Watching, listening reading: June

The year is flying by so fast!  It’s the end of June already….half way through the year.  At least with our wonderful week in Fiji I had some time to read.  So, here we go with this month’s round up of media consumption.


To be honest, it wasn’t a particularly good month for watching.  We started The 100, but quite frankly I got bored with it (to be honest, too much violence), after a couple of episodes of series 2.  Dr Who (series 36!) on the other hand has been great this season. Only one more episode to go.  The original 1960s, cloth-faced Mondasian Cybermen are in it too.  On the flight to Fiji I watched (with terrible sound) Hidden Figures which was a film I had missed in the cinema.  Really interesting story, and how times have changed.


This month podcast list is not that much different from usual, though have to say At Home With… is proving a new favourite.  The Moth is always good value too, as is A Taste of the Past and Radio Cherry Bomb.  I’ve yet to listen to Stella McCartney on Desert Island Discs – bet she picks at least one thing by her father.


After finishing Karl Ove Knausgaard’s A Death in the Family (well written, self centred and just a bit pretentious), I needed some light relief, and went with Andrea Camilleri’s Italian detective Montalbano in The Wings of the Sphinx, which was just the thing.  I enjoyed Mary S Lovell’s The Riviera Set, the story of a house, Chateau de l’Horizon near Cannes. and its famous guests (everyone from Churchill to Coco Chanel) from 1920 to 1960.

The best book though this month was The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  When I realised towards the end what might happen (sort of did, but not quite), I actually yelled out ‘No!’, causing Karl to rise from his slumber on the sun lounger.  Such a good book – if you’ve read it I hope you agree.  I have a few pages to read of another book by her, What Alice Forgot, which is also proving to be a gripping story.

Reading in the sun

I was going to be good about buying magazines this month, since I hardly have time to read them, but of course had to pick up the always wonderful Frankie, and Kinfolk for an article about Dance Theatre of Harlem…and the fact that the theme is about weekends, the best part of the week.

Magazine time

Have you watched, listened to or read anything good recently?  Ideas most welcome!

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