July – Reading, Watching, Listening

Reading books, watching TV and listening to podcasts to me is all part of the job of being a writer. At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m hooked on a series and will do anything to binge watch it.

And word of mouth and reviews is the best way to spread the love of book, tv, podcast consumption. So, this is me, spreading the love. 

Photo by Julius Drost on Unsplash

What Am I Reading?

So I have been stalking following Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall since I stumbled across their podcast The First Time. And I finally got to read Katherine’s book The Helpline. Loved it. It was so, so funny but also so close to what my experience has been working in an office with people. The main character Germaine Johnson is such a douche* but you can’t help but love her.

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova. I know, I know, more graphic novels, but seriously I’m hooked! Again, another one about what it’s like to be a teenager. We’re not quite at the teenage level yet but its messages can relate to any kid at school.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I actually got this for my birthday last year and was really excited to read it then promptly left it languishing on my bookshelf. I can get really snobby about books that everybody raves about and think, “Come on, surely it’s not that good?” Well, I was proven wrong with Eleanor Oliphant, it is that good. Such beautiful writing and I so wanted Eleanor to have a win in the end.

What Am I Watching?

I don’t want to sound like I’m some profesh theatre goer, because I’m not. But I’ve seen a couple of things over the years and I’m going to make the big call that The Book of Mormon is the best musical/theatre production I have seen to date. So, so funny, sometimes uncomfortably so, but that is to be expected from the creators of South Park. If you have a chance to see this do not hesitate. However, how to put it, it requires a massive politically incorrect warning. There are some things that are so wrong in it, but it also is highlighting things that are wrong in our world.

The Last Man on Earth. It’s 2022 and after a cataclysmic event (we never really hear what it was) Phil Miller is the last man on earth. And turns out Phil Miller is just an awful person, like so cringe worthy awful. As he bumps into Kirsten Schall (Flight of The Concords), marries her and then bumps into January Jones (Mad Men) and desperately tries to get into her pants. This is only a small snippet of it and I’m only in season one of four seasons but it’s like a train wreck that I can’t turn away from.

What Am I Listening To?

Mamma Mia. I don’t normally tune into Mamma Mia but I think someone recommended this one to me. It’s Eddie Jaku, 98 year old holocaust survivor and self-described ‘happiest man on earth’. Just extraordinary.

Ten Questions with Adam Zwar – Nell Scovell. Just randomly listened to this one day and was so enlightening. Nell’s career seems unbelievable. I am tempted to get her book Just the Funny Parts for a bit of inspiration.

Anyone got any recommendations?

*I actually googled douche to make sure I wasn’t being totally offensive and well, what an enlightening Wikipedia page…

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