Last weekend I got the chance to get dressed up fancy and attend the All Irelands. I’ve attended the competition a couple of years ago and I am always blown away by the talent that is shown there. As someone who has done pole for 4 years I can appreciate the work that goes into it and even just the courage to perform on stage in front of everyone.
It was a good night and it was fun to get dressed up for an event that wasn’t a wedding. I have always loved the idea of being able to dress in black-tie attire for various events – my dream life is one pictured in the likes of Gossip Girl where you have an event to attend every week and also one packed with all the drama.
On the other hand, I am also glad my life is a bit boring at times because all the events and drama can be exhausting…but still it’s nice to dream.
I don’t know when the next time I will get dressed up like this will be, probably my friend Jasmine’s wedding next year so I thought I would enjoy this moment a bit longer by posting it all over my social media lol. And even so special it makes my blog lol so enjoy!
I did a blog post like this last year where I finally sat down to watch a bunch of Netflix shows I had had on my list for a long time and I’ve decided to do it again! I finished a long rewatch of Pretty Little Liars a couple of months ago and so I was more than ready to dive into some one-season shows that were shorter and more noncommital.
So these are all the shows I’ve watched recently and my thoughts on them!
For the People
I love a good Shondaland show and I decided to watch this because it only had two seasons and my Disney+ subscription was expiring and I wanted to use it.
So this was not a successful Shondaland show, which is sad because it had the potential to be a strong show. Because we know Shonda can do a law show – How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal being good examples.
But in this show, they tried to give the lawyers personal lives and then they dropped them and never brought them up again. Like I was ready for the Kate Littlejohn girlfriend arc to be cute and fun. I needed them to give me more of Richard and Jill. What the hell happened with Allison and Seth after Allison hooked up with a different guy?
They just created these plotlines and dropped them like nothing and it was sad. Don’t get me wrong, the law cases are interesting and the main part but don’t bring up the lawyers’ personal lives if there’s going to be nothing to them. So yeah, sad it was a bit of a flop but it was enjoyable for the two seasons it had.
One of Us is Lying
This one was okay. I feel like if I didn’t read the book I would have been more into it. I read the books last year and I enjoyed them so I was excited about the TV show.
Nothing much to say about it to be honest haha I mean it follows the books pretty close so can’t complain but it was a bit boring because I already knew what happened.
Still, it looks like the next season is deviating from the second book so we will see what that’s like. I would recommend it if you haven’t read the book!
The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window
I got through this in two days, we love short TV shows. This one was a wild journey from start to finish but something fun to watch. Don’t really know if I would have tuned into another season but it was nice for what it was haha.
This show made me realise how much I miss Sandra Oh. She’s just an amazing actress and it was fun to see her in something other than Grey’s Anatomy.
A lot was happening in this show from the get-go and I loved that. There was always something new but the characters are easy to identify and you get invested quite easily. At least I did.
I wasn’t expecting the show to wrap up so nicely in the last episode like it did. I suppose as one season it does stand well on its own but I am hoping for another season. I feel like we just started to get to know everyone so I want more of this world.
Though if they want to just do a spin-off following the life of JuJu that would be fine she gives me life and I could easily watch her go on adventures day after day.
So I highly recommend this show! It’s a short one but it’s fun!
Okay this one I’ve been watching with my boyfriend and also I started it in December but I just finished it and I needed to include it to add my thoughts.
Honestly, disappointed lol. It was a big show at the time it was airing and there was a lot of mystery but things were just not explained enough for me. I just felt a bit cheated and then it kind of looked like they had all been dead the whole time???
I’m kind of sad I didn’t bail out of this one sooner but also proud that my boyfriend and I finished a long-running show together haha. We usually don’t.
Bridgerton Season 2
I included Bridgerton in my blog post last year and I loved it and obviously I watched season 2. I’m not going to lie, Anthony and Kate were not the most interesting people this season lol. I wanted them to get together sooner than they did but maybe that’s just because I read the book and things happened a bit differently then.
I need more about Penelope next season, and I know in terms of books she won’t get her moment with Colin until book 4 aka season 4 but can we skip Benedict and go straight to Pen? I feel like that’s what the audience would want as well. Especially now that Eloise knows her secret.
Also, spoilers if you haven’t read the books BUT I picked up on the Easter Egg from season one this season when they revisited Marina. In the books; Marina dies and Eloise ends up becoming step mum to the twins and marrying Philip Crane. BUT in the TV show, Marina seems perfectly fine and has just given birth to the twins so I wonder what will happen with that?
