Good morning, lovely readers! A new week and a new month. Monday is usually the day I post a review of a book I loved but last week I was stuck with reading that left me either riled or meh—not what I look for in a Monday book. I don’t know about the rest of you, but indifference is the kiss of death when describing a book (actually, it’s the kiss of death for a lot of things in life). I can write reams about books I loved or hated, but those that fall someplace in between? Words are hard to come by. A shoulder shrug is the most I can muster and that doesn’t translate well.
Having said all that, this weekend I did finish a book that was outstanding—another 5 star from me. It’s Circe by Madeline Miller and it’s not being released until April 10th so I’ll be reviewing it next Monday.
I chose this because I’ve got some heavy non-fiction going on and needed something light to balance it. The Goodreads synopsis for this novel includes debut, English major, book loving, and a reference the Devil Wears Prada. That comparison is starting to wear as thin as Gone Girl, but I haven’t given up on it yet.
Multiple blogging friends (Eva, Sarah, Ellison) have read this book and said it owns the ‘can’t-put-down’ space. And then they add, “But you cannot read it at night.” I’m taking them at their word and am reading this midday only. I don’t read much true crime, but so far it is disturbing but extremely well-written.
Remember when I mentioned (above) that I was reading chick-lit to counter balance too much dark reading? Well, this is the other book I’m reading. OK, not reading, but listening to. Which, I know, isn’t the same thing, but you get my drift. I listen to it while I’m on the treadmill at the gym and I can’t tell if that’s a good thing—gets me into my target heart rate faster and I work off the rage—or, it’s not healthy—my head may explode. So many details, I could share, but I’ll save them for when I’m finished.
Since I’ve totally blown the whole “reading” concept I’ll go all in and share what I’m watching. My husband and I have always loved Garry Shandling’s work (if you haven’t watched The Larry Sanders Show you ought to). He is one of the funniest comedians in our generation and I rank his early death in 2016 right up there with losing Robin Williams. This documentary was made by Judd Apatow, who was mentored by and worked for Garry, and it is marvelous so far. I’m learning a lot about the man behind the humor.
What are you reading/listening to/watching this week?
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