Things to Watch and Read

Have you watched Brené Brown’s new Netflix special? (You can see the trailer here.) I’ve heard it’s amazing but I haven’t seen it yet because I plan to sit down with a pen and paper and take notes while I watch. That’s how much wisdom Brené delivers.

If you’re not familiar with Brené, start by watching her first TED Talk, which is one of the most watched TED Talks of all time. Then check out any of her books. She’s a gift.

Educated by Tara Westover is one of the hottest books out there. It’s been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 62 weeks; it’s currently #2.

I read Educated earlier this year (my mini-review is here) and it has stayed with me in a way that few books have, so when I saw that Oprah had interviewed the author for her Super Soul Sunday series I hit ‘play’ right away. (I listened to the interview on the Super Soul Conversations podcast; you can also watch it on the website.)

Tara Westover is a great interview, and we know what a master Oprah is at guiding the conversation. If you’ve read the book, or think you might like to, I highly recommend it.

Hooray! Season 2 of Big Little Lies is coming to HBO on June 9. You can watch the trailer here.

Big Little Lies is my favorite of Liane Moriarty’s books (my mini-review is here) and the first season of the series, which stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz, did not disappoint. For Season 2 they’re joined by Meryl Streep, so I can only imagine it will be great.

My book club is meeting next week and we’re reading When All Is Said by Anne Griffin. I have it downloaded but I haven’t started reading yet; I’ll include it in my next Book Report.

A smaller book group I’m a part of (just four women) is getting ready to read this collection of short stories by Tom Hanks. I’m intrigued!

I don’t listen to audiobooks since my listening time is eaten up by podcasts, but it seems like audio would be a great way to “read” this one since Tom Hanks is the narrator.

What are you watching and reading these days?

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  1. Laurie Bollig says:

    Just finished Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity (really interesting), Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (fabulous – will go in my Hall of Fame) and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (couldn’t put it down). A good stretch of reading!

    1. Laurie, thanks for the recommendations. I’ve heard mixed reviews on Nine Perfect Strangers, but I love her books so will read at some point. And just today I heard about Unsheltered…high praise from you. I’m taking note. My book club is reading Where Crawdads Sing later this year and I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for your comment!

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