I consume a lot of media throughout the week.
I listen to music when I’m in the car and at the gym. I plug into a podcast while I’m working. I turn on Netfix or Hulu when I’m home for the evening. I read a book before bed. I’m always giving – and receiving – recommendations to friends, family, and co-workers, so I thought I would start sharing my recommendations with you all as well (and by all means, give me yours in the comments!).
Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes: I’m halfway through this book, but I already cannot recommend it enough. I wanted to learn more about Shonda’s career path and thought it was high time I finally got around to reading her book about the year she committed to saying “yes” to everything and stepping way outside of her comfort zone. Her writing style makes the reader feel like she’s telling her story over a coffee date and it is laugh out loud funny.
The Tattoost of Auschwitz – Heather Morris: I read this book over the 4th of July weekend in just two days. I could not put it down. Based on a true story, it weaves a tale of love and hope in the midst of the horrifying conditions of Auschwitz that will leave you breathless. If you only read one book this year, make it this one.
Designing Your Life – Dale Evans and Bill Burnett: This is another book I finished recently and can’t recommend enough. This book outlines how to apply design thinking to your life. I found the exercises extremely enlightening and I’m working through the mind mapping process now. Read this one if you’re struggling with questions like “What’s next for me?” or “Where am I going in my career?”
Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell: If you’re looking for a page turner, this book will do it for you. I read it on the plane to Memphis back in March and it’s one of my favorite thrillers I’ve read in a while. It tells the story of a girl gone missing and how her disappearance affects her family, particularly her mother. Even if you start to piece together the story like I did, it still keeps you on your toes until the final pages. This is a good summer read.
Orange Is The New Black: I’ve watched this show since season one debuted and the final season was bittersweet. The women of Litchfield will steal your hearts and I thought the series wrapped up nicely overall.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: This might be one of my favorite Netflix originals to date. I loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch growing up, so I was pumped for a reboot. But this is NOT a reboot. This is dark and twisty and based on the comics and I love it. Part One is relatively tame with Sabrina struggling to find her identity in the witch world while holding on to her mortal side. While Part One is quite good, Part Two is where it really kicks into high gear as Sabrina has fully embraced her witch side and things get a little dark. And after you meet Nicholas Scratch, you’ll be asking “Harvey Kinkle who?”
White Gold: I started a re-watch of Gossip Girl when my friend Liz began watching the series for the first time. I was definitely team Chuck, so when Netflix decided I might like Ed Westwick’s show White Gold, I gave it a shot. It is HYSTERICAL. It follows the misadventures of window salesman Vincent Swan (Ed) and his associates who happen to be of Inbetweeners fame. It is British, which means one, we get Ed’s true accent and two, their humor is a bit more dry and cagey. If you don’t mind a bit of vulgarity, you might love White Gold – just don’t watch it with the kids in the room.
The Boys: Speaking of Gossip Girl alumni… Can we talk about the glow up Chace Crawfod had? He’s never been unattractive, but he put on quite a bit of muscle – and didn’t skip leg day, very important – for his role as The Deep in Amazon’s The Boys. The show follows a group of superheroes – known as “supes” – who abuse their power and the vigilante group known as The Boys that are trying to bring them to justice. I don’t typically like shows like this, but I watched a trailer when I plugged in my Firestick, saw Chace in his superhero outfit, and decided to give it a watch. It’s quite good, and I love the twist on the public knowing the supes and them being owned by a marketing mega agency.
By The Book: I stumbled across the By The Book podcast in a Facebook group and I’m hooked. The show hosts read popular self-help books, then put them into practice for two weeks and report back on how it affected them. My favorite episodes have been on Year of Yes, The Secret, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and Girl, Wash Your Face. Their husbands also make appearances and you will love them.
Live Fully: I’ve followed influencer Mallory Ervin for a while and really love her content. She also happens to have the world’s cutest little boy. She recently launched her own podcast, Living Fully, and I have really enjoyed it, especially the episodes with her father. Episode three in particular really inspired me.
Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations album: I have been living for this album of Ed Sheeran collaborating with other huge artists. It’s my gym go-to right now. My favorites on the album are “BLOW” with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars, “Remember The Name” with Eminem and Fifty Cent, and “South of the Border” with Camila Cabello and Cardi B. My very favorite though? “Beautiful People” with Khalid.
“She’s Mine” by Kip Moore: Kip Moore and I go way back. 2011 way back. I wrote one of the first pieces on him that was posted to a national audience (via GAC) introducing his debut single, “Mary Was The Marrying Kind.” I think he’s one of the most raw and genuine artists out there, not quite country, not quite rock, lots of Springsteen vibes, and genuinely plays by his own rules. He’s got a monster fanbase even though his chart success may not “show it.” His new single, “She’s Mine,” dropped last week and it is a VIBE. Bruce Springsteen vibes, to be exact. It’s been on repeat this weekend.
That’s just a drop in the bucket of what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. Any suggestions for me to add to my list? I could especially use more podcasts and TV shows!