Media Roundup

Monthly Media Roundup – May 2020

Ha, well, so much for writing more last month. Time these days just feels really weird, as if nothing is moving and then suddenly the month is over.

Anyway, let’s get to it, shall we?

As with last month, the movie theaters are still closed, so I have little new to report on that front. However, Emma did come out on BluRay, and I am pleased to report that I still love it. I’m not saying that I want to watch the movie every night, but I’m not saying that I don’t. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a movie this much.

I did do a bit more reading in May than I did in April. I finished seven books total, four were non fiction, three were fiction. Of those, the two stand outs were Victoria, and All Adults Here.

I wasn’t overly impressed with Daisy Goodwin’s “The Fortune Hunter” – the love triangle rubbed me the wrong way, and that’s saying something, because I don’t usually cringe at that plot device. However, Victoria was delightful. I mean, it’s a little weird any time you stop and think about how closely Victoria and Albert were related, but aside from that, it was a genuinely good time in the land of historical fiction. I enjoyed it enough that I looked into the PBS Masterpiece series – mind you, I haven’t gotten very far, because I started it before I finished the book and it doesn’t take long for the series to fly past the book, so I only watched a couple episodes. But the series looks good too, so that might very well keep me busy after I finish The Great.

Now, as far as All Adults Here went, I found it enjoyable, but not a book that I’m going to go recommending to everyone. I’ve gotten a little tired of books where everyone in the family has drama all at once, and the flaws of said characters can make them borderline unlikable. However, without giving too much away, I’ll say that I was happy with how everything wrapped up. It all came together in a satisfying way, and I don’t regret having read it. I liked it, I just didn’t love it. It will probably end up falling somewhere in the middle of my rankings at the end of the year. That said, I still think it’s worth reading if that genre or author appeals to you. It’s possible that I’m still having family trauma drama flashbacks after last year’s The Ones We Hate at the Wedding.

The stinker of the month for me was Wheat Belly. Some of what he says makes sense, and I think that since the book was initially published, society on the whole has more or less come to the conclusion that excess refined carbs aren’t the greatest. But at a point, the book starts sounding a lot less scientific and more fear mongering, using colorful anecdotes in place of actual information. While I flirt with the low carb thing from time to time, I just can’t get on board with an approach as extreme as this one. The book itself just went on a little too long, as well. I think the information could have been boiled down a bit better. Wouldn’t recommend it, personally, but to each their own.

Well, until next time, dear readers, stay safe and stay healthy.

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