Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Short Story Review)

Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Page Count
: 115

We all know that I haven’t exactly been reading up a storm these past couple of months. Even when I have been interested in the different stories, it was just hard to find the time and energy to really focus on it and keep at it. However, this book was offered for free on Kindle and is told entirely through letters (one of my favourite forms of storytelling if you remember this post), so I just couldn’t resist.

Evidence of the Affair feels like such a simple story, but managed to really get across a lot of emotion in its limited amount of pages. It’s always such a shame when I connect with a short story and then just want it to go on for 300 more pages. And that’s not to say that this book had a terrible ending at all, it was quite fitting and yet, it still left a lot to the imagination. I think that I would have personally preferred just a bit more, but I’d like to imagine that the next thing happened away from letters and notes and that makes it all the more beautiful in my mind.

Carrie and David’s struggles were so relatable throughout, I just wanted them to lead their best lives and be happy too. Even as someone who hasn’t been in a long term relationship, I could understand their doubts and fears.

Often, I feel overwhelmed by this sinking feeling in my heart that I will never be enough.

But those characters were definitely enough and their short story was too. I am a greedy reader, I always want more, but this is a great book if you need a change of pace or a quick way out of a reading slump.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! This is the perfect little palette cleanser and story to wet your appetite for more reading.

Have you read this little nugget of a story? Would you like to? What are your thoughts?

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #18

As promised, I have watched even more stuff and made a post about it. Should I ever ask any of you where all my time has gone, you can just swiftly point me to these posts, cause wow … that adds up to a lot of hours.

Veronica Mars (Season 4)

I have always been a Marshmallow and that will probably never change, but I do have somewhat conflicted feelings about this season. First off, it started out super strong. The stakes were high, felt familiar in terms of what Veronica does, but didn’t feel like the same old same old either. We got to see a lot of faces we knew, but unlike the movie, it didn’t feel like plain fan service, but rather more intentional instead (no shade on the movie though, I love that we got this beauty of a reunion). However, and I am trying not to spoil anything, that ending blew me away in a not so great way.

I understand where all of this came from in terms of a storytelling POV, but from an emotional POV – I am not happy! What if they don’t get to continue with the show and this is all we get? I’d be forever sad and from what I heard, not all of the cast members are happy either. Wow, I watched some uncomfortable interviews where no one looked like they wanted to talk about that bit.

For fans of: Veronica Mars, noir crime stories with badass female detectives, sarcasm and wit

Otherhood

This was such a lovely movie! I don’t think it’s going to be anything that sticks with me forever or anything like that, but it did make me laugh, cry and want to call my mum. That’s a pretty good effect if you ask me.

For real though, the story is simple but it works and it’s super sweet. They all have to go through different stuff, it’s about growing up, letting go, being there for each other, but also letting your kids make mistakes. There really isn’t that much more to say, just that it was one of those really nice movies that is perfect for a rainy day at home.

For fans of: lighthearted Netflix movies, reminder to hug your mum and tell her you appreciate her

Derry Girls (Season 2)

FINALLY! I was waiting for what feels like forever for Netflix to add the second season and I was not disappointed once I got to watch it. I love how everyone started shipping James and Erin, because I was secretly doing that a little bit in season 1 already. However, even better was the fact that the girls really showed James how vital he is to their group. That was such a lovely sentiment, especially since I pitied him most of season 1 for being treated the way he was treated (not that that has changed much).

For fans of: Irish shenanigans, stuff not set in the here and now, comedy

GLOW (Season 3)

I can’t remember much from the previous seasons to be real with you, because it’s just been far too long. The little reminders at the beginning help, but I have forgotten a whole lot nonetheless, so it always takes me a bit to get back in. The season as a whole definitely had a lot less wresting (which could be good or bad depending on whether that’s the part you liked or not), but what struck me the most is how stuck a lot of the characters felt to me. They all tried to develop and change but the Las Vegas setting didn’t do them any favours. I needed for Ruth to break up with her boyfriend and for everyone else to be more vocal about their feelings (except for Sam. My man did well this season!). I would, however, like to commend them on trying to tackle the LGBT+ topic more this season and although I feel like there are shows who did it better, I really enjoyed their takes on it and feel like we aren’t done here just yet.

