Monthly Consumption // February 2021

17.3.21




Everything I read and watched in February 2021. Better late than never, right?

Books

'Things I Learned from Falling' by Claire Nelson - Claire Nelson is a girl after my own heart: stressed out by London life and diagnosed by depression, she flies halfway around the world and goes hiking in the desert, alone, like a fierce independent woman. But then she falls from a rockface, landing 25 feet below and gravely injured, where she learns that maybe independence isn't all it's cracked up to be after all. This is the story of that fall and all that it taught her.  

'Cold Earth' by Ann Cleeves - Book number 7 of the Shetland series (Yes, I've read them out of order. Sue me.) sees Jimmy Perez solving the mystery of an unidentified body caught up in a landslide. There's an awful lot of murders on these wee islands but they make me want to visit anyway.

'Dear Evan Hansen' by Emmich et al - The novel - based on the Broadway musical of the same name - sees Evan Hansen pulled into the Murphy family's grief by a letter no one was meant to read. I really wanted to love this coming-of-age story, but I honestly just wanted to shake the boy and stop him from digging an ever-bigger hole. 

'Brave' by Rose McGowan - I purchased this book expecting an insight into misogyny and sexualisation within Hollywood, which it was to an extent, but it was primarily the autobiography of an actress I wasn't familiar with. Nothing too surprising after all the 'Me Too' movement taught us, but perhaps more gripping if you've ever been a fan of 'Scream' or 'Charmed'. 


Movies

'A Dog's Journey' - I'm a sucker for a cute dog movie and Bailey is definitely a cute dog. Many cute dogs, in fact.

'Joy' - Jennifer Lawrence is fab as Joy Mangano, the real-life entrepreneur who beat all the odds to become a self-made millionaire.

'I Am Greta' - This documentary about Greta Thunberg - the Swedish climate activist - kind of broke my heart. The state of the world is in a scary and precarious place and this teenage girl shouldn't have to carry that weight. 


TV

'Unforgotten' (series 1-3) - Detectives Cassie Stuart and Sunny Khan set about solving historic cases of murder and disappearance in this ITV crime drama, now on Netflix. 

'I'm About to Lose Control & I Think Joe Lycett' - Joe Lycett's stand-up comedy show - filmed live on tour in Hammersmith - was easy, light-hearted viewing: something to make you chuckle without having to think too much. 

'I May Destroy You' - Michaela Coel's BBC drama in which she plays Arabella, a young woman whose life irreversibly changes after a sexual assault on a night out. This is gripping, heart-wrenching viewing, probably not to be watched if you're in a vulnerable headspace. 

'Transparent' (series 2) - Have you ever watched something where the characters outright irritate you but you can't stop watching? That's 'Transparent' for me. The Pfeffermans are grappling with some major life choices, identity issues and cultural inequalities, but their inability to consider anyone else's feelings in the midst of their decisions drove me absolutely mad. (And yet, somehow, I can't switch off..)

'White House Farm' - The true story of a family killed inside their English farmhouse one night in the 1980s, retold in this ITV (now on Netflix) crime drama. A terribly sad story, but not a particularly gripping show, though it did touch on some interesting topics such as the demonisation of people with mental health difficulties. 

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What have you been watching recently? Any recommendations for the month ahead?

xo

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