Monday, October 15, 2018

Music Monday - Gloria - Laura Branigan

I was thinking of this song after hearing it on the I, Tonya soundtrack at the weekend.  I wouldn't have heard of it in years, but still knew all the words.  It was released in 1982 and still brings people to the dancefloor - at least us oldies!!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Book Art - Elizabeth Sagan

I found these beautiful pictures on Elizabeth Sagan Instagram.  She uses her book collection to make wonderful shots. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018


I'Tonya is a biographical movie following figure skater Tonya Harding.  From a brutal childhood with an overbearing abusive mother to a marriage as a teenager with an abusive husband, you can't help but admire the portrayal of Tonya by Margot Robbie.  Against all the odds stacked against her, she still managed to rise in the ranks of US figure skaters to be able to skate at the Olympics and was the only US woman to perform two triple axel  jumps in competition.

Of course the main reason she will be remembered, will be for her involvement with the injuring of her competitor Nancy Kerrigan.  I thought they did a great job of keeping the tension throughout the movie, and it rocked along with possibly the best soundtrack I have heard in years.  It actually had real songs that filled the radios throughout the time period, and I was singing along to Gloria and The Chain in my living room.  4/5

Friday, October 12, 2018

I'll Be Gone In the Dark - Michelle McNamara

I guess if you turned this true crime book into a novel, you might walk away from it thinking it unbelievable at the scale of one mans crimes.  I had to give it 5 stars, as I have thought about it often since reading it, although I must say it is a pretty brutal and intense read.  For over 10 years in California there was a series of burglaries, rapes and then murders that terrorized many neighborhoods.  Still unsolved and unlinked until years later, modern forensic evidence and with the ability of teams of people looking over case notes, professionals and amateur sleuths were beginning to recognize the patterns and mo of the attacker.

The author Michelle McNamara ran her own true crime blog and the search for this Golden State Killer became one of her pet projects.  Speaking to many of the investigators and detectives involved in the case as well as victims, she pieces timelines and stories together, searching for clues and evidence using the internet.  Sadly she passed away,  before somebody was arrested for the crimes in 2018 which makes the story all the more intriguing.  5/5

Thursday, October 11, 2018

This Is Me - Chrissy Metz

I did actually finish reading this book last week, and at the time I enjoyed reading about Chrissy Metz, the actor who plays daughter Kate Pearson on the hit show This Is Us.  I like the show, and I enjoyed reading her book, although a week later I am struggling to remember a lot about it - although that could be down to my middle aged lady memory.

Most of the book focused on her pretty difficult childhood.  A stepfather that was unsupportive and a mother struggling to bring up her children.  A career where she spent most of her time fighting for jobs for others as an agent, when she was rejected time and time again but still believing in her dream to succeed. 

I was left with the impression of what a nice woman she is, how far she has come and still remains humble.  How by being out and about in her latex dresses and red carpet looks, other girls get to see someone who might look like them.  How being on a hit show - she is not just the joke fat girl - she gets to have real feelings and relationships.  4/5

Monday, October 08, 2018

Music Monday - Everybody - Choir! Choir! Choir!

I'm not a major fan of the Backstreet Boys - I think I was too old when they came out to enjoy a boy band, or it could have just been during a rocker phase.  Still I can see the joy in this song when sung by Choir! Choir! Choir!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Everything I Know About Love - Dolly Aderton

I guess I have to start by saying that I am 20 years older than the target audience for this memoir by Dlly Alderton, a Dating columnist for a UK paper - a modern day career.  Her stories of dating, casual sex and drug taking are peppered by amusing stories although somehow I came away thinking that the author was just a bit spoilt and it she could do with helping out some folks with real problems. 2/5

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Paddington 2

Saturday night on the couch seemed a good time to watch a movie.  Paddington 2 was a sweet choice for this middle aged lady viewer.  It was a 99c special, but one I did enjoy more than expected and maybe more than the original movie.  In this story Paddington is looking for a present for his Aunt Lucy.  He comes across a special present that he is sure that she will love, but this means he has to go and earn some money.  I won't give away the whole story, part of the charm is not knowing everything about the story.

A worthy 4/5 for kids and grown ups alike. 

Friday, October 05, 2018

The Post

I saved this one up to sit and watch on a Friday night in as us middle aged ladies are prone to doing.  Meryl Streep plays Katherine Graham the owner/publisher of The Washington Post,who seems to be a lone woman surrounded by men who try to influence her decisions as she takes the company public to raise funds.  Tom Hanks is playing executive editor Ben Bragdikian who is trying to beat the New York Times to a scoop story about Top Secret information leaked about the US Governments involvement in the Vietnam War. 

It is a pretty intense drama, and I knew a little about the story before viewing the movie but I must admit to finding it pretty heavy going.  While all the characters are watchable and I have a soft spot for Meryl and Tom I found myself a bit challenge watching it.  I guess it is a part of American political history that doesn't really resonate with me.  The good thing was that I was a bit concerned about falling asleep tonight, and this has made me feel quite sleepy.  2/5

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Do Not Become Alarmed - Maile Meloy

Liv and Nora are close cousins, who take their husbands and children away on a cruise.  When a day trip turns disastrous, everyone is forced to question their relationships and question everything.  The children find themselves having to think quickly to survive, while the parents are falling apart.

 At times I really enjoyed this book, and can easily see it as a movie that plays late on a weekday night, and at other  moments I became a bit frustrated as it seemed to skip over areas that I think weren't covered.  Maybe it just pays to not think too deeply and just go with the flow of the story. 3/5