As always, skip this if you wanna.
1. Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy - Gosh, I always love her books. I was sad to learn that she'd passed away. Light a Penny Candle was about what Maeve Binchy books are always about - People in England, usually in one small town, living their lives. I did not like the ending on this one - I thought it was lame and out of character - but the rest was good. But oh! Why does there always have to be at least one good-woman-stays-with-bad-man storyline in each of her books? THAT gets kind of annoying.
2. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew - Novel about a girl growing up in the 50s segregated South. Good.
3. Movie review time! The Man Who Would Be King - This came out in 1975 and was based on a Rudyard Kipling story. Michael Caine and Sean Connery play British Army washouts who decide to take over a remote Asian country in the early 1900s. Starts out slow, but builds to a rip-roaring finish. I remember seeing this as a kid and being fascinated by it, so it was fun to see it again.
4. Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman - Started out good, but developed a sour attitude about two-thirds of the way in. I didn't finish it.
5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King - Meh. I felt like he phoned this one in.
6. Another movie review! The Hunger Games. This was okay. It reminded me of the novella "The Long Walk" by Richard Bachman/Stephen King.
7. Rachel and Her Children by Jonathan Kozol - Nonfiction - Study of poverty and welfare programs in NYC. It was interesting, if somewhat dated (published in 1988). I wonder if the programs are any better-run now than they were at the time this book was written.
8. Are you ready for another movie review? First Position is a documentary about a youth ballet competition. This thing would usually be right up my alley, but I think I've seen so many documentaries about competitions that I'm pretty much over them. But! I did hear that they are making a musical out of Hands on a Hard Body, which makes me hopeful that THAT doc, which I have never actually seen but have heard plenty about, mainly from a radio episode of This American Life, will someday come out on DVD.
(And by the way, I cannot see any way that a musical version of Hands on a Hard Body would be anything but a hilarious failure, but that's just my opinion.) (And no, Hands on a Hard Body is NOT about porn. Sheesh.)
So! That's what I've been reading, and watching, lately. How about you?