Reading watching writing listening

For something different I thought I’d share what I’m reading, watching, writing and listening to. And if you have anything you want to share, why don’t you post a comment about it? I love to hear what everyone is up to!


At the moment I’m just starting on a brand new book, inspired by an evening out with family. It’s called Trace: who killed Maria James? It was written by Rachael Brown, a notable Australian journalist. We saw her during her book tour where she talked about the crime, and all the aspects involved.

If you enjoy True Crime, and in particular unsolved crimes, this will be right up your alley. It’s a devastating story though, and one that I truly hope that we can “close the chapter on” (see what I did there). Some key topics for you – single mother, priests, child abuse, and so, so many red flags.

Rachael Brown onstage during her interview with radio personality, Caroline Hutchinson


I just finished watching “The Interview” with Andrew Denton tonight, in particular with Julie Bishop – retired Australian politician.

Now, I’m not going to get into my own personal political beliefs on my blog. However, what I will say is that I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Julie Bishop. Her quick wit and intelligence, and ability to instil in me a sense of belief in her honesty….it’s rare that I trust a politician, and for some reason, I always trusted in her.

When MH17 was shot down Australia wanted answers, fast. We still don’t have them. But she never gave up. In the days following the event, Julie and her team worked tirelessly to navigate a perilous situation among many countries and their respective laws, in order to bring the remains of the victims home. She worked to give the family members their loved ones so they could grieve. She mourned with them, and still does.

Andrew Denton has an interview style that I really appreciate as well. It’s very easy listening, and a few laughs here and there. I have two seasons worth to go through and listen to, and I’m looking forward to it.


This post – ha!

Actually, what I’m doing at the moment is working through my first ever vlog – video blog! It was a challenge issued by a friend once I started dabbling in a bit of video editing in the lead up to a trip overseas at the end of the year (I plan on sharing videos with you all of our holiday).

I thought it would be hard, I didn’t think it would be excruciatingly difficult. Editing yourself, listening to your own voice, watching yourself talk. I have picked myself apart in so many ways, and yet I keep pushing through.

I hope to have the video ready to share with you all next week. The only thing holding it up right now is the recording of the last little bit. Due to my work hours, and the poor lighting in the bedroom (for recording purposes anyway – fine to see in) I’m going to have to wait until daytime on the weekend to shoot the last little bit. A bit more editing and voila.

Then I cringe and wait to hear what you all have to say.


On my drive to/from work I typically listen to podcasts. I’ve got a few on regular rotation, but most of the hosts right now are on holidays or the episodes just aren’t appealing enough to listen to just yet (they will be at some point).

So I decided to try something new. I downloaded Libby, an app for my phone which lets me rent audiobooks from the library.


Well, not that I had one anyway, I did the free trial and then cancelled it 🙂

This app is great! And right now I’m spontaneously listening to The Hunger Games. I had seen the movies but never read the books before. I didn’t actually go hunting for that to read, it was more a case of opening the app, seeing it there and thinking “that’ll do”.

It’s so great. It’s truly one of those moments where the book is so much better than the movie. You really understand the main character, and what drives her to do some of the things she does, the mental hurdles etc.

Seriously though, I strongly recommend getting Libby. What a great app.

What are you reading watching writing and listening to at the moment?

Let me know your thoughts!