As you may know, I’ve been behind on pretty much every major/great TV show for the past 20 or so years (except for Breaking Bad and Mad Men, plus Stranger Things, This is Us and the sitcoms of Mike Schur). For years, I’ve been promising my friends that I would watch Friday Night Lights and then not do it. (In my defense, I have seen the pilot three times now but never got much past that.)
I am now all in (well, three episodes in) and my friends were right. I’m glad they kept pressuring me to stick with it.
I don’t know what my next show will be, but I have something like 70 episodes to decide.
(Feel free to weigh in in the comments. You have A LOT to choose from.)
1) Watch Friday Night Lights (this will start in 2018 but will finish in 2019)
2) Watch Game of Thrones
3) See My Favorite Murder live (this will happen in February!)
4) Watch the new Hill House on Netflix
5) Watch the new Sabrina on Netflix
6) Watch and blog all 10 of the AFI’s best movies of 2018 (BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Eighth Grade, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Favourite, First Reformed, Green Book, Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, A Star is Born)
7) Do Oscarpass again
8) Go to the scary movie convention at least once if not both times
9) Go to BEA and ALA
10) Be better with accepting review books and with reading bought books in a timely manner
So I’m doing this really early because we are on the cusp of a long holiday weekend here. (I work today and tomorrow but am off Thursday and Friday.)
There’s a readathon on, and I’m hoping to do that. I’m going to re-read The Royal We because we’re discussing it for book club on Monday. But beyond that, I’m going to treat myself and read (a) some much-anticipated egalleys that are out next year and (b) some books not for review at all that I’ve been desperate to read.
I won’t hit all of them, but I’m hoping to read at least some of them.
- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
- The Last by Hanna James
- Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
- On the Come Up by Angie C. Thomas
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
- Believe Me by JP Delaney
- White Fragility by Robin J. DiAngelo
- Good Luck With That by Kristin Higgins (I wasn’t going to read this but my friend Liza has raved about it, and I trust her taste)
I’m also seeing Creed II on Thursday. I’m so excited and it is literally my most anticipated movie of the year. (Yes, even more than Halloween.) These movies are so much my childhood and I’m a little nervous that Rocky will die (if you’ve seen it, please warn me if he does. I WILL NOT BE OKAY).
What I’m reading: Quiver by Julia Watts. It’s so good! I was nervous because it’s what I started after the new Liane Moriarty, but this is so different but just as good. Staving off that book hangover! :)
What I’m watching: I’m still watching Grey’s Anatomy, 911 and This is Us, but I am both watching and re-watching The Good Place. NBC has a podcast about it, and each episode is covered in a corresponding podcast. So I’m caught up but I’m also rewatching and listening. It is making me so happy and if you love The Good Place, you need to listen to this podcast.
I haven’t been to the movies in forever, but I’m hoping to change that next weekend. I’m seeing Creed II no matter what, but I hope to see Widows and Green Book, too. And I’m hoping Boy Erased goes wide because I want to see that, too. I need more time! (I’m also behind in books—I know I say it a lot, but it’s always true—so I’m hoping to read a lot, too.)
What I’m reading: Shell Game by Sara Paretsky, the new VI Warshawski. It’s so good!
What I’m watching: not much. There are too many scary movies and I can’t decide. :-/ Things are not ideal.
So I’m spending my weekend finishing Shell Game and watching horror movies. I also want to see Halloween again.
This is mostly to say that I’m not sure what my blog content will look like over the next few days. After months of planning and excitement, my best friend is in town! She arrived Wednesday and we are doing all kinds of fun things. (There may be a photo post soon; I’ll keep you posted.)
What I’m reading: I just started Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand. I’ve been looking forward to it and I like it so far but it’s early days. I have the new Sara Paretsky and Anne Lamott books on deck.
What I’m watching: I’m really just excited for Halloween later today. It looks amazing and I hope I love it as much as I’ve loved the trailers.
What I’m Reading: Under My Skin by Lisa Unger, and it’s so good! I’d heard great things and was excited to get to it and it’s better than I was expecting. I’m hoping to finish and to read What if it’s Us? this weekend.
What I’m Watching: I only have four episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine left and I love the show so much. I hope we get a start date for season six soon.
At the Movies: I’m seeing Bad Times at the El Royale and The Hate U Give this weekend. Very excited for both.
What I’m reading: The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody (so good!) and then re-reading The Secret Garden for book club.
What I’m watching: I haven’t tried any of the new shows, but I’m caught up on This is Us, 911, Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Place. (The Good Place is my current favorite thing ever.) I also have 12 episodes left of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I love that show so much.
I don’t think I’m going to the movies this weekend, but I am hoping to watch a ton of horror movies and also sleep a lot and maybe try and catch up on some reading. As we do.
Meanwhile! I think I mentioned it but my friends Nick, Erik and I are watching all the Nightmare on Elm Streets, Halloweens and Friday the 13ths. It’s already started and you can check that out here.
WHAT I’M READING: I just started Pieces of Her (the new Karin Slaughter) which is really good so far. I’m literally only one chapter in and there’s well over 400 pages to go.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: Horror movies! I should finish the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street tonight and then it’s on to Halloween! That’s my second favorite franchise, so that should be fast going. Then Friday the 13th, which is my least favorite. I should probably have done this backwards, but too late now.
I was hoping to see Searching this weekend but it’s not playing around here. There are a ton of movies I still need to see, so here’s hoping I can find something MoviePass will let me see. ;)
WHAT I’M READING: So much, and not enough. I’m about to start the new Jessi Kirby (I’m a huge fan of hers) but there’s such a giant backlog. It’s feeling overwhelming. In a good way, but still.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but I’m going to be discussing all the Nightmare on Elm Streets, Halloweens and Friday the 13ths on my friend Nick’s blog throughout October. I’m almost done with the Elm Streets (next is Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) and I’m already having the best time.
Theater-wise, I still need to see Eighth Grade. I saw The Spy Who Dumped Me last weekend and loved it. (Then I binged a bunch of Nightmare on Elm Streets on Sunday.) I hope to see The Meg soon.