It’s March 1st!
Which means the worst of the winter is hopefully behind us. This weekend gave us a taste of spring, and we are ready for it. As is usually the case with the better weather, we were outside most of the weekend and I did not get a lot of my indoor things accomplished.
Ok, so, for as much as I loved my books in my January Eyes and Ears . . . I was kind of disappointed by my February picks. Boo!
Our TV choices, on the other hand, have been pretty good.
Here’s what we’ve been WATCHING this month.
The Wilds on Prime Video.
This is about a group of high school girls who think they’re headed to a retreat in Hawaii, but their plane crashes in the middle of the ocean and they wash up on an island. Each episode toggles back and forth between what’s happening on the island and one of the girl’s lives back at home. It was very reminiscent of Lost, which I also thoroughly enjoyed . . . WAY back in 2004!! #old. I really enjoyed this show, but Matty did not. He said it was just a bunch of girls whining and fighting. To be fair . . . I’d probably be a little whiny and combative if I was stranded on an island.
Behind Her Eyes on Netflix
WHOA. If you’ve seen me in the last week or so, you’ve probably heard me talk about this book and show. This one’s a double whammy because I listened to the audio book first earlier in the month and then watched the Netflix limited series. The audio book was excellent, and the mini series followed it almost exactly. It’s categorized as a psychological thriller, and it sure did mess with my head! Without giving too much away, it’s about a single woman in London who meets a man in a bar. They kiss. He walks away. End of story . . . until the next day at work when the girl meets her new boss. You guessed it . . . it’s the man she kissed in the bar . . . and he’s married. The story jumps off from there and is quite the rollercoaster ride. Matty didn’t read the book, but he did watch the show with me and enjoyed it.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime Video
This has been just a “Molly” show that I watch while on the treadmill or if I’m feeling lazy during the day while Emmy’s watching a show. It was recommended to me by a few friends, and I had no idea what it was about when I started. It’s about a wealthy woman in 1958 New York City who has a knack for stand up comedy. It’s hilarious, it’s quirky, and all the characters are extremely likable . . . and it’s very much rated R! I’m a few episodes into season 2, and I’m really enjoying it.
Ok, now for what I’ve been LISTENING to this month.
I already told you that I listened to Behind Her Eyes. I can’t comment on how well the book would be in print, but it was great to listen to. Each character had his or her own reader, which makes it so easy to follow along with the plot.
A Good Neighborhood
This book started out pretty good, but then took a dive. And I didn’t like the ending. It takes place in well-to-do North Carolina neighborhood and focuses on a conflict between a family that’s lived there for years and a new family that’s just built a house behind them. I feel like it took a sharp turn at one point and started focusing on racial/social issues and then had an abrupt ending that was not great. This was on a lot of book club lists, and I guess it could generate a lot of discussion/debate, but it was not for me.
The Family Upstairs
This is another thriller that’s about a girl who was adopted, but receives an inheritance from her deceased biological parents when she turns twenty-five. As she explores what her parents left her, she starts to piece together what her early life was really like and who her parents really were. It’s really kept my attention. As of the this morning, I still have 17 minutes left to listen to. Unless something totally wackadoo happens, I’m going to go ahead and say this one’s a winner.
Finally, here’s what I’ve been READING.
My picks were DUDS this month, but I powered through them. Because they didn’t totally keep my interest, it took me a little longer and I only read two books this month!
First off, this book was 500 pages. It did not need to be that long. It’s about a couple of con artists who team up to try and scam a wealthy woman that one of the con artists knew years ago. They rent the guest cottage on her property in Lake Tahoe, insert themselves into her life, and the rest of the story plays out in snippets from modern day and from interactions between the people years ago. I can’t quite tell you why, but I just didn’t find it very intriguing.
By the end of the month, I had had my fill of psychological thrillers. I wanted something a little more light and airy. This book was almost it . . . but not quite. It’s about an older lady who takes her family on a European cruise to try and bring everyone closer together. Each chapter is told from a different family member’s point of view. The characters were interesting, and the description of the scenery was great, but it was still a very heavy book.
Ugh! I feel like I didn’t put much effort into the recaps of these two books. Honestly, I think I’m thrillered out for now. I need to find myself something light and fun to read for the month of March. My brain is tired of thinking/focusing/analyzing. Is it too early in the year for a good beach read?!
If you have any good chic lit suggestions, please, send them my way! If you have any good thriller or mystery suggestions, I’ll take them and file them away for a month or two down the road.
Have a great week!