If I had a normal job I would probably have more internet-y style links to share with you. Back when I worked the circulation desk at the library I would be exploring the inter-webs often during my down time and that’s when I first discovered blogs and pinterest. These days though, my blog reading has condensed to a few of my favorites and my considerable down time at home is spent reading and watching shows on Netflix. Because I have most of the day free, I tend to limit my tv watching during the day. I end up feeling like a lazy bum if I’ve spent the morning watching something. Oddly enough, I don’t feel bad at all spending evenings watching tv. During the day I tend to read books as they don’t make me feel as lazy. Many mornings you can find me with a cup of chai tea, curled up on the futon with Kelcy reading a book. I feel like I need to add a disclaimer that I don’t spend ALL of my time reading and watching movies. I may only work 4-5 hours teaching in the afternoon/evening, but I still try to do productive things with most of my time ;-).
So instead of links to cool blogs and videos I thought I’d share what I’ve been reading/watching for the past few months.
Books: I’m really on a mystery kick lately and tend towards historical mystery series like the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear set in the 1930s, the Midwife’s Mysteries by Sam Thomas set in the 1640s, the non-historical Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penney set in Quebec, and the Dido Kent series by Anna Dean set in the 1820s. I’m also a fan of fantasy/science fiction and have enjoyed the Peter Grant series of Ben Aaronovitch which is described as Harry Potter meets CSI, and I loved the Edda of Burdens trilogy by Elizabeth Bear which is described as a postapocalyptic melodrama loosely based on Norse mythology.
In the non fiction/thought provoking reading arena I’ve just finished C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce and Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet by Barbara C. Crafton. The Great Divorce is such a clever imaginative take on Heaven and Hell; I’ve grown to really love C. S. Lewis’s writings. Jesus Wept is an incredible exploration of depression. I feel drawn to the subject of depression because many people I know have struggled with it and it is something I could struggle with post baby (NOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT) someday. Though I know it’s impossible to truly relate to the struggles other people have with depression, I’m hoping if I read enough about it I can empathize to some extent. Another great insight into depression/mental illness is Maria Bamford’s comedy special on Netflix, it’s a bit kooky at times, but I love hearing her hilarious perspective on her own mental illness.
TV: I tend to watch tv with Kevin in the evenings and he is not a fan of dark/critically acclaimed shows. I usually agree with him. We tried Breaking Bad and Dexter and found them too bloody. I love British tv shows like Ripper Street, Luther, Miss Marple, the Australian Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries, and Sherlock (which Kevin loves too). Together we tend to watch light hearted comedic shows like Parks and Rec, Modern Family, Brooklyn 99, Warehouse 13, How I Met Your Mother. Recently I’ve started watching Endeavor (the first series is on Amazon Prime) and Vicious (available on PBS) with Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. While watching I work on the paper wreaths for Esther’s wedding! 4 down, 3 to go.
I think that’s all for now. What are you all watching/reading?