When it’s cold outside in winter, it’s easier to stay inside and binge TV. It’s a little harder for me to listen to more podcasts when I’m not typically driving as much (thanks Omicron) but we made due this month. Here’s what has helped me kick off 2022!
My first book of the year was a great mystery – All Her Little Secrets. This book would make a GREAT miniseries and definitely keeps you on your toes. I was reading this book while I finished Succession and the two family owned/operated businesses had eerily similar characteristics. (Wait – did Roman do that or the CFO?)
I had about 45 minutes left in Jo Koy’s memoir Mixed Plate before the library returned the audiobook for me. So, I’ll finish it when I get it back in a couple of week. I REALLY enjoyed the book and learning more about Chelsea Handlers boyfriend – and a fellow pacific northwest guy!
We went to visit my brother’s family this month and I thought that The Housewives would be a good book for the plane – which it was. Very easy reading and gossipy behind the scenes stuff. If you’re a fan of any of the housewives, this was a fun companion book. I do want a new chapter or revised edition that includes the Housewives of Salt Lake City and the Ultimate Girls Trip included.
I am currently reading Anthem by Noah Hawley who is an author and show creator that I always enjoy. I’m also listening to Kitchen Confidential after finally watching the Bourdain documentary earlier this month. Hopefully more on both of those next month!
Besides not finishing Jo Koy’s book, I’ve been appreciating the usual mix of OPB Politics Now, What a Day, The Daily and Majority 54. Nothing else too exciting has popped on my podcast radar lately – any good suggestions?
Norm had his TPLO surgery 5 days before Christmas which forced us to lay low and chill with our dogs. It was GLORIOUS, even with the snow and below freezing temps. We finally binged Succession and loved it as much as I expected. I read a NYT review about how The Righteous Gemstones is a great compliment to Succession and I have to agree.
We just started Yellowstone after everyone I talked to about tv and Succession said “we’re watching Yellowstone too, have you seen it?” Seriously. So. Many. Of. You. So we’re on Season two and LOVING it! All three shows have a similar format – wealthy family with a single older father who has the PERFECT daughter (who is probably not) and a few sons who varieties of evil/screwups/disappointments. If you’ve watched two or more of these shows, you can’t unsee it.
Sex Lives of College Girls was such a fun show that I binged over the break. We rewatched it with my brother and sister in law while visiting, it’s that good. Mindy Kaling created this show and it does not disappoint. Neither does the new season of Queer Eye which was just the new year gift I needed.
My favorite show we’ve finished in 2022? Dexter: New Blood. Yes, it was perfect. We also discovered that we don’t do violence and really scary stuff like we were able to handle with the original series. This was the finale we should have had 10 years ago. LOVED it.
I’ll continue to keep my TV show spreadsheet updated for 2022 along with my Goodreads. I’m off on a big vacation next month and looking for a couple good paperbacks to make the trek with me. Any suggestions are welcome!