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Adventures in Streaming

I watched so much TV this week!

HULU: I’m almost done with the first season of Light as a Feather (just entertaining enough to want to keep going) and the second season of Game of Thrones (so good!). I also stayed caught up with BH90210 (ridiculous; I love it) and Spin the Wheel.

PRIME: I started watching Why Women Kill (I love it so far) and The Twilight Zone (I loved the third episode, liked the first and didn’t like the second).

NETFLIX: Still watching Mindhunter. It’s very good and more than a little disturbing.

VUDU: I’m watching the second season of Scream and am caught up on Younger. I’m also watching a lot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.


Why Women Kill

I watched the pilot of Why Women Kill. It’s on CBS All Access and is the new show by Marc Cherry (the guy behind Desperate Housewives).

It’s set in three timelines (the 1960s, 80s and now) and two women who have good reason to kill their husbands. The one in the current timeline seems more okay than the other two but there’s a good chance he’ll turn out to be awful too. (And do they end up killing their husbands or someone else?)

This show is really good so far and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. You can see the similarities to Desperate Housewives (it’s all about secrets in suburbia) but this is definitely its own thing.

I also love the vivid colors. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and this is a delightful show. I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Weekend Update

What I’m Reading: The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee. It’s so good! Next up is Mindhunter (which the Netflix series is based on!); it’s from the library. Then back to review books (first up there is Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen.

What I’m watching: SO MUCH. I’m starting Why Women Kill soon, plus watching Younger, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Spin the Wheel and slowly working my way through Light as a Feather, Game of Thrones, Mindhunter, Twilight Zone (Jordan Peele, not the original) and Scream: The Series.

I’m not going to the movies this weekend, though I did see Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark last weekend (very fun; one step past Goosebumps in the scary department).

What I’m listening to: How Did This Get Made? It’s so funny! I’ve literally giggled at work. I love it. (No word on how my coworkers feel.)

Adventures in Streaming (week three)

HULU: I stayed caught up with Four Weddings and a Funeral (I worry Maya is going to break Duffy’s heart and I pre-emptively hate her for it) and Spin the Wheel (I’m not a game show person, but I love that show so much!). I also started watching Light as a Feather, which is really fun so far. I actually have the book, but I haven’t read it yet. I need to get back to Game of Thrones (I finished the first season, but haven’t felt all that compelled to get to season two. I don’t know why; I enjoyed the first season).

PRIME (including CBS All Access and Shudder): I binged No Activity, which I absolutely loved. I also canceled Shudder after this month (it’ll be gone as of August 25. I’m not watching it at all, and I have enough horror movies that I feel like this is just wasting money.  I also started watching The Twilight Zone; the first episode was pretty fun. I’m very excited for Why Women Kill, which premieres this coming week sometime (I think Friday?).

NETFLIX: I watched a couple more episodes of Mindhunter. I really love this show, and I’m happy I won’t have to wait long for season two. It’ll have dropped by the time I finish the show (I’m four episodes in and the new season drops Friday). I don’t know what my next show will be after I finish both seasons; it’ll probably be either 13 Reasons Why or The Crown.

VUDU: I decided to add Vudu, because that’s where the movies and shows I’ve bought live. I watched a couple episodes of the Scream TV series (I’m on season two) and watched The Devil Wears Prada for movie club, which is tonight. (I’ve seen it before but not in a while; I wanted to be able to discuss it and not just rely on the quotes we all use all the time. I’ve also watched the most recent episode of Younger (I bought a season pass, since it doesn’t show up on Hulu until months after the season ends and I love this show.), which was easily the best of the season so far. I also liked last week’s, but before that, it felt like the season of Gilmore Girls where Lorelai and Rory were fighting. It’s just not the same unless the whole group is together.

No Activity

I’ve binged the first two seasons of No Activity, a CBS All Access show.

I started watching on a whim and it ended up being fantastic. It’s very funny and the cast is amazing. (Tim Meadows, Jason Mantzoukas, Jesse Plemons, Amy Sedaris and that’s a small sample. Every episode has at least one cameo that made me do a Judd Nelson fist pump in delight.)

