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In this week’s episode, the ladies talk about their recent media consumption. This makes me happy, because it means I get to tell you all the things I’ve been watching and reading and enjoying.

Books

Land of Enchantment by Leigh Stein: Leigh learns that her ex-boyfriend has died, and this memoir is a way of working through her feelings about him, his death, and their relationship. It’s beautiful, and I couldn’t put it down. Content warning: Their relationship was abusive, so go in prepared or skip this one if that’s trouble.

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean: MacLean is one of my favorite authors. She writes smart, funny, hot, feminist romances that I don’t want to put down till I’ve read the last page. A Scot in the Dark has Lillian Hargrove, who’s been caught up in a Scandal, and her guardian the Duke of Warnick, who hates all things English but who is determined to save Lily from scandal. So much fun.

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley: Holy shit y’all. Read this. Read it now. This is a collection of essays that explore feminism, writing, race, queer representation, science fiction, and revolution. Seriously. Just read it.

Podcasts

Call Your Girlfriend: Two best friends talk about everything, but especially politics.

The League of Awkward Unicorns: Alice and Deanna are two of my favorite people on the Internet. They talk about mental illness, their medications, self care, and coping.

Oh No Ross and Carrie: Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy test claims of the supernatural and paranormal so you don’t have to. Their investigations have included Scientology, oxygen bars, Myers Briggs, cryotherapy, and Mormons. These two like to laugh, but they also love meeting the people they get to in their investigations, and that comes through, no matter how dubious they are of the claims the people are making.

Television/Movies

Great British Bake Off: I love this show. It’s a competition, but the people all like each other. Possibly because they don’t also have to live together for weeks and weeks. If you like this, and want something with less stress, watch the Masterclass that’s also available on Netflix. Mary and Paul cook some of their favorite recipes from the seasons, plus have a Christmas episode where they bake holiday favorites.

10 Cloverfield Lane: Michelle is in a car accident and wakes up in a concrete room, with an IV in her arm, and chained to the wall. Turns out, she’s in a bunker with Howard, an older man who owns the bunker, and Emmett, a younger guy who got lucky and got in. Howard tells her something is happening up above — either someone is attacking the US (Russia? North Korea?), or those Martians have finally found their way down. The whole movie is tense, and keeps turning, and you never really know if Howard is telling the truth or if he’s a psychopath. Very very good.

What have you been watching or reading or listening to lately?