Five things on my must-watch and must-read list for early 2021

Hey, friends! Happy March! Here’s to a good start to the month for us all! We had a pretty low-key weekend over here, and not much to report on.

Now, on to the post for today. I usually only write about books or shows after I’ve read them or watched them — so I can give you my feedback and thoughts. But this post is all about what’s on my list for the future. And I also crowd-sourced some recommendations from you, which you’ll find at the end. Let’s get to it …

Five things on my must-watch and must-read list for early 2021

Five things on my must-watch and must-read list for early 2021 by A Lady Goes West

Read: “Eat Smarter” book by Shawn Stevenson

My favorite podcaster, Shawn Stevenson, who is the creator of “The Model Health Show” and the author of “Sleep Smarter,” just released his latest book, “Eat Smarter,” which is all about food and nutrition. I have no doubt the book is absolutely amazing. Stevenson takes super-technical information and breaks it down for you in relatable and easy-to-digest ways. He also usually throws in some funny and real stories from his own life and learnings. I know this will be beneficial and enjoyable. A must-read. Find “Eat Smarter” here.

Watch: “Framing of Britney Spears” documentary on Hulu

I’ve been to several Britney Spears concerts in my life (and even met her during a meet-and-greet), and I’ve always loved her. It was so sad and strange how her life spiraled out of control and she got so much bad publicity. Because that’s just the way it happened, I don’t think any of us questioned why or how it occurred. But I’m so intrigued to watch the new “Framing Britney Spears” documentary on Hulu to find out more. I’ve read a ton of articles on the ways the media treated Spears, and it’s interesting that people are finally calling it out. We don’t have Hulu, but I’ll find a way to watch this documentary one day soon.

Read: “Atomic Habits” book by James Clear

I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book, “Atomic Habits.” I finally picked it up last week and am just a little bit into it so far. Here’s why I wanted to read it: I heard James Clear speak on a podcast all about how making tiny beneficial changes in our lives can lead to big improvements over time. His theory is that making big goals is worthless if you don’t have systems in place to get you there — and you get there with positive daily habits. I will definitely report back on this book after I finish it. Find “Atomic Habits” here.

Ashley reading Atomic Habits by A Lady Goes West March 2021

Watch: “Bridgerton” series on Netflix

This show! I saw a million people post about watching this series, “Bridgerton,” on Netflix, and I want to devour it. I convinced Dave to watch the first two episodes with me a couple weeks ago, and he wasn’t into it, so we stopped. But I was all about it and will be taking it up on my own. It’s about a big family in London’s high society trying to find love. The costumes, scene and music are fantastic. I look forward to sitting down to watch it again.

Listen: “Archewell Audio” podcast on Spotify

To be totally honest, if I’m listening to a podcast, it’s almost always about business, health or wellness. But I want to branch out a little more with my topics this year. I happen to love the mission behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archewell company, and they just debuted a podcast called “Archewell Audio.” The podcast will share stories and narratives to help build communities and uplift and entertain listeners. I’m all for those goals, so I plan to get into this one soon.

Must-read list of 2021 by A Lady Goes West March 2021

And here’s what you had to say …

I polled my Instagram audience for some recommendations on what’s worth adding to the must-watch, must-listen, must-read list, and here’s what you said:


“Healthier Together” by Liz Moody — all about healthy living

“Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown — all about leadership and change-makers

“Dolly Parton’s America” by NPR — all about Dolly Parton


“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett — a novel about twin sisters who lead very different lives

“Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano — a novel about the sole survivor of a plane crash

“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer — a novel about a struggling writer traveling the world

“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah — a novel about coming of age in apartheid South Africa 


“Behind her Eyes” on Netflix — a thriller about a single mother trapped in strange love triangle

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon Prime — a comedy about a housewife turned stand-up comedian

And that concludes my must-watch, must-listen and must-read list for early 2021. Thank you for stopping by. And please add what’s on your list in the comments. 🙂 

Must-read list for 2021 by A Lady Goes West March 2021

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  1. I think I can copy all of these and make a list of my own, other than Framing Britney because I already watched it! I don’t have Hulu either, but was able to watch with a friend.

    Thanks for the tips. Happy Tuesday to you.


  2. Ooh I second The Vanishing Half – one of the best books I read last year!

    I read way more than I watch but have recently enjoyed Ted Lasso and The Morning Show, can you tell we just got an Apple TV subscription hehe.

    1. I LOVED Ted Lasso and The Morning Show and For All Mankind — Apple TV has really good programs! Enjoy them all! 🙂 Have a great week, Iona!

  3. Hi Ashley,

    This podcast is very similar to the Brittany NYT show on Hulu

    having listened to this about a year before the show came out, it’s almost 90% the same. Show is still worth a watch

    I just started Behind the eyes. !
    Marvelous Mrs Maisel is SO good. The wit! The Costumes! everything

    Dolly Parton’s America is the kind of podcast to listen to while walking alone or cleaning. It will suck you in and chores fly by in no time.


    1. Hi Sabrina! Thanks so much for the tip on that podcast — I’ll check it out! 🙂 Love that you’ve seen and listened to some of these already and can attest that they are good. Have an awesome week!

  4. Mrs Maisel is so fun! Dave will probably like it. Also, Hulu has a free trial! Sign up and cancel 3 weeks later. Check out Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist while you’re there (lots of emotions in that one but I loved it).

  5. oh girl, the Britney documentary is a MUST!! i’m a huge huge fan of hers, too, and it was so intriguing and sad and made me love her more (if possible). i’ll face time you so you can see it haha!
    and i’m dying to read eat smarter, also. i really like his podcast and info and i know i could benefit from the book. gotta add it to my amazon list for sure.
    i mostly watch bravo so my tv recs aren’t great… or are they?! but the oprah interview with meg and harry is highly recommended if you haven’t. do it!
    i’m reading american dirt and it is excellent.
    and just for fun… kendall’s megan the stallion ride and cody’s pop ride from this week are super fun 🙂

    1. Hi Adrianna, I really need to watch the Britney documentary soon. Thanks for the tip on American Dirt. Hope you’ve been having a great week!

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