Reading, Listening, Watching 1

A couple of weeks ago I shared a post with you where I talked about what I'd been reading. I've decided to continue with that and not only share what I've been reading but also what I've listened to, like podcasts or music, and what I've been watching, whether that's movies or TV shows. I'll start with watching...


The Hubby and I enjoy watching things together, it's how we relax at the end of the day, after the kids have gone to bed. Sometimes we'll watch something old, like The Office US - which we love by the way. If you've ever worked in an office you'll find it hilarious, and while it's really old now it still works. Other times we'll watch something new, and whichever we've been watching I'll share it with you.

Reading, Listening, Watching 1 | Watching You is definitely a recommendation.
Netflix has a great selection of TV shows and movies.

For the last few months we've been making our way through The Office US, again. I've lost count of the number of times we've watched the whole thing but we still enjoy it just as much as the first time we saw it. And just so you know, I didn't enjoy The Office UK anywhere near as much. I am not a fan of David Brent! 

Of course we don't just watch old things, with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and BBC iPlayer, there's so much new stuff to choose from it can be a bit overwhelming at times. But we usually manage to find something new to watch. There are a few things we've watched recently and one of my favourites was You. If you haven't watched any of it, you really should. You kind of reminds me of Dexter, in that the main character, Joe, has an inner monologue throughout the show. It's sinister at times, entertaining, and somehow you end up rooting for a serial killer! It sounds odd, but really, watch it!


I haven't spent much time listening to anything recently, and I intend to change that. Today I've listened to a podcast called They Walk Among Us, which covers true crime in the UK. An episode I listened to this morning was about stalking, and how someone can manipulate the person in their life. It's an interesting listen for me as a writer because it's full of real life stories in which something terrible happens. Being a crime fiction writer means I need to know about that stuff, I need to hear it despite it being awful to hear. The thing that crime fiction writers do well, at least the ones I've read, is make their books seem real and I have no doubt they do that by reading, listening to, and paying attention to real life. So I class it part of my research.

Reading, Listening, Watching 1 | Listening to podcasts is useful for research.

Music wise I've mainly been listening to instrumental music, jazz is my favourite when I'm working. It lets me concentrate on my writing while it not being too quiet in the house. Sometimes I'll listen to other things, and I do remember listening to Meghan Trainer's new album Treat Myself. I liked it, but not as much as her older music. 


The last time I wrote about about what I'd been reading I shared a few articles online I'd read. I do read articles online but I also read other things. I'm currently reading a good book, Amplitude by Dean M. Cole. It's the third in a space series and I'm enjoying it. The first in the series was good, I read it quickly and enjoyed the story, the second wasn't as good and I don't think that was the fault of the writer, the content was just not something I enjoy. The third has gone back to what I enjoy reading and I'm making my way through it quickly - I'm currently just over 50% through.

Reading, Listening, Watching 1 | I like to read on my Kindle.

Amplitude synopsis:

Angela’s reset bought us a new chance, but with the event set to repeat itself, she and Vaughn must fight separate battles to save their comrades. In Houston, Director Randal McCree races against the clock as he frantically struggles to save a scrabbled together team. The survivors will have to join forces if Angela is to enact her plan to take the battle to the enemy. Once united, can the last remnants of humanity make the enemy pay for what it did to all of Earth’s life? Can Angela permanently reset the timeline? If you enjoyed Solitude and Multitude, you'll love the action and plot twists in this apocalyptic epic.

I don't get through books as quickly as I'd like, but I will let you know when I find something I enjoy!

So that's it for this post, I'll be back soon to let you know what I've been reading, listening to, and watching.

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