Spring has arrived my friends! If you’ve been around here a while, you know I love what spring and summer mean for me: reading outside, which means more reading. I am READY for this! I hope you are enjoying the beginning of spring and all that the warmer weather and fresh flowers means for your pop culture consumption! Here’s what got me through the rain this month…
I’ll continue to preach the good news of the Libby App to download audio books and ebooks from your library. I had a great month of comedian memoirs… I loved Dear Girls from Ali Wong – it was wildly raunchy and hilarious. If you’ve liked her comedy specials on Netflix, this is for you. Do NOT listen with your children. My favorite part was the afterward by her husband. It was VERY sweet and thoughtful.
As a big fan of Parks & Rec I was behind the game to listen to Retta’s book So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know. It was interesting to listen to her story about having immigrant parents while I was also reading In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero about her Columbian parents being deported. In the Country We Love was a fascinating look at just how broken our immigration system is. Guerrero is a US Citizen so when her family was taken, no one checked on her, and she relied on the support of family friends to help get her through high school. At 14 she was all alone and the government never checked on her. This was a quick but important book to read.
I am almost finished listening to Obviously by Akilah Hughes. I really like Akilah on the What A Day podcast and her book is essays about her life which I am really appreciating as I get to “know” her through the podcast.
If Chelsea Cain writes a comic series, I am going to read it. I finally picked up the 4 issue Spy Island and it was VERY fun. She writes badass females and her comics are ALWAYS funny. If you’re looking for a comic that’s not a super hero, this would be a great one to try out (also try Mockingbird & Man Eaters from her…).
I finally started reading Concrete Rose the latest book from Angie Thomas. It is great to be back in the world of Garden Heights, this book follows the father from The Hate You Give which is a fantastic book.
Since I’ve been working on more audiobooks lately I haven’t listened to many podcasts except for my morning What A Day routine and occasionally The Daily. I listen to a few of the Think Out Loud stories each week and always catch OPB Politics Now on Friday to get caught up on what’s going on in Oregon each week.
I continue to keep my Google Sheet up to date with EVERYTHING I’m watching. But this month I finally caught up with Resident Alien and it is SO FUN. It’s very funny and relatively light hearted which I often need these days.
I devoured Murder Among the Mormons. You KNOW I love a good Mormon story and I only wish this one had gone further – I could have used one more episode. The Last Blockbuster on Earth is about MY Blockbuster. Yes, the one I grew up going to in Bend when I was in high school. It was very fun to reminisce about Blockbuster and going out of your house to RENT A MOVIE.
We had an outdoor movie night with friends and ended up watching The Truman Show with their kiddo and that movie holds up! I had never seen Coming to America so my husband and I watched it a few weeks ago and then watched Coming 2 America which did a good job of honoring the first film but making the sequel a little more 2021 appropriate. We also ended up watching Game Night with Jason Bateman & Rachel McAdams this month. If you missed it – it was hilarious and I’m so glad we ended up watching it!
The latest season of The Unicorn just wrapped up, and it’s such a great, sweet show. Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy was excellent and I’m excited for more seasons! I can’t WAIT for Top Chef to being this week and Fast Foodies has been a good place holder until then now that Searching is over.
Wow, that’s some good pop culture this month. What have you been reading/watching/listening to that is keeping you going lately?