My Week . . .

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve had a good week. It was highlighted by two book club meetings. Yes, lucky me, I belong to two book clubs. The meetings don’t normally occur this close to each other. It happened because one club had to be rescheduled due to the flooding we’ve had here in northern California. The good news is that the rain has stopped for now and the water is receding.

The first book club met to discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. It’s the story of two families who were disintegrated by divorce. The six children are put together at holidays and every summer due to one of the divorce decrees. That time when the six kids are together is disastrous because they are left on their own and left to their own devices. And, right from the beginning, the reader knows something disastrous happened during one of those times.

Most members of this book club are fans of Ann Patchett. We’ve read several of her other books, and we were eager to read this new one. However, it was not a unanimous “loved it.” A couple club members didn’t like it at all. They thought it rambled too much. It did skip back and forth between past and present times and among different characters. Some members also didn’t like the undeveloped characters.

The rest of us. including me, really enjoyed Commonwealth. I felt connected to the majority of the characters. They felt real to me. Also, it was a very emotional story, but then stories like this involving children often make me cry and/or laugh. I am recommending this book o all my friends. I still believe she’s an excellent writer.

In the other book club we read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I first read this book back in 2012. (You can read my review by clicking on the title.) I really liked the story and the majority of the book club members also liked it. They felt an attachment to the main character who was walking a 600 mile journey that turned into a pilgrimage. There were several issues here which always makes for a good discussion.

The third book I read this week was Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder. It was a simple detective story about finding out who wants to ruin the reputation of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court – fictional Chief Justice, of course. It was good, but not great.

What I’m Watching:

On TV, in addition to football and basketball, my husband and I watched a new series on CBS.  It’s called Hunted. There are nine two-person teams who are on the run, trying to stay away from the super-amazing investigators for 28 days. If they can manage that, they will win $250,000. But, the investigators are all top former law enforcement agents with the use of high-tech gadgets. It’s on Wednesday night. It just started this week so you can easily catch up.

The Rest Of My Week:

Now that the water is receding I’m back outside again. I started walking the neighborhood this week. I’m not a fitbit person so my goal is 30 minutes of walking a day. Now if I can actually walk, that will be an accomplishment. There are so many nice people to chat with around here that its hard to keep going. Everyone is outside and happy to see the sun.

I really wanted to march in the Women’s March last Saturday, but my legs aren’t good enough to march for hours. What I did was the next best thing: I babysat with our grandson while his parents marched.

Our son and daughter-in-law joined a group from Sonoma County who chartered a bus to take them to Sacramento. They marched down to the state capitol. They estimate there were about 20,000 people. My son said it was a fun, family affair with people of all ages participating. I thank them for marching on my behalf.

That’s my week. I hope you had a good one too.

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4 Responses to My Week . . .

  1. What a treat to get to meet with both your book clubs!

    Our neighborhood is friendly like that so we get up early to walk. I regret not looking into our local march and participating.

  2. Kay says:

    Two book club meetings makes for a fun week! I haven’t read the Patchett book as yet, but it’s on my list. I’ve certainly liked other books by her. Good for you for getting your 30 minutes a day walking. Mine is not happening outside as the cedar pollen is still pretty awful. Happily, I have a local rec center with an indoor track. Have a good week, Margot!

  3. Ti says:

    Oh! The rains really did a number on our burned hillsides here in So Cal. My home was not the direct path of the mudslides but many of my friends were affected.

    I loved Commonwealth. I loved it because that family had so many issues yet they still loved each other. I thought the side story about the one daughter and that teacher went on for a really long time. It almost became its own novel. I still liked it though. Oh, and a California setting? Yep. Loved that too.

  4. Good for you and for your ‘kids’ for taking part in that march each in your own way!! I wished that I had been in Eugene for the march there (because I would only have had to walk a block to where it started). Here the closest one was 50 miles away. I’m glad your weather has improved and thank you for the two book suggestions.

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