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08
Sep
2019

Read and Watched September 1- September 7

READ

Big Data – Timandra Harkness

This was a great look at what Big Data is and how it relates to real life. It’s a great introduction and quite an easy read.

My dog Rosie, wearing a bow, with the book "Crushing It" by Gary Vaynerchuk
Rosie with “Crushing It” by Gary Vaynerchuk

Crushing It – Gary Vaynerchuk

This is a follow-up of sorts to a previous book of his which I haven’t read. It has some very relevant points, especially on how to use social media for your personal brand.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

3×12 The Detour

3×13 The Beautiful Game – I loved the scene where the Irani and Israeli players hugged each other after one team scored.

3×14 Labor of Love

3×15 Break In Diplomacy

3×16 Swept AwayI really loved the sand painting that the monks did.

3×17 Convergence – Becker, how dare you. Rhinos are awesome.

The Originals

3×09 Saviour: Loved that this was a Christmas episode. Also pleased to see Jackson saving Freya’s life.

3×10 A Ghost Along the Mississippi – Oh, the Strix is in trouble now. Mad Hayley AND mad Klaus? They should run

3×11 Wild At Heart – I’m looking forward to getting rid of Aya. She’s more than a tad irritating

3×12 Dead Angels – I’m so offended that Aurora had Hope’s favourite toy whittled down into nothing but bullets. That’s so rude!

3×13 Heart Shaped Box – I’m so glad that Klaus is making Hope a new wooden knight.

3×14 A Streetcar Named Desire – Love Freya and how she is totally done with Lucien. And a fitting end for Aurora

3×15 An Old Friend Calls – Love Freya and Kol doing magic together.

3×16 Alone with Everybody – that Helijah scene was heartbreaking, especially seeing how upset Elijah was. And how dare Lucien kidnap Freya!

3×17 Beyond the Black Horizon – Honestly, Lucien just becomes more arrogant as time goes on. I also cried when Finn died, which surprised me because I honestly wasn’t that invested in him.

3×18 The Devil Comes Here and Sighs – Interesting that Kol can’t leave New Orleans. The Ancestors REALLY don’t like him. Also, I’m reasonably sure the Ancestors are nuts.

3×19 No More Heartbreaks – Okay, I admit it, I cried when Cami died. This was a stellar episode from the cast, especially Leah Pipes

3×20 Where Nothing Stays Buried – Wow. Don’t really care about Davina, but just wow. Freya seems really upset at the whole thing and this team-up between Marcel and Vincent is worrying. Klaus talking with Hayley about Helijah was awesome. And so relieved we’ve gotten rid of Lucien.

3×21 Give ‘Em Hell Kid: Glad the link to the Ancestors is gone. Still don’t really care about Davina. Glad that Helijah is back on.

3×22 The Bloody Crown – Wow. This is another one of those episodes that has just got you saying wow. That scene with Hayley where she is left in the room while they are all put into their magical slumber was heartbreaking. I love where Freya put them all in the end. It was just a hugely powerful episode.

Captain America: The First Avenger – Doing a rewatch of these with Mum, so started with the first one in chronological order. This is a great movie – Chris Evans is excellent in this role.

Mindhunter

2×8 – I am finding Holden just gets on more nerves constantly. I’m not pleased to see them pull Wendy out of the field – she is good at it. 

01
Sep
2019

READ

The Rise – The Originals Novel

Interesting look at one of what is probably many untold stories about the Mikaelson’s through the years.

The Loss – The Originals Novel

Frankly, they just needed Freya alive in this one. This would have solved all the problems.

Wordslut – Amanda Montell

Rosie, wearing a pink bow, with the book Wordslut by Amanda Montell
Rosie with Wordslut by Amanda Montell

I really loved this book and the way it looks at language. It follows the traits of language that are more commonly ascribed to women, including uptalk and valley girl talking. I also like the way it investigates words that are often used to denigrate women and it is interesting to see that many of them started out as meaning quite different things.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

3×02 The Linchpin

3×03 South China Sea

3×04 The Dissent Memo

3×05 The French Revolution

3×06 The Statement

3×07 Tectonic Shift

3×08 Breakout Capacity

3×09 Snap Back

3×10 The Race 

Mindhunter

2×3 – Love the new character of Jim Barney. He’s great at interviews. And Olivia’s going on a date!

2×4 

2×5 – Not 100% sure about Kaye… I hope she’s not going to hurt Wendy.

The Originals

2×15 They All Asked For You – Freya! And Rebekah is apparently going nuts…

2×16 Save My Soul – Still love Freya. Still dislike Jackson

2×17 Exquisite Corpse –  Go Freya!

2×18 Night has a Thousand Eyes – Dahlia is terrifying, but Claudia Black is so fabulous at this role. I felt sorry for Freya at the end of the episode. Her last connection with someone who knew her before Dahlia took her is gone.

2×19 When the Levee Breaks

2×20 City Beneath the Sea

2×21 Fire With Fire – Not sure Elijah will ever forgive Klaus for what he’s done to Gia and Hayley

2×22 Ashes to Ashes – Loved this episode. Still love Freya, and glad that Klaus trusts her now. That scene of Freya saving her siblings was great.

