February 19, 2019

What I’ve Been Watching & Reading Recently

What I've Been Watching & Reading This Month

I’m about a gazillion series deep in Netflix and I’m always on Twitter chatting about which shows I’m loving and/or not. But on the flip side, I don’t often chat about what I’m reading. Mostly because I rarely read these days which isn’t for lack of trying! I find reading so relaxing but I also find that by the time the end of my working/Mum day arrives, I don’t want to concentrate on anything, I just want to flop on the sofa and not have to think too much. Which I think is why I’ve taken to watching Netflix etc more than anything. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t see anything wrong with that – each to their own, right? During the Christmas holidays or when I go abroad I’ll happily sit and binge book after book while I relax, so it’s not like I never read, I just read far less during normal times.

So that said, I thought it would be fun to share with you guys what I’ve been watching and reading this past month, in the hope that other people have also been absorbing the same and we can chat!

Netflix Reviews


The Punisher

I loved the original film and watched *most* of series one last year when it came out. But as good as the plot is, it does build slowly so I’d still got a few episodes to go. So when the second series came out, it prompted me to watching the ending of season one and then season two. The ending of the first season was so good, but oh so gory. I’m not a fan of gore in films but this was something else, probably one of the most gory endings to anything I’ve ever seen. However I liked the story so stuck with it. Season two is very different in many ways and it started well, the first few episodes were fast paced and addictive but it suffered the same problem – it slowed right down episode after episode and we didn’t give up, we just started picking other things instead. So we still ahven’t watched the ending of the second season now. At some point we will but it just doesn’t have steady momentum and it’s hella gory.

Gossip Girl

I was quite poorly after Christmas and so spent a lot of afternoons and evenings in bed for a while. So I needed something with a whole host of series to dive into. So I decided to start watching Gossip Girl from the beginning again and it was probably the best decision I made all month. I think I’m loving it more this time round actually. I was torn between Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl but considering the final ending of PLL was so ridiculous, I couldn’t bare to face that again. So opted for the New York social circles instead. And revisiting Chuck and Blair’s love story was all the proof I needed that I’d made the right decision.

Louis Theroux

My partner and I have very different tastes in film and TV so it can be hard to find things we can watch together. Plus we both work so much we can’t always manage more than an hour or two before full-on exhaustion hits and it’s bed time. (Old age hey?!) So we settled on watching the Louis Theroux documentaries this past month. Well, some of them. They were fascinating, like actually really interesting and thought provoking but we watched some which really hit a nerve and affected me for days afterwards. I guess that’s the sign of a good documentary right? And Netflix has loads of his to pick from too.

Abducted In Plain Sight

Okay this one blew my mind. In all the wrong ways. If you’ve not seen it then look away, but if you have you’re without doubt going ‘WHAT!’ within minutes of watching it. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had the same reaction. A poor girl was abducted and abused by the same man TWICE, BOTH her parents had sexual encounters with him AFTER this happened and of their OWN choosing and seriously it’s the most f’d up thing I’ve ever heard. Oh and it’s all true. I needed a big glass of wine after watching this and a serious nap to get over it.

The Ted Bundy  Tapes

I think the release of the film trailor with Zac Efron made me watch this. The whole Ted Bundy thing was slightly before my time so I didn’t know much about it, and we thought it would be a great way to get the accurate facts on things before the film comes out. It was another really interesting watch. A little slow in places where it felt drawn out but also another show that really made you think (mostly about how messed up some people are!)

Currently Watching on Netflix


Empty Bottles Full of Stories by R.m Drake & R.H Sin

Two of my favourite viral poets announced they were releasing this book and I knew I had to have it. I have so many of their poetry collections already and the fact they were writing this together made me desperate to get my hands on it. I never pre-order anything, but this I pre-ordered from America and couldn’t wait for. I love reading poetry, not the old fashioned kind, although there’s nothing wrong with it at all. But I love the modern stuff that’s based on complex thoughts and feelings and just perfectly written to relate to. This book was no different and I absolutely love it. If you like poetry, quotes or motivational anything then get this.

