October Roundup: What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening to

Happy Sunday! Checking in today with some of the content I’ve been consuming recently that I want to share with y’all.

What I’m reading:

  • Last week I finished The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. It’s a page-turner about a small college town affected by a growing contagion that makes its victims succumb to a perpetual slumber. I gave it 4.5 starssee my full review here!
  • I started reading Ordinary People by Diana Evans for @LilyLitClub. I’ll definitely be talking more about it next week.
  • I loved this travel article by the New York Times: How to Eat Like a Local While Traveling.

What I’m watching:

  • There’s been drama afoot at Fair Verona High. Since Oct. 9th, I’ve been following Buzzfeed‘s Instagram performance of Romeo and Juliet. The characters each tell their narrative through Instagram stories, IGTV, and playful posts. It’s queer, it’s goofy, it’s been a nice laugh. Find more details here.
  • Quincy (on Netflix) – I watched it because I heard Kendrick was in it and ended the screening with my jaw on the floor. I “knew of” Quincy Jones but didn’t know the range of his influence. He’s worked with everyone from Ray Charles, to Frank Sinatra, to Miles Davis, to Oprah Winfrey, to Michael Jackson. Insane.
  • Lisa and I went to see A Star is Born without any clue what it was about, in the middle of the afternoon. “It’s a romantic comedy, right?” she asked. “No, it’s a drama, I think,” I responded. “But with a happy ending!” (SPOILER) There is no happy ending. Definitely go see it, don’t go alone, bring tissues, feel the feelings. Lisa forgot it was Lady Gaga for the first thirty minutes somehow. Our heart still hurts but we loved it.

What I’m listening to:

  • All Gaga, all week long. Those that know me know that I’ve been listening to Lady Gaga for the last decade. If you’re getting back into her music in this post-Star is Born world, I recommend these “vintage” moments:
    • Captivated (my favorite pre-Gaga track performed at NYU)
    • Speechless (from the Fame Monster era) (I’m obviously a sucker for piano Gaga)
    • And this speech about finding your authentic self, which I honestly should add to my morning routine because I love it so much.
  • Serial came back a few weeks ago after staying a year in my home state at the Cleveland Court House. They’re telling stories about the justice system from their time there and they are holding back zero punches. This is a must-listen!

What I’m grateful for:

  • Watching Bookstagram discuss privilege and whiteness and all the new accounts I’ve followed run by POC (Nerdlyy has been rounding them up in her story highlights)
  • This Pumpkin Rum Candle by Makers of Wax Goods. Germany hasn’t embraced the pumpkin spice craze so this has been sating my autumn pumpkin-shaped heart.

And lastly, I’m grateful for the laugh provided by this video from Brooklyn 99: