What I've Been Watching, Reading, & Listening To
Last week mother nature teased us with three days of high 80s temperatures, and I immediately began envisioning myself reading outside on my patio, surrounded by my peonies and daisies, sipping iced tea. Fast forward a few days and it’s so cold I had to turn on the fireplace. The only upside to bad weather is the ability to hibernate and so during this school vacation week, we canceled some outdoor plans and I got to catch up on some pop culture stuff. Here’s some of my favorites you might enjoy too.
School Spirits in available to stream in its entirety on Paramount Plus. It stars Peyton List (one of my favorites from Cobra Kai!) who plays Maddie, a dead high schooler trying to figure out how she’s dead, and why she’s stuck on the grounds of her high school, unable to leave. She meets a bunch of other dead people from prior generations who are also stuck in the school, and they band together to help solve the mystery of Maddie’s death (among others). Very bingeable. Don’t know if there will be a season two but if not, it ended in a pretty satisfactory way, which can’t be said for every show (anyone else waiting to find out if Ginny and Georgia is getting renewed or is it just me obsessively checking for updates?!)
I read “All Signs Point to Paris” over the course of two cold and rainy days. The premise may be a bit far-fetched (a women is given the exact birthdate and birthplace of her supposed soulmate from an astrologer, and she’s just desperate enough to fly to Paris with a half-baked plan of trying to find the One) but there’s enough meat to the story about loss, grief, and hope to keep it relatable. I love a good memoir with a rom-com feel and really enjoyed this one.
One of my favorite podcasts of late has been Love to See It, hosted by Claire Fallon and Emma Gray. Claire and Emma deconstruct reality dating shows (mainly The Bachelor and Bachelorette) through a feminist lens. They also cover classic rom-coms, and I really loved the show they did recapping “Ten Things I Hate About You.”
It brought me back to the good old days of 1999, when life was simpler and Heath Ledger dancing on the stairs of a high school was the epitome of romance (although honestly, it still kind of is, right?)
I’m always on the lookout for new books, shows, and podcasts, so please, let me know what you’ve been into lately!
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