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It’s Monday, January 12, 2015. What Are You Reading?

 

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After a pretty busy week and weekend: “cold” days off of school (not me, though), watching Boyhood (excellent), being told I might need bifocals (ugh), I hunkered down with my library’s next book club pick Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t want to read it and it’s challenging to say “I am enjoying it” because the story is brutal, but the writing is sincere and honest. More on the book later this week.

I watched The Golden Globes last night so I missed the new episodes of The Good Wife and Downton Abbey (thank goodness for DVR) AND they were up for awards! Usually the shows I watch don’t make it to the Globes and I’m terrible at staying up-to-date with latest films, but was happily surprised that the few I did see and watch win some awards. Boyhood was such a great film. Nothing shocking happened and there were no special effects that stood out but the story was simple and honest. The feat that was impressive was the filming over twelve years (a few weeks at a time) to watch the characters grow. I didn’t care for the title being “Boyhood”, rather it should have been called “Single mother-hood”, “Sibling-hood”, “Parent-hood” (already been done), “Family-hood”…something like that for it took on the life of what it means to be a family, through thick and thin.

Several books to movies also made an appearance, Gone Girl, Wild, Still Alice, which I’ve only read one. The Affair also got a few nods and a show that is quite intense. Overall the night was decent, too long as usual and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were as perfect as always.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

What did you think of The Golden Globes?

 

 

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4 thoughts on “It’s Monday, January 12, 2015. What Are You Reading?

  1. All this cold weather is completely ridiculous, but it makes for great reading opportunities! I’m not familiar with Her but I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. I generally don’t like “darker” stories (I was rather turned off by Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I KNOW I’m in the majority on that), but I like reading what others think of such stories. And the Golden Globes? I didn’t watch but it was all over Facebook so I felt like I didn’t have to! It’s nice to see some new people win awards instead of the same old actors over and over again 🙂

    • I haven’t read anything by Gaiman but hear mixed reviews, so not sure about his work altogether. You didn’t miss anything too exciting on the Globes except Fey and Poehler’s fabulous snarky Hollywood comments, which you can probably find all over the web. 🙂

  2. The important stuff first: The Golden Globes should just be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler riffing on Hollywood with the categories and winners a banner at the bottom of the screen. I must have slept through the year because I hadn’t seen anything that won- movie or TV!

    I’m reading The Undertaker’s Daughter and it is fabulous. A memoir about a Southern girl whose father is…well, you get it.

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