Sunday, July 21, 2013

Vacation Books and Movies.

So I never posted about the movies/books we watches/read from our Colorado vacation a few weeks ago!

42 is about the story of Jackie Robinson. Honestly, I wasn't super excited to watch it and I didn't think I would like it. I was wrong. It's definitely different than the usual movies I like or would choose, but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it!

We also watched Argo. I wasn't super excited to watch this one either, but I'm glad I did. I didn't love it, but it was very interesting. I was also a little confused because I fell asleep for a little bit in the middle and missed some important plot elements- oops. But, it's a very interesting movie, based off of real life events. It's about the hostage situation with Iran in the 1970's and trying to help some escape by disguising them as actors for a fake movie.

I also read two books. Having relaxing time to read on vacation is so awesome. I wish free reading would be a required part of the workday- like how we had "DEAR" in elementary school? (Drop everything and read.) That should be enforced in the work environment as well. That would be great, although I'm sure not everyone would love that idea.

I first read The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. I read a review about it on someone else's blog, and it was a good read. It was a little slow in the beginning, but not boring, and the plot picked up a lot in the second half. It's about a guy who comes back from the war, meets a girl, and they become lighthouse keepers on a small island off the coast of Australia. They try and try to have a baby, but she has three miscarriages. One day a small boat floats up, with a dead man inside and a screaming little girl. They end up keeping the baby girl, and the ramifications of that play out throughout the rest of the story.

I also found this story, The Birth House by Ami McKay, from the same blog review as before. This is set in the same relative time period (1920's) as the book before, about a midwife and her birth house. Miss Dora Rare ends up under the shadowing care of the elderly midwife- she learns her tricks, and the midwife ends up passing away, leaving Dora to take over. Another doctor comes to town highly advocating having babies in the hospital with "proper supervision and care." It's a really interesting story about life in this small town in Nova Scotia and about midwifes. It's a little more graphic and eclectic, so beware, but it's a good read.


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