Gently down the STREAM- My Watchlist

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.

Summer Binge-Watch Headquarters


What do retired folks do all day long?

Nowadays, we keep busy that’s for sure! Some of us like to garden, read, golf, shop, craft, cook or play card games. There’s always volunteering, traveling and visiting family. I partake in most of these activities and hobbies, but one of my new pleasures in retirement is to binge-watch TV shows.

Some writers think that TV is a waste of time. To me, binge-watching is the equivalent of reading an entire book or book series at the pace I choose. I wouldn’t want to be limited to just one chapter a week or month, as was popular in Victorian times. Books were expensive then, so authors grew their readership with installments printed in newspapers or magazines that most people could afford.

Charles Dickens started it all with The Pickwick Papers and his fans grew impatient with the wait for his new chapters. Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo appeared in 139 installments. Other popular novels that were serialized include Madame Bovary (Flaubert), Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) and Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe).

How would you like to have been an author then? You would have had to write fast and also concoct exciting and engaging stories to keep your readers hooked.

My Magic Wands

Back to binge-watching. The best part for me is that when I get to the end of the program and it seems as if Jack Bauer must be a goner this time for sure, with a wave of my magic wand, I only need to wait about 60 seconds for the next show to start!

In June, I posted my annual best books to read in the summer at the beach or back yard. In addition to reading, binge-watching is also a