It's been a decent week weather-wise here in New England, most days it reached the 40's which is great for this time of year. Although I made it to yoga 3x again this week, I haven't been walking or doing cardio exercise. Our fitness center closed its doors at the end of December and since I took a fall on black ice a few weeks ago, I'm not crazy about walking outdoors right now.
My reading has slowed since last year, I normally read or listen to (3) books a week but, this year I'm reading about 1-2/per week max. I need to get back to audios as I haven't listened to any in 2017, although yesterday, I picked up (2) when I visited a new library in a few towns over.
This week I finished, The Leisure Seeker; Michael Zadoorian and really enjoyed it: it's funny, tender and sad all in one. I'm also reading, The Marriage of Opposites, Alice Hoffman, for my book group meeting next week. It started off great but, now 1/2 way through I seem to be losing interest (we shall see).
The Leisure Seeker; Michael Zadoorian
William Morrow - 2009
(soon to be a movie)
"We are tourists.
I've recently come to terms with this. My husband and I were never the kind who traveled to expand our minds. We traveled to have fun--Weeki Wachee, Gatlinburg, South of the Border, Lake George, Rock City, Wall Drug. We have seen swimming pigs and horses, a Russian Palace covered with corn, young girls underwater drinking Pepsi-Cola from the seven-ounce bottle, London Bridge in the middle of a desert, a cycling cockatoo riding a tightrope."
(MY THOUGHTS) - John and Ella are a sweet senior couple who have been married 60 years and have enjoyed traveling in their RV "The Leisure Seeker" much of their married lives. Both Ella and John have health issues and against their children's wishes they decide to embark on one final RV journey from Michigan to Disneyland in CA.
A fantastic story, sometimes funny, sometimes tender, sometimes sad. John and Ella are terrific characters that felt like family by the time I finished the book. This book is well written and immediately hooked me. I saw the ending coming but, that did not spoil my enjoyment in the least. The Leisure Seeker is a book that addresses the issues many of us try to avoid as we age or see our parents age. (5/5 stars)
Current Reads -
- The Beautiful Dead; Belinda Bauer (eGalley) (Atlantic Monthly Press)
- The Marriage of Opposites; Alice Hoffman (eGalley) (Simon & Schuster)
We went to see Manchester By the Sea this week and wow, did this movie move me. Such a sad but realistic story about how our lives can change us forever in the blink of an eye.
Lee (Casey Affleck) is a handyman at an apartment complex who returns home to "Manchester-By-the Sea, a quaint seaside town, when he learns that his brother has had a heart attack and soon after passes away, leaving behind a high school aged son. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn why Lee's return to Manchester By the Sea is so difficult for him. He's forced to relive a tragedy from his past in addition to dealing with the final arrangements for his brother. The acting is wonderful and I can't stop thinking about the movie even though the ending was a bit disappointing (abrupt). I'm hoping this one will win some awards. (BE SURE TO SEE IT)
Have a Good Weekend Everyone