I’ve been having a hard time lately focusing on reading & writing lately (thanks anxiety!), so I’ve spent most of my time watching TV & playing video games. I’ve been watching a bunch of different shows on Netflix… some by myself, some with the kiddo & others with Evil Husband. I thought I’d share the shows I’ve been watching.
⭐⭐⭐Rating: 3 out of 5.
Disclaimer: This review was posted prior to the revelations of the author’s racist actions towards a fellow cast member on Vanderpump Rules. I have removed all promotions of this book on social media & will no longer be featuring this review. Please check out the below list of highly recommended non-fiction books regarding racism on GoodReads.
He’s Making You Crazy by Vanderpump Rules star Kristen Doute is one part memoir, one part Stalking 101. It’s as if Kristen & her alter ego “Crazy Kristen” were dueling with each other for page space. It reminded me a little bit like a non-fiction version of The Dark Half.
If you aren’t familiar with Vanderpump Rules, it was a reality show about struggling waitstaff/models/ actors working at SUR, a restaurant in West Hollywood owned by Lisa Vanderpump, from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It is now a reality show about those same people, who pretend to work at SUR sometimes, while owning million dollar homes.
As a fan of Vanderpump Rules & an unapologetic Kristen Doute fan, I was thoroughly entertained reading her book. It is funny & witty, with dashes of humility, self-awareness & not at all basic. You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of the show or know much about it to enjoy her book. It is written with a much wider audience in mind then just fans of the show. Fellow cast members names aren’t dropped during parts about things that happened or are currently happening while filming. However, fans will know exactly who she is talking about.
While reading about the early parts of Doute’s romantic relationships, I felt like I was reading stories of my own life. I’m about the same age as Doute & grew up in the same area, so I immediately connected with stories of high school parties with Dave Matthews playing, concerts at Pine Knob & trips to Cedar Point. I enjoyed getting to know a side of Kristen Doute that has rarely been given much time on the show.
However, a bit of advice… If you want to avoid a restraining order, I suggest not following some of the “tips” given & maybe take them as anecdotal evidence of what not to do.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.
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⭐⭐⭐⭐Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Only Good Indians is a Native American folklore tale about the cost of defying tradition & a supernatural being seeking revenge.
Four teenagers of the Blackfeet Nation decide to hunt on reservation land reserved for tribal elders, breaking a sacred tradition in more ways then they realize & awaken an entity that will stop at nothing to get her revenge.
While they desperately try to fix their mistake, it is of no use. She will wait & bide her time until the moment is right. As the teenagers grow up & move away from the reservation, they all begin to slowly see and hear things. At first, they think they are crazy, until they each remember what they did & realize that what was told to them as legend, is in fact real.
The story is dark, gritty & violent & a totally different kind of horror novel.
Thank you to BookishFirst for the advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Only Good Indians will be released on July 14, 2020.
This whole pandemic stay at home thing has really impacted my ability to do my some of my favorite creative things like blogging & reading a book just isn’t happening. I have found it difficult to concentrate and focus right now & find that the things that work for me are mindless activities. TV & movies are one method of escape for me right now. I’ve watched more Netflix & Hulu than I have in months. The other one is video games. I even downloaded Candy Crush onto my phone for the first time in years. I haven’t had a game on my phone for a few years now.
So, these are the 5 video games I’ve been immersing myself in:
I have been in a weird kind of head space since the stay at home orders hit here in the U.S. & haven’t felt much like writing. I think the fog has finally lifted as I have been jotting down all kinds of ideas the past few days for blog posts & I hope I’m back on track. One of my random thoughts was a sort of “top 5” type post, but I didn’t want to really to be specifically a “top 5, ” so #5onFriday”was born.
Basically, post 5 random things at 5:00PM (your time) on Friday that you did, read, watched, played, etc. Since Friday night is the beginning of the weekend, and pre-quarantine, people would go out to dinner, bars, or just hang out with friends, I thought this might be a good way for others to find ideas for things to do, games to play, shows or movies to watch. You can post 5 outdoor things you did this week. Or 5 movies you watched with your kids. Or the last 5 books you read. Or 5 new recipes you want to cook this week. Or your 5 favorite video games to play. Pretty much whatever you want.
This week for my #5onFriday, I decided to highlight some of my fellow WP bloggers that have been following me for quite a while now & providing great content. So, for some Friday night blog reading, check out these blogs….
waiting for the great, big, beautiful tomorrow
A Stay At Home Mum on a very tight budget!
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