Friday, June 21, 2024

My Friday Five...

I have none this week, because I'm sick. It's not COVID. I think it's a cold. And, it sucks. I haven't been sick like this in so long, I forgot how miserable you feel. It's funny, because I already feel badly from other health issues and yet a cold really can knock you on your arse. LOL! Anyhow, I have been reading up a storm and that has been a lovely surprise. Hope you all are well. Happy reading!

Monday, June 17, 2024

Monday Musings...

I just watched the BRATS documentary by Andrew McCarthy over on Hulu the other night and it has me craving 80s movies. Those were some of my favorites growing up in the 90s:  Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Say Anything, Some Kind of Wonderful, St. Elmo's Fire, Goonies, Better Off Dead, and so many more. As a result of watching his doc, I found myself wanting to read his book, brat: an '80s story. I bought the book when it came out, but never got around to it, and well, now seemed like the perfect time. 

So, I read the book in one night and it was good. I mean, he's a good writer. His story was relatable in the way that we all feel unsure of ourselves at some point. As far as the rest of it, well, it seems like he never really tried too hard and sort of lucked into his jobs, which makes sense for Hollywood. Plus, he was young and just taking leaps, which was the best way to go about it at times. The way he describes himself and his life makes me understand why he always appeared aloof. He mentions the infamous article that gave his cast (and himself) the moniker, the brat pack. I read the article and he's not actually considered a part of the brat pack. And yet, the media and everyone else lumped him under that umbrella of 'brat pack'. The article wasn't as awful as he made it out to be - it just depicted a day and night in the life of Emilio Estevez and his friends (Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson) and suffice it to say they enjoyed the perks that being famous allowed them. Does that make them brats? Maybe to some, but to others I would think it was just typical of Hollywood behavior and life. So, yeah, I'm sure it was annoying that the label followed them around for so long and it was used by some in the industry to diminish their work. However, when watching Rob Lowe talk about it, I enjoyed his point of view - he focused on how they benefited from being a part of the 'brat pack'. And it's true, why not use it to your advantage. He also looked at as something they were a part of, which is what everyone wants - to be a part of something big and they were. His take was refreshing. To be honest, I felt like everyone seemed to have moved on from it, except for McCarthy, which I found strange considering the article was really about Emilio Estevez. 

As for the documentary, it was fun to see some of the 'brats' and hear their perspective on that time in their lives. I would have liked to have seem him get them together in a group setting to really get a feel for their connection and to also see what they would have said when all together. Meeting them individually was still fun, because it was very telling about the relationships they had had. Overall, it was fun for nostalgia's sake to watch the doc and read the book. 

And now, I'm off to accomplish some to-dos. Wishing you a groovy Monday! Happy reading! 

Friday, June 14, 2024

My Friday Five...

1. Declutter. I'm making progress...finally! I cleared out the area behind my desk chair (the windowsill, bookshelves, the floor) and moved all of that stuff to a different area. I did that so I could clean and organize the area behind my desk chair. And, I must admit that I'm rather proud of myself. I feel like my anxiety and depression were really overwhelming me to the point that every time I walked into my office I wanted to walk right out and cry. It just felt like too much to handle. So, to finally make a dent, well, it just feels damn good.  Wish me luck as I continue to tackle the clutter. 

2.  20 Books Of Summer. I'm on book three. I picked up Sipsworth because it's by Simon Van Booy and I loved the cover. I'm enjoying crossing titles off of my reading list for this challenge. 

3.  Journal. I bought a beautiful Smythson journal in their croc leather in a gorgeous green color. It's a B6 size and pretty thick. I've been wanting to write in it, but wasn't able to. I always hesitate to use expensive notebooks, which is ridiculous. I bought it for a special treat and shouldn't be so precious with it, right? That's a bad habit I need to quit. Well, I finally wrote in it and I loved the feeling of it. LOL! I'm wanting to journal like I used to - write it all in one book, instead of parceling everything out into different notebooks. So, that is what I'll be doing in this lovely. 

4. Music. REM. They're being inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame this weekend. CBS Mornings will have an interview with them today and I'm so excited to watch all four band members on the show. REM is my favorite band - have been since high school, so that's about thirty years I've loved their music. So, of course, REM has been on repeat for days.

5. Rain. Ugh. We're in hurricane season here in south Florida, which means rainy season is in. Ugh. Rain, rain, go away! Or at least, don't flood us. 

Alright, well, I'm off to make some more progress in my declutter journey. Wishing you the best weekend! Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Next Up...


I'm about to start my 3rd book for 20 Books Of Summer.  I saw this one on an IG post and had to get my hands on a copy.  I love Simon Van Booy's books - they are always such a special treat to read. So, I'm excited to dive into this one. 

What about you? Any summer reading plans? Or recommendations? 

It's a rainy Tuesday here in South Florida, so reading a good book, along with a huge cuppa sounds perfect to me. Hope you are having a great day! Happy reading!

Monday, June 10, 2024

Monday Musings...

I'm almost done with the new Stephen King book, You Like It Darker. It's a book of short stories and I'm digging them. The last one I read now has me jonesing for a re-read of Cujo and a rewatch of the film. I finished Eruption by Michael Crichton and James Patterson in night. It was a fast-paced read that had me enjoying the ride. A definite summer read. I also picked up my Folio Society edition of The Alchemist and decided to give it a read. I remember reading the paperback version over two decades ago and thought it was time to reread the book. I bought the FS edition a while ago and thought it would be nice to actually read it. I tend to buy multiple copies of books and let them sit on my shelves collecting dust. Ugh. This is why I MUST declutter my bookshelves. Yikes! 

So, I'm 1.75 books down from my 20 book goal for the 20 Books Of Summer reading change. Not too bad. I know I can read more, I just need to turn off the TV...LOL! Although, I'm making an exception to watch Andrew McCarthy's documentary, Brat, which is all about the 'brat pack' - how fun! It'll be on Hulu on June 13th and I can't wait. I loved the 'brat pack' - who didn't? Should be an interesting film. I just know it's going to inspire me to rewatch a bunch of my favorite 80s films, which is actually perfect for summer. 

Anyhow, I'm off to call T-Mobile to discuss my current bill which seems to be riddled with mistakes. So, I'm thinking I should probably allocate 2 hours to the call, since that is how long it took last time. Wish me luck!

Hope you have a lovely week! Happy reading!