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Read and Watched 24th November to 7th December

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

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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

Read and Watched

Read and Watched 18th-24th November

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How to Own The Room – Viv Groskop

This was a great book showing you how to won’t he room and get rid of the things that hold most women back.

The Sight – Chloe Neill

Another great one in this series – I have ordered the next one from the library

Happy Fat – Sofia Hagen

I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this book. Just reading this book made me feel better about myself and it’s not easy to do that. I think I shall have to add a copy to my library.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

6×05 Daisy – So glad Stevie turned up to Dmitri’s naturalisation ceremony

6×06 Deepfake – See how easy it could be, YouTube? Also, yay for Steve/Dmitri!

6×07 Accountability – Ridiculously happy Stevie/Dmitri is my favourite Stevie/Dmitri

Arrow

5×23 Lian Yu: Best thing was Nyssa vs Talia. And Nyssa won because she’s a badass.

NCIS LA

10×10 Heist – Love seeing Dina Meyer again. Oracle forever. And these were seriously the world’s most polite robbers.

10×11 Joyride – Love the Christmas bar. I’m so glad those two Navy guys are okay.

10×12 The Sound of Silence – Dear Lord, I love Mama D!

10×13 Better Angels – I cried. That was a very sad episode. I don’t need more crying episodes, I had enough of that in the final season of The Originals.

10×14 Smokescreen Part 1 – I like Fatima. But man these last two episodes have been dark!

NCIS

16×06 Beneath the Surface – Accidentally skipped an episode, but I love how suspicious Jack was of the CIA agent.

The Good Place

4×01 Girl From Arizona Part 1 – Dear Lord I love this show. I’m going to miss it so much when it’s over.

4×02 Girl From Arizona Part 2

4×03 Chillaxing – I love these cockroaches, and I was so glad to see it all come together. I felt so sorry for Eleanor though.

4×04 Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy – LOL distracting Jason with a caramel was hilarious. But then he saved the day!

4×05 Employee of the Bearimy – Derek should never be allowed to do anything

Elementary

1×05 Lesser Evils – Look at Joan saving that girl’s life! So glad Sherlock encouraged her to go with her instincts

The Blacklist

5×05 Ilyas Surkov (No 54) – This is one of the best episodes they’ve done in a while.

Hawaii 5-0

3×15 Hookman

Deep State

1×07

1×08 – What was that ending? We’re rewarding Amanda Jones for her behaviour now?

Inspector Rex

2×05 Death Wears a Mask – Love Rex saving the day. I never trust anyone who doesn’t like dogs. Also, if Moser’s vet girlfriend had any sense, she’d win over Rex first.

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Read and Watched 10th-16th November

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Rosie the black poodle with the book "Invisible Women" by Caroline Criado Perez
Rosie with “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez

Invisible Women – Caroline Criado Perez – This was a fascinating book, but at the same time it was rather terrifying. It examines how women are often ignored in data, and how the average “human” is basically a white male. It includes data on how female crash test dummies are not used, and the fact that many drug trials do not use female participants. They also look at the way a lot of important data is not segregated by sex, which means that information on the status of women in these particular areas, such as poverty, is not accurate.

Alpha Girls – Julian Guthrie – This book is a fascinating look at a group of four women who were some of the earliest venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. It follows their lives as they went through both the boom and the bust of the dot com industry, and how it affected them. Most importantly, it also shows how differently women were and still are treated in these industries.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

5×20 Better Angels – I’m glad she’s running. But I will not forgive them for killing Peter Harriman. He turned out to be awesome.

6×01 Hail to the Chief – Glad Russell’s back, but I miss Jay and Kat

6×02 The Strike Zone – I like how they change the title card to Madam President. Also, where is Kat? And I want Steve/Dmitri to be a thing, not this idiot.

6×03 Killer Robots – still no Kat. Or Matt. Or any explanation for either.

6×04 Valor – Mental health is so important and it needs to be taken more seriously.

