15 January 2018

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: A Good Book and a Good Show

A Good Book and a Good Show: Beth Fish ReadsArgh! This is pretty much my slowest reading week ever. I didn't have a lot of time for pleasure reading because my editing work ramped up as my clients returned to their offices after the holiday break.

In addition, instead of reading after dinner, we've been working on a jigsaw puzzle and playing a lot of rummy. Both are fun and take our minds off the news of the world.

I'm still reading The Hazel Wood, a fairy tale / contemporary fantasy, and The Six, about the Mitford sisters.

The Burning Page by Genevieve CogmanI finished my reread (via audiobook) of The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman. I've come to appreciate Susan Duerden's performance of this series. I think because I read the books first, I needed to get used to Duerden's style and characterizations, which didn't match what was in my head. Now, however, I'm thinking that I'll go ahead and listen to the newest entry, The Lost Plot, instead of reading it in print. In case you missed any of my earlier reviews, this is an adult speculative fiction series that includes a fresh take on fae and dragons and involves a powerful library, alternate worlds, time bending, a little steampunk, lots of action, and mystery. The books are published by Roc (an imprint of Penguin Random House) and the audiobooks are from Audible Studios.

Godless (Netflix)On television, we watched the Netflix original Godless. I highly recommend this dark miniseries set mostly in the mining town of La Belle, New Mexico in the 1880s. The town is run by a group of bad-ass women who took charge after the men died in a major mine accident. The story revolves around Frank Griffin (played by Jeff Daniels), the ultimate bad guy in a generally lawless land, and mystery man Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell), who shows up one night on a ranch outside of town, wounded and alone. The plot eventually connects the townswomen, Griffin, Goode, and a few lawmen. The series includes quite a bit of violence, a little romance, a twist or two, good character development and a satisfying ending. It's a complete story in seven episodes and feels almost like a novel. The acting and filming are great, and you'll recognize many of the actors (Michelle Dockery, Tantoo Cardinal, Sam Waterston). Don't miss this one (if you can handle the blood and guts). Here's the trailer (warning--adult language):


rhapsodyinbooks 1/15/18, 7:09 AM  

We have been watching more escapist tv than reading lately. I used to feel like that meant I was neglecting my "job" (of reading) but now I don't care anymore! LOL

(Diane) bookchickdi 1/15/18, 7:54 AM  

My son and his girlfriend also loved Godless. I must watch this ASAP.

JoAnn 1/15/18, 8:06 AM  

It was a slow reading week here, too. A new puzzle is a perfect distraction from the news... we're about to start our first one in years.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 1/15/18, 8:33 AM  

I read like crazy in the winter months when I can't really enjoy the outdoors. I'm deep into eleven books right now.

bermudaonion 1/15/18, 10:47 AM  

I love doing jigsaw puzzles but the one I'm working on now is slow going.

Laurel-Rain Snow 1/15/18, 11:32 AM  

I have Godless on My Netflix List...I'll probably be watching it soon.

Enjoy your books...and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week!

Kathy Martin 1/15/18, 1:28 PM  

I've been reading like crazy all of January so far. I've only read the first book in the series by Cogman but have two and three on my Kindle. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

westmetromommy 1/15/18, 3:41 PM  

I definitely want to watch Godless. We're in the midst of a couple of other series now, but we may start this once we finish.

Vicki 1/15/18, 5:11 PM  

I'm still reading slowly. I hope you have a great week!

pussreboots 1/15/18, 6:53 PM  

It's been about a month since I've watched anything on Netflix. I'm in a bit of slump. Come see what I'm reading.

Yvonne 1/15/18, 8:05 PM  

I had a bad reading week too. I just haven't had much reading time. I love finding shows on Netflix and this one sounds good. I'll have to check it out. Have a great week!

Greg 1/15/18, 8:22 PM  

I've only read the first Cogman book, I need to get moving on that series.

I've seen the Godless on Netflix but didn't know what it was about, but judging from that trailer it looks pretty good! Have to add that one :)

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 1/15/18, 8:38 PM  

I usually do more reading in the cold, snowy months but this winter I've had more distractions than usual... Everything from getting hypnotized by TV shows to spending more time with the parrots! The parrots seem to like listening to the audiobooks with me, so that is a plus.

Kailana 1/15/18, 9:29 PM  

I read the first book by Genevieve Cogman via audiobook and really enjoyed it. I got the second one, but then my audio listening kind of fizzled.

Angela 1/16/18, 9:44 AM  

I had a good reading week. But I usually go in phases. When I'm not reading a lot, I'm using sitcoms from the 80's to escape from the news of the world - Golden Girls, Designing Women - pure comfort TV!

Hena Tayeb 1/16/18, 2:39 PM  

I have heard of Godless.. seemed like a western so I didn't really pay much attention. May now.. always looking for new things to watch and read.

Daryl 1/19/18, 8:53 AM  

we loved Godless ... snd we recommend Chance on Hulu .. two seasons so far and its still got us wanting more .. Hugh Laurie is such a good actor

and thank you for introducing me to the Invisible Library series .. and audio books, i am now totally hooked!

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