I am running a day late and a dollar short with my 10 Media Faves: 10 on the 10th, 10.2019. The word FAVORITE in Whitney’s prompt threw me for a loop. My favorite everything changes with the wind! A book can be my favorite until I read a better book. A movie can be my favorite until I see a more entertaining movie. Can I get an amen?
With that being said, this is going to be a list of books, movies, podcasts and shows I really, really like – right now.
10 Media Faves: 10 on the 10th
Keep in mind, as you look over this list. These are my favs of the day. They could be completely different with the next book I read, next movie I see, podcast I listen to and TV show I watch.
Fave Books (Right Now)
My lifetime favorite books include the Adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. But here are some books that have spoken to me lately.
The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
Haven’t finished this one yet, but only lack a few minutes. Hoping for a happy ending. This book hits close to home. 4.0 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Women like Emm, the veteran; quiet Valerie; Julia, always hungry. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day. [source]
When All is Said by Anne Griffin
This book reminded me of a cross between The Five People You Meet in Heaven and A Man Called Ove. If you liked either or both of those, you will enjoy this book. I cried, I laughed, I cried. 4.08 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs. [source]
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
Part mystery, part contemporary family story. Told from the perspectives of several of the characters. I found myself empathizing with each. 4.0 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. [source]
Fave Movies (Lately)
PC and I used to go to the movies once a week. Whether there was anything worth watching or not! But we have become a little more selective in our old(er) age. We saw a movie today, his pick, “Jexie,” and it was atrocious. I have never heard so much cussing since I graduated from high school. With popcorn, a hot dog and large drinks, we paid $40+ for 2 hours of ‘entertainment.’ Wish I had popped some microwave popcorn, boiled my Prince a hot dog and we had watched anything, anything at all, here at home. Bottom line, “Jexie” is not on my list of favorite movies, now or ever. But these are some recent faves. And “Silver Linings Playbook,” which is several years old but a great choice for this time of year.
“Brittany Runs a Marathon”
Very loosely based on a true story. Comedy, Drama
Brittany Forgler is a hilarious, friendly, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good time, but at 27, her late-night adventures and early-morning walks-of-shame are starting to catch up to her. When she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor’s office in an attempt to score some Adderall, she finds herself slapped with a prescription she never wanted. Forced to face reality for the first time in a long time, Brittany laces up her Converse and runs one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. Soon she runs a mile. Brittany finally has direction–but is she on the right path? [source]