This Spring's Favorite Flicks and Book Picks

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
 Between unusually cold weather and pretty intense bouts of nausea, I didn't spend as much time outside in the evenings this spring. The evenings were cold - dipping down into the 20s through the middle of April and my morning sickness was at its worst in the evenings. So, my usual 90 mph pace of getting things done in the evenings slowed down significantly. The positive of that is I read some entertaining books and Mike and I watched a ton of movies this spring. We knocked out quite a few Oscar nominated films like The Darkest Hour, I, Tonya, and The Shape of Water, which was fun. (The Shape of Water was a wild ride.) 

I love nonfiction - I really enjoy true stories, memoirs, and learning about people's lives. Natural Disaster by Ginger Zee was really entertaining. I've always liked watching Ginger on Good Morning America, but her book is truly a deep dive into the real Ginger Zee. I learned so much about her life, and came away from the book respecting and liking Ginger so much more. She details her struggles with depression and mental illness - all while being amazingly successful at a young age. I loved how real she was about her struggles - yet I was also inspired by her drive and perseverance in her professional career.

Sourdough by Robin Sloane was pure fun. The story follows Lois, a software engineer in San Francisco, who hates her tedious, bland job in the tech world, and discovers she has a talent for baking sourdough bread thanks to an inherited, somewhat magic, starter.  Completely different from anything else I've read lately and really entertaining!

Like I mentioned before, we watched a record number of movies this spring. Redbox knew us well. I, Tonya had piqued my interest since I saw the commercials this past winter. It was really entertaining - Allison Janney made a frighteningly perfect mom. Not sure exactly how accurate the film is to the whole story (obviously) but it sure had me hooked. Lots of dry humor - which I greatly appreciate.

Coco was a beautiful film with gorgeous colors and animations, and a really sweet story. It reminded me so much of my Nana who loved the Mexican culture and traditions so much. She bought me a book about the Day of the Dead when I was little and this movie was a great reminder of what a cool holiday it is.

The Greatest Showman was the best movie I've seen this year. It was pure magic - and such a feel good film. The glittering costumes and set, gorgeous songs, and fun dance scenes were right up my alley. I absolutely loved it. What surprised me most was that Mike said the same thing. He agreed it was one of the best movies he's seen in a long time. Also, who knew that Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron could dance like that?

Summer's coming so my movie watching may slow a bit but I am always in need of a good summer read for the pool, the patio, and a road trip. Feel free to offer any suggestions!

11 comments on "This Spring's Favorite Flicks and Book Picks "
  1. We read sourdough for book club! Good discussion and a 50/50 split on if we liked it. I was good until it got a little sci fi. And I feel like I will FAIL at maternity leave if I don't watch The Greatest Showman ASAP.

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