January's Reading, Watching, Listening, and Loving
Earlier this month, I set some very loose blogging goals for 2019 down on paper. I’m all for goal setting but, being a bit anxious about what life will look like with a newborn, I’m giving myself some grace when it comes to goals. A goal though that I feel like is pretty attainable is to share more of my every day life. For awhile now I’ve missed the more personal posts in blogging, from what’s going on in your life to the heartfelt recommendations, not just sponsored posts.
I tried sharing more of what’s going on in my life on Instagram stories but, you know, the algorithm. So in an effort to share with you the things I love right now I came up with Reading, Watching, Listening, and Loving. The title pretty much says it all! And because recommendations make my world go ‘round, I hope you’ll jump in the comments or hit me up on Twitter or Instagram to share something you’re all about this month!
Reading: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
I just finished this book on Monday and it was a pretty good read. I would say I liked it but I didn’t love it. The concept of the book is really interesting because it’s based on the idea of the question, who would you invite to dinner, living or dead? It’s the main character Sabrina’s birthday and she assumes she’s meeting her best friend for their annual dinner. Instead she stumbles into a dinner with the five people on her dinner list: her estranged father, her college professor, her first love, her best friend, and Audrey Hepburn. Throughout the dinner, the characters explore lost love, heartbreak, complicated relationships, and how perception and reality can be too different things.
I loved the concept of The Dinner List and the relationships between Sabrina and the other characters kept me reading. However, the writing style just wasn’t my favorite. I felt it hard to make a connection with the characters and the “twist” wasn’t enough to really pull me in.
Also, exciting (?) news: I finally joined Goodreads! I resisted because who needs another social media profile and one for books? But I wanted a way to keep track of what I read this year without having to keep a physical note. I also like the feature to set a reading challenge for yourself and join reading communities. Since I haven’t been reading as much as I like in the last few years (seriously need to get myself offline…) I hope this helps me stay on track to more reading this year! I don’t know how this works but if you’re on Goodreads, I think we can be friends?
Watching: Fyre on Netflix and Fyre Fraud on Hulu
If you’re looking for drama, fraud, and Ja Rule, then you’re going to want to watch one, if not both, of the Fyre Festival docs. In case you haven’t seen or heard anything about the documentaries, they both cover the failed Fyre music festival. It was supposed to be the fabulous, luxury festival in Exumas, Bahamas with luxe villas, five star catering, and big name musical acts like Blink 182 and Major Lazer. The organizers targeted millenials and people shelled out thousands of dollars. Except they arrived to find disaster relief tents, sandwiches with a single slice of cheese, and overall chaos.
You may think we don’t need two documentaries about the same failed festival but somehow you do. The level of fraud, deception, and just craziness is like nothing you’ve seen. I do agree that the Netflix one is slightly better but you do have to realize that a lot of the behind-the-scenes footage was shot by Jerry Media who did marketing for the festival. Either way, I guarantee you’re going to enjoy the documentaries.
Listening: Shattered Season One and The Daily
Since getting my new car with an easy hookup for my phone, it’s made it a lot easier to listen to music and podcasts. Of course I am a true crime podcast junkie and the latest one I’m diving into is Shattered, season 1. It tells the story of the disappearance of three young brothers from a small town in Michigan. Their disappearance shocks the whole town and still affects them to this day. Details surrounding the missing boy are really strange, especially the fact that their father checks into psychiatric care the same day they go missing. The story is really well told and definitely one for true crime fans.
Another podcast I’ve been listening to a lot lately is The Daily from the New York Times. I mentioned it as one of my favorites before but am really into lately. I like the unique way the podcast talks about the news, focusing on one story and really digging in. Another plus is that I feel really informed after listening.
Loving: Kopari Coconut Face Cream
One of my favorite things in the whole world are beauty product samples. I hate investing in anything before I know if it’s going to work for me. For Christmas, my mom gave me a beauty box advent calendar from Anthropologie. Each day was a different beauty product and a sample of the Kopari face cream happened to be in one of the boxes.
I LOVE this face cream. Embarrassingly enough it wasn’t until more recently that I started prioritizing my skincare and the products I use. Now I’m committing to using better products and really want to focus on more natural beauty and skincare. Besides using natural ingredients, this face cream is very light, so my face is hydrated without feeling greasy. Another bonus is that a little goes a long way. It’s also pretty affordable for a non-drugstore brand so I’m definitely buying it once my sample tube runs out!