It’s been silent around these here parts for the past month and a half. While I expected that I might not be able to do as much reading for myself as I would like, life always has a way of surprising you. In addition to my international relations class and it’s required reading, research, and term paper writing, I traveled to Dallas for work, and to Hilton Head and Charleston for family stuff. Then I hosted a friend for a week, attended a gazillion DC United matches, had my 32nd birthday, rocked an aircast, and threw out back cleaning my kitchen. And on top of everything else, I decided to sell my condo (my neighbors are monsters) and move back into the studio I lived in when I first moved into the city. Never have I ever been more excited to sit on my butt as I have been these past few weeks.
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In September and October, I read a total of 15 books. 13/15 were romance novels, as I attempted to continue working through my ARC backlist. However, after reading about terrorism and human rights in my fall semester class, I also just wanted to read some nice sweet novels with witty banter and happy endings.
- No Kissing Under the Boardwalk* by Kate Angell (review)
- Kiss the Girl* by Tara Sivec (review)
- Nanny for the Reclusive Billionaire* by Regina Kyle (review)
- Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely (review)
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
- Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
- Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
- Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery
- Promise Me You* by Marina Adair
- The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O’Connell
- The Whole Package* by Marie Harte
- A Christmas Miracle for the Doctor* by Victoria James
- Captivating the Earl* by Callie Hutton
- Snowlicious (A Yoga in the City Novella)* by Leigh Lavelle
Hasan Minhaj – Patriot Act (Netflix)
Hasan Minhaj has long been my favorite Daily Show correspondent, and I loved his Netflix special, Homecoming King. So I was really excited to hear he was getting his own Netflix show. I recently saw him do a stand-up set while I was in Dallas, and had hoped that Patriot Act would be similar. I am happy to report that it is. The number of “news” shows that are on right now is overwhelming – and the news isn’t exactly unicorns and puppies right now. Minhaj picks a topic, and basically does an educational stand up set on it for 20 – 25 minutes. I always like my learning to be delivered in a humorous way.
Ummmm, this show is batshit insane and I love it. Bless whoever let Richard Madden aka Robb Stark speak in his native Scottish accent.
Game of Thrones Rewatch
I need season 8 to drop so I can stop rewatching seasons 1 -7 over and over again. And just listening to random episodes of Binge Mode: Game of Thrones.
The Good Place
I binged Season 1 and Season 2 of The Good Place over the course of week because… Binge Mode. Duh. But I love it, enough so that I have actually been watching it as it airs, rather than letting an entire season hit Netflix and watching it over a weekend. Bless NBC and it’s over-the-air ways. This cable-cutter appreciates it!
That is all.
Binge Mode: Harry Potter
Binge Mode: Harry Potter is still going, and I’m still listening!
Ask Iliza Anything
Iliza Shlesinger is one of my favorite comedians. Now she has a podcast and it’s wonderful. I highly recommend the Anjelah Johnson episode.
Jess Glynne – Always In Between
- I am a Reese Witherspoon fangirl and I am not ashamed. I had tickets to the original date of her DC Book Tour stop, but missed the rescheduled date. Sad.
- I read Angel Is Airborne over the summer, and then again after visiting the JFK assassination site and museum in Dallas in September.
- As I work towards downsizing and packing to move from a 1 bedroom to a studio, I keep referring back to this article in an attempt to let some stuff go.
How has your fall been so far?