Bridgerton [ season 1 ] – This show was a lot of fun, easy on the eye, and was a bit of mindless entertainment that was easy to enjoy at the end of a long day. I did not feel the chemistry between the main characters at all, so that was a bit of a disappointment for me. But I found the problematic older brother hot enough to distract me enough to keep me invested and keep me watching.
WandaVision [ season 1 ] – It took me about three episodes of this to get absolutely hooked. This was such a unique viewing experience, it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the small screen and I loved it. Be warned – this was a rollercoaster of emotions. This kick-started our desire to re-watch the Marvel movies in chronological order which has been a fun experience so far.
9-1-1 [ season 1 ] – I came down with a pretty bad flu in the middle of the month, and ended up binge watching this ridiculous show for a week. This was exactly what I needed, something mindless and fun that made me laugh and was entertaining without requiring too much brainpower. There was also just the right amount of eye candy to keep me interested (Buck, hello).
9-1-1 [ season 2 ] – The ridiculous continued into season two, but the action was jacked up a bit with a major earthquake taking place in Los Angeles. I binged watched the entire second season soon after the first, and it got me through a week spent on the couch feeling sick and sorry for myself.
Mad Men [ season 1 ] – Sebastian and I have embarked on a re-watch of Mad Men, and finished off the first season this month. This is one of my all-time favourite shows, and I am falling in love with it all over again on re-watching it. The acting, the characters, the aesthetic… all of it is perfect.
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – “In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine – a pressurised oxygen chamber that patients enter for “dives”, used as an alternative therapy for conditions including autism and infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community. Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night–trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges–as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.”
Honeybee by Craig Silvey – “Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.”
Every Last Secret by A.R. Torre – “Cat Winthorpe has worked hard to get what she has: a gorgeous home; social standing; and William, her successful, handsome husband. Then a friendly new couple moves into the estate next door. While cautious, a good neighbor like Cat greets them with open arms and warm hospitality. Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with off-the-rack dresses, personal issues, and a husband who hasn’t delivered, she’s anxious to move up in the world. This beautiful new town is a step in the right direction. It’s also making Neena aware of what she doesn’t have. Namely, William. When Neena’s infatuation escalates into obsession, it’s just a matter of eliminating a few obstacles to get the life she wants. The life next door. As Neena’s secret fixation grows, so does her friendship with Cat. But beneath their cordial interactions is a wealth of temptations, secrets, and toxic jealousy. For both women, the desire for a perfect life can turn perfectly dangerous.”
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – “Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name – and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognised for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help. The new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation – but the mysterious letters keep coming. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insist she was murdered – and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases – and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.”
Sweet Valley High #21 – Runaway – “Jessica Wakefield is sick and tired of taking second place to her twin sister, Elizabeth. Everyone adores Elizabeth; she’s kind and loving and generous. But Jessica can’t seem to do anything right. Then Jessica meets handsome, sensitive Nicky Shepard, who feels the same way she does. Nicky is running away to San Francisco and wants Jessica to join him. At first she doesn’t take him seriously. But when things reach the breaking point at home, Jessica starts to see that she might be better off if she left Sweet Valley – forever!”
Sweet Valley High #22 – Too Much In Love – “Bill Chase and DeeDee Gordon have been happy together for a long time. But lately DeeDee has become too dependent on Bill. She wants to do everything and go everywhere with him. Bill feels that he doesn’t have any room to breathe and decides it’s over between them. Elizabeth doesn’t know why DeeDee is acting the way she is, but she knows DeeDee’s strange behaviour is killing her relationship. Can Elizabeth help DeeDee regain her strength and independence before its too late?”
Sweet Valley University #18 – Billie’s Secret – “Billie Winkler is breaking Steven Wakefield’s heart. By competing for a scholarship to study in Spain, she has shattered Steven’s plans for their perfect future. Will Billie win a year abroad and risk losing Steven forever? Jessica Wakefield is miserable. She has the job from hell at Taylor’s department store, and if she messes up one more time, she’ll be fired! Everyone’s taking bets on how long Jessica will last, even her ex-husband Mike McAllery. But there’s no way she’ll let Mike get the last laugh. Posing as a waitress in a sleazy nightclub, Elizabeth Wakefield is about to uncover a major scandal. But can she expose the crooks without exposing too much of herself?”
Sweet Valley University #19 – Broken Promises, Shattered Dreams – “Billie Winkler and Steven Wakefield are having a baby! But Steven’s joy quickly turns to misery when Billie tells him that marriage is not the only option. Will this mean the end of Billie and Steven? Now that she owns her own clothing business, Jessica Wakefield’s life is perfect. But then her flirty partner, Val Tripler, and scheming ex-husband, Mike AcAllery, disappear with all the company’s borrowed money. How will Jessica find her way out of this one? Lila Fowler’s sick of her freeloading friends! She opens a non-profit doughnut shop to help the neighbourhood, and her friends help themselves to all the free food. Can Lila keep her store without losing her friends?”
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel – As you can tell by this post, it was a light TV watching month for me, and I only finished one TV season in the entire month. And I’m sad to say, it was a disappointing watch. I remember being fascinated with the Elisa Lam case when it first broke, I remember watching the elevator footage and feeling uneasy about the way she was acting. But now knowing what she was going through, and how things ended for her is just… sad. This series drags things out and plants unnecessary seeds that detract from what Elisa was experiencing. By all means research the case, learn about Elisa’s story, but it’s probably not necessary to do so by watching this.