books

Recent Reads and Netflix Needs #4

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The work days are getting longer and my days off seem to get shorter and farther between. I truly feel as though I haven’t accomplished anything that is not work related over the past month and my free time has been filled with a sort vegetation that zombie’s would be proud of. I get home, my onesie is adorned, and my ass is planted on the couch to either binge all night on Netflix of to bury my nose in yet another mindless book that has absolutely no educational or universal value whatsoever.

So what have I been binging my nights away on Netflix with? A few new series and one that I’ve been meaning to watch for quite some time now. Let’s start with The Crown. Now I won’t give anything away for those who haven’t seen it yet, but this is one of the most amazingly produced shows I have ever watch. I believe it when they say it’s one of the highest production values of any show ever. The sets, costumes, music; everything is absolutely spectacular. Although I studied history in university I’m not well versed in the British Monarchy, so I can’t attest to the truth and accuracy of this story. But either way it is incredibly enjoyable. The actors are incredibly well chosen. Second is the much anticipated Series of Unfortunate Events. Surprisingly I never read these books as a child, so I have nothing but the movie with Jim Carey to base this off of. Of course it’s much better than the movie. Odd at every turn and according to those who have read the book, it’s very true to the writing. Once again Neil Patrick Harris is deemed a genius. I can’t wait to see what season two has in store.

And how have I not watched Stranger Things until now?!!! I watched the entire first season in the shortest time span I’ve ever watched a show. A true binge. I loved every second of it and I wish I could go back in time and watch it for the first time all over again. Seriously the best show I’ve seen in quite some time. Amazing. And very deserving of the awards the cast has already started racking up this awards season!

When it comes to books I’m almost embarrassed to share my recent reads with you. I dove into the realm of Nora Roberts romance novels and somehow I’m stuck. It started right after I got engaged as my Grandma lent me her “Bride Quartet” Nora Roberts series as a cute right of passage. But seeing as she had an entire library of Nora Roberts I just kept borrowing and borrowing. I’ve completed Vision in White, Bed of Roses, Savour The Moment, Happily Ever After, Chasing Fire, Reflections, and Dance of Dreams. I’m obsessed. Please, literary people, save me! I see no end here! I want more!!

What have you been watching and reading lately?

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A Reading Wishlist

CaptureReading is something that I find immense joy in. I’ve always been that way. Summer holiday’s of my childhood meant hours spent with library books; silent work time in class meant reading, I’ll do my homework later; and I was one of those nerds who worked in the library after hours in high school, shelving the British history novels according to the Dewey Decimal system. Yes, books have been a big part of my life and continue to always remain so.

A few friends and I recently put together our own little book club. It started with a shared love of books and a rather inebriated night of professing our love of Harry Potter. We agreed to spend the summer reading and discussing all 7 books (I’ve now read them 14 times…). With the end of the summer nearing, and my two friends returning to school, we agreed to continue on to new and exciting series of books after they get back into the swing of things University-wise. As an often bored train-commuter this gives me plenty of time to fit in many books on my list before the gang starts up again. These are a few books that I’ve been dying to read lately:

  1. The Girl on the Train – by Paula Hawkins. If you haven’t heard of this you’re living under a rock
  2. Go Set a Watchman – by Harper Lee. Another “big news” novel that’s been talked about for months.
  3. The Goldfinch – by Donna Tartt. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  4. Paper Towns – by John Green. Another much talked of novel. I loved The Fault in Our Stars so I have high hopes.
  5. Why Not Me? – another, what I assume will be hilarious book from Mindy Kaling comes out September 15th.

Do you have any book suggestions for me? I need help! Maybe I’ll provide a few reviews or thoughts and discussions once I’ve finished a few of these. Happy Reading my friends.

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The ‘Women I Wish I Could be Friends With’ Bookclub

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It’s not often that I get thoroughly wrapped up in a book of non-fiction. It’s quite difficult to rope me in to something that requires little imagination. But when you offer me a book filled with griping success stories, as well as sad and happy real life tales, all the while doing so in a way that is so unbelievably funny I want to pee my pants, I’m sold. This has recently been the case with my reading collection: my own little book club of the women that I wish I could be friends with.

It seems to me like writing a book is the thing to do lately. Everyone who has experienced success in their lives are putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and are creating tomes of their lives, tales and journeys. Yet the power women of comedy, the leading ladies of my funny bone, are doing so in a way that is comedic genius rather than dry, humourless stories.

We start with Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns): I read this book first. I knew very little about Mindy at the time. I’d never watched The Office, nor her own sitcom (both of which I love now). I think that not knowing her made the book that much more enjoyable. It’s a hilarious story of a self-conscious girl trying to make her way in the comedy world. And she writes it in a way that is so relatable to the normal girl. I’d have to say hers would be my second favourite of them all.

Then I read Tina Fay’s Bossypants: and by read I mean listened to the audiobook. Which is even better since she reads it herself. Once again, a hilarious story of a girl’s comedic success. But this time from someone that I knew quite well. Tina fills her story with anecdotes of summer camp, and really focuses on how she got to where she is – the before famous stories. It was those that I really enjoyed.

The funniest, most daring, outrageous, and my favourite was Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl. Again, Lena is someone I know very little, if anything, about. I keep reminding myself, now that I’ve read the book, that I should probably watch an episode or two of Girls and figure out who she is. But not knowing her, again, made the read that much better. She, out of them all, writes like she truly is an author. Her stories are cynical, crude, and down-right shocking! She writes about hardships in a way that is so open and true that it’s so much more relatable. Not everyone famous has an easy life, and she makes you realize that those in the spotlight are normal too (something we often forget). I couldn’t get enough of this book.

And last but not least was Amy Poehler’s Yes Please! A recent publication. So just like the rest of these leading ladies I knew I had to read this one. Not going to lie, I struggled a bit. It’s not that Amy’s book is not funny. Trust me, I have many laugh out loud moments. It’s just that Amy spends a lot of time talking about moments when she had already made it and how she felt in those moments. She often uses names and references that I think only those close to her would truly understand. It makes it a little hard for an outsider like me and you to follow along. Either way, it’s still filled with hilarious stories, pictures and titles.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and I can’t wait for more leading ladies to get theirs out there. I truly wish I could be friends with Mindy, Tina, Lena and Amy. Don’t you wish that too? What do you think of these books?

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