Welcome to another Coffee Chat, featuring our bookish and not so bookish thoughts, hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

January has been just the opposite of what I had planned for the New Year.  I had chosen CONNECT as my One Word, and then proceeded to curl up indoors, reading and watching TV/Movies…and not connecting with anyone in the real world.  The closest I came to finding a book club was looking online for places in the area…and that’s as far as I got.  Sigh.

  • I did manage to get to the movies on Sunday, and enjoyed The Post, with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.  The movie took me back to those days in the Nixon Administration…and some things about that era that remind me of the world today, and how the media is viewed by The White House.  Before the movie, I enjoyed this Sesame Shrimp dish from the nearby restaurant…and a Blushing Geisha.

  • I have been really enjoying my books and movies.  This week, I read and reviewed The Woman in the Window, by AJ Finn (click for review); and today, I finished Watch Me, a NetGalley ARC, by Jody Gehrman (click for review), a thriller that kept me glued to the pages.
  • My plan for today was to read Best Day Ever, by Kaira Rouda, and I will still start reading it tonight…but I was very curious about Fire and Fury, so I started it.  I’m a little worried about how the mental instability going on in The White House might further create angst in my mind.  I want to know things, but I don’t want them to overwhelm me, so I have a pact with myself to set it aside if it arouses my anger and fear too much.
  • Soon I will be reading The Great Alone, another ARC, and this one is from Kristin Hannah.  The MC is a Vietnam veteran who was a POW…and the story is set in the 1970s.
  • After not leaving the house for two weeks, except to go to the grocery store and then the movies on Sunday (I guess that could be seen as a lot of going out), I decided to enjoy a meal I’d been craving.  The French Pot Roast at Mimi’s:

  • Earlier today I watched The Talk, and Allison Janney was on the show, talking about the movie I, Tonya.  I haven’t decided whether or not to see it, but I’m leaning in that direction because of Allison.  I’ve enjoyed her in many movies, TV shows, and the Netflix show The West Wing.
  • Speaking of Netflix, I watched the movie Mudbound, which was very good…but a little depressing.  I had read the book by Hillary Jordan in 2011.  Here is my Mudbound book review.
  • I like when books are made into movies, especially if they stay fairly true to the novel.
  • More happy news from Netflix!  Season 4 of Grace and Frankie is coming on Friday.


So…my week was more isolated than I would have liked, but I enjoyed my books and movies.  And the food, too.  LOL.  What was your week like?





  1. I am curious about The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I enjoyed The Nightingale. Fire and Fury is one I’ve heard a lot about! Glad you got a copy. Not sure if I’ll read it down the road, as I watch the news too much. Also, want to see The Post and will add it to my Netflix list. I hope you have a great week and find a book club you like. Sometimes libraries have them.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Pat, and I am eager to read The Great Alone, too. It’s been a while since I read Kristin Hannah.

      I hope you enjoy The Post…and that’s a great idea about checking in with the library about book clubs. Enjoy your week!


  2. Den and I watched the Tonya Harding special on TV and found it fascinating. I had empathy for her. Den did and didn’t. This week my reading is all over the place…from middle grade books to Cozy mysteries that involve pie…I can’t settle into a new book. That’s unusual for me…

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Patty, and my mixed feelings about whether or not to see the movie about Tonya stem from back in the day when the events happened. She seemed unlikable. But the movie will show the pressure from her mother, who seems like a witch…and that can make a big difference.

      Enjoy whatever book you pick.


  3. I really need to see The Post and read The Woman in the Window. I’ll get there. January can be such a difficult month to connect with people, especially after the whirlwind that is December. Don’t beat yourself up about your lack of connecting. You’ve got most of the year left to do that. Have a great weekend.

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