I cannot believe that we already are in March. What?! So basically January flies by but then it feels like we are on x3 speed mode for the rest of the year. Anyways, it means that it’s soon spring, right? So I’ll take it.
Last month was another month packed with TV shows, book reading and podcast listening. So here is my recommendation list:
“She was wearing a baseball hat”
Every time I would open an app I’d hear about this new series called “The Stranger” and I wondered why I hadn’t heard from it yet? Was it not available on Netflix France? Well, yes it was but under “Intimidation” which is the same word in French. And so I offered that we’d watch if after we finished whichever TV show we watched before. I have to say that at the end of each episode I wanted to know what had happened.
The main characters were interesting and the scenery was nice as well. I wouldn’t say it’s the best mystery show I’ve ever seen but it was good and not boring. My boyfriend didn’t enjoy it that much though and my mom didn’t like it at all – but to each their own. If you’re looking for something to binge-watch on a rainy Sunday it could be the one.
“You gave her the Everywhere Key?!”
I had seen the trailer as soon as it was released on Netflix and I added it immediately to our “to-watch” list. My sister watched it and loved it so there we were following the lead. The first episode was a bit cheesy and the entire show is quite American in terms of cheesiness but I enjoyed it. I like how each kid is portrayed and the storyline was fun to follow.
I think it’s based off a book which I like and though I can’t compare to how it was written, it was very nice to watch. The storyline was different from anything I’d seen before – that wasn’t set in a magical world of course – and again, the scenery was gorgeous! Lovely show to watch with your smaller siblings (you’ll have to cover their eyes at a couple parts maybe though) and a nice entertainment that is not too light nor too dark.
Jake and Rebecca 4ever
If you’ve never watched This is Us, you’re clearly missing out. Missing out on a lot of used tissues and lumps in your throats pretending that you’re “fine“. I think it’s one of my favorite shows ever. Anyways, I hadn’t seen season 4 as I like to binge-watch and goodness it was good. No, not good, great. I cried. I was emotional. All the emotions. This show makes me sad, happy, proud that some issues are finally raised. All the feels. I’m not going to say more – you have to go watch it. And report back, please.
“He killed his parents?!“
I was looking for something new to watch one Saturday afternoon and came upon “The Sinner season 2” on my Netflix list. We had watched the first season when it came out and I had quite enjoyed it but it wasn’t really to my boyfriend’s taste so we hadn’t watched the second season. So I started watching it. It’s weird because I was hooked and really wanted to know what happened, I like how it’s filmed, I enjoyed the characters and how, different, they are from regular American characters.
I think Jessica Biel is doing a very good job at creating a very unique kind of show. But it’s not my favorite show ever. Probably because it’s not something comfortable to watch, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t watch it again though I very much enjoyed it. But I still recommend it because the storyline is very good and the acting is great. So yeah, go have a watch.
“He’s very dreamy but he’s not the sun, you are”
And on one cold evening I realized that I hadn’t seen the latest season of Grey’s Anatomy. What?! Me? And not even that, but the 15th season too! Who even am I… I’ve always been a hard-core Grey’s fan so imagine my absolute delight when I realized this amazing thing: I had two seasons to binge-watch! And oh they were GOOD. SO GOOD. And so very easily I started watching back from season 11. And I already know that after that I’ll probably re-start from season 1. Because I love this show. And I have issues.
Don’t Judge a book by its cover
“Watching You” by Lisa Jewell. Where to start. I’d like to preface this by saying that I wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I first started reading this book. I had just finished reading In the Dark by Cara Hunter (which I had devoured and adored) and so I was a bit upset. So I didn’t really enjoy the first part of the book. It wasn’t written how I had imagined – and I think I was expecting the same kind of writing style from Cara Hunter’s books – so I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t look forward to reading it every night, however I was still enjoying it. It got really good I would say a third way through for me and that’s when I was really hooked. My mom loved it and it has amazing reviews on Amazon which is why though it was a 3,5/5 for me, I’m still recommending it. My mind plays me tricks sometimes.
“Someone took Daisy Mason. Someone you know”
I am absolutely obsessed with Cara Hunter’s book and i am not sorry (I’m already reading her third book and am this close to already ordering her latest). Close to Home was again an impossible to put down read. She had be on the edge of my seat at the end of every section. When you think you know who did it, then you don’t and you start requisitioning everything. It’s so well written and I love how we get every angle of the story from the point of views of different police members and get to read flashbacks. Ugh! What an author.
“I was listening to a Podcast episode…”
This must be one of the sentences I say the most these days. I got hooked on podcasts 3 years ago and never looked back. What a way to commute, clean, cook and still feel like you’re learning something, being entertained or feeling part of something.
It must be the 327th time I talk about Approachable, I know but it’s one of my absolute go-to. I can’t even recommend episodes at that point because every episode is good. It’s well-said, interesting, entertaining and nice to hear different point of views. Basically like listening to two friends having a chat on a topics or their experiences – spoiler alert, it is exactly that.
“More Armchair Expert coming soon, stay tuned… if you daaaare”
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are of these couples who manage to be famous but real. And so of course Dax’s podcast is as real as they come. I’ve been loving listening to it lately – the hardest part: choosing the episode. There are so many! 188 to be exact. My latest listens: Kate and Oliver Hudson (love them), Elizabeth Banks, Gwyneth Paltrow. And I have a ton already downloaded.
“Instagram may be your highlight reel, but we are here to talk about The Real Reel”
Natalie Barbu is one of my current obsessions on Youtube. At 23 she manages to run a successful Youtube channel, a consulting services company and a podcast. Brilliantly might I had. I love how she brings her business side to her videos and shows the behind the scenes of her life, juggling so many jobs at once. Her podcast is one of those who lights a fire in me and makes me want to never stop working for my dreams. She interviews people on their experience doing a certain job, for their advices, creating something. It’s impossible to describe as each episode is unique. A few exemples of my recent listens:
“How I started my consulting services company + tips on starting a business, setting prices and getting clients”,
“Interviewing my Immigrant parents: how they came to the US, how they met and why they left their countries”,
“What is it really like moving across the country and Living in LA”,
“Growing a successful Youtube channel, making money on Youtube, Making your side hustle you main job with the Content Bug”,
“Taking your mental health seriously, going to therapy, and ending the stigma ft. Mental health counselor, Allyssa Dziurlaj”.