|Together We Will Go||J. Michael Straczynski||fiction/assisted suicide/illness||1|
|Greenwich Park||Katherine Faulkner||psych thriller/drama||2|
|The Arc||Tory Henwood Hoen||rom/com sort of- more literary than a beach read, but less literary than literary fiction||3|
|The Exiles||Christina Baker Kline||literary fiction/strong female leads/perseverance||4|
|One Night on the Island||Josie Silver||rom com?||5|
|A Deadly Affair||Agatha Christie||short stories/cozy mystery||6|
|Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead||Elle Cosimano||cozy mystery/#2 in a series||7|
|Madame de Treymes||Edith Wharton||classic||8|
|The Home Edit Life: The Complete Guide to Organizing Absolutely Everything at Work, at Home and on the Go||Clea Shearer||Non fiction/organizing/home||9|
- This is a sad book and I will preface that it is not for everyone. However, it is quietly absorbing into why some people want to take their own life. Beautiful and haunting and human.
- I thought this was a pretty good book of its genre. It’s not quite a page turner, but it does get you quite invested in the main character, in a good way. While some of it is pat, there are a few very satisfying moments.
- There were some nice moments in this book. There was also some feminist posturing that made it a drag and veered off into depressing- not sure if this was intentional on author’s part. But if you want a basically light read with minimal heft, this is a solid choice.
- I liked the premise of this book but the reality was different. It’s a few different stories and multiple viewpoints, but I felt the characters and storylines were both incomplete. Literary fiction light.
- Rom com very light on rom or com. While I kinda sorta liked the characters, this book just drags on…felt like it was fifty pages too much…Too much telling, not enough showing…too contrived…
- There are some real gems in this collection. There are also some paste jewels as well. I’d never read any of these stories, and I’m 50% OK with having read them.
- I read the first in this series, and thought it was funny and clever and I liked the characters. This book however starts to border on the ridiculous, and the characters began to get on my nerves. Don’t know if I’ll read the third.
- I had never heard of this Wharton when it was suggested at book club. After reading I know why I’d never heard of it…it’s average to less than. This is a novella that does not stand the test of time, and I had trouble relating to the characters and the plot. Pass unless you are studying Wharton, in which case you’ve probably read it already.
- I love a good organizing book. This is not a good organizing book. It focused on celebrities’ with oodles of closet space. When you have a house full of closets, you have to be an idiot not to be able to organize properly. Show me how to organize a house with three kitchen cabinets. Don’t talk to me about houses that have shelves and cabinets to devote to the tea collection- show me how to do it in a when all you can spare is one tiny little section of a cabinet…
|Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom||foreign language/drama lite/heartfelt/2022 Oscar nominee||theater||1|
|Hand of God||foreign language/coming of age/drama/ 2022 Oscar nominee||Netflix||2|
|Death on the Nile||cozy mystery||theater||3|
|Marry Me||rom com||theater||4|
|The Mitchells vs The Machine||animated/childrens/2022 oscar nominee||Netflix||5|
|Ascension||foreign language/documentary/2022 Oscar nominee||theater||6|
- Quiet, understated film set in Bhutan. A lovely example of trying to figure out what is and what isn’t important. Not for people looking for action or clear endings, but I thought it was very well done.
- Well done coming of age story set in Naples. Strong screenplay. Slightly veers off into melodramatic, but on the whole a solid movie.
- I love a cozy Agatha Christie murder mystery, so though this isn’t the greatest movie in the world, I enjoyed it. Yes, it is a bit slow paced and there are quite a few red herrings, it still made for a fun evening out for me. However, if you don’t like mysteries you can probably skip this one.
- Light and fluffy, anchored by charming Wilson and Lopez. It is exactly what you think it’s going to be. I love rom coms- sign me up.
- Very cute movie about the problems with tech and how it can take over our lives. Not really for kids under 6, but those kids over 6 will appreciate it and it’s great for starting a conversation with kids about the problems with too much tech
- In theory, this is a doc about the three faces of China- the factory worker, the influencer and the super rich. In reality, it’s a bunch of mini clips with very little dialogue or explanation. I felt like I learned very little about what the doc was trying to show. I do wonder though, if it was a directorial choice to do a film such as this, or if this is what the censors in China would allow.