Why yes, I’m a Marvel fan. And Dr. Strange is my favorite of the movies / characters. So, of course, we had to go see the new Dr. Strange movie — the first time since the beginning of COVID that we’ve been to a movie theater. Anyway . . . I loved it! Who else?
Continuing on my recent obsession with WW II, I just finished reading The Bomber Mafia. Fascinating!! Anyone else.
I know I’m really late with this — a couple of years maybe.
I started watching Yellowstone in February and am so addicted that I’m now almost done with Season 4. And yes, I feel a bit guilty about loving something that is a wee-bit violent. But, hey it’s a David and Goliath story – right? My excuse and I’m sticking to it.
My Current Series Obsession
Knowing how I love science, science fiction, and the space program, this should surprise no one. Has anyone else seen it? Link to trailer.
In the last couple of months, I’ve read two Women’s fiction books that I loved. The first is IF ONLY by Judith Arnold. Here is my Amazon review. I highly recommend it.
I have read a lot of books by Judith Arnold but IF ONLY may be my favorite. It has Ms. Arnold’s signature humor, along with realistic characters and great writing. However, there is a uniqueness to IF ONLY. Her main character, Ruth, is a woman in her late 60s who wonders about the paths not taken in her life. So much of Ruth’s story will resonate with women of all ages, and for me, I completely identified with Ruth. Her story may be different, but her experiences are universal. I loved it!
I finished my first book for 2022: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. It was fascinating. Although I love science books, I’m mainly interested in the physical sciences vs. the biological sciences. This book, however, caught and held my interest. I highly recommend it.
BACK COVER COPY.
A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
A couple of weeks ago I was looking for a short listen from Audible and found two (free) novellas (The Roommate and The Sisters) by an Dervla McTiernan – who I’d never heard of. So, I decided to give them a try. I enjoyed both of them (The Roommate more than The Sisters) and immediately grabbed the first of her books: The Ruin (A Cormac Reilly Mystery Book 1).
It was really good: great characters, setting, and mystery. And if you like to listen to books as I do, the narrator is really good, adding that touch of an Irish accent. I’m almost done with the second book (The Scholar) in the series, so I expect I’ll be reviewing that soon.
Now, the big question, do I rush to read the third book, like I want to, or wait and stretch out the anticipation?
So, I am obviously in a British Mystery Phase.
After Shetland (which I’m still going through withdrawal over), we started watching Hinterland. It’s different, a bit darker, but really good. Great stories, a tortured but brilliant lead characters, and excellent supporting characters. I love it.
Thanks a couple of friends on my FB Group Pat’s Panthers for the recommendation.
Any other recommendations?
A friend recommended this series a couple of years ago. Her comment was that it was the best TV Series she’d ever seen. So I watched it — and may have talked about it on FB at that time. And although I’m not sure I agree that it is “the” best series, it is, IMO, “one of the best”.
So, that brings us to 2021 and being locked down for a year and getting tired of everything on Netflix and Amazon. I finally convinced Jeff to watch this. (He, with the very narrow taste, which usually runs to bullets flying, etc.) Anyway . . . we just finished watching Season 5 and he said “This show is so good, in it’s own way, it’s right up there with the best.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s a solid mystery with great writing, really compelling characters and outstanding acting.
I give it 5+ Stars.
What can I say about the past year that hasn’t already been said by wiser and smarter people than me? It has been a difficult time, for everyone, though I know the degree of difficulty has been different for each person. My favorite quote about this went something like — we may all be weathering the same storm, but we’re in different boats in that storm. That brought it home to me. So, for everyone, from those who’ve lost a loved one to this horrid virus, or who are/were themselves sick, to those struggling to make ends meet because you’re out of work, to those stuck at home, unable to see loved ones, I send my love. I wish you well and hope this year will be better, for all of us.