What I'm watching, reading and listening to in July
OK so I had told myself I wouldn't do ANYTHING until I finished City On Fire, which is why I haven't compiled this list in months. I don't have the stamina to read a thousand page book written in a Dickens-like style. I don't OK!!! So here's everything else I've consumed since.
- •Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanI picked this up to read on the plane to LA, not realizing what an engrossing book it is. I finished the 600-page book in a few hours and kept thinking about the plot in the days after. I gave it to my mom to read (she's hung up on the lineage) and bought the second book. I cannot wait for the movie to come out, along with the third book in a paperback version.
- •Modern Love (but on Racked!)My favorite Modern Love column that didn't read in the New York Times! It's about a man who is looking for a new cologne to help him move on after a breakup. https://www.racked.com/2017/7/28/16000850/cologne-perfume-memory-breakups-starting-over
- •My Brilliant Friend by Elena FerranteSuch an incredibly nuanced book about a female friendship. I like the extra layer of the book being written by the main character as she details her friendship with Lila over her lifetime. I bought the other three books and plan on reading them soon.
- •onerepublic (Jones Beach)I had very little expectations coming into the show. I like their music, but I've never purchased their albums before or cared to see them live. The show, however, has made me an actual fan. Ryan also sang a few songs he wrote for other people: Beyonce's Halo and Adele's Rumor Has It, among others. The highlight of the show was when he performed Happier, a song he co-wrote with Ed Sheehan and MY favorite song on Divide. Will probably buy their new album now.
- •Younger (TV Land)If Sex and the City was on TV now and Charlotte was the protagonist, the show would be Younger. In its fourth season on TV Land, the show is available for bingeing (trust me, you'll binge) on Hulu. Also the clothes are incredible AND Hilary Duff is in it.
- •The Lumineers' music videosStill obsessively listening to "Cleopatra", but this time, I've been watching the trio of music videos. It tells the story of one woman during three distinct times in her life, with the video showing a life she could have lived if she did X or Y or Z. I've watched each at least a dozen times.
- •Insecure (HBO)Season 2 is back!! Better than GIRLS and funnier too.
- •Reader's DigestI'm officially a contributing writer! I mostly cover beauty but I've also written about fashion and travel.
- •I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane CrosleyThis book of short essays is so funny that people were moving further away from me on the subway because I was laughing so hard. Highly recommend.
- •The Bed Moved by Rebecca SchiffI'd love for someone in publishing to explain to me how this book was published. The writing is choppy, the language is borderline Trumpian and it is BORING. It's so mediocre that I don't understand why an editor was like, this is fine to be immortalized on paper. I'm angry I bought this book.
- •The Big SickNavin and I went to see the movie at the Alamo in Brooklyn after devouring excellent Indian food. It's sweet and fun, maybe a little too sweet, but I loved watching it. I was more invested in Holly Hunter and Ray Romano's relationship, and Hunter really steals the movie. Hoping it will get a best picture nomination.
- •Melodrama by LordeI'm seeing her live in Montreal, so I wanted to really listen to her album on a loop to prepare. The song "Liability" in particular made me cry at work! It's beautiful, the album is beautiful, and I'm looking forward to seeing Lorde perform it live.
- •She SpendsGet your money advice delivered weekly to your inbox. https://shespends.org
- •Charli XCX's Boys music videoOH MY GOD
- •Quartz Africa Weekly BriefA place where I get to read about business, colonialism and Africa that's not in a College Park basement classroom.
- •The New York Historical SocietyI went to the UWS museum (located a block away from the Museum of National History) to see the Eloise exhibit. It was so charming and wonderful, and the rest of the museum was actually really cool too. It's someplace I haven't been before, so I was happy to check it out.