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movie + book picks for november

November 19, 2014

what I'm reading & watching this November | midwestlovefestThis month has been busy. Or, I’ve just been too preoccupied or sleepy to read much. Meaning a few of these books I read months ago (and just wanted to share because I love them). I’m super bummed I’m not reading more though. It’s something I NEED to change because I am still way behind in my Goodreads challenge. If I can even come close to my goal this year, I’ll be happy.

But, of course, my watching skills have stayed the same. How does that even work? #life


Yes Please – This book really surprised me. In that, I’m surprised I didn’t know when it was being released! Once I knew it was on shelves, I got it immediately. Sadly, I’m only about half way through, but so far so good! If you love Amy Poheler and kick ass women, you’ll adore this book. It’s witty, interesting and inspiring. Plus, it’s not arranged like similar books (i.e. Not That Kind of Girl, Bossypants). It has pretty graphics, essays by some of her closest friends and family, and even interactive portions.


Brain on Fire – This book will pull you in and possibly convince you that you’re going to come down with a case of the crazies in the next few years. Interesting, informative and detailed, this is a beautiful recap of a young woman who suffered and (slight spoiler alert) overcame a psychotic break.

My Berlin Kitchen – Obviously I love cooking. And food blogs. So this book, written by a food blogger (The Wednesday Chef), naturally grabbed me. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the author bounces between New York and Europe, detailing her romances with food and men.


House of DVF – I’m a huge reality queen. Like, if I could watch reality tv 95% of the time, I would. It’s sad, I know. Don’t judge. With that said, though, I really love this show a lot a lot! At least one legit reason to watch? DVF’s words of pure wisdom.

Nashville – I’ve been watching this show since it first aired, but never seem to watch it during actual airtime. The past few weeks, however, I was able to catch up on the past season. Huzzah! Drama. Sex. Partying. Love. It’s all there, and it’s all written, acted and sung so well.


Nightcrawler – This movie is intense. We also went to see Gone Girl, but since I had already read the book, it wasn’t too big of a shocker for me (though it was still a great movie). But Nightcrawler? Our friend was seriously on the edge of her seat, with her face in her hands. And I was mumbling “Oh my god…” every few minutes, which I NEVER do (I hate people who talk during movies). This movie, which of course includes ah-mazing acting by my boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal, makes you question that fine line between being morally responsible and climbing the ladder to success. I can’t recommend it enough.

Alright, now you go. Whatchya watching and reading this month?

Last month, Alice had a great reco–The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman. And once I get back on track with this whole book reading thing, I’m def picking up a copy.

Any other suggestions?

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  • Reply Ellie November 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I am almost done with Yes Please – SO good! And Nightcrawler is on this weekends to-do list… I am happy to her you loved it!


    • Reply nicole November 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Oh, you’ll love it! And probably think it’s majorly messed up. But yes, can’t wait to finish Yes Please! Need to get on it over Thanksgiving.

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