Empty Bottles Full of Stories by R.m Drake & R.H Sin

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Okay I have to be honest, I haven’t finished this. I just can’t. I’m so gutted because everyone raved about it and I saw this all over Instagram and the blogosphere with everyone saying how good it was for month. And I’m never one to jump on a bandwagon with things like this, but I needed a new book and I was given this for Christmas, so why not. The premise of the story sounded good, thoughtful and like something I could get on board with. But I found it slow and depressing, and I use books and TV to escape from stuff like that, so it was a no from me. But feel free to tell me if I need to soldier through and it gets any better?

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Review


I haven’t purchased a magazine in many months, maybe over a year? I just don’t read them as I get all my content from blogs and online now…BUT when I saw that Huda Kattan had done an interview with Cosmo, I was intrigued. I paid £2.50 for the mag just to read it actually – which pained me. But I love the whole female boss/CEO vibe. Yes, I’m a fan of the term GirlBoss so I wanted to read about how she’d built her empire. And the first whole page slated her – before the interview began. Then when it did the whole thing changed tack (not surprising for this magazine *ahem*) and seemed to fall over her gushing. I LOVE Huda Kattan, what she’s achieved and done for the beauty and influencer world is nothing short of massive and I want to celebrate that. I loved the interview but not so much the whole one page belittling her first.

So that’s what I’ve been watching and reading recently, what have you been enjoying (or not so much) in the past month or two?

Read more from me in my lifestyle category.

Cosmopolitan Huda Kattan Interview

What I've been watching on netflix

20 comments so far.

20 responses to “What I’ve Been Watching & Reading Recently”

  1. Definitely going to be checking out these shows

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  2. Hollie Ann says:

    Love this round up, I’ll definitely be giving some of those Netflix shows a watch. I was literally thinking of doing a round-up myself because it feels like I’ve got a million things on the go at the moment! X

    Hollie | ItsHollieAnn.com

  3. Shelise says:

    I LOVE Gossip Girl! I watched it non stop at Uni for ages but then I got a bit sick of it and stopped. I’m literally 15 episodes away from the final episode but its been so long I can’t bring myself to finish it now!

  4. Erin says:

    I still haven’t seen abducted in plain sight, that is the plan for today! You need to see Sex Education though, its SO good!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  5. Zoey says:

    I’ve started re-watching Gossip Girl too and I’m loving it!

    Zoey | http://www.zoeyolivia.com

  6. Sarah says:

    Abducted in plain sight was crazy. I have so many unanswered questions! Her parents must have been crazy xx

  7. I love Gossip Girl, would love to rewatch it!

  8. I hated Eleanor Oliphant. I can’t even accurately describe how much I hated that book and I was so disappointed as well because of all the hype around it!


  9. ofbeautyand says:

    The only thing I’ve been watching recently is Ink Master, can’t stop x


  10. Gossip girl is the best! You can’t beat it to be honest!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  11. Mel says:

    I’m obsessed with Netflix. You need to watch The Sinner, best thing I’ve watched in a long while.


  12. I’m still not over Abducted in Plain Sight! xx

  13. I LOVE Gossip Girl! I guessed during the first episode who Gossip Girl was and I was right! x

  14. Mollie says:

    I have had to watch Abducted in plain sight, twice – because i just couldn’t believe it! It’s still so crazy to think this is a real story. BUT it was such a good doc.

    Mollie | mollieclarke.co.uk

  15. Boxnip says:

    You can’t go wrong with Gossip Girl! I want to watch the Ted Bundy Tapes and Abducted in Plain Sight but I have to be in the right mood to watch those kinds of things. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

  16. Laura says:

    Oooh these look good, I have been obsessed with New Amsterdam on Amazon Prime, it’s really good! x

  17. happywiseowl says:

    We’ve just finished House of Cards and I’m watching Suits (again!)
    Em x

  18. Alicia says:

    Abducted in plain sight was the weirdest thing I have ever witnessed – the dad thing?! wtf? haha

    Alicia Xo

  19. wasn’t abducted in plain sight so weird!

  20. Abducted in plain sight was totally baffling!! I sat there like WTF the whole time.

    Sincerely, Sarah xx

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