Instead of doing the “All The Books! All The Life!” post at the end of each month as I have been doing, today I’m going to start doing that post once a week, with a featured image using the “All the…” each time. In another life, I was a weekly newspaper editor and enjoyed writing a weekly column so now I’m returning to that…sort of, only without the part of returning to newspapers, the headaches which I really don’t miss. So here we go…
All The Books!
This week, I started reading John Mortimer’s Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories. I had seen the TV show years ago and read a few of the later books, but not a lot of Mortimer’s famous curmudgeon. So far, I’m enjoying being reintroduced to the Old Bailey barrister again and look forward to reading more later today.
Also from our library, I picked up a few other books, as seen in the featured image (click through to the blog post, if on a reader since you might miss the image). In particular, I am looking at starting two series: the Quinn Colson series by Ace Atkins, and the James Hicks series by Terrence McCauley. I’ve had my eye on the Atkins books for a while, but have been waiting to read the beginning of the series. I hadn’t heard of the other series, a spy series, until recently, but it seemed like it might be worth trying.
I picked up the first two in the Quinn Colson series:
- The Ranger
- The Lost Ones
and the first two in the James Hicks series:
- Sympathy for the Devil
- A Murder of Crows.
I’ll let you know how I fare with them, or if they’re my cups of tea. I’m not sure yet, but both series look like they could be winners. Fingers crossed.
All The Life!
I didn’t have much of a life this past week until Friday when my neighbor Mike and I visited the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. near where we live. We met my sister and her two children there, and it was a good day. In addition to the photos in the featured image (see above on the blog), I did share more on my Instagram feed.
Later this morning, my wife and I are going to a film festival in our town. It’s the first one our town has had and I probably wouldn’t be going except that an actor from one of the shorts that has been nominated happened to stop in at the library with a friend yesterday while I was at work. I looked up the short that he was in (correction: wrote and starred in) and noticed that one of our favorite actresses, Melissa Leo, whom we know from our all-time favorite TV show, Homicide: Life on the Street as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard, is in it. You might know her from 2010’s The Fighter, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011. She also was phenomenal in Frozen River, for which she received her first Oscar nomination.
Initially in a previous draft, I left with the trailer for that movie. However, after going to see the movie this morning, I think I’ll leave you with the trailer for the actor/writer Gabriel Furman’s movie, Mother’s Day instead:
How has your week been in reading and life? Any good music or movies to recommend? Let me and my readers know in the comments.