Well, June has been and gone somehow and now it’s time to share what I’ve read and watched over the month.
As always I feel as though I’ve only made a small dent in my ‘to be read’ and ‘to be watched’ list. Yet I have read some brilliant books and watched some great films again this month. So, let’s dive right in!
What I’ve Read:
Be Your own Best Friend: The Glorious Truths of Being Female by Chessie King
This wonderful new book has had rave reviews and for a good reason, it’s magnificent. I love Chessie’s energy and positivity online around body acceptance, so it’s no surprise that I adored her book.
It’s a brilliant and refreshing read with vibrant illustrations, including some of her most loved prints from her online shop. I would really recommend that every woman (or man) read this book to learn to love the female body and all her normal but sometimes unspoken quirks. It’s all about self-love and self-acceptance and Chessie endorses this by the bucket load, which I love.
The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi
I technically listened to this as an audiobook as opposed to reading it, but I read/heard the book and thought it was absolutely fantastic. I’ve included it in my life changing list of self-help books here, as this method really clicked with me.
Throughout The Kindness Method, Shahroo shares practical exercises that you can do in order to become kinder to yourself and achieve your goals. After all beating yourself up about how badly you’re doing or how much time you’ve wasted is never productive right?
It’s a practical book with advice based on real experiences of Shahroo using this method both on herself and her addiction clients. If it works for them, I have faith that it can work on you and I too.
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
I’d heard brilliant things about this book and it was incredibly powerful and informative. It discusses systemic racism, white supremacy, police brutality against black Americans and provides an honest insight into how racism affects every aspect of American life. Ijeoma shares ways to challenge racist remarks from friends or family members and how to discuss racism and white privilege in a range of different contexts and on different subjects.
I personally found it really insightful and educational. I’d recommend you add it to your Anti-Racist reading list if you haven’t read it already, you can find other suggestions for that reading list here.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Back in January I started the acclaimed TV series Big Little Lies and began reading the book and I’ve finally finished it! I used to read it on the train to work, but lockdown happened and threw that all out of the window, so I’ve only just got round to picking it back up again.
The book is as sensational as the series. I absolutely loved how complex and intricate the characters are and the storyline is. The structure really intrigued me as well, as the discussions about the murder occur right from the start, but we don’t know who has died. It leans into the gossiping nature of close knit communities and it makes for a really gripping and unique story.
What I’ve Watched:
The Red Sea Diving Resort (Netflix)
This is a spy thriller movie about covert agents that help Ethiopian-Jewish refugees escape across the border into Israel. I found it so moving and incredibly tense. I was surprised by how much it affected me, it’s a really powerful film.
Killing Eve (Series 3 – Netflix & BBC iPlayer)
I thought the first two seasons of Killing Eve were sensational, so I had high hopes for the third series and it didn’t disappoint.
I’ve written a whole post about my love for Killing Eve before (here) but I think it’s such a fantastic and gripping show.
I love Villanelle and Eve’s obsession with each other and how destructive it is for them both. Equally, both actresses, Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, are absolutely sensational, but then again the whole cast is. The one liner’s in the show are a credit to Phoebe Waller Bridge’s writing style, but Fiona Shaw’s delivery of them, in this season especially, is spot on.
The Salisbury Poisonings is a three-part television drama about the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury, England in 2018. The BBC One drama was created by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn for Dancing Ledge Productions.
I know that Dancing Ledge have been working on this series since the attacks happened in March 2018, and you really notice the attention to detail in the re-telling of the event. It’s exceptional, insightful and emotional with a great cast. I’d highly recommend watching it.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga is a musical comedy film about two Icelandic singers that dream of, and are given the chance to, represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest.
It’s a classic Will Ferrell film – hilarious, with a great cast and an excellent selection of outfits/hairstyles. I absolutely flipping loved it. What a feel good, fun film.
Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams are also my new favourite duo. There’s also lots of great cameos!
The Parent Trap (Disney +)
One of my friends was watching this and inspired me to do the same. I love and always will love this film. It’s a classic and a staple from my childhood. Lindsay Lohan is iconic in this movie, as is the beautiful Natasha Richardson. It’s just a feel good, family classic.
Jurassic Park (Netflix)
It took me years to get over my childhood fear of dinosaurs and finally watch Jurassic Park, but I’m so pleased that I did. I recently watched all the new Jurassic World films and while I enjoyed them, you just can’t beat the first Jurassic Park film.
It’s legendary and all three of the original films are now on Netflix alongside the two new ones, so it’s an excuse to start them from the beginning again.
What books have you read and series or films have you watched in June?
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