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Reading Watching Listening #2

A colorful collection of antique books lined up on a shelf

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You would have thought that an avid bibliophile like myself would have made good use of the unencumbered reading time afforded by the stay-home orders and social calendar crickets of the last few months. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t quite match that rosy image, and my reading habits took a serious hit in 2020—so much so that I couldn’t quite bring myself to write the traditional round up post because I didn’t feel like I had “enough” to write about. But the truth is, what I did read (and watch and listen to) was pretty spectacular, and it’s a shame to let my negligence keep me from sharing these titles with you. 

So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to on repeat lately.


Click on the covers to read my reviews.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

YA FAntasy

The Wolf of Cape Fen by Juliana Brandt. Book cover image shows a lighthouse, a wolf, and the silhouette of two girls walking by rough sea waves.

MG Fantasy

The Intentional Family by William J. Doherty, Ph.D.


Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. Book cover image shows a man and a woman on a dog sled.

Historical Fiction

Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler



Click on the movie posters to read my reviews.

Just Mercy movie poster featuring Michael B. Jordan in a suit


My Octopus Teacher


This Beautiful Fantastic movie poster, featuring a young woman looking up from between bright pink flowers


Peanut Butter Falcon movie poster, with a two young men and a young woman posing on a raft


Togo film poster


Moneyball poster with Brad Pitt sitting in an empty baseball stadium

Sports drama



The English Game poster with a group of people standing in a line behind a European football. Half of the people are dressed as 19th century laborers while the other half are dressed as upper class gentlemen and women.

Sports Drama


Maybe it was because life has been pretty crazy for the whole planet, but I honestly didn’t explore much in the way of new things to listen to. I mostly stayed in my safe little bubble of familiar favorites, with the exception of this gorgeous performance of Barber’s Adagio for Strings by Croatian rock star cellist Stjepan Hauser.
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What have you been reading, watching, and listening to lately? Write about your favorites in your journal or share your recommendations with a friend.

I’d love to hear about your recent favorites, too! Tell me about them in the comments below or over on Facebook!


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Jess Friedman
Jess is a Canadian-American who’s always ready for the next adventure. She loves all things living, always has a million creative projects in progress, and polishes her nerd badge daily. She is passionate about helping families make and preserve treasured memories that strengthen bonds across generations. You can read more posts by Jess here.

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