To be honest, I hope Eloise ends up with someone else, she deserves more than to be with Philip Crane because if we’re going by the books he’s not great. Like he’s a bad father and just hides away all day in his greenhouse and Eloise is so not the type to just accept that. So I want a better husband for her in the TV show.
Not sure how they will bring Sophie into the mix for Benedict but I think that story will be a cute one. But I’m getting ahead of myself, season 2 just aired!
Overall a good season but Penelope and everyone else were a bit more interesting than our main characters. Like Lady Featherington really slayed hustling the ton and then “cousin Jack” she’s an icon. Plus didn’t miss the Duke of Hastings which is good but also sad because I do enjoy Rege Jean Page.
Currently Watching: Inventing Anna, Queer Eye S6 and More!
Okay so I wanted to include Inventing Anna in this list but my boyfriend and I haven’t finished it as we have been busy watching Silicon Valley and the Amazing Race, but I do hope to get to the end of it soon! Especially because it seems like the kind of show I would watch very quickly on my own.
My boyfriend and I have also been watching Queer Eye season 6, we started one episode like months ago but have been making good progress on the season so far, who doesn’t need some Fab 5 in their life during hard times?
And then on my own; I have been taking time to finally watch Drag Race US Season 14! Honestly, this season is so strong and I am not sure who is going to take the crown but I think I’m mostly rooting for Willow Pill.
I have also watched two episodes of Euphoria and I want to continue on that because it has a lot of hype around it, and maybe I’ll even take in the next season of Grey’s Anatomy…basically what I am saying is there is no shortage of TV shows to be watching at the minute and I am ready for it all lol.
This month I was busy and so I feel like I wasn’t reading as much but we managed to finish one yesterday which makes a total of 3 books! Which I would say is about the average for me, so not bad.
Lie, Lie Again
When I started this one I thought I was going to really like it. But as I was reading it, I was realising the story wasn’t really going anywhere? I mean I thought there was going to be more mystery and drama.
The story follows three women who live in the same apartment complex. They all have their own secrets, which sounds interesting and mysterious but two of them have very basic and boring storylines. The most interesting one was Sylvia and even then it fell a bit flat for me.
I think it could be good in terms of a TV show but there are so many of them out there. So no, the book’s not super original but it was an enjoyable read. I just wish there had been a bit more drama or suspense to keep it a little more interesting. Still better than Open House though.
I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and I was so excited to get my hands on the sequel!
This book follows the story of Sophie and Xavier, they had a wild romance during Loveboat which ended up in flames. Now they are both trying to prove themselves as they return to the real world, Sophie as an AI uni student hoping to woo her professor and Xavier as a high school senior repeat who is struggling with dyslexia.
Honestly, when I first started reading it took me a while to figure out what was going on. I do not remember the first book at all lol so maybe I should have reread it before diving in here. This is a common theme for me with anything, even new seasons of TV shows I just never remember what happened beforehand. But oh well we figure out enough to keep reading.
Still, I really enjoyed this book! I was glad to learn more about Xavier and I was rooting for him and Sophie to work things out in the end. I definitely think I favoured Xavier’s storyline over Sophie’s; hers seemed a bit more surface level to me compared to Xavier’s struggles but I like how they intertwined.
I would highly recommend this book if you enjoyed the first one, I think it wraps up the Loveboat story nicely.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
I feel like I read a lot of murder mysteries but this one I could not put down. I loved this.
It’s not like there’s anything in this murder mystery that is super different from others but I liked the main character Pip a lot. And I enjoyed her determination to solve this mystery. Plus I think it was one where you couldn’t immediately guess the storyline and those are always the best.
I will 100% be picking up the other two books in the series to see what happens next.
And that includes another month of reading. I do not have a currently reading at the moment since I just finished A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder yesterday. Though the next book I know I will be reading is another Bridgerton one since it is due. I think it’ll be the first Bridgerton book about a sibling I know little about so it will be interesting.
Other books I plan to read in April are books that I bought physical copies of a few months ago and should probably get around to reading. That being said I don’t know how many books I’ll be reading since I know I’m busy towards the end of April but we’ll try to read what we can.
So far I have read 8 books out of 22 and so I think I’ll reach my goal in a few months’ time. Yay!