For fans of: ladies who wrestle but now actually talk more about what happens in their lives

Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw

I am going to keep it short, because this is not the kind of movie you talk about in detail and analyse. All I truly want to say was that this movie was so much fun. It’s not perfect and it doesn’t need to be, but it’s brainless entertainment and sometimes we all crave that kind of fun. I don’t get the whole “Fast and Furious presents”-thing, because yes, the characters are from that world and we do have a couple car chases, but cars are not the main thing anymore … but if we are being honest, they haven’t been the main thing for a while.

Well, I really was one of the first people who said “those wouldn’t be the guys I’d have picked if I had done a F&F spin-off”, but Statham and the Rock work really well together. I also want to give a shoutout to Vanessa Kirby, who rocked her role and will hopefully be in more roles should this get sequels (which it probably will). There’s a couple surprise guests, which I won’t spoil, but I do very much want to recommend you stay until the VERY end of the credits!

For fans of: banter, action, not really cars but still a little


There is one more show I am dying to talk to you about, but I think I have a different kind of post in mind for it. Anyway, did you enjoy this one? Anything you watched or want to watch? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 5-11)

I think I have done fairly well in terms of blogging this week and as luck would have it, I even have two more blog posts planned out for next week. I still need to write them, but … does this mean I am back? It feels way more A-game than previous weeks. But today is trailer day, so I shall give you those.

Movies

Honey Boy

I NEED THIS MOVIE! It’s totes inspired by Shia’s childhood and he plays a version of his dad and just *grabby hands*

A Million Little Things

Controversial – the author who wrote the book said it was a memoir, but then confessed to having embellished a lot of the parts. But if they still resonated with people who went through the same stuff, should the project be boycotted or not? It’s hard to say … He probably just shouldn’t have said it was a memoir and said it was a work of fiction inspired by his life. That would have spared him a lot of trouble.

Low Tide

For some reason I am intrigued. A24 usually knows what they are doing.

The Day Shall Come

No clue what to think about this one …

Pain and Glory

My company is distributing this movie in Germany, so I am hardly objective.

The Addams Family

Still would have preferred a non-animated version. Although those noose-braids are killer.

One Last Night

Looks bad, but I’d probably watch it at home.

TV Shows

Elite (Season 2)

AH! It’s sorta kinda soon-ish.

Titans (Season 2)

It’s looking good.

Good Trouble (Season 2 – Christmas Special)

The Davia/Dennis situation is very unsatisfying at the moment and a Christmas special is way too far away.

Katy Keene

The real question is, how many spin-offs of Riverdale can they do?

Almost Family

This is the US remake of the Australian show “Sisters” and was previously called “Not Just Me”. That’s all the info you are going to get from me (watch Sisters)

Love Alarm

I guess I’d watch this.

Prodigal Son

On the one hand I can’t see Michael Sheen as a serial killer and on the other hand, I can totally see it …

Are You Afraid of the Dark

How is this a show on Nickelodeon.

Treadstone

I’d watch this for Brian J. Smith alone, cause I don’t need a Jason Bourne spin-off …

What are you watching? Did you see anything you’d be interested in watching? Let’s chat!

My First Experiences with Audiobooks!

When I was little, I used to love to listen to cassettes of fairy tales and little audioplays (not really something that was just narrated, but rather had an ensemble cast play different characters and such) as I was falling asleep. Those stories were often intentionally short, because I was a child and my attention span probably wasn’t the greatest to begin with, but they were also easy to follow in terms of story. Now, being much older (but not necessarily wiser), I thought it was time to try actual full length audiobooks.

There’s been a lot of discussion online about whether audiobooks should be considered real reading and that’s not even something I ever worried about. Of course, to me, if you have heard the story, it counts just as much as if you have read the words on the page. Also, it’s just a bit ableist if we are being honest, because not everyone can see and read words. So, this is not what this post is about at all.

