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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.

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Read and Watched October 20th-26th

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Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain: This book was both fascinating and horrifying. It was nice to see an updated version, but it would also be interesting to see a comparison with restaurants today.

National Geographic – Night Visions: I love these National Geographic photo books, and this one contains one of my favourite pictures by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel – cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan.

National Geographic History Jan/February 2019

National Geographic February 1976

National Geographic October 2019

My dog Rosie look at the book "Pleased to Meet Me" by Bill Sullivan
Rosie with “Pleased to Meet Me” by Bill Sullivan

Pleased to Meet Me – Bill Sullivan: This was an absolutely fascinating look at the genes that make us, and it included some very interesting new discovers in the field, as well as looking at how our gut bacteria can influence our brain.

WATCHED

The Originals (Parent’s First Watch)

3×19 No More Heartbreaks: They thought Cami’s last episode was really well done.

3×20 Where Nothing Stays Buried: They actually don’t mind Davina’s dead.

3×21 Give ‘Em Hell Kid: They both had huge looks of shock on their faces when Elijah ripped Marcel’s heart out.

3×22 The Bloody Crown: I think I can safely say they didn’t see any of that coming. They really loved Hayley, Hope, the coffins and the moving truck though.

4×01 Gather Up the Killers: Loved Freya’s “That’s what happens when people annoy me.” They also loved seeing Hayley’s wolf form.

4×02 No Quarter: They were glad the family got Klaus back.

4×03 Haunter of Ruins: They loved seeing Klaus get to interact with Hope.

4×04 Keepers of the House: They were pleased Freya is being nicer to Keelin. Definitely not huge fans of The Hollow.

4×05 I Hear You Knocking: They’re really enjoying Freya and Keelin. They were completely shocked by Sofia working with Dominic

4×06 Bag of Cobras: They felt sorry for Freya who was trying to woo Keelin and then Elijah ripped a man’s heart out.

4×07 High Water and the Devil’s Daughter: They loved Freya and Keelin, and nervous!Freya

Midnight Sun

1×02 I’m actually surprised they killed off someone that was introduced as a main character

1×03

1×04 This show just keeps getting weirder

1×05

1×06

Arrow

5×22 Missing: I get Queen Nyssa and a Nyssara reference? Yay! Also, I’m pleased to see Slade again (although mum thought he was dead).

Madam Secretary

5×04 Requiem

5×05 Ghosts

5×06 Eykafjallajokull

5×07 Baby Steps: Loved the Stevie/Dimitri interaction. Also the Japanese peace garden was stunning.

5×08 The Courage to Continue

Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure

1×03 Iran – So much beauty and culture in that country.

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Read and Watched October 6th-12th

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Passing Strange – Ellen Kloges

A short little book about witches living in New Orleans that preserve themselves in artwork.


Writers: Their Lives and Works – James Naughtie

A brief overview of several different authors, including some I was not aware of

National Geographic July 2019

Eye to Eye – Frans Lanting

This is such a beautiful book of photography from Frans Lanting. I particularly love his photos of elephants and the different wild cats.

Moscow: An Illustrated History – Kathleen Berton Murrell

This was an interesting short history (with black and white illustrations) of how the capital city of Moscow came to be.

Monster, She Wrote – Lisa Kroger and Melanie R Andersen

This is an absolutely fascinating book about all the pioneering (and a lot of forgotten) female writers of horror, ghost stories and speculative fiction. A lot of these women were sometimes the first in their fields, predating men who are often considered the pioneers.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

4×15 The Unnamed – Well this had shades of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya.

4×16 My Funny Valentine – Puppies!

4×17 Phase Two

4×18 The Friendship Game

4×19 Thin Ice

4×20 The Things We Get to Say

The Originals (Parent’s First Watch)

3×05 The Axeman’s Letter – They completely agree Aurora is nuts

3×06 Beautiful Mistake – They loved Freya breaking the necks of all the Strix

3×07 Out of the Easy – They thought the Thanksgiving decorations and dinner were excellent, and were most approving of Freya breaking Aurora’s neck.

3×08 The Other Girl in New Orleans – They got quite the shock when they saw Finn! 

3×09 Savior – They loved the Christmas decorations. Totally didn’t see the ending with Cami’s death coming. They also were quite shocked at Elijah having to dagger Rebekah!

3×10 A Ghost Along the Mississippi – Dad says this show has some of the best scriptwriting ever. They totally didn’t see Cami pulling the switch with Aurora and locking Tristan in the box coming!

Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure

1×01 Venice, Albania and Turkey – Utterly stunning scenery and fascinating information

NCIS

16×02 Love Thy Neighbour – This show is getting good again. So glad Maria Bello is in it. And this was an excellent piece of character development for Torres

The Team

2×05 I’m glad Tarek and Rasha are okay.

2×06 Seriously Nelly and Gregor? Did we HAVE to? Also, it’s like no one can kill the maniac birdwatcher!

2×07

2×08 I’m glad someone finally got the maniac birdwatcher. He was nuts!

Elementary

1×03 Child Predator – This episode was so good. Such twists!

The Blacklist

5×03 Miss Rebecca Thrall (No 76) – This show has lost something along the way. The writing is not as tight, and the characters are acting out of character.