Sunday, April 29, 2012

Top TV

You guys, I barely watch movies anymore. There isn't much time for TV, either, but we carve out time for these favorites (they're that good):

It's about "a group of 20-something women in New York and their adventures in post-collegiate floundering."

Why I like it: I've only watched two episodes, and I'm just really excited that this show exists for young ladies. Actually, I'm excited that it exists for everyone. Some people don't like it, but this (really long) editorial explains why they're wrong. You can watch the first episode on YouTube. (Thanks for that, HBO.)

It's about family dynamics more than it's about parenthood, per se. The family in question includes four adult siblings, their retired parents and their children.

Why I like it: It's honest and endearing.

New Girl 
It's about four roommates living in L.A.

Why I like it: The characters are unique for such a standard sit com premise, and the writing is top notch.

Game of Thrones
It's based the books by George R.R. Martin that I read when I was pregnant.

Why I like it: I like fantasy, yo, and I get to revisit the books by watching the series, even though some of the plot points have been adjusted and I'm always a little confused.

Downton Abbey 
As Saturday Night Live says, "it's about a bunch of honkeys who live in a church, or maybe it's a museum - either way, they don't got WiFi!"

Why I like it: Michael and I didn't expect to get hooked on this British period drama, but we did, just like the Internet said we would. I'm a fan of the pace, which I attribute to a story-telling style that lacks manipulative American tactics.

It's about the American gold rush and anarchy. 

Why I like it: The dialogue in this show is unbelievable: Shakespeare meets the wild west. Three season's worth of DVDs kept me company while I got used to breastfeeding Clara, and she may or may not have picked up some colourful language in the process.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Reading list

Last night we watched Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Now I have plans to read it again, and I also have plans to get my hands on a copy for Clara because, as Anna Quindlen says in the documentary: Scout is one of those those rare figures in literature, similar to Anne of Green Gables and Jo in Little Women, who hasn't gone over to "the dark side of being a girly girl." I'm not sure if I would put it in those words, but I do want Clara to have punchy role models. I've already got the beautiful cloth bound edition of Little Women, below, so now I need Anne of Green Gables and To Kill a Mockingbird. Any other suggestions for Clara's library?
UPDATE: It seems that most of the people who read this blog link to it through Facebook. As a result they tend to leave comments on my wall. That's cool and all, but I'm not sure if I can search my Facebook archives, so all of the awesome suggestions will be buried on my timeline. In addition, those who aren't friends with me on Facebook miss out. Want to know my favorites from those comments? Here they are: The Golden Compass, Pippi Longstocking, Matilda (which we just received as a gift from our buddy Zoe T), The Secret Garden, Are you there God? It's me, Margaret, The Diary of Anne Frank, Alice in Wonderland and The Paper Bag Princess.

And if I need more ideas, a friend recommended this list, which suggests 80 books for young ladies, starting with picture books.