Depoe Bay, Oregon
It's been a long time since I've posted a month-end summary, but it's a new year and fresh beginnings, so I'm hopeful that I continue with this for the full year. Last month, SuziQOregon (at Whimpulsive) shared a list of all the first lines of the books she read in 2017. I thought it might be fun to do the same in these monthly summaries.
In addition to the books I've read, I'm going to start noting any favorite movies or TV shows we've watched during the month. I'm also adding some pictures of the puzzles we've been working on.
Books Read in January:
Morningstar: Growing Up With Books by Ann Hood
Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence
The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
When I was four years old, for reasons no one in my family could explain, I picked up my older brother Skip's reading book and I read it. (Morningstar by Ann Hood)
Dear The Goldfinch, We've grown apart. (Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence)
It wasn't as though the farm hadn't seen death before, and the blowflies didn't discriminate. (The Dry by Jane Harper)
I shouldn't have come to this party. (The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas)
Movies & TV Series:
The Crown - I love this show! I love the history and the cast. I'm enjoying it so much that I decided to get a copy of the companion book and am eager to read it before Season Three begins. It's funny. I thought I would enjoy Victoria for the same reasons, but I just can't get interested. It seems too much like a soap opera.
Broadchurch - I think I may be just a little bit in love with David Tennent. He is so much more likeable in Broadchurch than he was as Zebediah Killgrave in Jessica Jones. Broadchurch is a wonderful, wonderful series with a great cast and superb writing. We are now two episodes away from the end of Season Two and it's hard not to binge, but I really want to savor this show.
Dunkirk - I thought this film was well done, but it was very intense. Dunkirk plays a part in Ian McEwan's novel, Atonement, and my reaction while watching Dunkirk was the same as when I saw Atonement on the big screen. It was terrible to watch the soldiers, anxiously waiting to go back to England, and under attack by the Germans as they stood on the beach waiting to board ships, as well as small leisure and fishing boats. After watching Dunkirk, I find myself thinking about rereading Atonement, which is one of my all-time favorite novels.
Since moving to Oregon, I have been bitten by the puzzle bug. I find great pleasure in working on a puzzle with my mom and we've done both 500 and 1000 piece puzzles. We have finished some in a few hours and others in well over a week. We've given up on one, but have stuck with all the others, even those that make us crazy with frustration!
Can you guess which was the most frustrating? The easiest?