I don’t consider myself an avid movie-watcher, but since we got rid of our cable/satellite television a few years back, my tv-time has been spent on Netflix watching feature films and short tv series. I keep a list of the movies I watch, and in 2020 I watched 49, which is a pretty big number for me. Perhaps the pandemic has skewed the number a bit higher, but probably not by much since I also like to go to the theater and those outings have been stopped of course. Besides knowing the total count, it’s fun to look back at the years to see what I watched.
On the same page I keep track of the books I’ve read throughout the year, but I also participate in the yearly reading challenge on Goodreads. For 2020 I set a goal of 20 books to read, and I ended up finishing 35. I’m particularly proud of that! One thing that made my year of reading special was that I started reading audiobooks. What a fantastic way to read!
Today’s photo is a snapshot of one of my desk “residents”. I have three of the Pinky:St figures, but this one is my favorite.
Checking out one of our neighborhood Little Free Libraries. There are usually lots of religious books and bibles mixed in with the romance and thrillers. I guess that’s okay, as long as they allow ALL kinds of books. But who knows, maybe someone has been “permanently borrowing” the books they don’t agree with. As much as I’d like to give people the benefit of the doubt, there are a few bad apples in every neighborhood. At any rate, I didn’t find anything particularly interesting today, which is okay because I already have plenty to read.
Speaking of reading, if you are on GoodReads, let’s connect!
For several years I have resisted listening to audiobooks, but a few weeks ago I downloaded the Overdrive and Libby apps, connected them to my public library account and have been enjoying listening to them on my commute. It is wonderful! I enjoy podcasts as well, but I have found audiobooks to be much more satisfying as audiobooks/books have a higher level of writing/editing*. And with only so many hours in the day, I guess I’d rather spend my time on a good book than a podcast.
Recently, I’ve been enjoying Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians book trilogy, whose first book was the basis for the hit movie by the same name. I thought the book was great, so after finishing it I put a library hold on the second one, China Rich Girlfriend, and flew through it in just a few days. Immediately after finishing that, I put the third and final book, Rich People Problems on hold, and within the hour, it was available! I could continue the story without delay, which is perfect since it’s a long holiday weekend. It’s a true Crazy Rich Asians reading-fest. 😆
The books are super fun, and although the constant brand-name fashion references can seem a bit tedious at first, I soon enjoyed the over-the-topness of even those descriptions. The story is great and I love the characters, but what really makes it an exceptional series for me are the descriptions of all the delicious foods. The books make me so hungry!
I also like the fact that I can relate to the story through some of the settings (and dare I say brands?). In fact, one of the chapters in the first book is named Conduit Road, which is a street in Hong Kong. And a good friend of mine’s family has a flat there, which is where I stayed when I visited twice in the 90s. That kind of blew me away. The scenes in Shanghai also were familiar to me since we visited the city just last year. There are even some luxury brand watch references which I thought were great.
On the flip side, reading about Singapore, a city I have not yet traveled to, has given me a serious case of wanderlust! I’m definitely not alone in the fact that Crazy Rich Asians has really piqued my curiosity.
I am halfway through the final book and I am looking forward to seeing how it all concludes. By the way, the books are much better than the movie, IMHO.