Reading, Listening, Watching 5

Lockdown is still going which means there's plenty of time to read, listen to podcasts and music, and watch your favourite shows. Below you'll find some of my current reads, what I've been watching with the Hubby and what music or podcasts I've been listening to. 


My reading rate has increased a lot since lockdown began. Usually it'll take me a while to get through one book but just lately I'm getting through books in a matter of weeks. Last time I shared my reads with you I had just finished The Talented Mr Ripley and had started Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay. Well I have now finished Elevator Pitch, a great read by the way, and have started Artemis - another book by Andy Weir who wrote The Martian


Artemis is not a sequel to The Martian, but it has a space theme to it. I'm about 30% through the book and I'm enjoying it so far, there are twists and turns that I liked and the main character is a woman, which I also liked. When I'm finished you'll find a review on the blog and until then all I can say is it's a good read.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Joseph Addison


With my youngest son being in my room most of the time it's difficult to get in the right mindset when it comes to writing. I spend my mornings concentrating on the blog, and the afternoons are dedicated to the novel - the only thing about that is if my youngest is feeling chatty I don't get a lot of writing done. That's where instrumental music comes in. Movie soundtracks or instrumental versions of music I like do a great job of getting me to concentrate on the writing and not being distracted by the lyrics of the song. I love listening to jazz music to get me in the mood for writing and the harmonious blend of orchestral music is relaxing and helps me concentrate. 


When I don't mind having lyrics in songs I listen to different things but lately we've been enjoying listening to Frozen 2 soundtrack - you really must listen if you get the chance, the bonus tracks are brilliant!

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

Leonard Bernstein


Since last time we've started and finished Season 15 of Grey's Anatomy, which means we're as up to date as we can get until we are able to buy Season 16. As it's on NOW TV with Sky we're not allowed to buy it in the UK yet - very annoying - we would've bought it straight away if it was possible and I get annoyed when I know it would be if it weren't for some exclusivity deal between the network and Sky. If we lived in America we'd be able to buy it - Grrr.

So, as we weren't able to get Season 16 of Grey's Anatomy we moved on to the spin off series, Private Practice. There are 6 seasons of this and it should keep us going for a while. Private Practice follows the character of Addison Shepherd as she moves to LA and joins a private practice with her best friend from school. It's a great show.

We like to have more than one thing we're watching and so while we were watching Season 15 of Grey's Anatomy we also watched Season 2 of After Life on Netflix. Starring Ricky Gervais the show follows a character who lost his wife to cancer and shows how he manages through life without her. I never liked Ricky Gervais much after The Office UK, I hated the character of David Brent and it put me off watching Ricky in anything else. After Life though is a brilliant show, it's moving, to the point, yet also funny. It's very real and makes you think, which I love. I'd highly recommend you watch if you haven't already.

We also started Season 4 of Better Call Saul, we're big fans of Breaking Bad and when the spin off began we had to watch. Better Call Saul is a lot slower than Breaking Bad but we continue to watch. I do think we'll end up not watching more seasons if the series doesn't get more interesting though - which is a shame.

Out and about you get to see nature's beauty.

Our rate of watching things has dropped lately because we've been going out for walks regularly. We used to dedicate our entire evenings to watching our favourite shows, but now we go for a long walk and then watch shows. It means we're spending at least an hour and a half less watching TV, which has got to be a good thing, right? So like I say, our rate of getting through the shows has decreased. Either way though - I'll let you know if and when we find something new we like!

What have been your favourite shows lately?

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