3×01 For the Next Millennium – Love Freya. I can already tell I’m going to hate Lucien

3×02 You Hung the Moon – Hayley! Let’s not hit Freya. She’s trying to help. Loved the moment with Elijah’s confession. His devotion to Hayley is beautiful. I also surprisingly enjoyed Elijah and Jackson working together against Lucien.

3×03 I’ll See You In Hell or New Orleans – And Tristan is just as bad as Lucien

3×04 A Walk on the Wild Side – Loved seeing Elijah and Hayley dancing together.

3×05 The Axeman’s Letter – Well, Aurora is completely nuts

3×06 Beautiful Mistake – Love Freya just astral projecting in and snapping the necks of the Strix. As you do.

Inspector Rex

1×10 Amok

1×11 Escape to Death

Hawaii 5-0

Huaka’i Kula: I love Melanie. Seriously, she’s fantastic.

Lucy – Well, that movie was a trip. Brought up a lot of interesting questions – particularly about what would happen about using 100% of our brain capacity, and would we really want to? I do wonder about the fact that you would be aware of the subconscious things your brain does – such as filtering out the sound of your eyeballs moving, and things like that.

18
Aug
2019

Read

Picture of my dog Rosie in her coat with the book Uncommon Grounds
Rosie and the book Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds – Mark Pendergast Loved this book and the history of coffee. As well as the history of how coffee made its way around the world, it also includes the history of the advertising that accompanied it and it’s interesting to see it and how unacceptable some of it would be now.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies – Scarlett Curtis Great little book of essays from famous people on feminism. Particular favourite was Karen Gillan’s story of her mum protecting the little redhead with pale skin – been there!

Grimm: The Icy Touch – John Shirley Better than the last one, but still not up to the standards of the show.

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu – Charlie English It was amazing to read about not only the people that saved the ancient manuscripts from destruction, but the history of traveling to the area.

Griffith Review 64 – The New Disruptors

Watched

The Originals

1×13 Crescent City

1×14 Long Way Back Home

1×15 Le Grand Guignol

1×16 Farewell to Storyville

1×17 Moon Over Bourbon Street

1×18 The Big Uneasy: I hate Genevieve. On so many different levels.

1×19 An Unblinking Death

1×20 A Closer Walk With Thee Helijah. Genevieve improved on me momentarily. Also, Oliver is evil.

1×21 The Battle of New Orleans More Helijah. I feel we’re being spoilt so something will stop this soon, I am sure of it.

1×22 From a Cradle to a Grave What a bloodbath! But so pleased Genevieve is gone. Not so pleased that Oliver still lives…but give it time.

2×01 Rebirth Finally got rid of Francesca. FINALLY. And I knew the Helijah was too good to last. I love that the actors ship this too.

2×02 Alive and Kicking Seriously, if everyone stopped keeping secrets (Hello, Elijah), half this stuff wouldn’t happen

Madam Secretary

2×08 Lights Out

2×09 Russian Roulette

2×10 The Greater Good

2×11 Unity Node

2×12 The Middle Way

2×13 Invasive Species

2×14 Left of the Boom

2×15 Right of the Boom

2×16 Hijriyyah A much better job for Henry. Honestly, does no one think of the children?

2×17 Higher Learning

Legends of Tomorrow

2×17 Aruba

Inspector Rex

1×8 Bring Me Beethoven’s Head: I cannot believe the number of people who want to steal Beethoven’s head!

Mindhunter

2×01 Olivia Dunham is back (yes, that is what we now call her in everything) and she’s eying a lady bartender. All is right with the world. As long as she and Tench can keep Holden in line.

11
Aug
2019

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

04
Aug
2019

READ

Shockingly nothing in this section this week, because I spent a lot of time starting random books and finding they didn’t grab my interest. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next week.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

1×11 Game On

1×12 Standoff

1×13 Chains of Command

1×14 Whisper of the Ax – I love Gordon and I love that he just sits on all the chairs like he belongs

1×15 The Ninth Circle

1×16 Tamerlane

1×17 Face the Nation

1×18 The Time is At Hand

Elementary

6×3 Our Time Is Up – Joan’s sister Lin is hilarious and such a great addition to the show

Hawaii 5-0

3×7 Ohuna

3×8 Wahine’inoloa Steve’s mother is terrifying

3×9 Ha-awe Make Loa – was this a filler episode or something? It seemed like one.

The Flash

3×19 The Once and Future Flash – I know it was for dramatic effect, but I really couldn’t see a world where Barry Allen abandoned everyone – especially Joe – particularly after he’d made that promise to Iris.

Carlo and Malik

1×1 L’apparenza Inganna Prima Parte

1×2 L’apparenza Inganna Seconda Parte – this is a lot lighter and funnier than most Italian cop dramas, so I look forward to watching more of it.

Inspector Soneri: Fog and Crimes 3

Off Season – this was a wonderful ending to this series. It showed awesome character progression – from the earlier seasons with Angela where he had to be literally forced to go on vacation, to now with Chiara, where he is the one suggesting it. Great finish to the show.

28
Jul
2019

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.