January 2019 Favorites

BOOKS

Becoming by Michelle Obama has been an excellent read! The former First Lady shares important lessons she learned growing up on the South Side of Chicago as well as details about her family’s adjustment to living in the White House. Her story has left me deeply inspired and motivated to pursue a fulfilling career. If you enjoy memoirs and autobiographies, I highly suggest you give this a read when you can.

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PODCASTS

The Love Hour

KevonStage” (aka Kevin Fredericks) is a popular comedian whose star is definitely on the rise. I’ve been a fan of his for a little while now and I was elated when he and his awesome wife Melissa started a relationship/marriage podcast. They tackle all kinds of relevant topics and share such a healthy rapport with one another. The podcast is insightful, but also hilarious!

Righteous and Ratchet

Why have one podcast when you can have two? “KevonStage” teams up with fellow comedian DoBoy to comment on everything from Christianity to Cardi B. These two unlikely friends have kept me cracking up during my work commute. They keep it honest and they keep it entertaining. My favorite episode so far involved Kev reading the results of DoBoy’s paternity test live on the air. Yup, they GO there!

Listen to both podcasts here: https://www.kevonstage.com/listen!

FILMS

Bird Box

Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened 

Netflix content reigned supreme for me this month. I wrote a full review for Bird Box, which you can read by clicking above. As for the Fyre documentary, I am blown away by all of the reveals. I also watched Hulu‘s, and you can read my thoughts on both by clicking above.

SHOWS

The Masked Singer (FOX)

If I’m honest this show sounded dumb in the beginning. I thought to myself, “Do we really need yet another singing competition on T.V.?” and the answer is a resounding “yes”! The Masked Singer isn’t about finding the next big superstar, because its contestants are already celebrities. Every week they perform in ridiculous costumes before a live audience and panel of celebrity judges. So far, Antonio Brown, Terry Bradshaw, Tommy Chong and Margaret Cho have all been unmasked. There are still several stars competing on the show and I must say I am on the edge of my seat every week trying to figure out just who he is behind each mask. New episodes air on FOX on Wednesdays, but you can also find episodes streaming on Hulu.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Kimmy is probaly the most inspiring character that Netflix has created. She’s got a lot of heart and her outlook on life is hilarious, albeit naive.

I love all of the ridiculous characters on this show; namely Kimmy (duh), her self-absorbed boss Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) and bestie Titus Andromedon (Titus Burgess), an aspiring Broadway actor. The mishaps this crew get into along with landlord Lillian (Carol Kane), will have you rolling on the floor in laughter. I dare you not to laugh (or sing along with the catchy opening theme song). The second half of the final season aired on Netflix this month, which makes me really sad. But on the upside, rumor has it that Kimmy will get the movie treatment in the future!

 

What were some of your favorites in January? Any books, films, or music that I should check out? Leave your suggestions in the comments down below! 

3 thoughts on “January 2019 Favorites

  1. Great article!

    I heard about The Masked Singer and was like thinking I’d never watch it. Although, I’m thinking I’m going to check it out on Hulu now, LoL. It’s a super ridiculous concept, but kind of genius at the same time, LoL. Plus, it seems like Joel McHale is on it now as another judge or commentator, so it seems like it’s worth a watch.

    I love Kimmy Schmidt too. Still haven’t gotten around to watching those last episodes just yet. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be in denial when I watch the series finale, LoL. It was just a one of a kind special show. Super sad to see it end also.

    I am hopefully going to watch Birdbox soon. I didn’t realize it was a book adaptation at first. I figured I read the book first, but I’ve heard the two are very different, so I might just end up watching the film and than reading the book. I find it to distracting to watch an adaptation when it’s so different than the book sometimes.

    One of my favorite TV watches for January was finally getting around to watching The Good Wife spinoff, The Good Fight. Totally loved! Also read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, and the Netflix film was perfectly adapted.

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    1. You will be surprised by The Masked Singer! It’s such a fun show. And yeah Joel McHale has been popping up lately lol

      Bring back Kimmy! Crossed fingers that the movie happens. Not ready to say goodbye for real.

      I have heard the novel and movie for Bird Box are quite different, especially the ending. Beware!

      I lovedddd To All the Boys! Such a cute movie with talented young actors just oozing star power. I heard a rumor that Netflix is working on a sequel! Not sure if it will happen but we’ll see.

      Thanks for taking time to comment! You just get me! 🙂

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      1. Thanks =)! The only time I feel like I ever actually know what I’m talking about is when I talk about anything Pop Culture related especially TV, LoL.

        Definitely going to be checking out The Masked Singer later this week!

        Just started watching the last episodes of Kimmy Schimdt finally! I loved the Sliding Doors episode, genius!

        Yes, Netflix is going to be making the sequel. I didn’t read the 2nd book in the series yet, but the 1st book was so good so I imagine the 2nd one is just as good. Not sure when I’ll read it, but hopefully within this year.

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