Watching/ Reading/ Listening 2

watching reading listening current favorites

What I love about this style of post is how I get to catch you up on my life & share my obsessions all at once. Yeah, we’re going to go through what I am currently watching, reading, and listening, but I also included some of my current favorites at the end!


I’ve got so many shows on the go right now it’s a little hard to keep up. Tuesday nights I watch American Horror Story Cult with Merisa. It’s the most unsettling season just because so much of it could actually happen? It’s too much.

Wednesday nights I’m watching the second season of Riverdale. I grew up reading and obsessing over Archie comics. I’d get a new issue every time we went to the grocery store for years so I was bound to like the show. I love a good murder mystery. I love Archie and the whole gang. And yeah, I like a guy in a leather jacket and a girl in vintage inspired clothes (Beaus and Bows, am I right?).

Randomly during the week, Merisa and I watch The Handmaid’s Tale together. It is one of the most powerful shows I’ve ever watched. It’s dramatic, emotionally draining, and gripping. I understand why they won all the awards last award season.


We haven’t finished watching The Handmaid’s Tale yet, but I’ve started reading the book. Merisa has already read it and I feel like I’m missing out on some kind of extra insight whenever we watch. The book and show are definitely different, but they’re both powerful. I’m working through the book slowly to savor and appreciate the story, but it’s difficult to put down.

I’m currently in a self-help book whirlwind. I’ve already finished Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass and You Are A Badass At Making Money. I listen to them on repeat on my drive to and from work. I didn’t realize how helpful self-help books could be (I was blind, but now I see!) and now I feel like I’m ready to take my life in the right direction and kick ass.

The author of my ultimate nerdy fave, Scott Pilgrim Versus The World, Brian Lee O’Malley, has been writing a comic book series about fashion bloggers in LA called Snot Girl. Oh. My. It’s everything. I blazed through the first volume and I’ll be looking for the second one this week. What’s better than a book on bloggers, boogers, and potential murder?!


I’ve been listening to a huge mish mash of music recently. My coworker/friend and I created a playlist to play at the boutique full of music that reflects our bad ass customers. We listen to it everyday. It’s over 18 hours of punk rock classics, soothing instrumentals, and indie pop music. Rock of all kinds. I especially love when old Kings of Leon plays (a band I have detested for years and now love, but only their old stuff.). Molly’s Chambers and Red Morning Light put the pep in my step like nothing else. On the complete other end of the spectrum, Sza. God, she’s amazing. Please just open Spotify and listen to all her songs.


Remember in my last Watching/ Reading/ Listening when I mentioned how I didn’t fit in any of the clothes at the boutique I work at? Well, guess which store started carrying plus? My boss is an incredible person who wants to offer the opportunity to feel great in what you’re wearing to any woman of any and every size. Our plus stuff is so cute and has so far, been a complete success!

I am, uh. Well, I’m missing B a lot. Long distance is getting very, very difficult. I feel homesick a lot. Not for Florida or Virginia, or even a real place, but for B. It feels like physical pain some times. I don’t find vulnerability to be a weakness. I don’t think I’m any less strong or independent for missing him. It’s a natural thing to miss someone you love when you’ve been apart. We’ve been able to see each other 3 times since he moved in May, which I am so grateful for. I know some long distance couples who don’t get to visit each other for a year or more at a time. No matter how long the distance exists, it’s never easy. If you have any advice, I’d love to hear it.

-Tara Joy

4 thoughts on “Watching/ Reading/ Listening 2

  1. Merisa Ferrell (@angelmerisa23)

    We are serious soul sisters! I was the same way with Archie comics when I was little so I was actually afraid The CW was going to screw up a beloved group of characters for me but I watched the first season on Netflix and now I am hooked! Also, I need to find Snot Girl ASAP! xx Merisa | Magnolia Moon

Comments are closed