up because it won an Alex Award and new nothing about it before I read it. It was a small, beautifully written book about dealing with the impending death of a father.

TV – This has been a down week in my tv viewing because of the busy week. The most interesting part of my tv week was watching shows from my DVR on my phone from my hotel room. I love that service.we are coming up in the network upfronts where the networks reveal their schedules for next season. I will have posts on each announcement. 

Movies – I think I only watched the new Jumanji this week. I enjoyed it. Jack Black channeling a teenage girl was the highlight of the movie. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, but it is a fun two hours and that’s what I wanted from it.