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Read and Watched October 20th-26th

READ

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 September 29 – October 5

READ

My dog Rosie with the book Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers by Sady Doyle
Rosie with Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers by Sady Doyle

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers – Sady Doyle

An interesting read on the tropes and different ways women have been portrayed in popular culture. The theory on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is fascinating.

Border Line – Mishell Baker

A book with a disabled, mentally ill protagonist is a rare find indeed. I just wish the ending was better.

A Room Of One’s Own – Adrian Mourby

A romp through the different places most identified with particular writers

Final Chapters – Jim Bernhard

How writers lived their last days – with the interesting addition of the individual writers’ thoughts on death.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

4×10 Women Transform the World

4×11 Mitya – Here we go, Stevie’s parents are wrong, again. She’s adult and can date who she likes.

4×12 Sound and Fury

4×13 Reading the Signs

4×14 Refuge

Elementary

1×02 While You Were Sleeping – First Marcus episode

The Originals 

2×21 Fire With Fire – Figured Klaus was going to be cranky

2×22 Ashes to Ashes – Great episode all around

3×01 For the Next Millennium – Don’t like Lucien. They were confused over why Aurora was in the Buddhist Temple

3×02 You Hung the Moon – Well we agree Davina’s making bad choices. Were surprised at Lucien’s little werewolf venom cure and agree that Aurora and Tristan are creepy

3×03 I’ll See You In Hell or New Orleans

3×04 A Walk on the Wild Side – They loved Freya punching Alexis

The Blacklist

5×02 Greyson Blaise (No 37).-Better than 5×01 but still lacking…something

The Flash

3×21 Cause and Effect – One of the funniest episodes we’ve had in a while.

Hawaii 5-0

Kapu – Look at little Andy Lawrence all grown up!

Inspector Rex

2×1 – Silent Screams – love Rex helping the little girl

Arrow

5×21 Honor Thy Fathers  – Not as good as the last episode – clearly what happens when there is not enough focus on Felicity

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Read and Watched – 21st to 28th September

Adding in the extra Saturday from last week.

READ

National Geographic History – July/August 2019

National Geographic – August 2019

Fascinating look at migration and how it affects the world.

National Geographic – September 2019

This was a really interesting issue not he Arctic, and how it is melting during climate change. It also had a fascinating article on the dangers of the permafrost melting.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

4×06 Loophole

4×07 North to the Future – Kat Sandoval looks so smart in her suit.

4×08 The Fourth Estate

4×09 Minefield – I think Stevie would be an awesome President. Kat Sandoval is awesome.

The Team

2×02

2×03 – Is it really necessary for Gregor to hit on every woman he encounters? Also, I hope Helle did kill Morten because he is a creepy psycho Nazi

2×04 – So sad. Psycho Nazi lived.

The Originals

2×16 Save My Soul – Mum and Dad’s reaction to Vincent saying Eva was his ex-wife was hilarious

2×17 Exquisite Corpse –  So huge grins and thumbs up when Freya breaks out of the magic binding chains and snaps Klaus’ neck. They also enjoyed her killing Esther, too.

2×18 Night Has a Thousand Eyes – They thought Dahlia was great fun and they were both glad to see the end of Mikael.

2×19 When the Levee Breaks – They weren’t particularly pleased with Dahlia when Aiden died, but boy did they get a huge shock when Klaus got daggered!

2×20 City Beneath the SeaThey both agreed that now that Klaus is awake, he’s going to be a tad cranky.

Inspector Rex

1×15 Under the Streets of Vienna

Arrow

5×20 Underneath – One of the best episodes they’ve done in a while! See, Arrow, this is what happens when you focus on the ladies.

NCIS

16×01 Destiny’s Child – Kayla Vance is awesome. And Jack laughing as Hakim ranted was hilarious.

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Read and Watched August 4th-10th

Read

The Killing Time – Tim Waggoner: This is one of the books based on the television show Grimm which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to the writing of the show.

A picture of my dog Rosie wearing her purple pajamas with the book "The Killer Across the Table"
Rosie with the book The Killer Across the Table

The Killer Across the Table – John Douglas and Mark Olshaker: I really love the books these two bring out because they are so interesting. This included a lot of cases I had never heard of but it involved a much more in-depth look at the way the behavioural science unit worked.