This post is more about how I personally feel about audiobooks and why I think they do or don’t work for me. I found myself having two credits for free audiobooks on Audible and went with very different options to test my theory – one was a contemporary thriller (I wasn’t quite ready to dive into anything that was removed from reality) and the other was a non-fiction book by a British comedian. Here’s a bit more on those books:

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Something in the Water Something in the Water is a thriller that starts out with a seemingly regular woman burying a dead body in the first chapter and you subsequently find out how she got herself into that predicament.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while now, you know that I am not huge on thrillers or crime stories. However, I was a bit overwhelmed with the sheer amount of possible audiobooks, I wanted something new and as soon as I saw Catherine Steadman and that she narrated her own book, I just pressed the “buy” button. 

For those of you who don’t know, Catherine Steadman isn’t just an author, she is also an actress (currently starring as Eliza Gestalt in The Rook) and because I knew her and her voice, I was intrigued. With audiobooks, it’s important that you like the voice and intonation of the narrator. With Catherine, I knew that she would be great due to her acting abilities and that she was invested in the story too. Alas, I was not disappointed in her narrating skills. The story is another thing though …

I was so annoyed with the main character sometimes. It’s not that she was a bad person, but she made some really dumb decisions. Also, it’s pretty much a cautionary tale on what greed will get you. Anyway, my main issue though was that I simply couldn’t keep paying attention to the story and kept spacing out even if it was interesting. I learnt that I listened the most while I was walking around outside and didn’t do ANYTHING else, but had troubles as soon as I so much as glanced at my phone screen or attempted an activity that required as much as a single brain cell. So, I figured, maybe I needed something even more rooted in reality and turned towards non-fiction with my next book.

James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes by James Acaster

James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

James Acaster is one of my favourite comedians. This doesn’t necessarily mean much, because that list is pretty long (I like to laugh, okay!?), but it made getting his audiobook an easy choice. He obviously also narrated the book himself, which is probably best, since it’s like him telling short stories that happened in his life. The foreword is by Josh Widdicombe, also a funny dude, so what’s not to like?

Well, I knew some of the stories from James’ stand up program and his various visits on panel shows. Also, I once again just really had trouble not getting distracted. So, if a comedian with a funny accent and funny stories couldn’t hold my attention? What did that say about me?

THE RESULT

I think in the end I just have to accept that maybe audiobooks aren’t for me. I have real troubles focusing on what’s being told to me and I learned that I just prefer having the words in front of me. There is a consideration of maybe reading along AS someone tells me story, but I don’t have the funds of buying an audiobook as well as an ebook or physical copy. I am not that rich! It was worth a shot and I do get people who enjoy audiobooks. It’s so much faster to get through a book, but I can honestly say that I did not retain as much information from what I read this way than I did when I read the actual letters myself.


What’s your take on audiobooks? Do you like them? Do you loathe them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #17

I haven’t done these posts in a while, so it’s actually not as recent that I watched this as with some other shows and movies, but I hope to post another one soon and then I can talk about the remaining shows/movies. The thing is that I started to watch a lot of stuff and still haven’t finished quite a few shows (*cough* Stranger Things Season 3 *cough*), which isn’t a judgement on them as much as it is me just not being in the right mood. But let’s dive into what I did watch!

The Boys

I love this show to bits! I just think it is brilliant and complex and dark and twisted in all the best ways. If anyone has gotten tired of the superhero craze, this story is really for them. I will admit that the gore is a bit too much for me at times, because I am really not that big of a fan of violence in these kind of shows, but it’s less than the comics … so there’s at least that.

In general, I just really could see this being the actual real life consequences of superheroes in our world. No way wouldn’t people try to profit off of them and get them corrupted in some ways or others. In the beginning I thought I would definitely credit the breakout role of this show to Jack Quaid, who plays Hughie, a guy who has lost a loved one to the recklessness of the Seven (a sort of Justice League/Avengers type situation), but ultimately it has to go to Anthony Starr as Homelander (Superman/Captain America-esque persona). There is something so creepy and utterly disturbing to his role and it just fascinates me to no end.

