September – 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 Jan Antonin Kolar on Unsplash

What Am I Reading?

Much like the Sword of Gryffindor I believe books present themselves to readers when the timing is right. That was much the case for me with Brave Heart: Lessons Learnt From Life by Brett and Hayley S. Kirk. I first saw Brett Kirk speak about his spiritual life on Judity Lucy’s Spiritual Journey so I was drawn to this book when I saw it in our school library. Supposedly aimed at the tween/teen age group I loved the simple messages which had me wanting to go and unroll that yoga mat I bought years ago and never used.  I hope this book finds the audience it is intended for.

Nest by Inga Simpson. The story of Jen a reclusive artist who waits with the rest of her small town to hear of what happened to a missing girl. Jen’s own past is troubled by a missing school friend and an absent father. The beauty of this book is really Inga Simpson’s beautiful prose and descriptions of bushland and daily activity. I loved this book but Mr Wigg is still my favourite.

After The Party by Cassie Hamer. Cassie Hamer seemed to keep popping up in podcasts or on other author blogs I was following and I loved her candidness in her journey to publication. Cassie made that elusive dream of publication seem a possibility for me, the aspiring writer. I loved that her book After the Parry was number one, funny and very relateable but then it also had a page turning mystery that had me up late at night. 

What Am I Watching?

The Hunting. Dis-turbing is the only way I can describe The Hunting. There is no graphic violence, no (overtly) sexual scenes just horny teenagers armed with phones and social media. The horror…the absolute horror as a parent, realising a whole world exists for my children that I have no experience to relate it to. I loved the clever highlighting of differences between males and females and even the silent class system that exists in Australia between public and private schools. The best bit was it was all filmed in Adelaide! I hope we see more of this in the future. Everyone should watch this show to understand the online society our teens are living in whether they be on the sidelines or active citizens. Thank you SBS.

What Am I Listening To?

Heavyweight at Gimlet Media. I have loved this podcast for so long. When I really want to switch off I tune into Johnathon Goldstein to hear about the latest problem he is solving. The last one I listened to was titled ‘Christina’, the story of a girl who grew up in foster care and wanted to find out why her foster mother denied her playing basketball when it was so important to her. The ensuing story shows that everyone has their own backstory for the way they act and react to situations. This one had me in floods as I listened to it unfold.

Anyone got any recommendations?

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