Dispatches from the Distancing – Days 57 & 58

Our weekends have become very, very dull.  Honestly, I had nothing to write about yesterday and decided to just do a weekend post today.  I’m not complaining–down time is always a good thing.  But I also wish that we could do things like go to the beach or go hiking (technically, we could still go hiking, but hiking trails in Oregon tend to be crowded).  So, there really isn’t much to say about our weekends.

Of course, today was Mother’s Day.  First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother figures out there.  We celebrated by…not doing much.  Pat was great by trying to keep the kids out of my hair–especially after I ended up in the crossfire of a water gun fight while I was reading in the backyard.  We finished the evening with Chinese food from our favorite local place.  I did get a chance to watching Becoming on Netflix.  I had the chance to see Michelle Obama when she came to Portland, but I hate crowds (which doesn’t sound so crazy now, does it?) so I passed.  I think this was just as good.  The book Becoming has become one of my favorites.

One thing I did get done this weekend was a lot of reading, so here we go!  As usual, I’m linking up with Kathryn from Book Date for her It’s Monday…What Are You Reading? blog hop.

Last Week I Finished:

Again, I’m taking the easy route here and just copying my Goodreads reviews.

Mrs EverythingMrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner is one of my go-to authors and I can honestly say that every one of her books has worked for me on some level, and MRS. EVERYTHING was no exception.

This is quite the departure from her other adult novels. It’s covers about 50 years and splits the story between two sisters. While the sister dynamic is not new to Weiner’s books, the two sister in contrast, instead of in conflict, is different from her earlier books. I didn’t find the alternating viewpoints jarring. Instead, they fit together perfectly.

Personally, though, this wasn’t my favorite of her books. I’d say it was in the top tier, but I did have a few nitpicks with it. I felt that the narrative felt rushed at times and sometimes I lost the historical atmosphere that is necessary to a novel such as this. Still, it was a joy to read and one that I would recommend.

The Sun Down MotelThe Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
I have said that I don’t like creepy books, but the truth is that I just find most of them ridiculous. If I find one that keeps my interest, I have great fun with it. This was definitely one of those books! It’s a ghost story mystery with a bit of a thriller fare. More importantly, I didn’t see many of the plot elements coming and, for a book like this, surprise is essential.

This is a dual-timeline book and there are two mysteries–present day Carly returns to a small town in New York to find out what happened when her Aunt Viv was murdered and 1982 Viv discovering, well, you’ll have to read the book to find out about that.

And, yes, this book was creepy. It wasn’t “horror” creepy, but it will definitely leave you unsettled. While I would recommend this book, I have one warning: don’t read it right before bed.

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Tara Jenkins Reid
I’m pretty sure I’m one of the last people to read this book.  It was quite the thing when  it was released in 2017.  However, the current quarantine is giving me a chance to chip away at my Book of the Month backlog and this was the lucky book to come off my shelf.

I have to admit that I was a little nervous about this one.  I wasn’t wild about Reid’s most recent book, Daisy Jones and the Six, which was also a big hit.  However, I did like her earlier books so I thought I’d give this one a try.  So far, it’s pretty interesting.  I was able to read probably a fourth of it today before I was drenched with a super soaker.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Dispatches from the Distancing – Days 57 & 58

  1. Thanks for the mention about Becoming on Netflix. I have the book and read it a while ago. Just now added it to my Netflix queue. Thanks! I sure miss the Obamas. Sigh.

    Now I’m curious about The Sun Down Motel.

    I enjoyed Mrs. Everything and recently finished her newest book, Big Summer.

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  2. The more I hear about Becoming, the more I am tempted to read it despite not liking nonfiction or memoirs. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  3. No I still have the Seven Husbands to read! Oh dear caught in the crossfire of a water gun tussle on Mother’s Day!! Yeah Becoming is so good on so many levels. I love her strong values that she actually actions. I must look for it on Netflix but not sure if that is available here in NZ, we don’t get all the shows.

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