Read and Watched

Read and Watched – 8th December – 21st December

Sorry again for another double-up, but we had an unexpected loss in the family. Some of these are episodes I’ve watched before, but we’re rewatching for Christmas.

READ

How to Make Money With Social Media – Jamie Turner and Reshma Shah:Interesting, but not something I’m really into exploring at the moment

Nine Pints – Rose George: This was absolutely fascinating and a little terrifying at the same time. I’ve noticed I read a lot of books like that this fortnight.

Twisted 26 – Janet Evanovich: This was great, and I loved having so much Grandma Mazur in it. She’s so much fun.

Daring to Drive – Manal Al-Sharif: This was interesting and terrifying at the same time.

Women and Power – Mary Beard: Taken from her lectures, this was an interesting read that looked at women’s power right back in the Western canon of literature.

My dog Rosie on a blue carpet with the book "The Witches Are Coming" by Lindy West
Rosie with “The Witches Are Coming” by Lindy West

The Witches Are Coming – Lindy West: I loved this book and it was so interesting

The Joyful Frugalista – Serina Bird:Got some helpful tips from this book – not often you find one of these types of books that focuses on Australia.

WATCHED

The Flash

4×01 The Flash Reborn: Such a good episode

NCIS Los Angeles

11×05 Provenance: One of the funniest episodes they’ve ever done. When Sam picked up the art thief and she just kept running – we couldn’t stop laughing!

11×06 A Bloody Brilliant Plan: Loved seeing Jennifer Kim again

11×07 Concours D’Elegance – love Nell and Fatima. Liked seeing Katherine again.

11×08 Human Resources

Hawaii 5-0

3×17 Pa’ani: Loved this episode. The show is at its best like this.

Inspector Rex

2×07 Dangerous Hunt: Rex saves the day again!

Madam Secretary

6×10 Leaving the Station: Now THIS is the show I’ve been missing. The wedding was perfect. Bringing everyone back was great (still missed Kat and Nadine). So glad to see Chen there too. This is the show we missed. I’m just sorry it took until the last two episodes of the final season to see it again.

NCIS

16×08 Friendly Fire

According to Jeff Goldblum

1×03 Tattoos: I didn’t know about tattoos and the immune system, so now I’m even more freaked out about them.

CHRISTMAS REWATCHES

Hercule Poirot and the Theft of the Royal Ruby

First Christmas program of the season.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

These are great little programs

The Addams Family

This is the 1990s version and the best. We always watch this at Christmas.

Major Crimes

2×15 Curve Ball – Christmas episodes! I love these dorks.

NCIS LA

1×10 Brimstone – I can’t believe how young they all are. It was nice seeing Nate and more of Hetty.

2×11 Disorder – Nell and Hetty are excellent together.

3×11 Higher Power – Nell and Hetty are the gift that keeps on giving.

4×10 Free Ride – Nell is elfin awesome

5×12 Merry Evasion – Nellverine in the field!

The Originals

2×09 The Map of Moments – I love this episode, even though we only get a glimpse of Freya.

NCIS

6×11 Silent Night

7×10 Faith

8×10 False Witness – Tony’s prank at the end gets me every time!

Hawaii 5-0

1×12 Hana a’a Makehewa

Warehouse 13

2×13 Secret Santa – I love these dorks

The Closer

3×14 Next of Kin

3×15 Next of Kin Part 2

6×13 Living Proof Part 1

6×14 Living Proof Part 2 – It’s fun watching Flynn and Raydor interact before they’re together

Grimm

1×07 Let Your Hair Down – First look at Monroe’s epic Christmas decorations

3×08 Twelve Days of Krampus

Nigella’s Christmas Table

Read and Watched, Uncategorized

Read and Watched 24th November to 7th December

Double up this week due to much Christmas decoration on the 1st 🙂

READ

A picture of my dog Rosie, sitting on a leather couch,  with the book "Confessions of a Public Speaker" by Scott Berkun
Rosie with “Confessions of a Public Speaker” by Scott Berkun

Confessions of a Public Speaker – Scott Berkun: I found this really insightful and helpful. I like hearing examples about this sort of thing, rather than just steps of what to do.

Sawbones – Jason and Sydnee McElroy:This book is based on a podcast, which I hadn’t heard of. But I am interested in medical history and some of the weird things that have been done, so I found it interesting. I did find the writing style a bit annoying, but still interesting nonetheless.

