Books, movies/tv, music/audiobooks
Reading: and listening to: Destiny of the Republic; A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. I’m really into this creative non-fiction account of President Garfield’s murder and thrilled that I have discovered the wonderful writing of the talented Ms. Millard.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Another great book by this wonderful author and independent bookstore owner.
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie. Tales from the Rez.
Damned by Chuck Palahniuk. Vintage Palahniuk, quirky, interesting and FUNNY.
Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin. The authorized biography of Springsteen started as hero worship for me and ended as a more realistic portrait of a man who’s music has meant so much to me. I want to give Julianne Phillips a big hug and tell her I’m sorry for the way my hero treated her, although, it seems this incredibly strong woman doesn’t need or want it. You go girl!
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers. An easy read that left me feeling just a bit down.
Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. Interesting/fun read of growing up in yesteryear Iowa.
Pirate Latitudes the posthumous work of Michael Crichton. A good read but nothing like his other works.
Issac’s Storm by Erik Larsen. Yeah, I’m a fan.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.
In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larsen. Amazing.
The Brave by Nicholas Evans. Liked it but not his best work.
Watching: Movies: Going to see Elysium today.
The Conjuring Best horror film in years.
This is the End C+ funny at times but not hysterical.
Now You See Me. I really enjoyed this Robin Hood meets The Illusionist movie. Nice card trick at the beginning (did you pick the same card?) and nice twist at the end.
42. The incredible true story of Jackie Robinson breaking the MLB color barrier. So much courage, strength, and grace by a man with the weight of American society upon his shoulders. LOVED it and highly recommend.
Zero Dark Thirty. Intriguing–so much risk taking, particularly by the protagonist, played by the exceptionally talented Jessica Chastain.
Lincoln and Life of Pi. I highly recommend both!
DVD: Past seasons of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy. Thank you Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County! www.cincinnatilibrary.org/
TV: Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and my new favorite, The Following.
Listening to: Audiobooks – Nothing. Time to go to the Library!
Completed: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow.
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.
RUN by Ann Patchett.
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Between Me and You by Mike Wallace
Oath of Office by Michael Palmer
FDR by Jean Edward Smith
The Ruins by Scott Smith. I’m getting rid of all the houseplants.
The Gates by John Connolly
Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger.
Music – Current playlist includes Kasabian, Owl City, Relient K, Camera Obscura