Once and Future – Amy Rose Capeton: A gender-bending LGBTQ take on the King Arthur tale.

Born Standing Up – Steve Martin: I found this very slim pickings about his life and how he got to where he is.

Watched

Madam Secretary

1×19 Spartan Figures

1×20 The Necessary Art

1×21 The Kill List

1×22 There But For The Grace of God

2×01 The Show Must Go On

2×02 The Doability Doctrine: I love that Madeline Albright and the other secretaries of state do lunch. I’d love to be a guest at one of those lunches! Also, I would personally have quit after the President went back on his word. I could never trust someone who did that.

2×03 The Rusalka: Some dodgy behaviour on behalf of Dr McCord here

2×04 Waiting for Taleju: I KNEW we’d get a slutshaming storyline at some point, and here it is.

2×05 The Long Shot

2×06 Catch and Release

2×07 You Say You Want a Revolution

Inspector Rex

1×5 Deadly Teddies

1×6 Dance on the Volcano

1×7 First Prize

The Originals

1×01 Always and Forever

1×02 House of the Rising Son

1×03 Tangled Up in Blue

1×04 Girl in New Orleans

1×05 Sinners and Saints

1×06 Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

1×07 Bloodletting

1×08 The River in Reverse

1×09 Reigning Pain in New Orleans

1×10 The Casket Girls: Helijah love.

1×11 Apres Moi, Le Deluge: I seriously thought that Harvest would work. But now Celeste is on a rampage. Can’t wait till she comes face to face with Elijah

1×12 Dance Back from the Grave: Papa Tunde is creepy and as much as I don’t like snakes, throwing one on a bonfire while it is alive is rude

Carlo and Malik

1×04 Una Notte Senza Stelle

1×05 Sorelle

1×06 Per Amore: Not going to watch this show anymore. It’s really getting a little melodramatic

Arrow

5×19 Dangerous Liaisons: Oh Felicity, I feel you have made a grave error with Helix. I don’t trust these hackers. Especially Alena. She’s shifty

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Read and Watched July 21-27

Read

An Edited Life – Anna Newton

This is a really interesting look at getting your life streamlined and everything in a manageable way so that you can perform at your best. I found quite a few useful tips in it, as well as some ideas I had not thought of before.

A picture of my dog Rosie with the book "An Edited Life"
Rosie with An Edited Life by Anna Newton

Watched

Madam Secretary

1×05 Blame Canada

1×06 The Call

1×07 Passage

1×08 Need to Know

1×09 So It Goes

1×10 Collateral Damage

Arrow 5×18 Disbanded

Shazam! 

I love this movie. Not just for the concept of found family, which is something I love seeing in popular culture, but because one of the leading characters has a disability. A double whammy of awesome!

Wynonna Earp: 2×12 I Hope You Dance

Legends of Tomorrow: 2×16 Doomworld

Rizzoli and Isles: 7×12 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Blacklist

4×21 Mr Kaplan (No.4)

4×21 Mr Kaplan (No.4) Conclusion: Holy cow, Ressler killed Laurel Hitchens! I did not see that coming. Also, the Samar and Aram scenes were very cute and they are adorable together.

Black Lightening 2×03 – The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry

Kommisar (Inspector) Rex 

1×04 A Perfect Murder: I absolutely loved this episode. Rex taking Moser to the pet shop and choosing out all the things he needs, including a lot of toys and naturally a giant bone to chew on.

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What I Read and Watched 7-13 July

Read

Daily Rituals – Mason Curry

This is a great book that looks at all the daily rituals from some of the most creative people. This includes writer, artists, composers, philosophers and more. I really enjoyed reading it – it is something that you can use to discover what would help you in your own creative pursuits – whether it is a rigid schedule, or a peculiar one.

The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery

Not knowing much about octopuses, I found this an intriguing read. These creatures are so intelligent that in aquariums they are given complex puzzles and Lego’s to play with so they don’t get bored. I was shocked to find they only live four or five years – a male dies directly after copulation and a female dies when her eggs are hatched. 