It’s about two police officers doing a stakeout (spoiler: they miss everything!), two police dispatchers and two criminals. It’s better and funnier than I make it sound.

If you’re looking for a funny sitcom, check this one out. (It’s on CBS All Access, like I said, but you can get a free trial.)

Early Weekend Update

What I’m reading: Well Met, which is really good but which is taking me forever. Next up is Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy. Amy is one of my must-buy authors and I’m so excited to finally get to Announcing Trouble! Then back to review books, including Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen.

What I’m watching: Younger (finally getting great again!) and Good Trouble and I’m loving Four Weddings and a Funeral. I also want to get back to Mindhunter, too.

I am also going to rewatch The Devil Wears Prada for Monday night’s movie club.

Book Slump

I feel like this summer, I’ve careened back and forth between reading a ton and not reading anything. (I’m currently in the latter.)

This isn’t the worst thing in the world, because I’ve been watching a bunch of TV. (Everything I mentioned yesterday, plus the new season of Younger and I’m on the second season of Scream, which is fun.)

BUT the worst part is that it makes my commute to and from work pretty lame. I am happiest when I don’t have to talk to people (or run up against my data limits, which makes scrolling through social media not ideal) and books are both the best distraction and a good armor against conversations from people I don’t know.

There are some great books coming for me, but that doesn’t help me right now.

Recommendations (for TV, movies or books) welcome!

Adventures in Streaming (week two)

I’ve done a really good job actually doing this.

I didn’t continue with Mindhunter (yet—I want to keep watching, but I wanted to watch lighter things; thanks, mood!). Netflix was ignored this week.

HULU: I watched the rest of Los Espookys and really enjoyed it. The other five episodes were really funny and I will rewatch. I also watched the new Four Weddings and a Funeral, which I enjoyed. There were some great nods to other rom-coms and to the original movie, and Mindy Kaling is my favorite.

PRIME: I finished NOS4A2 (really fun!) and True Horror (I probably won’t keep watching; it was entertaining but kind of cheesy). I also started my first CBS All Access show and, surprisingly, it was No Activity. I laughed so hard at the pilot and will definitely keep going. I had expected to start with The Good Fight, but I wanted something funny. The cast is also great. I would recommend No Activity.

Weekend Update

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: I’ve been binging Man in the Window, which is about The (alleged) Golden State Killer. It’s so chilling and I do believe that Joseph DeAngelo is the killer. I’m also really impressed because they were able to talk to some of the victims, investigators and, best of all, his former fiancee, Bonnie. I’ve also started listening to Crime Junkie, and I love it. Also, Hellbent. is back, and I needed it so, so much.

WHAT I’M WATCHING: I’m still working through my ridiculous backlog on Netflix, Prime and Hulu. (I’ll have another post updating that on Monday!) This is helping with passing time before my fall shows come back. (I’m also watching Younger, which I still love.)

WHAT I’M READING: #Murderfunding by Gretchen McNeil. It’s really fun and I’m enjoying it. I have a lot of stuff ahead in August and especially September and October. I need more time for everything.


Weekend Update!

I’m on ALA vacation, and cannot wait. I’m only doing Saturday and Sunday, but I have a lot of hopes.

I’m planning to see Katherine Paterson and there’s a really good chance that I’ll cry. I’ve loved her books since I was a tiny Kelly, and she’s the last of my favorite childhood authors that I need to meet. (Bekki has promised to take a picture.) Susan Isaacs will also be there, and I’m so excited for that, too. I read Almost Paradise so many times in middle and high school and I found my old copy for her to sign. (I also need to re-read it, but I loved Jane and Nicholas so much.)

Like every book event, it’s going to be completely overwhelming in the best way. I’ll miss things I wanted and get things I didn’t expect. It will be a great few days and I’m very excited for it. (Look for my recaps on Sunday and Monday mornings.)