When I get a weekend to spend watching movies or reading books, it’s a weekend well spent. This weekend was a triumph! I watched two fabulous movies and read a spectacular book. I’m only going to review the books, but I want to recommend the movies, too.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix was my treat on Saturday evening. I loved the book written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows when we read it for book club a few years ago, and the movie did NOT disappoint. I loved the scenery, the acting, the writing–everything. If you believe that a combination of books and friendship are the joys of life, then see this movie immediately!

The second movie this weekend was Ready Player One. The ’80s references and the retro Tron-ish feel were enough to make me buy in. But the greater questions about how much time we spend in our online lives and what that does to our view of the world made it a much deeper movie than I had anticipated. Plus, I’ll have to watch it about ten more times to catch all the jokes and product placements, so that makes it fun, too!

Now, last but How to Stop Time by Matt Haignot least, I’d like to say a few words about How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. This might be the most intriguing book I’ve read in quite a while. The premise is simply that there are people among us who age much more slowly than the rest of us. The hero of the book, Tom Hazard, is over four hundred years old living in London today. Looking at life with an almost immortal perspective gives Tom insights into what really makes us human. The story is all at once beautiful and sad. And I’ve heard that the rights to the movie have been obtained and Benedict Cumberbatch is signed on to play Tom. I’ll be there with bells on!

Have you seen any movies or read any books lately that you’d recommend? We all love to spend time with great stories, so if you have some to share, I’m sure we’d love to hear about them!

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