Reading, Listening, Watching 15

It's almost Christmas and if you've got time off work you may be looking for inspiration for movies to watch or books to read. During these holidays it's a great time to tick off those books on your to-be-read list, set some time aside for chilling out and enjoying a bit of easy entertainment. With that in mind I've got a few recommendations for you.



In the last few weeks I've finished the Dani Ripper series of books and am currently reading a spin off involving a couple of the characters from a previous book. The book is entitled Daisy & Bobby and I'm almost finished. I've enjoyed reading John Locke's books and like I've said before they're easy reads. Definitely ones to give a go if you're wanting to get back into reading.

Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.

Stephenie Meyer, The Host

I am looking forward to reading something different and I've already planned my next book. Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer - it's an addition to the Twilight Saga and I enjoyed the other books so much I've got to read this one. It's not just the Twilight books I enjoyed from Stephanie Meyer, I read both The Host and The Chemist and enjoyed both. I'm looking forward to reading more from her.


In the lead up to Christmas I've obviously been listening to some festive music and it's made me smile. I've also been enjoying listening to the Glee soundtracks from series 1-4, they have a range of music from various artists and they're a great pick-me-up.


I've also been using my focus playlist to help me stay focussed on writing as well as having Netflix on in the background when working on photos. 


Movies and TV series keep us entertained in the evening and at weekends. We've watched Red Dwarf (an amusing TV series from the 90s) while I do cross-stitch and the Hubby plays games. House of Cards is the series we use when we want to work but have something on. The Netflix original series is about US politics and the extremes someone will go to to ensure they hold on to power.


Our weekend movies included Speed - which we watched with the kids and they thought it was good. I think they're more entertained by action movies but they do sometimes enjoy something a bit different. After the kids went to bed the Hubby and I took a chance on The Cobbler - a movie on Netflix starring Adam Sandler. We like a lot of Adam Sandler movies but this one was a disappointment, it felt like they missed the point of the story. The magic just wasn't there. It's a shame.

Contagion was another movie we let the kids watch and while my youngest asked a lot of questions throughout it did help him understand the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions. It made a point, and I think it's good the kids watched it. 

Right now, our best defense has been social distancing. No hand shaking, staying home when you're sick, washing your hands frequently. 

Dr. Ellis Cheever, Contagion

After Contagion we watched Romeo & Juliet - the one starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes. We took the boys to see the play before the pandemic and my youngest enjoyed it. The movie is one of the best interpretations of the play I've seen and again I think it helped both boys understand the Shakespearean tragedy.

Over the next few weeks we'll be watching Christmas movies (including my favourite - Love Actually) and enjoying our family time together.

What will you be doing to entertain yourself?

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