Another week is upon us, and I, for one, am feeling a little lost. I’m back in Louisiana this week helping to care for my mother, which has me a bit out of sorts. The heat here isn’t helping either! I’m ready for summer to be over and for FALL weather to finally be here. All those sweaters I just bought during the Madewell sale are ready to be worn! For now, let’s focus on getting through this week. Here’s a little taste of What This Week (September 19).
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What This Week: Reading
I’m midway through an advanced reader copy of The Winter Orphans, a brand new WWII novel by Kristin Beck that published on September 13. So far, I’ve loved this one and can’t wait for everyone to discover this powerful story. Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Nightingale will surely enjoy The Winter Orphans, a tale of a group of Jewish orphans living in France under the care of the Swiss Red Cross. It’s a tale of bravery, loss, and found family that’s sure please WWII fiction fans.
I just finished When in Rome, a brand new romcom from Sarah Adams that literally blew my socks off. It was one of the best romance books I’ve read since Beach Read. Needless to say, I’m telling everyone who will listen to get a copy when it publishes later this week. Next up is Spells for Forgetting, a coming-of-age advanced reader copy that I cannot wait to start reading! This atmospheric story of family and folklore publishes later this month, so stay tuned for my review!
Last but certainly not least, I started a buddy read of Mexican Gothic with my booksta friend Jennifer! I’m only about 1/3 of way through, but I’m enjoying it so far. The creep factor is high! I’m not sure what to compare it to, since I haven’t read too many horror books. Let’s just say it has the perfect blend of historical fiction (set in 1950s) and ghost story.
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What This Week: Listening
While it’s not out yet, there is one thing I will surely be listening to in October! Imperative Entertainment and the House of Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor’s estate, have teamed up to create Elizabeth the First, a brand new 10-episode podcast about “the original influencer.” Katy Perry narrates this series which is sure to be full of glitz, glamour, and gossip. If you’ve followed me for a while, then you know I LOVE Classic Hollywood, so I am thrilled about this new podcast! Will you be listening?
What This Week: Watching
I don’t know about you, but when life is stressful I usually turn to period dramas for comfort. I love all the drama, costumes, and historical figures. Earlier this summer I was singing the praises of Becoming Elizabeth, a brand new drama from Starz about the early life and rise of Queen Elizabeth I. Now I’m 100% hooked on The Spanish Princess, another period drama from Starz about the Tudor reign. Filmed in 2019-2020, The Spanish Princess is the story of Catherine of Aragon and her courtship of Henry Tudor, also known as Henry VIII. I’m blowing through this series and plan to start the other Phillipa Gregory-inspired period dramas, The White Queen and The White Princess, next!
I’ve also been watching a lot of classic television with my parents lately, which has been fun. Think I Love Lucy, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Sonny & Cher Show, and many others. I happen to find a lot of these shows on Paramount+ (the subscription is cheap) and a new Amazon video streaming app, Freevee. But I stumbled on one of my all time favs while exploring classic television on Hulu and have been HOOKED! The Wonder Years was a fixture in my life for years as a kid. Watching it now is so comforting, but it’s also fun for my parents, given that it’s focused on adolescence in mid-century America. If you’ve never watched, please do. If you need to re-watch, find it on Hulu!
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