30 Days of Unfurling - Day 17: Books, TV & Podcasts

Well it's Sunday evening and I find myself wondering what I could share on the blog today? I've been continuing to focus on keeping my weekends mostly free from art making. So with that in mind, how about I give you a bit of a wrap up of what other things are keeping me entertained at the moment. What books I am reading, podcasts I'm listening to, which Netflix series I have been obsessed with. So here goes:

Books

Over the last two years I have rekindled my love affair with reading. Things got a bit rocky when my kids were babies but now that they are older I am back reading fiction almost everyday. I don't really have the time to curl up with a book for hours at a time. I'm more of a sneak a chapter in here and there type of reader. Because of that, I have really been getting into modern psychological thrillers. The page turning nature of this genre helps me to keep myself hooked on a book even if I am constantly being interrupted! This winter I read the ones below and I have to admit that while Girl on the Train is probably the most well know, it was my least favourite. The other three are all brilliant with better twists and turns in my opinion.

TV Series

Aah Netflix, what did I do without you? Most nights I try and get all my bits and bobs done by 8:30pm and then I reward myself with an episode of whatever Netflix TV show I am watching. I am by no means a binge watcher, occasionally I'll watch two episodes back to back but mostly I just watch one episode per night. So what do I like to watch? Well, I am pretty obsessed with British TV which you will see is well represented in my recent TV playlist below:

It's hard to pick a favourite but when it comes down to the show I really couldn't wait to see the next episode, it would have to be Happy Valley with the incredible actress Sarah Lancashire. I really loved her in Last Tango in Halifax too but Happy Valley wins because it is so utterly gripping. I'm not sure what has happened to me as I never used to watch cop shows and murder mysteries but now I can't get enough. Broadchurch was another one that had me hooked and the scenery is truly breathtaking. I have just started watching The Fall with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. In fact if I wasn't writing this blog post, that's what I'd be watching now. I've only seen two episodes but it's already creeping me out in the best possible way!

Podcasts

My other favourite way to unwind is by listening to a Podcast. Mostly I listen to podcasts when I am walking my dog. I must admit I am pretty new to the podcast world which means I have years of podcasts to catch up on! At this point, I'm only listening to creative podcasts as I am so fascinated with the lives of other artists and I find them super motivating for my own creative business.

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Here are my favourites so far:

The Creative Superheroes Podcast, Andrea Scher

Artists Helping Artists, Leslie Saeta

The Alchemy of Art, Addie Hirschten

Savvy painter, Antrese Wood

The Creativity Habit, Daphne Cohn

Heroine: Women’s Creative Leadership, Confidence, Wisdom, Majo Molfino

Art for Your Ear, The Jealous Curator

Well that's it for today, I hope you've enjoyed my little wrap up of what has been keeping me entertained during the Winter downunder. I'm always on the lookout for new books, TV shows and podcasts so if you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear!

See you tomorrow Xx