What I Read and Watched in 2021
Hi friends! Happy almost new year! Woooooohoooooo for bigger and better things! I’m so excited to share this blog post because it’s one of my favorite ones to write. I have terrible memory, but I somehow manage to remember all the things I’ve watched and read in a year to think back on them. So here are some of those thoughts below. Enjoy and let me know if we have any in common!
Everything I Watched
I got a VCR gifted to me and it’s been the best. gift. ever. I LOVE watching movies “old school” like I did growing up. It’s given me a huge part of my childhood back that I didn’t even know I missed! For some reason, watching movies on my tiny tv feels SO much more satisfying than watching anything on a flat screen. So minus the VHS movies, here’s everything I watched this year.
So so sad. Follows the girls on the US gymnastics team that were abused by Larry Nasar for years.
This show was like a warm hug. So good I watched it twice. Friends, food, fashion, small-town drama, and hot baseball coaches. What more could you ask for? Can’t wait for season two!
I don’t think most people my age truly grasp how much Bob Dylan changed the music industry forever. An icon, a legend, an all-around gifted musician with a God-given talent. So fun learning more of his story and peeking behind the curtain of his life.
I’m a sucker for journalist stories and this was delightful! Very dramatic and never knew what would happen next. Left on a hell of a cliffhanger so can’t wait for season two!
Despite the name, this show was not comforting how I hoped it would be. It was interesting enough to keep me watching for a handful of episodes, and not to discredit the INCREDIBLE talent of Katharine McPhee but it was just not…entertaining enough. Very predictable, even for a sitcom.
Wow. This was a strong show. The characters were great and the plot just thickens & thickens faster than you can keep up with. It definitely had me hooked at each episode, but sometimes it was difficult to get through because of the unrealistic parts that were too drawn out. Definitely worth a watch still.
The #1 show I watched this year. Everybody should watch this. Absolutely amazing. Even knowing the verdict beforehand, it had me on the edge of my seat until the last minute because it’s just that unbelievably good.
The more I watch new Grey’s, the more I miss old Grey’s. But there were good moments in this year’s season, and I love the characters too much to not follow their lives through a billion more seasons. And by characters, I really only mean Meredith hehe. Also- unpopular opinion, but Owen Hunt was the hottie this season! Can’t change my mind!
Okay! So I started watching my fave high school show again because decades later the girls from the show launched a podcast where they watch an episode a week and talk about all the behind-the-scenes! So much juicy gossip and drama! And not to be dramatic here, but for the first time ever, I understand why some people think this show is life-changing. It covers so many topics that go uncovered more often than not in teen dramas. 10 out of 10, amazing.
My physical therapist recommended this to me and I’m so glad she did! A fun little mini-series if you want some light viewing. It was just funny enough for me, and I really loved watching Selena Gomez act again. Such a perfect role for her!
What I Read
I’m laughing at how much I read children’s books in 2021. It’s been a weird year and I was hit hard by nostalgia so I started rereading my childhood favorites haha. Let’s not judge me here, please (;
“Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.” Read more at Goodreads
“Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible.” Read more at Goodreads
“Sex hormones impact the activities of billions of cells in the body at once, many of which are in the brain. There, they play a role in influencing attraction, sexual motivation, stress, hunger, eating patterns, emotion regulation, friendships, aggression, mood, learning, and more. This means that being on the birth control pill makes women a different version of themselves than when they are off of it.” Read more at Goodreads
“In more than 35 years as a therapist, Forward has worked with large numbers of women struggling to escape the emotional damage inflicted by the women who raised them. Subjected to years of criticism, competition, role-reversal, smothering control, emotional neglect and abuse, these women are plagued by anxiety and depression, relationship problems, lack of confidence and difficulties with trust. They doubt their worth, and even their ability to love.” Read more at Goodreads
“When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach. All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected.” Read more at Goodreads
“At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…” Read more at Goodreads
“The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited—that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations.” Read more at Goodreads
“The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time.” Read more at Goodreads
“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).” Read more at Goodreads
“Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband.” Read more at Goodreads
“Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends…” Read more at Goodreads
“Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger.” Read more at Goodreads
“A guidebook for television news reporters seeking better jobs, and for students who aspire to the business. It is also a fascinating, entertaining read for anyone who wonders what news professionals really do in the field.” Read more at Goodreads