1, 342 QI Facts

Picture of my dog Rosie with the book 1,342 QI Facts
Rosie with 1,342 QI Facts

I love fact lists and the geeky researcher in me loves that in these QI books they are all backed up by actual information you can access yourself. I only wish they’d done more of these books!

Watched

Inspector Soneri: Fog and Crimes 3 – Hard Times: The introduction of the little girl is a new twist. I’m also intrigued by Soneri’s new love interest, because a) Angela annoyed me and b) this one might give him a run for his money, but he was just a tad forward with her – seriously, going to kiss her in the elevator – take a woman to dinner first!

Grimm

6×06 Breakfast in Bed

6×07 Blind Love – Hank was HILARIOUS in this episode.

6×08 The Son Also Rises

Arrow 5×17 Kapiushon

Wynonna Earp 2×09 Forever Mine, Nevermind

Legends of Tomorrow

2×15 Fellowship of the Spear –  Ray cackling in the German’s cannon and spinning around to make it face them was just GOLD. I hope they are all going to be nice to my boy Rory now – he’s one of our favourite characters!

Rizzoli and Isles

7×11 Stiffed – As the series comes to an end, I’m finding myself missing the earlier seasons. Something has shifted and although I love the Frankie/Nina stories, I miss those old seasons.

Kommisar (Inspector) Rex

1×03 The Body at Schonbrunn: As someone who has been to Schonbrunn in the middle of winter – NOT MY IDEA – I almost didn’t recognise the place without it being covered in snow.

Elementary – 6×03 Pushing Buttons

The Blacklist 4×20 The Debt Collector (No.46)

The Flash 

3×18 Abra Kadabra: Ah, Barry? Travelling through time never ends well with you. I feel this is a monumentally bad decision

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What I Read and Watched – 23 June to 6 July

Double shot this week because I had a migraine last week.

Read

When Everything Changed – Gail Collins

A picture of my poodle Rosie looking at the book "Everything Changed" by Gail Collins
Rosie and Everything Changed by Gail Collins

A fascinating look at the way women’s rights have changed over the years.

Drop Dead Healthy – AJ Jacobs

This was an interesting read, but it’s hard to find any relevancy when you have chronic illness. Chronic illness makes it difficult to do any of the things recommended.

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

This book was interesting, because it kept you engrossed even though it was not a happy story. 

Watched

Grimm

5×15 Skin Deep: It was like watching an episode of Botched. Also, Eve turning into Renard was beyond creepy

5×16 The Believer

5×17 Inugami

5×18 Good to the Bone

5×19 The Taming of the Wu

5×20 Bad Night

5×21 Beginning of the End Part 1

5×22 The Beginning of the End Part 2

6×01 Fugitive

6×02 Trust Me Knot

6×03 Oh Captain, My Captain

6×04 El Cuegle

6×05 The Seven Year Itch

Elementary 

6×01 An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains

6×02 Once You’ve Ruled Out God: I love this show. And their episode titles

The Blacklist

4×18 Philomena (no.61)

4×19 Dr Bogdan Krylov (No.29)

The Flash

3×16 Into the Speed Force

3×17 Duet: I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this episode and how much I didn’t expect to. Cisco can sing! Loved “Dads” Martin and Joe. Also, why is Kara awesome in every show except her own?

Inspector Soneri Fog and Crimes 3 – The Secret Room

NCIS

15×22 Two Steps Back

15×23 Fallout: I love Kasie.

Hawaii 5-0 

3×03 Lan I Ka Moana

3×04 Popilikia: Steve’s mum gives me the creeps.


Arrow
5×16 Checkmate

Wynonna Earp 2×08 No Future in the Past

David Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

Legends of Tomorrow 2×14 Moonshot

Rizzoli and Isles 7×10 For Richer or Poorer

Kommisar (Inspector) Rex 1×2

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What I Read and Watched 16-22 June

Read

Wordsmith’s and Warriors – David and Hilary Crystal

This book was a travel through Great Britain looking at how the English language formed and the famous (and not so famous) places that are associated with this formation.

1,234 QI Facts to Leave You Speechless

More facts! I love random facts.

Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig

This is a book about living with anxiety in the modern age.

