Week in Review

My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 1/21/22

One book, one movie, and a lot of TV this week.

Alan Simpson
3 min readJan 21, 2022



I recorded Love Actually when it was on before Christmas since I had never watched the entire movie. I was surprised when I watched it that I had seen more bits and pieces of it than I realized. It has a great cast. I liked some of the stories more than others. My favorite was the author who fell in love with the woman who worked for him while he was writing. The scene where he goes to find her is the best in the movie. I will probably never watch it again.


We finished season 4 of Australian Survivor. We weren’t happy with the winner, but we enjoyed the season. Now I wait until my daughter is home again to watch a new season.

I watched the finale of Yellowjackets on Showtime. It was a very good show and did a good job of setting up season 2.

I watched the first episode of Naomi on CW yesterday. I was too drowsy during it so I didn’t get a full idea of the show. but I liked what I saw. It is another DC superhero show but focused on a Black teen who is obsessed with Superman and then finds out they have something in common.

I’m enjoying Next Level Chef but will wait for my daughter to watch the rest.

I watched all of my regular shows I watch alone. I feel like some of those shows are losing their appeal. I need to keep track of the ones I wait to watch until they are the last option and then make a decision about continuing.


I finished one book again this week. Seems to be the trend. I should change my Goodreads goal to 52.

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper — Charlie Marder is a veteran, author, and professor who becomes a Congressman when his dad uses his influence to get him appointed when his predecessor dies suddenly. Charlie is struggling to navigate 1950’s DC when a fatal car crash thrusts him into an underworld of secret clubs and a plot that could change the course of history.

I enjoyed the mix of real history and fiction. I looked up several things to see if they were real and was always surprised at what actually happened. The story was interesting. I just didn’t find the main character that interesting. While I liked the story, I didn’t really care what happened to Charlie and his wife. I probably won’t read the sequel.

On Deck

I still need to watch Pig and Stillwater.

We will be catching up on all of the shows we have recorded.

I will watch the first two episodes of Single Drunk Female on Freeform.

I’n reading Dark Hours by Michael Connelly.



Alan Simpson

I am a semi-retired former librarian who writes about a variety of topics. I review TV shows. I review books. I write about what is happening around us.