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.
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.
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.
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?