A picture of my black poodle Rosie wearing a grey and red jumper with the book Dinner with Churchill by Cita Seltzer

Dinner with Churchill – Cita Steltzer

Churchill did his best negotiating and dealmaking over food, and this is a great look at some of the important meals he had and the favourite foods and drinks he liked.

Watched

Grimm

5×07 – Eve of Destruction – No joke, she is far more interesting and fun as Eve than she ever was as Juliette

5×08 – A Reptile Dysfunction

5×09 – Star-Crossed

5×10 – Map of the Seven Knights

5×11 – Key Move

5×12 Into the Schwarzwald

5×13 Silence of the Slams

5×14 Lycanthropia

Hawaii 5-0 

3×1 La O Na Makuhine

3×2 Kanalua

Wynonna Earp – 2×07 Everybody Knows

Arrow – 5×15 Fighting Fire With Fire

Legends of Tomorrow – 2×13 Land of the Lost

Rizzoli and Isles – 7×09 65 Hours

Kommisar Rex (Inspector Rex)

1×1 Pilot – We are watching this show from the start again because we really love it. Only the seasons in Austria – we tried the seasons in Italy and didn’t like them – they killed a dog so that was it for us.

Aquaman

Up in the Air

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What I Read and Watched – 26 May to 8th June

It’s a special double issue this week because the ankle surgery has left me feeling a bit worn out. Enjoy.

READ

A picture of my black poodle Rosie, her toy Lamb Chop, and the book Astrid Lindgren by Jens Andersen
Rosie, Lamb Chop and Astrid Lindgren by Jens Andersen

Astrid Lindgren by Jens Andersen

The Durrells of Corfu – Michael Haag: I really liked this one because we got more information on things that Gerald didn’t write about. I had no idea that Gerry’s friend Theo studied radiology with Madame Curie! However I did not like that the author was so graphic with what happened to two of their dogs.

Himalaya – Michael Palin: Normally I love his travelogues, but this one bothered me. Not only did he ride on an elephant he watched a mahout hit an elephant with the front end of a bullhook. I really, REALLY hate that.

The Scarlet Pimpernel -Baroness Orczy: I mainly know this book from the mini series with Jane Seymour which I absolutely loved, but it was fun to finally read the book.

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin – David Ritz: I had no idea what her life was like so this book was a real eye-opener.

Domino 1 – Gail Simone: Any comic written by Gail Simone (a redhead!) is a plus for me, so I knew I had to try this one out and I’m glad I did!

WATCHED

NCIS LA

9×13 Cac Thu Nhan

9×14 Goodbye Vietnamhaving two episodes with Hetty’s friends was such a gift and I love that Linda Hunt got a great personal storyline

9×15 Liabilities – Hetty’s back! YAY!

9×16 Warrior of Peace – Nell continues to be awesome, but I found the story morally uncomfortable. Reminds me of an episode where they killed two Iranian security guards even though they didn’t have to.

9×17 The Monster

9×18 The Vendetta

9×19 – Outside the Lines: Nell’s in the field again! Rejoice!

9×20 Reentry

9×21 Where Everybody Knows Your Name: I’m glad Deeks finally got his bar. I think this will be great.

9×22 Venganza

9×23 A Line in The Sand: I’m totally with Deeks here. Mosley’s out of control and is going to get someone killed.

9×24 Ninguna Salida: And smart money says Mosley got someone killed. 

Wynonna Earp 2×6 Constant Cravings

Hawaii 5-0 2×23 Ua Hala: The minute I saw Chin checking out Doyle from jail, I knew there was going to be trouble, and I was right. Also, Dad goes “I thought Steve’s mother was dead” and I said “Yeah, well when you see what she does, we’d probably all have preferred she was.” Plus, did Rachel really think Danny wouldn’t fight for Grace? The man literally uprooted his entire life to move to Hawaii just because she was there!

Grimm

4×4 Dyin’ On a Prayer

4×5 Cry Luison

4×6 Highway of Tears

4×7 The Grimm Who Stole Christmas

4×8 Chupacabra – we fast forwarded past the dog getting killed (why do people find it necessary to put this in shows?) but we enjoyed Wu finally finding out that Nick is a Grimm.

4×9 Wesenrein -Well there’s a terrifying parallel with the Ku Klux Klan if there ever was one.