Ultimately it all accumulates in a spectacular season finale that feels more like a set up for all the great things to come than the end of a chapter. I am just here hoping for much more content to come!

For fans of: superhero shows but not really, a little violence on screen, very twisted characters, are there really any good guys?

Tales of the City

I jumped on the bandwagon! I had never watched the OG Tales of the City series or movies or whatever, so I was a tad bit hesitant to dive into this, but that worry was completely unnecessary. Netflix made sure we would have no trouble understanding everyone’s connection and I quickly couldn’t stop watching at all.

I’ve had people say that it was too cheesy for them and I don’t feel that way about the show at all. It deals with some great topics and actually goes really deep the longer you watch. My most favourite episode was probably the flashback one, because I adore Luke Kirby whenever he pops up on screen (just like I do Charlie Barnett, but with Charlie I knew he’d be in it, Luke was a surprise) but also because it shows how tough life for people of the LGBT+ community was and sometimes still is. I am pretty sure if those people I talked about earlier had kept watching, they would have found a storyline to connect with as well.

For fans of: LGBTQIA+ content, San Francisco, community, the show Looking

Catch and Release

I know this seems like such a random addition to this segment, but do you have those movies that you just cannot pass up watching even though you’ve seen them like a million times? Because Catch and Release is 100% one of those movies for me. I’ve truly watched it countless times, but I never get tired of it. We all know how much I enjoy a good grief-related story and Garner’s performance here always felt so real but not too heavy. Although there is definitely a lot of ridiculous stuff happening that I have definitely never experienced myself, I connected with this film and Garner’s character on a deep level. It’s just relatable and I love it.

For fans of: dealing with grief, sappy love stories, Jennifer Garner in romance movies

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Please, just do not watch this movie without having seen Avengers: Endgame beforehand. I understand that it’s exhausting to have to watch all the Marvel movies, especially if you are tired of the superhero stuff, but you won’t get one of the most important emotional plotlines if you haven’t watched the Avengers stuff. But maybe that’s just my take on things.

Anyway, after the whole Endgame thing (I wasn’t too big a fan of that movie, liked Infinity War much better), I wasn’t sure I really wanted to enter the next Marvel phase. I am so glad I did though! This movie was so much fun and I laughed a lot, but was also reminded of some great stuff from the past. Just like with Ragnarok, I enjoy the Marvel movies that can manage to not take themselves too seriously, but still have an emotional appeal too.

Also, that ending. Dang, I need more after that ending.

For fans of: Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal’s hilarious dynamic, reexperiencing the heartbreak of Avengers Endgame

Yesterday

Let’s be real, we are FLOODED with music biopics and dramas in recent years and all those people did deserve to have a spotlight put on them, but I just couldn’t bring myself to watch those movies in theatres. With Yesterday however, the premise was changed and given a fresh take and I was all here for it.

Honestly, I just had a lot of fun with this movie. It is light and fast and heartfelt and wants you to sing along. Maybe the end wasn’t perfect for everyone, but I could live with it and I really enjoyed the take on the subject. It was hilarious to think about all the things that were missing in that world (because yes, not just the Beatles were gone) and how strange it would be for me to have so many pop culture references missing from life. In the end, it was a whole lot more precious and wholesome than I thought it would be and that made it such a lovely movie experience.

For fans of: Beatles (duh!), Lily James, (like myself), friends-to-lovers-tropes, movies about music that aren’t musicals, the movie Across the Universe


Have you watched any of these or do you want to? Let’s chat about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 29 – Aug 4)

I realised a little too late that I had missed some trailers last week, but hopefully this week will be all complete. Enjoy!

Movies

Queen & Slim

Still think this looks fabulous.

Little Monsters

I hate zombie stuff, but this looks funny.

The Lighthouse

This is artsy af.