NCIS LA

10×03 The Prince – NELLVERINE!! My Queen! The cocked gun under the desk! The warning to Joelle out of her car! She has truly embraced the Hetty of it all

10×04 Hit List – UGH MOSLEY. But I do enjoy Admiral Kilbride

10×05 Pro Se – I object to using Tiffany in that way. Also WTF is going on with Anna? Didn’t see tell Callen to tell the truth?

10×06 Asesinos – Nobody stalls like Deeks!

10×07 One of Us – What is the point of having Arkady if you only use him for five minutes? I demand more Arkady!

10×08 The Patton Project – The giving of that car made me very uncomfortable. Bad timing.

10×09 A Diamond in the Rough – I have so much love for Mama Deeks. And given that both she and Hetty were in Kindergarten Cop together, I want them to have lunch and chats.

Deep State

1×05 Bet White didn’t see that coming! Also, I hate Jones. She’s terrifying.

1×06 Meanwhile this show gets weirder and more disturbing.

The Originals (Parents first watch)

5×08 The Kindness of Strangers – Felt sorry for Elijah in this one.

5×09 We Have Not Long to Love – Freelin proposal! They loved the ring. They also felt sorry for Vincent.

5×10 There in the Disappearing Light – They were glad to see Josh with Aiden. They wondered about where the fuel for the car came from. And yay for no more Emmett!

5×11 Till the Day I Die – They loved the Freelin wedding. They were pretty peeved at Vincent and Elijah for turning Freya down (it’s her turn to have support!) but they forgave Elijah since he turned up.

5×12 The Tale of Two Wolves – They didn’t expect Alaric to crossbow Klaus! They loved Hope’s wolf and getting to see Hayley. They also loved the message for Elijah

5×13 When The Saints Go Marching In – I cried. Again.

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Read and Watched October 26th – November 2nd.

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The Veil – Chloe Neill:This was a really interesting novel set in New Orleans that had all kinds of supernatural beings. I really enjoyed it and have just gotten the sequel out from the library. Plus the main character is a redhead, which just makes everything better.

My dog Rosie sitting next to the book "The Veil" by Chloe Neill
Rosie with “The Veil” by Chloe Neill

National Geographic – Rarely Seen: I love these photo books and this had some stunning photographs in it of things rarely seen both in nature and the man-made world.

Samurai in 100 Objects – Stephen Turnbull: A look at objects relating to the samurai, including armour, swords, screens and war fans. It was absolutely fascinating

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

5×09 Winter Garden

5×10 Family Separation Part 1

5×11 Family Separation Part 2 – If only fixing this problem in real life had been this simple.

5×12 Strategic Ambiguity 

5×13 Proxy War

5×14 Something Better – Mr Panda was adorable.

Midnight Sun

1×07

1×08 – Well, that was a weird and sometimes disturbing ride.

Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure

1×04 Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan: Beautiful places. Uzbekistan’s metro is stunning!

The Originals (Parent’s First Watch)

4×08 Voodoo in My Blood – Well, they certainly didn’t expect Hollow!Sofya to stab Elijah in the back – literally!

4×09 Queen Death – They were both quite shocked by Elijah’s death.

4×10 Phantomesque – Oh, the red door is back. Joy.

4×11 A Spirit Here That Won’t Be Broken – They certainly didn’t expect to see Jackson – or that he would be Hollow!Jackson and evil.

4×12 Voodoo Child – I always have joy at Freelin. And we all agreed that Summer Fontana must have had so much fun playing evil as Hollow!Hope

4×13 The Feast of All Sinners – Okay, how am I crying at this the SECOND time I watch it?

NCIS

16×03 Boom – Uh, what the heck is going on with Vance’s prospective date?

Deep State

1×01 Okay…that’s the bad guy from Shazam! But he’s a good guy in this. I still expect to see his eye glowing, though.

The Blacklist

5×04 The Endling – What have they done to this show? I want the old writers back.