reading // read + watching // watched (01)

October 10, 2014

what to read and watch in octoberI’m kind of obsessed with pop culture, especially when it comes to visuals and the written word. Chalk it up to my love of branding and art and writing, but I have a deep appreciation for good storytelling and a few interesting characters.

Of course, I’m always on the lookout for indie movies and books (like the ones mom & pop stores “highly recommend” with little post-its), but I still love to read the bestsellers. You know, the ones the Times is into? I just gotta see what all the fuss is about, in case I’m every at a really fancy dinner party and the topic of popular young adult thrillers comes up.

Well, I wanted to kick off a new monthly series featuring my favorite things in tv, movies and literature. Basically, what I’m reading, what I’ve read, what I’m watching and what I’ve watched. Feel free to add your own faves in the comments below!

what to read and watch in octoberI can never get enough books. I swear to you I am, indeed, reading these three books, all at the same time. Can’t help it. (If you want to follow along with my book/2014 book challenge, make a profile and lets be friends on goodreads!).

An Object of Beauty – Wanted to read this because it delves into the art scene via a young, attractive art seller. So far, so good.

The Goldfinch – Hoping to finish this book next, though it’s HUGE! But every single person I’ve spoken to says it’s an amazing, can’t-put-it-down piece of work.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Not sure what route this book is taking. I’m about half way through, and it definitely has some fantasy undertones, but mostly it seems like a Silicon Valley nerd book. Which means, thus far, I like it!

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Not That Kind of Girl – Just finished this book (it felt like such a quick read) and it was awesome. Can’t say for the amount of times they say “vagina” that I’d recommend it to many men, but the writing was beautiful and the stories were interesting. I’d probs even read it again!

Chocolates for Breakfast – This was one of those “mom & pop bookshelf” books I was talking about. Literally. I saw it at The Unabridged Bookstore here in Chicago, and had to give it a try. Not a bad book. First published in 1956, I was actually pretty interested, but the ending fell flat to me.

One More Thing – I think this is the opposite of Not That Kind of Girl: can’t really recommend this to many women. It seems men were falling over themselves to read this book, but I just…didn’t get it. Hard pass.

what to read and watch in octoberAmerican Horror Story (Season 4)  – I hate scary movies. Like, completely refuse to watch The Exorcist or anything with a possessed doll. But somehow, year after year, I have been suckered into the American Horror Story phenomenon. It’s more than scary or freaky or effed up–you never know where the plot is going to go. You think you have it all figured out and then BOOM! Someone finds out they were dead the whole series. Shit like that.

How to Get Away With Murder – The way they say this in the previews is catchy in itself  (“HOWWWW TO GET AWAAAYYY WITH MUR-DAAHHHH!”), but the plot line, which goes back and forth between present and past, and characters will get you hooked. For sure something I look forward to watching every week.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Everyone thinks this guy is an asshole, but I disagree. He’s from New York. And he’s a badass (former) celebrity chef. He knows his shit. Plus, watching his show is like being read a deliciously good, well-written book, while laying back and looking at the pretty pictures.

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Chef – SUCH a feel-good movie. If you’re babysitting/hanging out with family/eating 4000 calories alone in a basement, you need to watch this. It’s believable. It’s uplifting. It’s interesting and relevant. I loved it. In fact, I should watch it again this weekend…

The Skeleton Twins – Supposedly this was originally marketed as a drama, but it turned out to be more of a comedy/drama (dramcom?). Highly recommend, especially if you watched and loved these two on SNL.

Guardians of the Galaxy – I do think this movie could’ve been a tad shorter than 2 hours, but that being said, it was good. And not just for the eye candy that is Chris Pratt. It was funny, the soundtrack was so choice and it was fun to watch. Perfect for date night!

Okay now spill. What are you into this month?

P.S. Happy Friday all! #tgif

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  • Reply Alice October 11, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I hope you love Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore! It was on a NPR Best of 2012 list and after I read it I spent most of 2013 recommending it to everyone I had a conversation with. Also, not sure about the paperback edition, but the hardcover dust jacket totally glows in the dark. Which just makes me love it all the more.

    When you are done with your current crop of books, check out The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman. It came out a few months ago and I can barely get through a conversation before I try to recommend it. It also revolves around a bookstore and involves lots of adventure.

    • Reply nicole October 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Oh my gosh, you’re awesome! I’ll definitely check it out (literally). Thanks for the reco!

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