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?


Recent Reads and Netflix Needs #2

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Dry, quirky humour. Yeah, I’d say I like that kinda stuff. So when it comes to my down time and bed time stories lately I’ve really been sinking my teeth into some of the greats. So here is another view into my recent reading choices and some of the series I’ve been loving and binge watching on Netflix.

Let’s start with the books. I’ve been reading a ton of books since my last edition of “Recent Reads and Netflix Needs“, which was shockingly about six months ago, but they’ve really been fluffy nothing reads….and all 7 Harry Potter novels…..again. So it’s time to get into some of the good stuff again, and this is just the beginning. Over the Christmas season I started to read Mindy Kaling’s new book “Why Not Me?”. I’d previously read her first book and absolutely loved it, finding it quirky, insightful and just down-right hilarious. I was so excited to sink my teeth into this one. Yet although it still had it’s quirkiness and hilarity, I do believe I expected more from Ms. Kaling. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved the book. But maybe through me re-watches of The Mindy Project and my newfound love of The Office (see below), I just played it up in my head too much. I’ll still recommend it to my friends though, don’t worry.

Second on the book list was Rick Yancey’s “The 5th Wave”. Not really something I’d usually go for, but a friend of mine gave me this book for Christmas. Seeing as the movie was coming out just a few short weeks after the holidays I decided to give it a go. And I couldn’t put it down! It was the typical teen-novel hook book. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but read the book first, please!

Now turning to Netflix it’s kinda been a whirlwind few months. Starting series and getting bored, re-watching old shows that I love and, of course, Making a Murderer (don’t get me started…) But when it comes to the other hooked shows that really make me laugh and binge watching I’ve got two. The Office has always been Corey’s favourite show and he’s attempted to get me into it countless times. I’m not sure what was different about this time but I’m absolutely hooked and I LOVE IT (although Michael Scott makes me so uncomfortable I often have to cover my eyes). And last but not least, the very funny Aziz Ansari in Master of None. Another super cute and quirky show. I actually described him as the male Mindy Kaling yesterday, anyone agree?

What have you been loving in the reading or watching department lately?