Before I get back to being all heavy and serious – because life is heavy – and since I couldn’t be bothered to read hardly anything on my vast, ever increasing reading list this summer – here’s a taste of how I spent my summer (when I wasn’t holding hands and praying with folks at hospital beds).
SUMMER POP CULTURE ROUNDUP
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I discovered audiobooks – free from the library. Yay! I listened to two nifty novels about smart and feisty southern ladies
- A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty, by Joshilyn Jackson; and
- The Peach Keeper, by Sarah Addison Allen; buried secrets and magic are bound to come up eventually. And speaking of magic
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern; magic. circus. the past. the future
- The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis; Sad and Beautiful and sometimes Difficult. But also good. Read this book.
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender; finally. This has been on my list for years.
And for the YA crowd
- Matched, by Ally Condie; the first in a three-part series (because apparently teens only read books in series nowadays. Meh. Government control of all aspects of life, and you just know the people are going to rise up and fight the power – led by the youth. Not as good as Hunger Games (no Rue), but it’s okay to listen to and now I’m curious to see how the series ends.
- Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater; the first in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy (I said – “threes”). Don’t bother with this one. Werewolves are the new vampires. But witches are more interesting that werewolves, so maybe try
- The Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. I haven’t read this, but I’ve read good things about it.
With all the audiobooks, not a lot of music this summer. But here’s what I can’t stop listening to now:
“Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke. Mired in controversy and preemptive lawsuits, sure. And do we really need all the b*&#@s from TI? But this is a not heavy blog post. I will say, though, this song with its sly, playful and kinda sexy lyrics reminds me a lot more of His Royal Badness than Marvin Gaye. And it was so much fun that it made me also download Thicke’s “Meiplé“ with Jay-Z (who is having his own trifling summer).
It’s really challenging to talk about music and keep things light, so just two more:
Icona Pop’s “I Love It“. enough said.
And the CD that I’ve been driving too all summer long: Motown Remixed, Volume 1. I can’t even describe how hot this is. Motown classics with new beats courtesy of Z-Trip, ?uestlove and the Randy Watson Experience, DJ Smash, Salaam Remi, and more more more. Just Listen Now.
Since I ditched my television, most of my tv watching is via Netflix streaming, but it gets the job done.
- The much awaited Arrested Development was alright, but not as good as I remembered.
- Drop Dead Diva: Super fluff, but I went back and watched Seasons 1 and 2 just to catch up for Season 3. I can’t get that time back.
- Dr. Who! Series Seven, Part 1. Mad thanks to Matthew and to Ariane for reminding me that I could watch this via Amazon Prime. And then, since my New Whovian nephew is getting his mother up to speed:
- Dr. Who from the 10th doctor. With
- Torchwood: Children of Earth thrown in for good measure. And since I already had the accent in my head anyway,
- Mistresses – the BBC version. All three series. Just a whole lot of poor choices there. And now I’m watching
- Alphas, season 2.
Alas, sweet summer, it was real. Now back to work.