What I’ve Been Watching And Reading Lately.

I see these posts going around all the time and although I don’t want to add anything to an already oversaturated genre of posts, if you’re anything like me then you might just want ideas for something to watch and read!

I’ll start off with books as some of you might know that it’s my goal to read fifty this year. At the end of last year, I really wasn’t reading anything. This was probably due to lack of time but that could easily be resolved by putting my phone down more. So far I’ve had a few slow months, but overall I think I’m doing well and I’ve already read so much more than what I was reading last year.

I’m one of those people who hate to put a bad book down, I have to finish what I started so I’ll only focus on the books that I’ve enjoyed recently and if you want to know more about what I’ve been reading than you can always follow me on Goodreads.

BOOKS BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS.

Lullaby – Leila Slimani | This was an incredibly quick read for me, I think I read it all in one evening on my Kindle as I was just completely hooked. It’s originally in French but translated into English and is a bit of a thriller about a nanny and the ease and also comflict she brings into a couples home. I was a little bit unsatisfied by the ending but overall I thought it was such a good read.

A Good Catch – Fern BrittonI thought was a little bit slow at first but it gets better towards the end. I think the story is good and it flicks between all the different characters as it follows them from when they’re young towards the end. Again, I was a little bit unhappy with how one of the characters acted at the end of the book (no spoilers here) and after reading it I didn’t think much of it. However, it is something I’ve been thinking about since I’ve finished it, it stays with you.

Falling – Jane GreenAnother one I think I read in about two days. when I come across a good book it really doesn’t take me long to get through it! I really loved the characters in this, I felt like the main character did like to create problems out of nothing though and sometimes I don’t like how people write about children as sometimes I feel like they create problems when in reality, the child wouldn’t care if that makes sense? I wasn’t expecting the ending however I would recommend this as I enjoyed it.

I’m thinking about doing just a post on all my favourite books that I’ve read over about the last few months so let me know if that’s something you’d like to see and let me know if you’ve read any of these!

NETFLIX AND NAP?

So onto what I’ve been watching. I didn’t realise just how much I’ve been watching on tv recently until I wrote it all down. I find films are a really good way to escape sometimes and I really like discovering new films and tv programmes and discussing them. A lot of these programmes I watch with my boyfriend so I’ll say we but otherwise, I watch most of these by myself. I think it’s good to have separate programmes as I’ll watch a lot of these whilst waiting for Elliot to finish work or at night when he’s busy.

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C – E4 | I love anything to do with the bake off and as hard as getting through some of these episodes might be because of my own personal situation, I think it’s so important to support things like this. The combination of my favourite baking programme and bringing light to just how many people get affected by cancer is something I think we should all support. It’s lighthearted at times but an important watch. A few of my favourite episodes have included Russel Brand as I think he was so good at it and also with comedian Joe Wilkinson.

The Office (US) – Amazon PrimeWhen we got access to amazon prime, this is one of the first things I suggested to watch. My boyfriend wasn’t convinced at first as he’d never heard of it before (how??) but now he loves it and we’ve nearly finished all the episodes. I love Jim, Pam and Dwight and I think Steve Carrell is a genius. He was one of my favourite actors before this but I cannot believe I’ve never seen him as Michael Scott before.

Jason Segal Films – NetflixThis really does extend to anything that he does. I’ve always loved How I Met Your Mother (which I’m thinking of watching again from the start) and loved him in it, so much so I’ve been rewatching some of his old films recently. Things like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement and I Love You, Man.

Friends – Netflix | Another programme which I think of as a classic and that I’ve been rewatching from the start. It’s on Netflix and I find it so easy to have on in the background whilst I’m cleaning or blogging. If you’ve never seen it then you need to watch it, there’s so many classic episodes and scenes and some of the earlier series are my favourite.

Queer Eye – Netflix | This is something new for me that I’ve been binge-watching recently. I’ve seen everyone talk about it and it never caught my attention until I put an episode on and then I was hooked. I love each of the Fab Five (Tan France in particular) and I find that instead of just making people look better, they comepletely change peoples lives and teach them things that they’ve never known before. Each person is truly deserving of the make over and in the new season they do women and businesses too. 

Jane The Virgin – Netflix | We’ve actually started watching this again recently as the last season has just been released. It’s aired in America on Wednesday and we get it on Thursdays, it’s only one episode a week which is annoying but at the same time a good thing as I’d probably watch it all in one go. If you’ve never seen it then I highly recommend watching it as it’s so different to anything else I’ve watched and so well portrayed. Also, I’m #TeamRafael

We’ve watched “The Mountain Between Us” (Now Tv) which I’ve wanted to see for ages and never really got around to it. It was so so good, nothing too scary but a well thought out plot and a good ending which got me thinking. We also went to the cinema recently to see “Captain Marvel” which was good. My boyfriend got me into the Marvel films as before I never thought they’d be something I’d enjoy. We’ve also seen Black Panther and Spiderman: Homecoming recently. I think Stan Lee’s work is incredible and I’m looking forward to seeing Avengers: Endgame in the cinema too. The only criticism I’d say about Marvel films (and in particular, Captain Marvel and Black Panther) is sometimes they seem to start at a weird point in the story and it feels (at least to me) that they’re already halfway through the story? I’m sure I’m the only person who feels that way as their incredibly popular films and it kind of does make sense as all the films connect in some way throughout.

What do you think of my film and book choices? What have you been investing your time in this month?

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