Monthly Favourites #4

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I’m reading Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, and to be honest it’s amazing. It’s about a girl called Frances and her friend/ex Bobbi who get friendly with a couple and how things get more complicated as the four become intertwined. I didn’t know anything about it when I bought it, other than people online had said it was good – and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

It’s amazing. I’m eeking it out for as long as possible, because I don’t want it to end. Frances is such a real character as well, if you’ve ever fancied someone you shouldn’t you’ll feel twitchy with recognition at how she feels.

I’m aware I’m probably going to be reading this book for the whole month so in lieu of other books, please take my advice and read this piece by Joel Golby about what the fuck happened in this house. It honestly has me screaming with laughter every time I read it.

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I have become completely obsessed with Buzzfeed Unsolved on Youtube. It’s true crime AND ghosts, two investigators – one skeptic, one believer go to all these creepy places and see if they can solve the ultimate question – are ghosts real? The Haunting of Hannah Williams is my favourite episode by far but they’re all hilarious.

Also, I don’t think I need to say much about Game of Thrones returning. Don’t want to detail what’s happened as ~spoilers, as I’m not that girl. However, if you haven’t watched it I’d get going straight away as it’s really good. One note is this series hasn’t been thaaaaaat gory yet, I haven’t had to hide too much. PLUS you get 10 points from me if you notice Mac from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s five seconds of fame.

Movie wise, all I want to talk about is Avengers: Endgame. Oh my word. If you’re into Marvel in any way, you’ll have seen it anyway or are planning on seeing it but I cannot stress how good it is. If you’re not into Marvel, I’d recommend getting started. And get your skates on, as you’ve got 22 films to work through and I want to discuss them with as many people as possible ASAP, so hurry up.

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Although it’s not technically a podcast, I’ve been listening to Simple Creatures new EP on repeat. It’s the new creation of Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 and Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low – a recovering emo kid’s dream, right? Their EP came out on the 29th and I gave it the ultimate test – listened to it whilst cleaning my house and walking back from the school run and it passed both with flying colours. I’d most recommend the song How To Live, which sounds a bit like the new Bring Me The Horizon album (but GOOD!)

Podcast-wise, I would recommend Shagged, Married Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsay which I have been blasting through. I attempted to play it as the “Doing Housework” podcast but every time I’ve ended up sitting down cackling with laughter surrounded by piles of washing so it’s not going too well in that direction. Also: beware of listening in public, as it’s really hard not to laugh out loud.

Apologies that my favourites seem to be a bit sparse this month,  the Easter holidays really threw a spanner in the works and I’ve been sacrificing everything in my life to watch The Crown for the past week or so. Writing, cleaning, ….weeing, everything has gone straight out of the window for that show. But I’ll tell you more about that later…

Favourites of the Month #1

Normally I would write a post all about things I’m reading at the moment, or things I’ve listened to recently or something along those lines. However – this month I have really tried to take time for myself.

I’m not going to use the s and c words because we all know they’re thrown around like a hot potato and I don’t want to sound like a broken record.

Or an influencer off Instagram who spent £26 on soap and is singing the praises of a really expensive spa they went to for free.

I’m just making sure that I’m watching more than just Homes Under The Hammer, listening to more than just Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and reading more than just long Instagram captions.

I also would like to become one of those people who has important things to say. Who knows things about current affairs other than “ain’t Brexit a load of shit, right?” and popular culture that isn’t just Simpsons quotes from 1999.

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With regards to reading, I’ve tried to hit the ground running as I haven’t read a book for approximately 4 years other than the Very Hungry Caterpillar and wanted to change that this year.

Eat, Drink, Run by Bryony Gordon was a very good read, especially during that January slump where you’re thinking about resolutions but don’t actually want to DO anything about them.

It’s all about how she went from being a complete couch potato drowning in mental health issues to someone who ran the marathon (twice!)

I found it inspiring but not patronising and would recommend to anyone who suffers from anxiety (or other ailments) and can’t see a way out of the hole.

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge was an eye-opening read. I became very aware of my privilege and my ignorance and am very glad I read it.

I genuinely think this book should be handed out to everyone on like, their 16th birthday so that they can grow into adulthood being a well-rounded adult instead of someone who hashtags #savetommyrobinson and votes for Brexit. (Ain’t it a load of shit, right?)

I can’t read and watch television at the same time, I have to listen to music that wouldn’t be out of place at Rainbow Rhythms (from that episode of Peep Show?) and pretend like Jeremy Kyle isn’t just one click away.

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Normally of an evening, I’m either watching Reece play Overwatch on the XBOX or watching Silent Witness out of the corner of my eye whilst I’m really concentrating on Candy Crush.

However, this week I’ve been home alone of an evening, which means it’s the perfect time to sit and binge watch a good show.

And binge watch I did. I’ve (finally) started How To Get Away With Murder. OH. MY. GOD. I have screamed at the telly at least five times this week because it keeps TWISTING and TURNING. It’s the tale of Annalise Keating, a criminal defence lawyer and a group of students that work for her as part of their degree. And there might be a little bit of murder, clue’s in the title.

I’m going to be honest with you and say I haven’t watched anything else all week, haha. But I am looking forward to watching Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and the new Shane Dawson Conspiracy series.

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Music-wise, I haven’t listened to much other than Chill~ playlists on Spotify and reliving the joy of A Flash Flood Of Colour by Enter Shikari as I’ve been jogging around the block.

Podcasts, however, have pretty much taken the place of my husband. Whilst I’m washing up, when I’m in the shower, when I’m cooking, cleaning, falling asleep. I love having that chatter around me.

My favourites this week are Love Stories with Dolly Alderton. Her latest episode was with Stanley Tucci and honestly, I’ve never found someone talking about pasta sexier. It’s also heartbreaking and warming in the same breath. I’d definitely recommend.

As always, I’ve been loving All Killa No Filla. Two female comedians talking us through serial killers from near and far, recent and historic. Plus they’re fucking funny.

I normally listen to them when I’m falling asleep, so have only got half way through but found myself cackling at a very angry discussion about whether a Do Not Disturb sign actually works when you’re in a hotel.

I’m probably flogging a dead horse by telling you all about these things. If you’re a little bit later to the party than I am, then let me know if you’re going to listen/watch/read anything I’ve mentioned above and how you found it?

PS. Especially if you’re going to watch How To Get Away With Murder message me because I need to talk about it, and my one-sided Facebook conversations with Reece on holiday aren’t cutting it.