Power by Naomi Alderman πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

I haven't had masses of time for reading this month, because of studying and keeping on top of my university work ready for term 2. But, the one novel I have read (cover to cover) this month is Power by Naomi Alderman. This novel really reminded me of Handmaid's Tale, a recognisable world with a massive twist in day-to-day life (I'm trying really hard not to spoil it). It took me a while to get into, but once I did, I was unable to put it down. It has a strong feminist nod to the dangers women feel on a daily basis felt in men instead, and some parts I found very eye-opening. However, I did find the story a little hard to follow in places, especially in the beginning, and some of the story lines seemed a little simplistic, but overall, I really enjoyed it.

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My favourite new album released in December was Fine Line by Harry Styles. I was never into one direction when I was a teenager and hadn't really liked any of Harry's other stuff, so I was a bit sceptical, but decided to give it a chance based on a recommendation from a friend. I really enjoyed the whole album, but 'Adore You' is a particular favourite of mine.

December also included my round up from the past 5 years from my spotify. Although it was slightly skewed because I share spotify with my 17 year old brother (does anyone have a clue who Lil Happy Lil Sad actually is????), I rediscovered Coasts' self titled album from my 2016 playlist, and was so thrilled to find it again. I've seen Coasts 3 times live, and their music is just unlike any other band I've ever heard. My favourites from their self-titled album are 'Lions', 'Wash Away' and 'Wallow', but I really love every song on this album.

Other than these albums, I haven't really discovered many other new songs this month, but some of my current favourites are:

Alone and Lonely - prxz

Crying Over You - HONNE & BEKA

Still Feel - Half Alive

Wanderlust πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ
I watched Wanderlust via Netflix at the start of December. It's a BBC drama about a couple who decide to engage in an open relationship after they struggle to reconnect following the wife's bicycle accident. I really enjoyed it, and was particularly interested in the psychology underpinning it all (typical psychology student), especially as the wife (played by Toni Collette) is a relationship therapist in the show. The relationship dynamics between all of the characters are really interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and am really hoping they make a second series.

Last Christmas πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ
I went to see Last Christmas in the cinema with my mum and nan just before Christmas, and absolutely loved it! I'm an absolute sucker for a good rom-com, and this was actually a really good one, well acted and engaging, and I didn't see the twist coming at all! Just a genuinely lovely, heart-warming film about helping others, with a really lovely message to it. Plus, hearing all of George Michael's music was an added bonus!

What have you read, listened to and watched this month that you've really loved?

All my love,

Em x

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