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Friday, November 22, 2019

My Friday Five...

1.   I am finally free from helping my sister plan her wedding. Yep, the Big Day was this past weekend and it was fabulous.  She looked beautiful and happy and all of the things you want for someone you love. And the reception was so much fun. Loved it!! All of that planning, along with her Bridezilla behavior paid off in the end. Hurrah!!

2.  Books. I am compiling a list of books I want for Christmas. Yep, its that time again. I'm thinking some of the following would be lovely to receive. What do you think? Any recommendations for me?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43707840-the-bodies-in-the-library?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=qX2OuvMLJU&rank=3https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43608928-grand-union?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=3zdIfgiPR8&rank=1

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44324133-the-walking-dead-compendium-4?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=DxbYniXGZm&rank=4https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43984883-olive-again?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=cZ4UuuNIPb&rank=1

Now, normally I would have already purchased these four books and read them by now. Except, lately my reading has been rather staid.  I've found myself rereading the Maisie Dobbs series and not really wanting to read much else. So, I'm hoping that compiling a bookish Christmas wish list will help inspire me to pick up a new book - my fingers are crossed.

3.  TV shows. I've been watching Housewives, TWD, and AHS 1984. First off, AHS 1984 was so much fun to watch. The 80s fashion, music, and horror movie inspirations threaded throughout was the BEST; plus, all of the familiar actors we love to watch in the AHS world were just awesome in their roles.  Definitely one of the best seasons Ryan Murphy has created. Can't wait for the next one. As for TWD, what is going on? One episode I'm loving the new group dynamics and the next episode I'm rolling my eyes with boredom. This show is just too much of a mixed bag for me lately. I'm not sure if I'll continue watching it next season. Such a disappointment.  Now, when it comes to the Housewives - OMG!! I am loving all of the shows. Right now they are showing OC, NJ, Atlanta, and Dallas. Talk about awesome!!

4.   Christmas TV movies.  Hallmark and Lifetime are showing Christmas movies all day long and it is AMAZING!! I am loving watching old favorites and the new one that come out each weekend. Its such a fun way to enjoy the holiday season. Plus, the movies are always fun - a bit of drama, romance, and Christmas (the perfect recipe!).  And, I just saw that OWN will be showing a few Christmas movies, too. Seems like every network wants to jump on the Christmas TV movie bandwagon. If I'm honest, I'm pretty partial to the Hallmark ones - they are the best ones (Nine Lives of Christmas, A Princess for Christmas, The Christmas Card, A Very Merry Mix-up and Once Upon a Christmas Miracle).

5. Music.  I've been watching Live From Here on Youtube and saw Sarah Jarosz sing a Dixie Chicks song to celebrate their birthdays.  I loved it. I'm a fan of the Dixie Chicks, so I was happy to hear their music on Live From Here. Of course, it inspired me to grab my Dixie Chicks CDs and listen to them as I wrote and edited this week. Such great music!


And, now I'm off to continue reading Maisie Dobbs. Hope you have a great weekend! Happy reading!!

4 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I love weddings and am sure your sister was a beautiful bride.

I'm listening to the book Country Music: A History so I've been listening to some old country music lately.

Brandie said...

I always love seeing your book wish list. I'm glad your sisters wedding was a success! I LOVED The Dixie Chicks! I wish they'd come out with new music. I want to watch Hallmark Christmas movies, but it takes away from my reading time. I barely get time for that - I need more time! Lol. I do get sucked into watching Holiday Baking Championship episodes, though. Lol.

Vintage Reading said...

Good wish list. I've read the Strout and the writing was as good as ever, but I did find it a little depressing. I think I'm going to have a break from contemporary fiction for a while and go back to the 1930s!

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Kathy, thank you so much. She really was beautiful and was just so happy, that it was contagious. The whole vibe was just so positive and loving - it was really such a great time. Country Music sounds so good - I've really been into country music lately, too. And, I'm really getting into more folky music, too. :)

Brandie, thanks :) Yes, it really was. I'm so happy she's happy. Yes!! The Dixie Chicks!! Me, too - new music would be amazing! LOL - yes, those Hallmark movies definitely take away from reading time, because they are so addictive :) I just bookmarked the British Baking one for Christmas on Netflix - I love how creative the bakers are - its so cool!

Nicola, thanks! I'm excited about the Strout - I fell in love with her writing after reading My Name Is Lucy Barton (that book slayed me). Yeah, her books can be a bit bleak. I think that's a great idea to take a break and head back in time. Sometimes its just what you need, isn't it :)