I like it so check it out: SEPTEMBER

Otherwise known as my monthly wrap up of the stuff I’ve read, watched, and listened to that’s worth sharing. A post that has only been made possible since I sold my cafe a couple of months ago and no longer collapse from exhaustion by nine every night.


  • Tell the truth and shame the devil by Melina Marchetta. I’ve long known Marchetta as the author of the beloved Aussie coming of age novel Looking for Alibrandi, but had never read any of her books. The blurb on the back got my attention, and I sped through it in true can’t put it down fashion. I can’t remember the last time I have been so engrossed in and so enjoyed a novel.
  • Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra. Kind of a buzz novel that seems everywhere I look, it took a little bit to really get hold of me but it was worth sticking around for. Suspense and whodunnit done well, and I hear a movie adaptation is in the works.
  • From the inside out by Erik O. Ronningen. As the anniversary of 9/11 neared I went in search of books on the subject, and from the sea of conspiracy theories and in depth analysis of international politics this one stood out. Harrowing and amazing tales of survival, these are some of the stories from people who made it out of the towers. Very moving.


  • Horses by Patti Smith. With husband jamming one of her songs with his band it’s been a Patti kind of month. I was jumping up and down with excitement when I heard that Ms Smith and band are heading our way next year to play this seminal album in full.
  • Garbage & Version 2.0 by Garbage. {The band. If I even need to clarify that we might have a problem.} Funnily enough I have been stuck on their first two albums rather than the new one I am seeing them perform later this year.
  • Janis Joplin. Because sometimes you just need some rock 101.


  • Bad Neighbours 2. Yeah I hate those frat boy movies but this time it’s the girls’ turn as the sororities get a look in. Actually not a bad way to pass some time, with more than a few laugh out loud bits. Either that or I have a very juvenile sense of humour. {Available to rent or buy on Apple TV.}
  • The Fearless Freaks, a documentary by and about The Flaming Lips. Because you know, Wayne Coyne is just fucking brilliant. {Available on most streaming services.}
  • Stranger Things. I watched this {along with most of the intelligent TV show watching world} last month, and oh em gee: it was fucking amazing. It’s like Stephen King combined with The Goonies. There’s a good reason everyone lost their collective shit when it was announced that there will be a season two. {Available on Netflix.}
  • The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Ryan and Russell, pretty much says it all right there. {Available to rent or buy on Apple TV.}

  1. The Nice Guys was by far the funniest and best, feel-good crazy, smart comedy I saw this year. I’ve been a Shane Black fan for years and he still impresses me.


    1. I had to watch it after seeing an interview with Ryan Gosling where he told a story of how Russell Crowe drank him under the table at some football match. But great story and really well made. I’ll have to see what else Shane Black has done.


      1. I love both those actors, too. Ryan Gosling is funnier than he normally gets credit for, not to mention easy on the eyes. RC is always great to me. Shane Black = Lethal Weapon movies, Monster Squad, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (You HAVE to see it if you haven’t already. HAVE TO) and Iron Man 3. He’s really good with the buddy movie genre and action comedies. Go to the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang trailer, no excuses!! I think you’d enjoy the crap out of the movie especially if you liked The Nice Guys. https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=__PnD1HWXSo


        1. Turns out I’ve seen almost all of his movies! I know we’ve watched kiss kiss bang bang but I’m fuzzy on the details. I’ll go check the trailer now!


          1. Lol…ummmm it sounds like it was a pretty forgettable movie for you so never mind on the recommendation. But, yeah..otsa good writing and movies from him. Monster Squad remains a childhood favorite. I love this type of update you’re doing.


            1. Probably not a bad movie but sometimes my husband just binges all weekend and I can’t go the distance!

              And thank you. Still trying to get the blogging groove back but I’m enjoying the new space. X.

            2. Whatever you’re doing to get back into it is certainly working from a reader’s pov.

  2. ZOMG love Horses and recently just bought a kick ass monochrome poster of Patti Smith looking cool as fuck in 1976. No one in the history of human kind has ever looked cooler than Patti Smith in 1976.


    1. Amen sister. Cannot even fathom that I’ll be listening to her live.


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