My big screen, small screen and no-screen recommendations…

Posted: January 27, 2014 in Food, Wellbeing
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It’s Day 3 of a long weekend here in Australia, the Australia Day weekend to be precise, and I can’t even tell you how much I love long weekends.

It’s partly the ability to sleep in rather than get up to the sound of the alarm going off at 6.30am (if I don’t wake up earlier due to the DAMN BIRDS. I’ve not mentioned the DAMN BIRDS before but they are a bunch of parrots that perch in the bottlebrush bush outside our bedroom window and CACKLE AWAY AT 5am. WHY?! Damn birds). It’s also that there’s no schedule to adhere to – sure, you meet friends for morning tea or lunch or dinner, but it’s super casual and there’s still plenty of time for reading and watching films, doing housework and cooking. All that domestic stuff I am always up for now I’m pregnant (it’s called nesting).

Strawberry-cinnamon muffins

I made these awesome strawberry-cinnamon muffins today – they’re delicious AND relatively healthy (for muffins)

But this post isn’t about nesting (that could bring me back to another rant about the DAMN BIRDS and no one wants that), it’s about some awesome books, films and TV series I’ve been amusing myself with over the past few weeks, that I just have to share. So here are my recommendations:

Let me entertain you


  • Breaking Bad – This both frustrates me and grips me. Frustrates me because, look, if you’re going to be a drug dealer then be a freaking good one or just don’t do it. Walt: stop making dumb decisions, and Jesse: stop making rookie errors. But even when I say it’s too frustrating, I’m gonna carry on watching it. Only a few more episodes of Season 5 to go…
  • Sons of Anarchy – I admit, this is mainly for the awesomeness that is Jax (played by Charlie Hunnam). But the other characters make this an amazing psychological examination of a culture I’m never likely to be involved in. Plus the soundtrack is HOT.
  • What I’m looking forward to watching soon: Portlandia. It was this trailer that an ex-colleague sent me a link to that ensured I’ve downloaded the whole first season.

Sons of Anarchy


The Wolf of Wall Street


  • My Booky Wook by Russell Brand – A brilliant re-telling of Russell Brand’s life (up to when he kicks his drug and booze addictions). Told entirely in Russell’s voice, it gave me a laugh, enough so to start reading the second book, imaginatively titled Booky Wook 2.
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – What would you do if you lived your life over and over again – you could not die. And each time you were born again you remembered every version of that same life previously lived? That’s the the premise of this book, which isn’t available until April (I was lucky enough to score a free early reading copy). Intriguingly, the author Claire North is a pseudonym for “an acclaimed British author”…who could it be I wonder?
  • Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon – This book won’t be for everyone (it’s long, and very music-focused, heavy on detail) but I loved the style of writing. It’s about a music shop, Brokeland Records, run by two hapless guys who both have individual problems, as well as the joint problem of a new music superstore opening in the neighbourhood soon. An absorbing, oddball read with crazy characters.
  • What I won’t be reading: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. This book stretches to well over 1,000 pages and wow – it needs a damn good edit! I got 350 pages in and then thought “Life’s too short, I don’t care about these characters” and gave up. I don’t often give up on books, but this had to be done.

What are your recommendations for films, TV series and books?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

  1. Oh I definitely recommend 50/50, that movie is so beautiful! But also, We’re The Millers and Ruby Sparks are movies I’ve watched recently and enjoyed 🙂

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