It’s a short and sweet list this month, and I’m including only the items that I would recommend. (Believe me, there are some that didn’t make the cut!)


(I’m trying to work my way through the Oscar nominees!)


Jennifer Lawrence was brilliant but to me (and my three companions) the movie – a true story – would have been more inspirational (and therefore less depressing) if the success part was more than an afterthought in the film. Also we wish Bradley Cooper had a bigger role.


Something in my genes leads me to be fascinated by the Irish immigrant story, and I love Saiorse Ronan as an actress. I’d love to know what others think of the “love story” of the film…it led to a lot of post-movie discussion, but my conclusion is that it’s refreshing to see Hollywood share a love story that’s not so Hollywood-perfect.


Disturbing, moving and yet very beautiful (it’s the story of a young woman who gives birth to and raises a child while held in captivity by her kidnapper) – and I was impressed that it did justice to Emma Donoghue’s book. I don’t often feel that way about movies based on books. (Read the book first though, if you can.)


Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne

This was a cute, light story. It reminded my of Irish chick lit, which always seems to involve a woman running a bakery, and has an interesting twist near the end that I sort of saw coming, but not exactly.

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

This bestselling book is built around a mother’s extended visit with her adult daughter who is in the hospital, but travels back and forth in time exploring the intricacies of family relationships. It’s a quick read, but that’s certainly not to be confused with a light read. There’s a lot to process and think about.


I just had to show my new watch, picked up as part of a 3 for $10 deal at Ardene. As I said when I shared this pic on social media, I’m all about the high/low shopping.

Have a fantastic February!

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