|Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year||edited by Allie Esiri||compilation||1|
|Hercule Poirot’s Christmas||Agatha Christie||cozy mystery||2|
|The Maid||Nita Prose||cozy mystery||3|
|The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women||Kate Moore||non-fiction||4|
|Perestroika in Paris||Jane Smiley||fable||5|
|When Ghosts Come Home||Wiley Cash||mystery||6|
|The Narrowboat Summer||Anne Youngson||women’s fiction/self reliance/starting over||7|
|I’ll be Seeing You||Elizabeth Berg||memoir||8|
|Dava Shastri’s Last Day||Kirthana Ramisetti||women’s fiction/family saga||9|
|The Plot||Jean Hanff Korelitz||psychological drama||10|
|A Little Hope||Ethan Joella||Interconnected short stories||11|
|The Love Hypothesis||Ali Hazelwood||rom com- there’s a misunderstanding and one sex scene||12|
|The Last Thing He Told Me||Laura Dave||psychological thriller||13|
|Fleishman is in Trouble||Taffy Brodesser-Akner||literary fiction||14|
|If Only||Judith Arnold||light fiction- family/older woman||15|
- I like books that are to be read a page a day for a year. And it’s Shakespeare.
- Charming mystery for fans of Poirot. It’s light, but interesting and fun. Typical Christie
- Very quirky main character- I like quirky, but if you don’t, beware. Interesting take of judging people and expectations. On the light side, if you don’t want to think too much.
- I’m surprised by how much I liked this book. The story of the fight for justice for people poisoned by radium at their workplaces. Story is told simply, which in this case helps, because too much jargon would have made it a boor. A few too many details about how the women dressed and how much their husbands were in love with them- slowed down the story for me. Just because they were women doesn’t mean we need what can be referred to as feminine details. However, incredibly interesting tale.
- Sweet fable. The main characters are a horse and a dog and a bird. If this isn’t your thing, skip it. But if you just want a little lightweight charm, this is for you.
- Aging sheriff wondering what the future holds- surprised me in a good way
- Quaint story about three women coming to terms with changes in their lives, both wanted and unwanted. Light female empowerment- what you can do if you set your mind to it
- Memoir about needing to put parents in a care home. Written as a series of journal entries chronicling the way she felt about her parents feelings. Brings up many discussionable points- may write blog about it
- The premise of this book is really interesting- the actual book is not. Family saga that thinks it’s way more out of the box than it actually is. Could be interesting for a book club because there are things that would be good to discuss, but overall annoyingly average
- This is an easy read if you like psych dramas. The story moves at a reasonably brisk pace and there’s not to much to trip over. This is not necessarily a good thing. I expected more.
- This is not really a novel, not really short stories, so I don’t know what to really call it. It’s really about a few inhabitants of a small town and how they interact with one another, sort of. I applaud the author for trying to make sense of the random connections that we make with one another, yet I felt that pretty much every story was incomplete.
- If you were to see the cover of this book, you would get that it’s exactly like its cover- If you want a trite, predictable read, go no further. Sometimes I need that…
- There was a lot of hype about this book. I don’t get the hype.
- This is a reread for me (book club). I hated it when I first read it, because I hated all the characters. On the reread, I was able to concentrate on the bones of the book a bit more, and it is a well written novel. However, I still think the characters are precious and whiny and I really wanted them all to fail miserably.
- If only I hadn’t thought this book looked interesting when I saw it while browsing. This book annoyed me on many levels. The protagonist talks about how she eats salad with no dressing because she’s afraid of gaining weight. Why of why are we allowing women to do this to themselves. She hates every salad she eats- do I want to read this. The character is so bored with her life that she keeps imagining the paths that she should have taken. The problem is- who cares? She’s a trite, cliched boring character and no matter what road she took she would be a boring, trite, cliched character. it’s not shocking that she barely has any friends, a surface relationship with her children, and the most boring marriage. Let’s write about fun, intelligent women in their 60’s…not hollowed out shells.
|CODA||Apple TV||family drama||1|
|Being The Ricardos||Amazon Video||biopic/drama||3|
|Parallel Mothers||Theater||foreign language/drama||4|
|The Tender Bar||Amazon Video||coming of age||6|
|The French Dispatch||Theater||absurdist||7|
|A Hero||theater||drama/foreign language||8|
|Don’t Look Up||Netflix||comedy/satire||11|
|The lost Daughter||Netflix||drama||12|
|In The Same Breath||HBO Max||documentary||13|
- This movie is so good. Laugh. Cry. Experience all the feels. Great acting, great story, great screenplay- there is very little wrong with this film. If you can, subscribe to Apple TV for a month- watch this and Ted Lasso. Totally worth the money for the app to watch these shows.
- Beautiful songs, gorgeous animation. However, it tries to give too many messages. That being said, if you have a kid who loves Disney, this is a win
- Decent biopic- slightly choppy scene by scene. Editing could have been tighter. Excellent acting. In the battle of the Leading Actress biopic, I must give the edge to Nicole Kidman. IMO, the four leads should all be nominated for awards- the acting makes this movie come alive.
- This movie has moments of brilliance. It also has two excellent plot lines and neither felt complete or whole. Would be better if it focused on one story line and not two. I don’t think they meshed as well as the director hoped they would.
- Beautiful animation. Coming of age and resilience- but I felt there were plot holes
- Based on a memoir, this is a decent coming of age story with a better than average performance by Ben Affleck
- If you like the work of Wes Anderson, you will like this. Decent screenplay, but otherwise average
- Well done morality tale, but probably goes about three steps too far. Should have been shorter- movie drags into boringness
- Beautifully shot version of Shakespeare- but you really need to love MacBeth, because my Husband needed to leave the movie before he went mad…
- Very good documentary about the 2018 Presidential Election in Zimbabwe. Obviously seen from the viewpoint of the people opposed to the current President and officers. Makes you question the meaning of a Republic/Democracy. Has made the Oscar short list, but I don’t think it’s strong enough to garner a nomination.
- This is a decent satire featuring an all star cast. The story goes a little all over the place, and the script could/should have been better. While I don’t think it deserves an Oscar nod- the all star cast and topic will probably be hard for some to resist.
- I like Olivia Colman as an actress- however, I think she’s very average in this aspiring to be average drama about a women who keeps thinking about her past. Uneven and confusing pacing. I just didn’t care about the story or the characters.
- Documentary about COVID. Sorry- still too early for me to watch a doc about this topic. I question docs made while something is still happening. There was a point where Cuomo looked like a God- did we need a doc about that small portion of 2020? I don’t think this will be nominated for an Oscar.