Sweet petunias, it’s August 10th…so time for 10 on the 10th 08.2020. Today we’re sharing our favorite books, movies, podcasts and TV shows…lately. Let me emphasize that word WE. Because this is one of those I’ll show you mine if you show me yours kind of posts. I’ll share my faves if you share yours. Interactive posts are some of my most popular so hope you will play along. Leave your list in a comment below or link-up your 10 on the 10th 08.2020 post here with me.
I selected this theme long before we knew anything about Covid. But I think there must have been some divine intervention behind it. Because, if you are like me (heaven help you!!), you’ve exhausted your list of favorite TV shows, listened to all the podcasts, and read all the books. You’ve worn out your favorite movies. And you could use some new inspiration to get you through the remaining months of Covid restrictions. Life is opening up again here but still no sign of theaters opening. And libraries won’t open for another 10 days. What’s the case where you are?
Let’s not waste another moment…
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Favorite Books (Lately)
My online book club is playing catch up this month. We all needed a month away to get some of our books finished. So we didn’t vote for an August book. At least not yet. Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed lately.
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson 4.70 out of 5 stars on Amazon, 4.25 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
- Fierce, Free and Full of Fire by Jen Hatmaker 4.90 out of 5 stars on Amazon, 4.40 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 4.60 out of 5 stars on Amazon, 4.41 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
- The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes 4.60 out of 5 stars on Amazon, 4.29 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
Fixin’ to Read
- For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker 4.70 out of 5 stars on Amazon, 4.11 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. It is FREE in Kindle format for all Amazon Prime members. Check it out, here.
- Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain 4.70 out of 5 stars on Amazon, 4.12 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
Favorite Movies (Lately)
“Harriet” – 6.5/10 IMDb, 66% Metacritic, 74% Rotten Tomatoes; the story of Harriet Tubman, one of my all-time favorite heroines.
Looking Forward to Watching
“The Woman in the Window” – was scheduled to have been released in theaters 05.15.2020 but – let’s say it all together – C-O-V-I-D. No date for its online streaming date. I read the book and am anxious to see this movie.
“The One and Only Ivan” is scheduled to be released on Disney+ on 08.21.2020 (same day as my summer bucket list update BTW). But if you haven’t read the book by the same name by Katherine Applegate, please speed read it first. Although it is a children’s book, I know you will love it, too.
Favorite Podcasts (Lately)
I struggle to listen to podcasts. Not sure why exactly because my new favorite way of reading is with my ears listening to audio books. One of my summer bucket list activities under the heading ‘Good for the Mind’ is to listen to Dave Ramsey’s podcasts.
My mom preached for years from his early book Financial Peace, published in 1992. But I didn’t follow her good advice or Ramsey’s. Now that I am married to my Prince C., I have more financial peace than I have ever had in my adult life. I guess financial sense skips a generation.
While I didn’t have much financial sense, my daughter Brennyn and son-in-law Mustafa are very fiscally responsible. And using Ramsey’s ‘Baby Steps’ to pay off student loans, cars loans and credit cards. They posted this photo last week.
I have been taking a course on making over your mornings by Crystal Paine. Plan to start listening to her podcasts, The Crystal Paine Show, too. “The Crystal Paine Show is dedicated to helping you embrace life right where you are and take practical steps to get where you want to go.”
And because I enjoyed Jen Hatmaker’s book SO much, I have just begun listening to her For the Love podcasts. “For the love of … People. Home. Stories. Shoes. Family. Jesus. Community. TV. Accessories. Food. Culture. The New York Times best-selling author and star of HGTV’s “My Big Family Renovation,” invites you to drop by and catch up with her friends as they laugh and share about all the things we love.”
TV Shows (Lately)
We have truly enjoyed “Anne with an E.” I have mentioned it in every post, I think, since we discovered it. Based on the Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maude Montgomery, it has the same wholesome, good feels of “Little House on the Prairie” and “The Waltons.”
PC enjoys it as much or more than I do. And put it on first thing this morning while we were still in bed. I prefer to watch good shows slowly, one episode every couple of days in order to savor them. But my Prince C. prefers to binge watch. In this tumultuous time, it is refreshing to watch something sweet and innocent.
Apparently the show is not up for renewal but fans are taking action. They have created a petition for requesting, no, demanding that the show be renewed for a 4th season. Sign that petition, here.
When my mom was still able to read large print books, I sent her Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. After she read it, my sister borrowed the book and then was going to share it with me.
I never got around to reading the book but have cheated and started watching the series on Hulu. What drama!! Like an old fashioned soap opera set in the 90s and starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.
So good!! Wish I had discovered these series earlier in the pandemic! But judging from the rate of new cases of Covid in El Paso each day, we may be on restrictions for some time to come. Thankful we have seasons of both shows left to enjoy.
Fall is my favorite season and I am already seeing glimpses of its goodness on the shelves and racks at my favorite stores. Recently I have discovered and enjoyed these Dollar Tree videos by ChicOnTheCheap at YouTube. Give me all the $1 fall decorations!
Don’t you feel totally inspired to jump into some delicious autumn DIYs after watching those clips?
I have never been good at math, so that may or may not be exactly 10 favorite books, movies, podcasts and TV shows (lately). But who’s counting, right? Would love for you to share some of your favorites lately in a comment or link up your 10 on the 10th 08.2020 post below.
Thank you, friends, for taking a few minutes to stop by today. Hope something I mentioned is new and of interest to you. Looking forward to reading everyone else’s suggestions and reviews.
Hugs and kisses,