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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 November 2nd to November 9th

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My dog Rosie with the book "Jane Austen at Home" by Lucy Worsley
Rosie with “Jane Austen at Home” by Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home – Lucy Worsley: This was a really interesting take on Jane Austen from the perspective of the places she lived. I also learned a couple of things – like me, she had facial pain, and scholars believe it likely she had depression 

Around the World in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh: I’ve traveled long distance by train once – 6 hours from Salzburg to Venice, through a blizzard. Not something I was interested in doing, but it’s interesting to hear someone who enjoys train rides go on a journey around the world in them.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

5×14 Something Better

5×15 Between the Seats – This was a sad episode

5×16 The New Normal – Thanks for breaking my heart with Gordon

5×17 The Common Defence – VACCINATE YOUR KIDS!

5×18 Ready

5×19 The Great Experiment

The Originals (Parents First Watch)

4×13 The Feast of All Sinners – How am I crying the SECOND time I watch this?

5×01 Where You Left Your Heart – They like teenage Hope. And Caroline. And Amnesia!Elijah. They felt sorry for Marcel when Rebekah turned him down. And mum was a bit peeved when Klaus started killing off the roses by visiting Amnesia!Elijah

5×02 One Wrong Turn on Bourbon – Felt so sorry for Freya. I love her friendship with Vincent. Mum was very sad about Henry.

5×03 Ne Me Quitte Pas – Mum likes Amnesia!Elijah piano-playing in France

5×04 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – They liked the teamup between Klaus and Marcel. And they feel Hope has a little of her father in her. They still haven’t guessed who has Hayley.

5×05 Don’t It Just Break Your Heart – Well they HATE Greta. And they were surprised by Antoinette’s and Roman’s connection to her.

5×06 What, Will, I, Have, Left – They were shocked that Declan was related to Cami!

5×07 God’s Gonna Trouble the Water – They didn’t expect the first-born curse of the Hollow. And they sincerely dislike Emmett.

Hawaii 5-0

3×14 Hana I Wa ‘Ia – So glad to know that Danny and Grace will stay together.

The Flash

3×23 Finish Line – Glad Iris and Caitlin are going to be okay. So glad we’re going to get to keep Killer Frost. I admit to shedding a tear when Barry went into the speed force with his mother.

Inspector (Kommisar) Rex

2×04 Deadly Seduction – I love how Rex is refusing to let that woman anywhere near Moser.

NCIS

16×04 Third Wheel – I don’t like Brooks horning in on my Gibbs/Fornell time. Also, Izzy can go away permanently.

NCIS Los Angeles

10×02 Superhuman – That suit is terrifying. And while I love Admiral Kilbride, I miss Hetty.

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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 13-19 October

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition) – JK Rowling: As always, I love this series, and Jim Kay’s illustrations are always in line with what I expected.

My black poodle Rosie with the book "Death of a Dying Man" by JM Redmann
Rosie with “Death of a Dying Man” by JM Redmann

Death of a Dying Man – JM Redmann: The storyline was okay, but I really enjoyed the descriptions of New Orleans the most.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

4×21 Protocol

4×22 Night Watch – Well that was one very powerful and well-done episode

5×01 E Pluribus Unum – Blowing up Stevie is unacceptable. Also, the secretary of states reuniting was awesome.

5×02 The Chaos Game

5×03 The Magic Rake

Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure

1×02 Georgia and Azerbaijan

The Originals (Parents First Watch)

3×11 Wild at Heart – They were both quite surprised by Cami in this.

3×12 Dead Angels – They certainly didn’t see Marcel as leader of the Strix coming! Or Elijah’s role. Or Aurora stealing the white oak!

3×13 Heart Shaped Box – They were very put out by Hope’s toy being ruined, and they liked Finn helping Klaus to find Freya. They also enjoyed the toast to murder at the end.

3×14 A Streetcar Named Desire – They really enjoyed Freya breaking Lucien’s neck. They didn’t see Aya’s death coming, but they were very pleased about it.

3×15 An Old Friend Calls – They were really happy that Elijah finished Hayley’s list

3×16 Alone with Everybody – They certainly didn’t expect Lucien to kidnap Vincent and Freya!

3×17 Behind the Black Horizon – They didn’t see Lucien’s new form coming. They did enjoy Klaus and Hayley working together.

3×18 The Devil Comes Here and Sighs – They are looking forward to Lucien getting killed.

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 that Davina’s dead.

Hawaii 5-0

3×13 Olelo Ho’Opa’I Make – He might be a bad guy, but San Min never stops being fun.

Midnight Sun

1×01 Well this murderer is a sadistic psycho

1×02 I’m surprised they killed someone who was introduced as a main character!

Inspector Rex

2×03 A Murderous Summer – I love Rex packing his bag to go camping

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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.