Life’s been a bit of a hot mess for me the past few weeks. Between annual performance appraisals and unrealistic reading goals, I’ve been finding it hard to keep up. Luckily, things are slowing down at work, which means I’ll have more brain power left at the end of the day to read and write. I’ve got a lot of great content planned for the blog and social media, so be sure to follow along on your favorite channel because you won’t want to miss any of it! In the meantime, here’s the latest edition of What This Week: March 6.
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What This Week: Reading
I’m still struggling to get through all the advanced reader copies I signed up to read this Spring, so most of the books I’m working on right now are from that list. Up next on the great ARC adventure is Hang the Moon, a new early 20th-century story of a young woman cast out of her community who returns to reclaim her rightful place in the family. There’s a lot of hype around this one in literary circles, but I haven’t heard much about it on Booksta or BookTok, yet.
The Last Russian Doll is another ARC that I’m eager to read. This Russian Revolution novel spans three generations of Russian women. At the heart of the story, there’s a mother/daughter duo struggling to find an identity in a post-revolution world. It sounds sad AF, which I’m here for. Initial reviews on Goodreads are promising, so I’m hopeful!
I’ve been saying I’d start reading more memoirs for a long time, so when I saw a prompt for Memoir March on Booksta I knew it was time. A Booksta buddy and I are planning to read By Myself and Then Some, the 1985n Lauren Bacall memoir. She’s one of my all-time favorite Classic Hollywood actresses, and her love story with Bogie truly is one of the ages. I’ll be reading two Classic Hollywood fiction next month, so this nonfiction selection seems pretty timely in my opinion.
What This Week: Watching
Perry Mason is BACK, baby!!! If you don’t know about this series, then consider yourself behind the times. I absolutely LOVED the first season of Perry Mason, the HBO prequel to the beloved tv series from the 50s-60s. Matthew Rhys is terrific as the private detective turned attorney, and the supporting cast really helped him and the show shine. I’ve been patiently waiting for the show to start again, and the trailer for Season 2 looks incredible! If you like period shows full of drama, gorgeous costumes, and stunning cinematography, then this is the show for you!
And if you’re in the market for a new true crime show, then DO NOT MISS Black Bird. This Apple TV show is based on the true story of Jimmy Keene, a drug dealer who cuts a deal with the FBI to illicit a confession from an accused serial killer. We thoroughly enjoyed this dark, twisted mini-series. Taron Egerton delivers a convincing performance as Jimmy Keene, but comedian Paul Walter Hauser gives a jaw-dropping performance as Larry Hall. This guy legit delivers the creepy vibes that keep you glued to the show until the very end. If you like true crime dramas, this is MUST-watch TV.
What This Week: Shopping
Our trip to London and Paris is fast approaching, so I’m scrambling to get my wardrobe ready. I learned long ago to only buy travel clothes that I know I’ll wear again, so I’m focused on finding classic pieces that I can wear for years to come. Here are some of the items I’ll wear to explore the streets of two of the most vibrant, stylish cities.
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