Four Princesses – Helen Rappaport: So much has been written on the Romanovs, but I’ve never read a lot about the other sisters (Anastasia is often written about). It was a fascinating look at the lives they led, and tragically they had so much to offer the world when they were killed. I also did not know that most of the loyal entourage – including tutors and guards – were also shot. The book reads to give the idea that the Romanovs had no idea what was about to happen to them the night they were shot, and I hope that was the case. It was fascinating to read about the princesses – Anastasia was a firebrand, Tatiana was an excellent nurse. I was also fascinated to read that Nicholas and Alexandra were determined their daughters should marry for love – so rare at that time. All in all it was an excellent book, yet tragic that such an unnecessary thing happened to them

Am I Ugly? – Michelle Elman: I went into this book expecting one thing and ending up with another. I have followed her on Instagram for quite a while. I was disappointed in her opinion on psychiatrists vs psychologists – I have had the opposite experience. It was a quick read – read it in one night.

WATCHED

According to Jeff Goldblum

1×01 Sneakers – I love Jeff Goldblum so I loved this. Fascinating by how much testing goes into a sneaker.

1×02 Ice-Cream – Yes. Just yes to this whole episode.

Deep State

2×01 So Nathan is basically a male version of Amanda Jones

2×02 Leyla is a badass

2×03 This show is getting weird

NCIS Los Angeles

10×15 Smokescreen Part 2 – Well this was a much less dark episode.

10×16 Into the Breach – Love Mama Deeks. And Nicole Du Champs is awesome

10×17 Til Death Do Us Part – All hail Hetty Lange. Great episode. I did and still do want a scene with just Hetty and Mama Deeks. Kindergarten Cop reunion, anyone?

10×18 Born to Run – Badass Nell is my favourite Nell. Also, Eric being upset that Nell kissed another guy was beneath that character. He knows she was on the run, trying to keep the asset safe.

10×19 Searching – Love Jake. Glad to see him back.

10×20 Choke Point – All Hail Hetty. Seriously, she’s fabulous.

10×21 The One That Got Away – I love Arkady! So glad we got to see more of him in this episode than the last one he was in

10×22 No More Secrets – Joelle and Anna hanging out together is creepy

10×23 The Guardian – The JAG theme playing as Harm appeared took me right back!

10×24 False Flag – The JAG theme playing as Mac appeared! I’ve missed these weirdoes. But wow – way to kill the Harm and Mac fandom’s dreams. Ouch!

11×01 Let Fate Decide – What kind of ending for Harm and Mac was that about? We only waited for them to get together for TEN YEARS. And then there was the 9 years that apparently they weren’t together. And now they’re not together again? COME ON!!

11×02 Decoy – This episode was okay, but it was very disjointed.

11×03 Hail Mary – This episode was hilarious. This is the show we need and the show I signed up for.

11×04 Yellow Jack – First of all, love Fatima and Navid. So happy to see them both again. Also, uh, Kensi and Deeks – shouldn’t you have had this kid discussion BEFORE you got married? Just a thought.

Madam Secretary

6×08 Ships and Countries: Who’s writing this? The Stevie/Dmitri argument was beneath this show and so is a lot of the things happening with Madam President

6×09 Carpe Diem – Oh look! This is where my show has gone! This is the first episode of this season that has felt like my show. The engagement! And the chanting – what Hilary deserved.

Elementary

1×06 Flight Risk – Ah, we finally hear Irene’s name.

1×07 One Way To Get Off

The Good Place

4×06 A Chip Driver Mystery – Oh good lord that book. Jason teaching Chidi to do something spontaneous was fabulous, as was his song. Bad Janet’s comment on people who don’t vaccinate their kids made me laugh.

4×07 Help is Other People – The line about Janet violently consuming Janet babies made me laugh out loud.

The Blacklist

5×06 The Travel Agency – Another not terrible episode. Keep it up.

5×07 The Kilgannon Corporation (No.43) – They’re still writing good episodes. I’ve missed this show being this good.

Heritage Hunters

1×01

Hawaii 5-0

3×16 Kekoa Damn Summer Glau can fight. I saw a bit of River (Firefly) and Isobel (Arrow) coming out there. Also, I love Kamekona.

Inspector Rex

2×06 The Blind Witness – Loved Rex helping the blind woman and so glad she got her own baby Rex.

NCIS

16×7 A Thousand Words – I loved the street art and especially Ritz’s painting of Gibbs and Bishop