This is the best of what we've watched, read and listened in January 2022. Save this post when you're next looking for something to fill your spare time.
Just quietly, looking at this list, it's clear that my reading has taken a backseat to many of our fave programs returning and rediscovering new ones. Oops.
Bump (Stan) - Season 2 dropped during the Christmas/New Year "what day is it?" timezone and a new dose of this Aussie drama was just what we needed. If you missed the first season, strap yourself in for a binge of both.
Ozark (Netflix) - part 1 of Season 4 (shows in the US do this thing where they split a season which can be quite confusing but I think we also had a COVID delay in there too. This is not for the faint of heart - think Mexican drug cartel danger level - but the play off between lead characters Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) is gold.
1883 (Paramount) - this is the prologue to Yellowstone (Stan), set in 1883 on the new frontier in America. In the latest season of Yellowstone there was a scene referencing the original Duttons and 1883 expands on that story, giving us insight into why the Duttons are who they are today. Do watch the behind the scenes episode as it shows just how closely the two shows are woven together.
Stay Close (Netflix) - love me a British thriller/drama and this one based on the 2012 Harlan Coben novel of the same title had me guessing right down to the end. Bonus viewing points for casting James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) in the lead detective role.
Love Me (Binge) - this is the first original production for Binge and it's a very good one. It's set in Melbourne and as the title suggests, the theme of love runs through it but it's also about loss, families and complexities that come with that. Hugo Weaving is brilliant as the dad but it was the adult daughter Bojana Novakovic that had me captivated.
Love Stories by Trent Dalton - page after page, this book written with so much heart is a reminder of what's important right now.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - I was late to the Taylor Jenkins Reid party but I'm catching up fast. This has all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood through the years as told through Evelyn, a star who gave up so much to play the role she created.
The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella - I've been reading Sophie's books since forever. They're easy, fun reads with relatable characters. This one is no exception.
Meat Loaf's Bat of Hell album (RIP Meat Loaf) - AHHH ... had a moment after hearing the news Meat Loaf had died. All those evenings in my late teens/early 20s getting ready to go out, drinking cheap wine and singing Paradise by the Dashboard Light into my hairbrush.
Triple J's Hottest 100 - Let's just say if you took a kid to the Wiggles in the late '90s (back when they did community centres and kids got to meet them in the hall after the show), you probably contributed to the voting of this year's number one song. The other popular songs? You've probably heard them over and over on Instagram.
How to Fail: Brene Brown (episode) - Elizabeth Day's How to Fail podcast is a beauty but this one was one I played three times over to let the nuggets of Brene wisdom sink in.
Is your BMI Bullshi*T? (episode on The Quicky) - I listen to this podcast most weekday mornings for a quick/non-sensational listen to the news headlines and this particular deep-dive segment was an informative and succinct look at why we need to stop focussing on BMI as a measure of health.
Should I Delete That podcast (series) - this is a new British podcast from two women I follow on social media. I'm a huge fan of Alex Light and the work she does in the body positivity space.