January 2019 Binge-Worthy TV




Between the holidays and an endlessly drenching rain, there have been more opportunities than usual to get lost in a really great series. If you love thrillers and are looking for a few awesome recommendations, then you have come to the right girl. All three of these series are so addicting.

*Warning: All of these shows have some rated-R content, so if that’s a dealbreaker, or you have children in the room, definitely don’t watch these. 

If you can get past some uncomfortable scenes (or fast-forward) the payoff for all of these is worth it.

I had very low expectations for YOU on Netflix. If I’m being honest, Penn Bagley playing the psycho made me think the show wouldn’t be gritty enough. Boy, was I wrong. I have developed a new respect for his acting abilities. He was spot on. Get ready to be sucked into this one by the end of episode one, plus the unexpected ending helps.

True Detective was one of my husband’s picks that I quickly found myself sucked into. Each season tells a different story. Season 1 follows a couple of detectives (played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) who are trying to find a serial killer with a tendency for some demented stuff. I don’t want to give too much away, but this series is certainly worth your time if you’re into crime thrillers.


I’m saved the best for last with SINNER. Holy cow, I passed up this one so many times on Netflix and I could kick myself because it’s stellar. Jessica Biel plays your average young mom, Cora. Beautiful child, charming husband, she seems to have everything… until she doesn’t. The hook with this one comes right away. Cora, with her husband and son, visit a beach. One minute she’s peeling a pear for her toddler, the next thing you know she has leaped off the blanket and stabbed the man sitting on the beach in front of her. It all seems random, but as the show progresses you realize that there’s more to it. Okay, I’m not saying anything else about this one. You have to watch it!







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Oh boy, has it been awhile since I’ve read something this juicy!

Alice is a newlywed, 29, and pregnant. She has a loving, close relationship with her husband and the world at her fingertips. Except she doesn’t.

She wakes from a fall to find she’s 39 years old with three kids (who she doesn’t remember) and a soon-to-be ex-husband who can’t stand her. She’s lost a lot more than her memories from the past decade: somehow she’s managed to lose her marriage, relationships, and her self. Alice spends most of the book weeding through the shreds of what her life has become, and trying to figure out how she became someone she wouldn’t even like.

This book kept me up at night. I couldn’t put it down. At one point I was literally holding my eyes open just to finish.

It was. that. good.

Five stars all the way. *****


If you’re looking for a book, don’t forget – you can always check out my Book Reviews section. I have listed it all there to make it easy to find your next read. I’ve also filtered everything so you can search based on genre (romance, thriller, historical, non-fiction, ect.) Just go to the category box on the right side of your screen to search. 

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Big Little Lies


“Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?  

What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:


Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

If you are a fan of intrigue, subtle, and not-so-subtle hilarity, and just the right amount of serendipity, this book will not only speak to you, it will create an addiction that will keep you up at night, determined to find out what stunning revelation awaits you. The narrating voice of Madeline is genius in its execution and her coined phrase “Oh, calamity” becomes an exclamation point ending many a turbulent scene. What could easily become an annoying catchphrase, manages to make an already endearing character even more so.

BIG LITTLE LIES tackles huge societal issues, yet still manages to serve them to readers with surprising delicacy topped with an interesting drizzle of honey. Consider moving this to the top of your reading queue, and perhaps even abandoning your current read to delve into this one as soon as possible. BIG LITTLE LIES is the dessert of your reading menu, but trust me when I say you’ll want to eat it first.



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