As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m reflecting on the things of pop culture I’m thankful for this year. Sure, movies and TV shows, music and books are for fun (and that is okay!!), but often they also have a deeper meaning for us. So let’s talk about the things that have enriched our lives, taught us something new, or just helped us get through the hard spots. I do share a few of these in episode 141 of The Couch Podcast, but this list is the overflow because once I started counting gifts and gratitude, I couldn’t stop!
It will probably come as no surprise that I also adore the specifically autumnal Hallmark movies. You know, the ones with pumpkins on every surface and colorful leaves randomly falling in the background like perfectly timed snow in another season’s movies? Yes, those are the ones. If you’re looking for a Hallmark movie to give you fall feels, here are a dozen to choose from!
For the past nearly 100 weeks, I’ve been hosting Wednesday Movie Night for anyone who wants to join. Most weeks it’s the same core group of women who have become some of my favorite and closest friends, but for now at least, I’m keeping it open to all members of The Couch Facebook Group. Every Wednesday night, we “meet” up online to watch a movie—great ones and not-so-great ones (which are honestly sometimes the most fun). Here are our faves from 2021…
The world is weird, I didn’t see nearly all the movies I wanted to in 2021. Maybe you can relate? So this post will be a list of my favorite movies from the past year, both in theaters and on a streaming service—but I’ll also tell you about the movies I haven’t seen that I still want to! Let’s go…
Though I will probably watch a few more movies, I don’t anticipate any of them landing at the top of my list for the year. So today I’m bringing you my top 10 favorite Hallmark movies, top 10 favorite Lifetime movies, top 5 “other” movies, and the movies that landed on the bottom of my list. You can see my whole list, ranked in order that may or may not change every time I look at it, at Letterboxd. Here goes…
Can a book change your life? This is a question I asked in episode 88 of The Couch Podcast. In a conversation with my friend Shannan Martin, we decided that we think yes, books can change our lives. But sometimes they change our lives for a season and sometimes they change them forever. Sometimes they change our hearts but it takes a few more steps or resources or years before our lives are tangibly changed. Here’s a longer list of books that have changed my life (so far).
2020 brought more than 100 new holiday movies, if you can believe it! I watched nearly 60 and liked a majority of them. Here are the top 20 new holiday movies from 2020.
It’s hard to be alone or to be away from the people we care about most, especially at the holidays. If you’re in the mood for a movie this holiday season while you are missing your family, these films might cheer you up for a bit or at least distract you (or remind you that the holiday family gatherings we’re longing for aren’t actually quite as Normal Rockwell perfect as we might be remembering).
The Hallmark Channel has created so many movies about cooking. And cooking contests, in particular. So many cooking contests! If you love watching people fall in love in the kitchen, here are some delicious movies you shouldn’t miss.
We might not be able to go to the beach this year, but we can still indulge in a beach read or two (or twelve) this summer! Last week we talked about the best (cutest, light-but-not-fluffiest) young adult novels you might read this summer. (Get that list here.) This week? Light-but-not-fluffy romantic comedy novels about grown-ups! Here are a dozen romantic comedy novels to read this summer.
I’m finally feeling ready for something SLIGHTLY more realistic–but still not ready for anything heavy. Which, if I’m honest (and, if you know me, you’re already aware), is where I land most the time. But particularly right now, something light with some substance feels vital. Enter this summer’s newest YA (young adult) novels.
One of the ways we can fight racism is by starting at home, with our own families. Reading books by and about people who don’t look like us or who talk or dress or eat or simply live differently than us is a great way to supplement the conversations we have with our kids about racism. Watching diverse, inclusive TV shows and movies is another. Here’s a list of diverse shows I’ve found.