March’s Recently Read, Watched, and Listened

Read

Nomadland, by Jessica Bruder – A beautifully written book about people. I loved the movie but what I love most about this book is that there are so many more people that you learn about, their stories and what lead them to becoming “nomads”. 

The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida, by Clarissa Goenawan – I had a feeling, from the beginning, that Miwako’s story was going to be dark. And it wasn’t because you learn (very early) about her suicide. This was well-written and made me want to learn more about how the other characters moved on beyond the part of their lives included in this book. 

Already Toast, by Kate Washington – Extremely eye-opening and informative. How more than 53 million, here in the USA alone, are caretakers and how most are unpaid/uncompensated for what they do. How this is stress, responsibility, physical and emotional toll that wears us down in so many ways. Most of all, how a simple twist of fate can lead to a life change, role change, and the deterioration (if we don’t do something about it) of our selves. 

Bored and Brilliant, by Manoush Zomorodi – I’m re-reading this (read near it’s initial release) but this time, I’m taking the time to do the exercises and homework she suggests.


Watched

WandaVision – completed season 1.  My love and appreciation for the talent that is Kathryn Hahn has grown, exponentially.

Bob’s Burgers – currently at s11 e16. Love having this run in the background as lighthearted and fun “noise”. Though the one-liners and the musical numbers are some of the best written/delivered. 

The Great North – from the same people that brought you Bob’s Burgers, comes… It’s similar, but taking some time (for me) to gain some traction. My favorite parts are the self-deprecating one-liners from Alanis Morissette. 

Falcon and The Winter Soldier – currently at s1 e2. I like the serialized format over a 3+ hour movie. I think this works especially better for comic book/super hero movies (as that’s what comics are, right?).


Listened

This month’s rotation included Kimbra, Smokey Brights, Rilo Kiley, Sharon Van Etten, Cyndi Lauper, Def Leppard, The Coathangers, and The Notorious MSG.

[Single] “Creator” by Ora the Molecule – this track caught me off guard because I couldn’t get into the intro but, then I heard the lyrics. It warranted playing it on repeat a couple times. It’s very well written and composed. 

[Single] “Warrior” by Kimbra – an older track that I found myself playing (amongst other 80’s-sounding tracks) a few times over the past few weeks. I think I’m in a retro phase of music listening. Ok, so it’s not a phase. 

[Single] “Voodoo Ranger” by Annie and the Bang Bang – There’s something about this track that calls me back to it. I can’t quite identify it; I think it’s the haunting tone but that’s not the whole reason I keep playing it.

[Podcast] The Janchi Show – I’ve been catching up on their episodes. It’s a show for those wanting to listen and learn about the Korean Adoptee experience. I have to listen carefully, slowly, deliberately… some of the stories are triggering for me but, overall the tone of the show is welcoming and fun


Note: I don’t really like the monthly format for this so, I’ll be going back to posting this weekly. I like a more frequent tracking of “Read, Watched, and Listened” for myself. I’ll begin this on April 10.

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