Sunday, January 17, 2016

Week in Review and New Books

The week flew by once again and the weather was all over the place. We had lots of rain, then sun and freezing 40mph winds. Of course, we used it as an excuse not to get any physical activity last week (head hung in shame).  Hopefully, this week will be better and we'll get back to the Y and burn off the extra calories consumed last week.

We did get out to see a movie - I let the hub pick (big mistake). We went to see -----


Don't get me wrong it was a very good movie (p for all kinds of awards) but, there is a bear attack early on and it's so stomach turning BLOODY.  There weren't many lines for the cast to remember either - seemed like very little talking.  In case you are not familiar with this one, here's what it's about --

Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man's epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. 

The Week in Books (finished)
(In Progress)
(New Books - arrived by Mail)

Hope everyone has a great week.

40 comments:

  1. I appreciate your recommendations, I have several of these coming and I am looking forward to them.

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  2. I admit I haven't had much interest in The Revenant. I see it is quite popular in the award scene, however. I hope you enjoy your new books, Diane! I have heard good things about River Road. And you can't go wrong with Jhumpa Lariri. Have a great week!

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    1. Yes I am especially looking forward to River Road, Perfect Days and the Lahiri books.

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  3. So many new reads which I must look up!!! I've only read the Lucy Barton book from the entire list so have to catch up.

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    1. It is tough to keep on top of all the new releases for sure. Hope u enjoyed Lucy Barton as much as I did.

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  4. I haven't seen that movie advertised here yet. I want to read River Road and
    Read Bottom Up. Have a great week!

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  5. I would probably skip that movie, too...LOL

    I can't wait to read Under the Influence, but I guess it will be a while, since I couldn't find an ARC of it anywhere.

    That's okay, since I think it's one I will want to keep.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. The Maynard book is very good Laurel and good movie skipping the movie LOL

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  6. We'll probably watch The Revenant when it comes out on dvd. We so rarely go to the theater. Maybe once we're retired and can go during the day when it's not so crowded (and noisy).

    My Name is Lucy Barton sounds very good and is getting high praise. It's on my list, but I may wait until 2017 to read it. Trying hard to stick to my plan of reading only from my stacks. ;)

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    1. We only do afternoon movies these days - too much chit chat and laughing at night.

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  7. A bloody bear attack early on does not sound good.

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  8. I don't know if I can see The Revenant. I sort of want to but the violence. Yikes. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. It's mostly the very beginning that's very bloody but, the winter Canadian Rockies setting is awesome.

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  9. The Revanant's getting lots of buzz but I pretty much know it's not for me. Spotlight is finally showing here and I hope to get to see it before it's gone.

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  10. We will probably wait for The Revenant to come out on DVD. We had our first significant snow/ice this week. It is the middle of January, so not long to go! River Road and Under the Influence are both on the TBR list. Have a great week.

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    1. We've just had dustings this winter - very unusual.

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  11. Yup, I don't think I want to watch Revenant. I have a queasy stomach and I would rather read about suffering than watch it. Especially, if it involves guts and blood.

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  12. I'm so glad you loved Lucy Barton...I did too!

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  13. Everyone keeps telling me how visually stunning The Revenant is. They have all failed to mention the blooding bear attack scene. Thanks for the warning!

    Looking forward to When Breath Becomes Air and American Housewives myself. Happy reading!

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  14. I will never see this movie. I had seen ads and I thought what a trash movie, and then I heard it was nominated for awards. :<))

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    1. I understand where u r coming from. Honestly, for me, it was the Canadian Rockies setting that was spectacular. There is very little talking going on.

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  15. So many of these titles are new to me! Enjoy your reading this week, Diane. I am interested in Under the Influence.

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    1. Under the Influence is one that I hope gets wide readership - very good.

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  16. I do not want to see that movie. My hubby and I cannot see a movie together. He likes blood, blow ups and those really dumb comedies. I go with the grands and see Minions and Cinderella...

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    1. My husband like action movies and some I don't mind but, many he agrees to wait and see on tv:)

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  17. My husband likes action as well. I don't mind some of the ones he wants to see: Concussion was wonderful, but some I tell him he can watch on tv:)

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  18. Ooo, I didn't realize Tom Hardy was in THE REVENANT. Maybe I will see it after all. :-)

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  19. I avoid anything with DiCaprio in it like the plague! But I'm glad you liked Lucy Barton! I adored it. Here's my review http://drchazan.blogspot.co.il/2015/12/depths-in-simplicity.html

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    1. Really? I don't mind him but, this was just too gory.

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  20. I've flat out told my hubby I will not go to The Revenant - mostly because of that bear attack. I'm sure I'll watch it on DVD someday but I'd rather spend my movie dollars on something less...of a downer.

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  21. The Revenant was brutal. We didn't know what to think of it afterwards. It reminded me a little of the movie version of Unbroken which was relentless survival and brutality. I thought Leo's performance was good though. The film wasn't too realistic, like surviving in that frozen water (wouldn't happen) and going over a cliff? But perhaps that's what the point was. He couldn't die because he was on that spiritual quest to avenge his family's deaths. etc. What do you think?

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  22. We saw The Revenant Monday and, I agree, it was a good movie, but not my thing. Leo did a good job, but he didn't have to say much. I actually thought Tom Hardy was more compelling!

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