1917

I think Cumberbatch likes roles that aren’t playing in the now.

The Irishman

They don’t look young, but they also look like they haven’t aged in a decade or so.

The Hunt

Noping out of this one fast. This has some hunger game realness vibes … just without winners.

Sextuplets

Not sure that’s my kind of humour.

TV Shows

Peaky Blinders (Season 5)

If you aren’t watching Peaky Blinders yet, what are you even doing with your life?

Looking for Alaska

I have sort of grown out of my Green phase, but I am still here for it.

Nancy Drew

I am so not surprised that the people from Riverdale made this. They’ll probably mess it up too.

Catherine the Great

Helen Mirren is really still at the peak of her career.

Why Women Kill

I am so confused as to WHEN this show takes place.

Kidding (Season 2)

This is giving me strong Black Mirror vibes from when Miley Cyrus had that AI doll with her personality.

13 Reasons Why (Season 3)

Massive spoiler ahead if you want to watch the teaser.

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 3)

A little teaser AND the announcement for a crossover we have all been waiting for!!!

Mindhunter (Season 2)

Didn’t watch this, so, no comment.

Green Frontier

This looks SO creepy.

Hyperdrive

Me: Did they just make Fast and Furious a real life thing?

Show: *uses those same words to describe itself*

What are you watching? Did anything catch your eye? Let’s chat!

July 2019 Wrap-Up

I am a tad bit late again with this wrap-up post, but rest assured this only ever happens when I desperately try to crank out a post before the end of the month and then it just won’t happen. The way this year has been going, I read comparatively a lot, but in the end the day has only so many hours and unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish the books on time for this post. Anyway, I did finish The Rook though and wrote a book-TV-comparison.

These posts are always a lot of fun and I think they attract readers too, because a lot of people are curious about the differences and such. I am not going to lie though, it’s also pretty hard to compare something, keeping it short and not spoiling everyone, especially since the most annoying things I didn’t like are often massive spoilers. If you haven’t checked out the post yet, feel free to click on the banner or the title of the book.

This hasn’t been a very blogging intensive month, because I have been super busy with work. There were a couple of 10+ hours at the office days and once I even worked on a weekend (for a movie premiere in places that weren’t Berlin, so it was exhausting but cool). My work contract was supposed to end come September, but now I extended it until the end of October and will be present for some more exciting projects (even though I honestly had to think about it for a long while). All of that, combined with a very steamy heat messed with my sleep rhythm and I was just happy to not do anything that required too many brain cells. I even started watching like 5 different shows that I still haven’t finished to this day … it wasn’t really an easy month sometimes. I just really can’t stand the heat.

On a whole different topic, I joined Bumble. For those of you have never heard of it, it’s basically a dating app HOWEVER it also has a bff function, where the app is supposed to help you find friends in the area. After living in Berlin for a year now, it still gets lonely sometimes and I am having a hard time making real connections outside of work, so, I thought why not give it a shot? At first, it all went really well. I got a lot of matches, but the conversations soon fizzled out, even with the people who were initially interested in meeting up. I don’t know if it’s just me or if anyone else on the app is having that problem, but it doesn’t seem very effective to me. We will see if anything happens on there …

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

Aside from the Rook, which I talked about pretty much on a daily basis for a while the past month, I am currently obsessed with Davia and Dennis from Good Trouble. I know there’s a lot of great characters and representation on that show, also it’s just very entertaining, but those two really struck a chord with me. It’s probably all because I can relate to Davia’s weight struggle, even if she is a very body positive person, because that doesn’t mean all your doubts and unhealthy behaviors evaporate when certain people are around.

Unfortunately, I can just see Freeform messing with those two, which is why I dread the summer finale (not the season finale) next week. The last episode was just not ideal in terms of set up … and the promo for next week looks glum … people are crying … ANYWAY, until the bad stuff happens, I will just watch the video below on repeat.

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So, there wasn’t much happening on the blog this month, but I have a couple things planned already that I will post very soon! So, stay tuned!