Entertainment with Erika

Hi Wednesday!  It’s good to see you.

I’ve gotta be honest I have been in full on GOSSIP GIRL BINGE WATCHING MODE any time I have a free second so books, other shows, and movies have totally taken a back seat.  Tab is watching his own show right now so any week night you can find us on opposite ends of the couch binge watching our own thing.  #qualitytime  #doesthatcount I told myself when this show is over I’m taking a Netflix BREAK!  

I’m positive Netflix is judging me.  🙂

In the midst of our two little getaways we’ve been on lately I managed to get a little reading in and am happy to share today.

This book was everything chick-lit books are made of.  A guy and a girl who happen to not only work together but despise each other as well suck you right in!  One thing leads to another and…the rest is history.  🙂  If you’re a fan of girly reads, then I’d recommend it.  (Rated R, Grandma, this one isn’t for you.)

The truth is I started reading this book about a year ago and it got lodged between my driver’s seat and the console.  Also known as no-man’s land where things go and are never found again. Just ask Sheaffer…one time she lost an earring in my car and it was NEVER FOUND AGAIN.  #truth   All that to say, I was a quarter of the way into this and then it was MIA.  When I got a new car, this book was recovered (but no sign of Sheaffer’s earring).  In this book, Annie tells of many of her own struggles about “looking for lovely” in herself.  The truth is we all have issues, scars, and pasts, but there is lovely inside us all.  It was a great read and PERFECT for women.  I’d like to add-my junior high self was a hot mess and this book would have been great.

I heart Lauren Graham.  In Gilmore Girls, she was my absolute favorite and her character in Parenthood was perfect for her.  In “Talking As Fast I Can”, Lauren shares the details of her life that led her to Gilmore Girls-A Year in the Life.  It was fun reading behind the scenes info about other cast mates.  My favorite tidbit was how many of her Parenthood crew she put in those last four episodes of Gilmore Girls.  Remember Peter Krause was the park ranger?

This book was a struggle to get into.  Once I hit the halfway mark though, I was hooked!  It goes back and forth between characters and time periods, so it took a while to remember each character.  This is about a missing child in the 1930’s.  A police officer (in the 2000’s) on leave stumbles upon the case and starts digging deep in order to solve the crime from years ago.  I’d say as long as you can get halfway then you’ll be hooked!

I watched half of this week’s episode with my head down and I’m positive I was sweating!!  The trench coat, whipped cream, and Backstreet Boys’ serenade was all too much!  Then the tears with Vanessa?!  WHAT was that?  I can’t figure him out!  Be sure to head over to my girl, Sheaffer’s blog to read her recap. They’re the BEST!

And Gossip Girl…where was I when this show was on the air?  The drama, New York City setting, and fun fashion has me HOOKED!

That’s what has been keeping me entertained.  What about YOU?!

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!  XO

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  1. 1.18.17
    Lauren Donoghue said:

    I was hooked on Gossip Gorl about two years ago. I couldn't stop watching but yet couldn't believe what I was watching. I also loved the evolution of Chuck and Blair's characters throughout the series.

    • 1.18.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I'm right there with you!! I wasn't a Blair/Chuck fan at the beginning but now I think they were made for each other!

  2. 1.18.17
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    I loved The Hating Game!! You're exactly right…the perfect chick lit. Annnnd…I'm already excited to watch Gossip Girl. I just have to finish OTH first. Sigh.

    • 1.18.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I think I can. I think I can. Just keep telling yourself that! 🙂

  3. 1.18.17
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    "Not for you Grandma" made me laugh out loud!!!!! Hysterical! And thanks for linking to me again!!!!

    • 1.18.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Absolutely!!! 😉

  4. 1.18.17
    McFarland Family said:

    Hating game is added to my Amazon read list!! Love me some chick-lit. The bachelor….it's s train wreck you cannot stop watching. Oh I just DO NOT KNOW about this season.

  5. 1.18.17
    Anonymous said:

    I love it! I am going to check out Gossip Girl next!

  6. 1.18.17
    Megan @ Letting In The Light Blog said:

    I'm reading Lauren Graham's novel right now and have Talking As Fast As I Can on my list. Great suggestions!


  7. 1.18.17
    Elaine Welte said:

    I'm late to the party with parenthood. I'm finally in season 5 and I'm season 4, I had "all the tears". I haven't watched Gilmore Girls either!