4×10 Tribunal – Dear Wesen Council – stay away from Monroe and Rosalee. Also, I loved Juliette going all Hexenbiest on the Manticore – I hope she does the same to Adalind.

4×11 Death Do Us Part

4×12 Marechausse

4×13 Trial By Fire

4×14 Bad Luck

4×15 Double Date

4×16 Heartbreaker

4×17 Hibernaculam: Well that was weird

4×18 Mishipeshu: This is just getting really weird. And Juliette is out of control

4×19 Iron Hans

4×20 You Don’t Know Jack: And this is just bizarre

Black Lightning

2×1 The Book of Consequences Chapter 1 Rise of the Green Light Babies: Look if Jennifer wants to glow and float in her sleep, let her. And what would she tell a therapist? “I can self-immolate and I like to create growing protective bubbles?” Lynn annoys me.

Lego Masters

1×4

1×5

1×6

1×7

1×8 Not commenting on that final choice. David and G should have won.

Rizzoli and Isles

7×8 ZM7258-100: I know where this show is heading, and I’m not too happy.

Arrow

5×14 Sin-Eater

NCIS

15×20 Sight Unseen

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What I Read and Watched This Week 5-11 May

Read

National Geographic

  • August 1935
  • January 1937
  • September 1982
  • December 1981
  • November 1976

I like looking at the ads in the really old National Geographic magazines. There is an ad on one of them for telephones – before they were mainstream in everyone’s homes.

Sahara – Michael Palin

Funnily enough I like reading his travel stories but I find his diaries very boring.

Unladylike – Cristen Conger and

Caroline Ervin

This is a great book full of great ideas

The Annotated Pride and

Prejudice – Jane Austen

I love this story so much. I’ve always loved it and I enjoyed reading it again. It was good to have the annotated version because it let me understand a few things that I hadn’t before. For example, I always thought that traveling by post was related to the mail, but in fact it is about traveling with hired horses that change at “posts”. I also didn’t realise the significance of Darcy calling her “Elizabeth” in their walk together – because Darcy is so formal and it was not a done thing at the time between people who were not intimate. I cannot recommend the novel enough, and I really enjoyed the annotated version.

My black poodle Rosie sitting with The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Watched:

NCIS Los Angeles

8×21 Battle Scars – Hetty’s friends are awesome. I especially love AJ Chegwidden and I wish he was permanent.

8×22 Golden Days – More of Hetty’s friends and I loved the toast to Owen at the end.

8×23 Uncaged – Could tell they were going to kill off Michelle as soon as she appeared in the episode. Haven’t seen so much of her since she went up against Sidorov

8×24 Unleashed – more badass Nell! And the thumbs up and the grin – so glad that went into the Season 9 credits

9×1 Party Crashers – Hate Mosley. Sort of indifferent to Harley – I can’t work out what her job is apart from being a PA for Mosley? Also so glad they’re letting Linda Hunt flex her acting muscle

9×2 Se Murio El Payaso – LOVE that Jeff Kober is playing the imprisoned CIA officer in Vietnam, especially after watching him as an American sergeant fighting during the Vietnam War in China Beach

Black Lightning 

1×11 Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion – loved watching Thunder and Hologram!Black Lightning getting applause as they ran down the road. I feel that was really awesome for the people of Freeland to experience.

Arrow:

5×13 Spectre of the Gun – Liked getting the backstory to Rene’s life.

Rizzoli and Isles:

7×7 Dead Weight – Really liked this episode. I even liked the FBI guy that asked Jane to come to give the talk to Quantico

Wynonna Earp:

2×4 She Ain’t Right – No joke she ain’t right. And now Wynonna ain’t right. This should be interesting.

Legends of Tomorrow

2×12 Camelot/3000 – Sara Lance, flirting her way through history.

Inspector Soneri Fog and Crimes 2:

False Papers

Grimm:

3×11 The Good Soldier

3×12 The Wild Hunt

3×13 Revelation

3×14 Mommy Dearest – I cannot begin to say on how many levels I disagreed with the characters to not tell Sergeant Wu about the Wesen. The man has checked himself into a mental health ward – that’s EXACTLY the time to tell him about Wesen and that he isn’t crazy.

3×15 Once We Were Gods

3×16 The Show Must Go On