What I've been Reading, Watching, and Listening To {August 2018} | Enduring All Things

Friday, August 31, 2018

What I've been Reading, Watching, and Listening To {August 2018}

Hi guys! Once again, I'm writing this post about a week late. And I will back-date it again to be published on the last week day of August. I don't know why I have such a hard time writing these. I think it's just overwhelming when I write all the reviews at once. I need to write them individually as I read, watch, and listen to each item.

Anyway, here are my reviews for August. Enjoy!

Books:

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines - 5/5 stars

So of course this is simply a memoir of Chip and Jojo's life together focusing on their business (which was their life) and it was fascinating. For whatever reason, I fly through memoirs of famous people I look up to. I finished this book in two days. That's always the case with this kind of non-fiction. Anyway, I was mesmorized by their story and certainly impressed by their values. And now I'm determined to "thrive rather than just survive" in every stage of life!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - 5/5 stars

So believe it or not, this was my first time reading Anne of Green Gables. And I expected it to be good. But holy cow! It was incredible! I'm really not completely sure what to say about it because you all probably have read it or at least know the story. But basically Anne is an incredible little orphan girl and I learned so much from the book. I can only imagine the lessons I could have learned if I had read it as a child.

Also, the most recent medium I had consumed about Anne was "Anne with an E" on Netflix. I figured they had exaggerated some things for Hollywood and I guessed that some of the political/social issues addressed in the show would not be present in the book. But I had NO IDEA that the show added completely new characters that aren't even mentioned in the book. And HUGE side stories about certain characters spending years of their lives traveling. Crazy!

Oh and yes this book is about Anne from age 11 to age 16. It follows her life as she's adopted and goes through school. Therefore it is classified as a "juvenile" read. I am currently reading Anne of Avonlea which opens on Anne at 16 about to start her career as a school teacher. I'll be honest, I'm loving the story of this one even better as I can relate to her a bit more. The books will probably get better to me as the progress.

Manna by Marshall Brain - 3/5 stars

Ok so this "book" is 8 chapters long and completely published online. I probably shouldn't have given it 3 stars because in that rating system, I am comparing it to novels. I'm not really sure what to call it because it's not really a story. Marshall Brian calls it an "essay" on his website so I guess we can go with that. Anyway, it's set in the future when robots take over. I don't want to give too much away but it's certainly interesting and eye opening. I do think everyone should read it, just don't expect it to be incredibly entertaining. And it is only 8 chapters so you can read that, right? Oh and I don't recall any R-rated or even PG13-rated conflict, in case you're wondering.

Blog Posts/Articles:

Honestly, I read a lot of blog posts about the Marriage Bundle in August.

Also, this amazing gem of a post by Chelsea of The New Wifestyle: Are You Talented or Skilled?

And of course, everything Amberly of A Prioritized Marriage wrote all month!

TV Shows:

Twin Peaks - 5/5 stars

You guys, this show is the weirdest, most brilliant thing on Netflix! Okay I can't say that because I haven't seen everything on Netflix. But guys, Twin Peaks is amazing! It's old and creepy. It's set in the PNW. It has Kyle MacLachlan. What more can you want? We're so invested in what happens in this small town. It started with a single murder case and now there are crimes popping up all over.

Agents of Shield - 3.5/5 stars

Ok you guys. I love this show. Pearson laughs at me for that. I'll admit, it's not the greatest story or production ever, but... I guess I just love the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For whatever reason, I am very invested in these characters. And yes, the stories are getting a little ridiculous and outlandish. There's a reason there is only going to be one more season. They got a last minute renewal with only 13 episodes and it won't air until July 2019.

Anyway, what I care about is the people and the relationships. For one, they remind me so much of Harry Potter characters. When we watched the season 5 finale, I could not get this one part out of my head. It was so sad and it put me in a funk. I got super sad and mopey for a while and I think the show was a big part of it!

Stranger Things - 5/5 stars

Yes. We watched season 2 of Stranger Things. Again. Over the last weekend in August, because it's starting to feel like fall and we wanted to watch something creepy. Guys it was as good the second time as the first! But I'm guessing I don't have to tell you that. I hate that season 3 isn't coming out till next summer!

Movies:

Coco - 5/5 stars

You guys I knew this was going to be good. I mean it's Disney/Pixar. And I had only heard good things about it. Besides, I'm sort of obsessed with the Day of the Dead celebration. You guys, this movie was so good. It might be my new favorite Pixar movie! I'm so glad we finally watched it on Netflix.

To All the Boys I've Loved - 3/5 stars

This fun little high school drama, Netflix chick-flick was actually pretty entertaining. Of course, take it for what it's worth. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Get Smart - 4/5 stars

I watched Get Smart a long time ago. Probably when it first came out. But Pearson had never seen it so one night we saw it was on Netflix so we decided to randomly watch it. Anyway, it was hilarious and I enjoyed it even more this time than the first!

YouTube:

Sheila Gregoire of To Love, Honor, and Vacuum started a new video series called "Ask Sheila" where she discusses questions about marriage. I've enjoyed it a lot!

Pearson and I have been watching ALL the SNL on YouTube! It's our current favorite pass time!

Justine Leconte's videos about capsule wardrobes helped me to create mine!

This incredibly insightful video from The Gottman Institute explaining their concept, Bids for Connection.


Listening:

The Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia: Here we Go Again soundtracks! I forgot how much I love Abba!

Have you ever heard of the genre of music called Chap Hop? It's hip-hop/rap done by British gentlemen! It's hilarious and amazing!

What have you been reading, watching, and listening to lately? Have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!
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