Friday, 25 March 2022

What I do

Over the past few months I have had plenty of time to do what I like. With severe restrictions of course. One of the things I love doing is reading and I figured I would have plenty of time to do just that. And then I didn't. Yes, I picked up a book, but I couldn't stick to it. However, during the last few weeks I did finally pick up a book and finish it. Several in fact. Although that came about in a roundabout kind of way.

I have written several blogs about what I watched. Romantic comedies was what I started off with, but lately I have been more into a different type of film. Car chases, fighting, action, space. And then I subscribed to Amazon Prime and found a whole world of films and series. 

The series follows Jack Reacher, a veteran military police investigator who has just recently entered civilian life. Reacher is a drifter, carrying no phone and the barest of essentials as he travels the country and explores the nation he once served. When Reacher arrives in the small town of Margrave, Georgia, he finds a community grappling with its first homicide in 20 years. The cops immediately arrest him, and eyewitnesses claim to place Reacher at the scene of the crime. While he works to prove his innocence, a deep-seated conspiracy begins to emerge, one that will require Reacher’s keen mind and hard-hitting fists to deal with. One thing above all is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.
I thought I might as well give it a go and Janice (who mentioned it): thank you so much! I watched the whole series on two consecutive days. In: I watched the whole series one day and then watched the whole series again the next day! Since then I watched the whole thing a further two times. And decided to read the book the series is based on. Which I finished in two sittings as it was gripping me the whole way.

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive and can survive until a potential rescue.
At the same time I had bought another book. Based on a film this time: the Martian. This is a film I had wanted to see in the cinema and never got around to it for some reason. I regret that to this day as I loved it. I did watch it several times on television though, but never the complete thing. Until they had another broadcast and I managed to record it. By the end I knew I wanted it on DVD. It arrived the next day and I watched it again. Which led to me buying the book.

On the back of both those books, I bought other books by the same writers. In the case of Lee Child (Reacher), I bought several of the same series about the main protagonist. I am now on book 3, which so far is the hardest to get through, but I still want to know how it ends. I have number 4 waiting already. There are about 24 books so far, so I have a bit to go. 

So there you have it: I started reading again. While still watching a lot of television (new MacGyver seasons 1-3, the Transporter series plus of course films with a higher body count than I have ever seen in my life so far). 


  1. Hari OM
    I read a lot of the early Reacher books back in the day - there are about 27 out now and two more in the works... Lee Child (pen name) is handing over the writing of this series to his much younger brother, Andrew Grant, who will take the name Child for the Reacher books only.

    I too enjoyed The Martian, though have only seen it three times...YAM xx

    1. I finally got through number 3 and am now racing on with number 4.
      I think I might have to go back to the Martian again as well. Watching it first. Oh yes.

  2. Reacher was …um… very American. It was quite a departure from those very nice British mystery murders.

  3. At least you are keeping yourself entertained. I've been thinking about watching Reacher and with your endorsement I will make it a higher priority.

  4. I'm glad you read some books. I love "The Martian" and definitely need to watch it again.

  5. You are welcome on the recommendation. I did see the "The Martian" some time ago. So long ago, I don't remember if it was at home or at the movie! As for reading, I was reading about 3 - 4 books a week. That has stopped for some reason. Now it is down to about 1 a week. Good reading and hugs.

    1. I am now reading between one and two a week, depending on what's on tv! The latest Reacher novel however has me turning off the telly and grabbing the book...


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