February Update: Reading, Watching, Listening and Life

February Update: Reading, Watching, Listening and Life

Reading

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

After polishing off Malibu Rising last month, I dove straight into Daisy Jones and The Six – and boy, was I not disappointed! I loved Malibu Rising, but this was even better. The pace was faster and more exciting. I thought the interview-style writing would exhaust me but it was perfect and allowed me to create these characters in my head like I was watching a documentary.

You’ll love this if: you are yearning to be a flower child of the 70’s.

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

I’ll admit that I was originally attracted to this book because of the cover. I usually prefer graphic covers but there was something so cool about this one that I reserved it at the library before even reading the blurb.

The writing in this book is so dreamy and sad, like it’s written through a soft focus filter. The hazy-eyed recount of Win and Leo’s relationship was like watching a movie. It did take me a while to get through because the pacing was a little slow – or maybe it’s because I’ve been sleeping in two-hour shifts? – but I’m so glad I did. As a debut novel, I thought it was charming.

You’ll love this if: you’ve always wondered if Taylor Swift’s relationships are real.

Float Plan by Trish Doller

This contemporary romance debut from Trish Doller started out a little rocky for me but the friends-to-lovers and forced proximity story pulled me in after a few chapters. It wasn’t perfect (is any book?) but the characters worked towards overcoming their grief and pain. Without meaning to, I’d even discovered some of the places that were explored in the book through travel videos on YouTube.

Though the book explores some pretty serious topics, it’s still light-hearted enough to read without bursting into tears. Keane and Anna’s relationship moved relatively quickly and there was definitely an insta-love element to it. Keane’s character was very loveable and if you were looking for an adventurous book boyfriend, you may have found him.

You’ll love this if: you know what it’s like to have to rebuild yourself after suffering or you’re looking for an adventurous and Irish book boyfriend.

Listening

Spring Clean for the Peach Queen by Sasha Wasley

This audiobook was such a surprise for me. It’s not something I would usually have selected, but I was hooked. I fell in love with Lottie and Angus and the stone fruit town of Bonnievale. The characters really came off the page and transformed in front of your eyes.

There were laugh out loud moments and others that brought tears to my eyes all on the backdrop of a distinctly Australian town. I’m so used to reading books set in the United States or an ambiguous setting, but the the Aussie banter and scene had me appreciating the unique culture of our country.

You’ll love this if: you’re looking for a small town story with budding romance and a lot of heart.

Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley

Apparently, I’m very into debuts this month because I also finished off Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley. I started this late last year and due to certain circumstances (hello, twins!), I only just finished it off this month, even though I was most of the way through by January.

Set in New York and then in Rome, Kara and Ryan reunite ten years after a messy break up. Kara starts out using Ryan as inspiration for the next novel she’s writing, and Ryan…well, I’ll just let you read the book. I especially liked listening to this as an audiobook because the narrator puts on a mid-west accent for Ryan and it’s great.

I really enjoyed this book, though I did think it went on a little long towards the end. It won’t appeal to everyone – at all. There’s the book within a book thing and trigger warning for cheating, but overall it was a great listen for me.

You’ll love this if: you’ve ever had a one that got away.

Watching

The Hating Game

I wanted to love this movie as much as I loved the book. You know I did! As soon as I saw that The Hating Game had been picked up for screen, I literally squealed.

It was very promising. The movie didn’t deviate far from the storyline of Sally Thorne’s book, but I just couldn’t get on board. It might have been that I was desperately wishing Robbie Amell (who was originally selected as Josh) could have been Josh or that the storyline seems a little weird when it’s put into screen.

Either way, I felt like I’d already seen the movie from watching the two minute trailer and I will admit that I scrolled through my phone while it was on.

The Ranch (Season 1)

With all the breastfeeding sessions through the day and night, I was looking for a series that had a lot of seasons. With my little Ashton Kutcher binge from last month, I had a Google to see what he’d been up to since 2011 and I came across The Ranch, which has a healthy eight seasons that I could work through.

With Ashton Kutcher as the lead, this show navigates small-town life and is so the opposite of politically correct. It’s almost funny and yet not quite. But, for some reason, I keep turning it back on to watch another episode when I’m stuck on the couch with two small humans attached to me.

Maybe it’s the crass sense of humour or the way they make light of having an alcohol problem, but nothing is taken too seriously and I don’t always have to watch the screen to know what’s happening.

The Tinder Swindler

I watched this just before the internet exploded with it – and when it did, I was ecstatic. The memes! They are just too good!

As someone who has been married (and with the same person) for the better part of a decade, the whole premise of dating or being friends with someone like the Tinder Swindler was absolutely wild to me. I feel for the people who have been affected by this person and had their trust and bank accounts ruined by his fraud. In saying that, I also can’t understand how no one questioned why he wasn’t just getting money from his ‘company’ to pay for things.

The ending left me furious but I think we all have a new hero in Ayleen (IYKYK).

Life Update

What a month February has been! I feel like I’ve had some sort of appointment or commitment almost every weekday, which hasn’t really made it feel like I’m on maternity leave. My toddler has been home sick from her daycare days and we’ve had a full girl gang at home while my husband goes off to work.

Surprisingly, I’ve made it through with less tears and more laughter than expected with three under three during my first month at home. And between my self-imposed housework schedule, I’ve found time to exercise, read and write. It’s not exactly been a holiday, but it’s definitely been somewhere between work and relaxing.

I’ve been typing up written portions for my fiction piece and re-working the plot until I can piece it back together. It’s exciting and frustrating and I can see how maybe this will actually be finished within the year.

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