Currently Reading, Currently Watching, Currently Listening: 2nd Edition

On Netflix: The Crown Season 3, obviously.

I’ve been patiently waiting for its release for almost two years – ever since Season 2 was released in December of 2017.  In fact, I love The Crown so much, while we were in the hospital right after Henry was born, I dug out my laptop, set it up on one of those little tables with rolling wheels that swing over the bed, and fully intended to watch an episode. I was so exhausted I didn’t watch much of anything (yes, I was naive), but it seemed like a good idea at the time. 

Season 3 was finally released yesterday, and I practiced delayed gratification all day (it wasn’t easy!), waiting until evening to really savour the first episode of the new season, complete with cozy pyjamas, a Christmas candle, and snacks. While the new cast will take some getting used to, and Churchill’s death was just as tragic as I knew it would be, it was wonderful. I’m planning to slowly ration-out the new season, one episode at a time, for maximum enjoyment. 

On Podcast: Hit Man By Jasmyn Morris
When Tiffani Horn’s mother and severely disabled brother, along with his nurse, are murdered in the middle of the night, detectives notice a striking connection to instructions contained in a book titled Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors. Morris guides us through the case, the family, the history of the book and its publisher Paladin Press, and most disturbingly, to the man behind the killings. This podcast humanizes the free speech debate (can a book really be the cause of murder?); it’s meticulously researched, and thoughtfully constructed. Good stuff!

From Audible: Life is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance By Matt Fitzgerald
I just finished this one last week, and it was, to my great surprise, rich and compelling. While I expected a classic running memoir, Fitzgerald goes far beyond that, weaving a very personal narrative about navigating his wife, Nataki’s, struggle with bipolar disorder (she tries to kill him on multiple occasions, on which he is quite literally forced to run for his life), around a sponsored cross-country trip to find the “magic of the marathon.” If you want to learn how running can truly help you to become a better version of yourself, this is a must-read. I’ll give you a hint: the endurance required for long distance running turns out to be pretty useful when it comes to tackling life’s big struggles too.

To Henry: The Best Goalie Ever By Gilles Tibo, Illustrated by Bruno St. Aubin 

This book was a baby gift from a linemate, who should now solidly take the blame for my toddler’s obsession with goalies, as it’s his current book of choice. When the goalie for Nicholas’ hockey team gets sick his dad asks him to strap on the pads for tomorrow’s game, and he agrees. But there’s just one problem . . . Nicholas is so nervous about the idea of playing in net that he can’t fall asleep! Miraculously, disaster is diverted, and Nicholas’ exhaustion helps him put up a stellar performance.  Cute and Canadian (Thank goodness, since I know almost the whole thing by heart at this point).

From my ridiculously massive book collection: The Tattooist of Auschwitz By Heather Morris
Finding its way into my hands as November’s book club pick, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is highly readable, despite it’s dark subject matter. While I’m familar with Holocaust literature from titles like Auschwitz, Night, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz, Morris’ take is very different. Classified as historical fiction, it claims to “be based on the powerful true story of love and survival,” but has been criticized for presenting an inaccurate and misleading view of life in the camp. Regardless, it’s a story about finding love amidst pain, and we all could use more of that.

 

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