Top Books and Shows of Summer 2019

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What is the value of content? At my happiest, I’m consuming and creating content. I was a Content Marketer for a few years and that taught me how and why content is a valuable asset for a business. At the core, content is good for business because it’s valuable to us as individuals.

We’re intellectual beings. We constantly learn and grow (or at least we should be) and content is how we grow. Whether you learn by reading or seeing visuals, you need it to learn. 

And content isn’t just educational, it’s relaxing. Part of my new 90 day goal is to mute, unfollow, and unsubscribe from content that isn’t resonating with me right now. Social media, in particular, can be full of noise if you’re not cultivating what’s in your feed. But if you put the right content in front of you, it can be eye-opening and relaxing. 

If you’re looking for a new book or show to dive into, here’s the content I found most expanding this summer:

Podcast

The Expanded Podcast

Lacy Phillips is a leading manifestation advisor. When I first discovered her, I googled “What is Manifestation?” Now, I’m a total junkie for her work. 

Here’s the cliff notes version: she believes you manifest a reality that matches what you subconsciously believe you’re worth. If you unblock what’s in your way and “uplevel” your worth, you’ll manifest objects, situations, opportunities, relationships, etc that better align with your authentic self.

Fiction

Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt 

In 1969, sixteen-year old Lucy runs away to a rural town with her school teacher. When the situation turns into a nightmare, she has to find a way to escape.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe is a strange child. She’s a Titan but doesn’t have the same power as her parents. When Zeus banishes her to an island, she cultivates her own witchcraft—and comes across Odysseus, as well as other mortals. 

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

At its core, The Grownup is a ghost story. It’s a short story and beautifully written. I read it over the course of two nights and the story was captivating in an old-timey, ghost story way.

Non-Fiction

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

This is one of the most talked about books of the summer for good reason. Lisa Taddeo is a journalist who spent a decade interviewing women about desire and sex. The book centers on three women that Lisa spent the most time with and how desire shaped their lives in both good and bad ways.

Spinster by Kate Bolick

In her book, Kate describes Awakeners that she’s discovered. From female artists to novelists, her expanders are all women who rejected the pursuit of marriage. For me, Kate has become an Awakener in her own right. She writes honestly about the loss of her mother, the importance of her relationship with herself, and how women before us have paved the way for new ideals.

Secrets of Six Figure Women by Barbara Stanny

I was drawn to this book because I was curious: what are the personality traits behind six figure women? Are there any commonalities? In her research, Barbara discovered there are many types of six figure women. Some overwork themselves and dedicate themselves to large companies. Others believed they only achieved six figures once they relaxed and discovered their larger purpose on this planet. Interestingly, money is rarely a motivator for these women.

Life Will Be The Death of Me, and You Too by Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler is one of my favorite comedians and authors. Each of her books has captivated me and kept me turning the page late into the night. She’s refreshingly honest. Unlike her previous books, this book dives deeper into her own psychology. She records sessions with her therapist and shares them with the world. Talk about bravery. 

Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington

Ruby is the founder of The Numinous, a website dedicated to spiritualism. To be honest, I skipped several chapters that didn’t resonate with me. I’m not into tarot cards or astrology, but I love the idea of the divine feminine. If you’ve ever felt a part of you that was pure, raw energy (maybe you describe it as “High Vibe”) and you want to explore it further, then this book has good information for you.

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency by Akiko Busch

Privacy is rare these days and it’s something to be cherished. I read this book while escaping social media and it really opened my eyes. We live in a world that demands transparency. If you piece together different platforms (Venmo, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin), you can discover so much information about an individual. It’s creepy. Meanwhile, we’re energetically sharing so much of ourselves. At what cost? Does it feel good to share? This book made me want to live a “Walden” lifestyle. 

Netflix

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Unbelievable

Eat Pray Love

Heal

The Sinner

Audrie & Daisy

Always Be My Maybe

Someone Great 

Rented Movies

I rented these movies from my local library. They may be on streaming sites, too.

On the Basis of Sex - The true story of Ruth Badar Ginsburg

Inside Amy Schumer - Amy writes some of the best comedy I’ve seen in a long time and it has a knock-out cast

Traffik - This movie is based on true events in Northern California. I didn’t know until I watched this how serious human trafficking is in America. The most common states are California and Texas.

Woman Walks Ahead - This is the true story of Chief Sitting Bull and the woman who traveled alone from New York to paint him. It shines light on Native American history and the treaties and wars that chipped away at their land. Note: this movie made me want to camp outside in the wilderness and reconnect with the land.

Theaters

Hustlers - favorite movie of the summer

Booksmart

Joker 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

HBO

Euphoria - Amazing

Crashing - I didn’t know who Pete Holmes was until I watched this show. Hilarious.

Big Little Lies - Favorite tv show this summer

Here are the titles by genre:

True Stories

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Unbelievable 

Audrie & Daisy

Woman Walks Ahead

Hustlers

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Comedy

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

Booksmart

Crashing

Inside Amy Schumer

Life Will Be the Death of Me, and You Too

Mystery/Thriller/Drama

Cruel Beautiful World

The Grownup 

The Sinner 

Traffik

Joker

Big Little Lies 

Euphoria 

Romance

Always Be My Maybe

Someone Great 

Eat Pray Love

Self-Knowledge

Secrets of Six Figure Women

Heal

The Expanded Podcast 

Life Will Be The Death of Me, and You Too

Material Girl, Mystical World

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency

Equality

On the Basis of Sex

Spinster

Secrets of Six Figure Women

Circe

Three Women

What Have You Been Reading and Watching?

I’d love to hear what you’ve been consuming. And if you’ve read or watched any of the titles in this article, let me know what you thought of them. You can email me at kasiamanolas@gmail.com or leave a comment below to let me know.