Changing pace a little bit here: I'd like to talk about some of the books/podcasts/tv shows (and other things) that I have been loving lately. I usually find that these are my favorite types of posts to read from other bloggers-- see Meg's August book review or Victoria's VMS digest . Also never to be missed is Grace's book reviews or favorite things.
Anyone who knows me knows that as much as I love beauty, wellness, skincare, fitness, fashion, etc. I LOVE true crime. You can usually find me listening to one of my favorite true crime podcasts My Favorite Murder, Serial (although I did not love the second season), 48 Hours, and currently a good new one called Convicted.
I've also been loving listening to audio books on Audible. They make it so easy to actually get through books because I can't always lug around a hard copy in my bag and I love listening while I am doing other things like laundry, taking a walk, doing my makeup, anything really. A couple I have recently listened to:
This book was so eery and I loved every second of it. I couldn't believe how much this twisted, and yet you almost saw it coming.
Goodreads says: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
Something about this one completely captivated me. The protagonist, Gina, is so relatable and she is doing her best to protect her family and she is such a boss. Loved this one SO much, I think I got through it in almost a day.
Amazon says: Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.
I recently read a paperback copy of Before The Fall on vacation and loooved that one too. Such a great read-- very quick but still intelligent and completely suspenseful. I loved the setting an the characters were extremely engaging, if not annoying at some points, but it honestly added to the depth of the story. Definitely made me a bit skittish because I read it on the plane!
Another one I am currently in the middle of is We are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby, and - surprise of the century - it's not a thriller or suspense novel! It's a collection of essays by comedian Samantha Irby. This woman is hysterical. She is so good at really putting you into the room with her in her childhood and putting a spin on it that has you laughing in your bed when you know you need to be sleeping but you have to turn the page. I would love to meet her.
On the TV show front (I love a good Netflix/On Demand binge), most recently I have loved Ozark. Let me just say that Jason Bateman could be my favorite actor of all time. He is hysterical and even though this character is not necessarily supposed to be funny, his use of dry humor makes it (IMO) one of his best roles.
Finally, my love for the internet and all of the amazing content that is put out everyday grows daily! Below, see a couple of things I've loved this week
Ok you know you're curious about all of the news/rumors that come with NY Fashion week
While I am preparing to move out in the coming months, this is very pertinent!
I love The Cut's revamped site, and this on Elle EIC's letter to her employees ahead of her leaving her post. So great.
Another item related to my moving out into a small living space.
I actually have to credit my little sister for (re) introducing me to this trend...but now it may actually be "in" ?!
Possibly my favorite blog of all time, and the first one I started reading, Joanna always makes her readers feel like dear friends, and her readers show this in the comments! This was one of my favorite posts of hers, ever!
Who's excited to try this new denim release?!