These Is My Words

Convalescence and Story Binging

This has been the season of unexpected interruptions. The latest? Surgery, followed by way more recovery time than I would’ve liked.

But, all went well, I’m healthy, and I at least had a chance to story binge. I can’t really complain about that last part, can I?

Here’s what I read:

These Is My Words

One of my favorite books and one of the few I’ll re-read. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book. I even got to meet the author once.

It was a rather interesting experience this time, though. Usually I laugh, I cry, I can’t wait to re-read it even when I’m only half way through.

This time around my brain was in such a fog it was almost like I was numb to the entire experience. I didn’t laugh. I didn’t cry. I closed the book and thought, “That was weird.”

Ah well. There’s always next time. :)


The Last Blind Date

Not my normal fare and something I’ve been reading off and on for several months. I suspect my brain fog affected how I felt about it at the end. I enjoyed it more at the beginning. Either way, I’m glad I tried something new. And I’m glad I finally finished it.

My brain fog made it easier to watch movies than read books. (Is it blasphemy for a writer to say that?) I limited myself to what I owned or could rent for free on Amazon Prime. Don’t ask me why. As a result, I watched three movies I probably never would have tried otherwise.

What I watched:


Julie and Julia

A re-watch. Lighthearted and easy. Julie’s storyline reminds me of my own passion for writing, so I like that part. It gets me through the fact that she’s a whiny brat.

Julia’s story is just plain fascinating. Throw in Meryl Streep’s amazing performance and there’s nothing to lose.


Breakfast Club

Another re-watch. One I haven’t seen since the 80s. Naturally, it inspired that out-of-body experience in which your inner teen still loves it and your outer adult thinks, “What in the heck?”

Many of my old 80s favorites inspire this response.


Spectacular Now

I am exquisitely impressed with Shailene Woodley. Let’s say that first. Second, I did enjoy this movie in general. It’s the darker, literary side of me. I love stories like this.


What If

A Daniel Radcliffe movie wherein I forgot I was watching the Harry Potter kid. His acting has really matured. This movie has a bit of an Indie movie feel to it, with some playful elements (like the animated drawings). My husband thought it was weird. I liked it.


In Lieu of Flowers

My least favorite. I figured out the mystery based on the trailer, so I knew that one going into it. Yeah, that’s about all I have to say. I’m glad I at least tried it, though.

What do you read or watch when you’re sick?

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