  8. 1.18.17
    farmwife03 said:

    I binged Gossip Girl last year and I just might have to watch it again, one of my faves!!!

  9. 1.18.17
    Amanda Brezgel said:

    Peter Krause is Lauren Graham's husband! Also, I think Nick cried with Vanessa because she will either be the last one standing or top two!

  10. 1.18.17
    dresselfamily.blogspot.com said:

    I stated gossip girl along time ago and binge watched.. but life got really busy at that point and I couldn't bine watch add much so I watched the last 3 episodes. . Who does that lol.. I trek myself in gonna go back and watch the last 2 seasons lol… I love blake lively!

  11. 1.18.17
    Selena said:

    I just watched Gossip Girl earlier this year. OMG. I couldn't stop. I would stay up so late at night because I wanted to see one more episode. Blake Lively. I was so mad when I finished. My husband laughed at me for being so engrossed in such silliness but he would sometimes sit down and watch a little bit with me. I think he just wanted to look at Serena. My name is Selena so I tried to get him to start calling me "S".

  12. 1.18.17
    Megan said:

    I binged Gossip Girl when Fisher was a newborn. Pretty much my kids watched Cars all day (survival) and I watched GG on my iPad.

  13. 1.18.17
    Dianna said:

    I am currently reading The Hypnotist's Love Story and really like it. I also read Behind Closed Doors which was sooo good! I remember you liked Gone Girl and Girl on the Train so you would like that book too. Gossip Girl is on my list to watch but I am currently re-watching Prison Break before it comes back this April.

  14. 1.18.17
    Kjlb37 said:

    The only thing I can comment on is "The Lake House" and I loved it. I've read several of her books and enjoyed each one even though I'm not typically a "mystery" reader. Go figure. And thanks for the "R" rating heads up, I always appreciate the warning:).

  15. 1.18.17
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    After you're done taking a Netflix break, check out The Good Wife, if you haven't seen it. This is the first show I've been hooked on in a while (last one was Homeland). I haven't binged watch since having kids because of time, but this show has really thrown off my productivity game 🙂

  16. 1.18.17
    Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said:

    LOVE GG! The Lake House and Lauren Graham's book are going on my to-read list!

  17. 1.18.17
    Melanie Smith said:

    I loved Gossip Girl. It was my very first Netfix show to watch. Memories!!!!!!! Haha.

    I'm a big fan of Annie Downs, and her book is on my To-Read list. Have you read, "Let's All Be Brave?" Its good too!

    I also have Lauren Grahams book on my list. I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan, and can't wait to read all about it!

  18. 1.18.17
    Keisha Dawson said:

    Well, it looks like I will begin watching Gossip Girl tonight! This might hinder my book challenge that I made for myself this year…

  19. 1.18.17
    Trista @ The Classy Chaos said:

    I am putting The Hating Game on my short list!!

  20. 1.18.17
    Unknown said:

    You might know this but if you dont, be prepared for me to blow your mind.
    Lauren Graham and Peter Krause are together in real life and have been for several years!

  21. 1.18.17
    Unknown said:

    You need to watch Revenge or Friday Night Lights on Netflix next.

  22. 1.19.17
    kelly said:

    Thank you so much for the warning on the R rated book. I really appreciate when you let us know that. I don't want one of my kids picking up a book I may be reading and be horrified! 🙂

  23. 1.19.17
    Erika Slaughter said:

    This made me laugh so hard! Someone told me this when I was almost finished with Parenthood and it blew my mind then! On that show their characters were SO different. Right?

  24. 1.19.17
    Unknown said:

    I LOVEEEEE Gossip Girl!!! One of my faves! Have you watched The OC? It's so good too! XO

  25. 1.19.17
    Donna said:

    I totally agree with you on Gossip Girl. I was so sad when I finished watching it. Hubby totally hated on the show, but would be mad if I watched it without him. I guess finding out who Gossip Girl was drove him crazy haha. I need a new show to binge watch!

  26. 1.20.17
    Susanne said:

    Now that you've read The Lake House, you've got to read another of her books…The Secret Keeper. It's my favorite!

  27. 1.22.17
    Hena Tayeb said:

    I quit GG pretty early on..
    I am currently binging on Veronica Mars.. what did we do before we had the ability to binge?

  28. 1.27.17
    Unknown said:

    I cannot get into The Lake House. I keep trying but can't seem to get over that hump. I'm glad to know that it does get better. I will keep trying.