We’re about to embark on another year so instead of coming up with “resolutions” I’ll never keep, I decided to do a year end wrap up:
Best book: “River of Doubt” by Candice Millard. Lots of great books this year but this was my favorite by far. Waiting for Ms. Millard to come out with a new book in 2017.
Best new tv show: Tie between “Happy Valley” and “Gomorrah”. Two totally different shows but I just can’t decide between them.
Best tv season: “Game of Thrones” – ’nuff said. Honorable mention: “Better Call Saul”.
Best line: “What’s the point of having fuck you money if you never say fuck you?” – Billions.
Best song: I am so not qualified to judge this but I find Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” oddly addictive.
Biggest surprise: Hillary Clinton lost the election.
Most upsetting celebrity death: Tie between George Michael and Prince.
Show I broke up with permanently: The Walking Dead.
Best podcast: “In the Dark”.
Best documentary: “OJ Simpson: Made in America”.
Sorry for the long hiatus, readers, it’s been a busy few weeks. I just finished reading two great books I’d like to share with you.
The first was “River of Doubt” by Candice Millard. Shout out to my co-worker Judith for the recommendation! The book is about Teddy Roosevelt’s trip in the Amazon down a previously undiscovered river. Sounds boring, doesn’t it? Well I couldn’t put it down. It’s a fascinating story about his decision to go on the trip, the challenges the group faced even getting to the start of the journey, and the starvation, rapids, and threat from Indians while traveling on the river. As soon as I finished, I requested Ms. Millard’s other books, one of which is on Churchill and the other on James Garfield.
The second was “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. I waited a long time for this one from the library because it’s hugely popular right now. Mr. Vance grew up in Kentucky and Ohio and describes in the book the challenges he and his family faced growing up as “hillbillies” in these areas. He ultimately went to Yale Law School. It’s an interesting sociological overview of what life was like growing up in this environment.
I should be getting the book on James Garfield from the library today. I’ll let you know when I’ve finished it. Happy reading!