WHAT I'VE READ

YOU by Caroline Kepnes πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

So, I bought this a while back in Tesco and was a bit apprehensive about reading it because I really enjoyed the TV series (this is the book that inspired the first series) and I'm a bit of a wimp and don't like scary things at night (I know, I know). However, I absolutely loved the book! The first part of the book is very similar to the Netflix series, but the second half is quite different, and the characters of Beck & Peach are in much more depth.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

I generally stay away from books that involve a religious aspect because it's generally not my thing, but wonderful best friend (hi Jas) read this last term and really enjoyed it, and recommended it. I'm luck that my college at university has a small free 'library' where others donated books, and so I manage to pick this up from there. I was surprisedn at how much I enjoyed this, and how quickly I read it. It've a very 'coming-of-age' book, which I think is why I enjoyed it, and it was written very beautifully.

WHAT I'VE LISTENED TO


I received a record player for Christmas, and suddenly was faced with the question of what I actually wanted to listen to on it?? I could only tell you a few albums off the top of my head that I love every song on, but having a record player has allowed me to rediscover some albums I used to love and just forgot about!

Firstly, I rediscovered Fleetwood Mac. I absolutely adore Fleetwood Mac, but rarely actually listen to their albums, and only really thought about it when my dad mentioned them in passing. I started out simple with their greatest hits vinyl - which granted, doesn't include some of their best songs (the chain), but is a fantastic compilation of the songs they're best known for, and there were a couple of songs on there that were new to me!

I also rediscovered my love for all things 80s. My music taste is heavily influenced by my mums, and so having a record player meant that I could go through all of her records and find some to play (although they were all really dusty and really need sorting out). The best ones I took were by Wham!, George Michael and Duran Duran, and I also had a little 60s throwback with the best of the Monkees vinyl!

JANUARY'S PLAYLIST






WHAT I'VE WATCHED 


I've watched quite a lot of tv and films this month, mainly because what I've watched is single season shows, but I'm going to limit how many I write about purely so I have some to carry over for my next post.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ
I'm a big star wars fan, (not like weirdly obsessed or anything though) and so obviously jumped at the chance to go and see this with my family before I went back to uni after Christmas. The reviews for the film seem to be really mixed overall, but I really enjoyed this final one and thought it was a good conclusion for the films. The plot was semi-predictable, which I think is usual, but the scenes were all really great, and the character explorations were also really good.


Virgin River πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ
I found this on the off chance on Netflix, and not going to lie, to begin with, I thought it was quite twee and predictable and that the characters were very 2 dimensional and was tempted to give up on it a couple of episodes in. I carried on watching because it was an easy watch before I go to sleep, didn't pay that much attention, but it got a lot better as it went on. It's a really simple story of a nurse moving to a new town after something happens in its personal life and making new friendships and 'finding herself' again. It's very simple, but quite a nice, heart-warming touch.


All my love,

Em x