Phew! Has your life been a little crazy of late? Things always seem to get a little hectic for me at this time of year. I find burying myself in wonderful books, music, podcasts, films and TV shows can be a great way to stay sane and keep inspired through those crazy times, so here’s a little list of what I’ve been consuming.
I’ve been listening to podcasts like they’re going out of fashion. You can see a list of my favourites by clicking here, but I think it might be time for me to create a part 2 of that list, because I’ve come across a whole new lot great podcasts recently. My favourite is still No Such Thing As A Fish (seriously, I live for it), but I’m also loving Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed In History Class, and Nerdette. The second season of Invisibilia comes out next month, which I’m very excited about. It’s all about the invisible forces that control human behaviour, such as our thoughts, emotions and beliefs. For any of you super-nerds out there, I’m also really into A Cast of Kings, which recaps each episode of Game of Thrones just after it airs. Yes, it’s off-the-scale nerdy. No, I am not ashamed. #teamjonsnow #holdthedoor
Musically, I’ve been discovering a lot of new artists lately through a combination of Spotify, and Shazaming things left, right and centre (I know I’m behind the times, but how amazing is Shazam? I have no idea how it works, and I can only assume it’s some sort of black magic). For you folky types, I can recommend Winterbourne, who have just released a new EP, and Julien Baker (I’ve included a video of her gorgeous track ‘Something’ as the bottom of this post).
I just finished Career of Evil, which is the third in Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series. I think this is my favourite of the three so far. If you’re after a bit of light reading and detective stories are your thing, these books are likely to be right up your alley. There’s a nice balance of mystery solving and character building, and they can be a little bit addictive. Alas, as you can see in the photo above, my copy became a bit tattered and dog-eared as I was carrying it to work on the train everyday. I do hate to damage a book, don’t you? Or do you think dog-ears just show that a book has been well loved?
I think I’m pretty late to the party on this one, but I just binged on both seasons of Broadchurch and it was incredible. It’s essentially a crime-drama that explores how the murder of a young boy affects the close-knit community of Broadchurch. You know when you get so addicted to a TV show that you become a sort of crazed, overzealous advocate, and have to tell everyone you come into contact with about it? That was me with Broadchurch. There are a multitude of enthralling cliffhangers and the performances are fantastic (so many points to Olivia Coleman). If you’re a Netflix person, Broadchurch is available at the click of a button. Seriously, what are you waiting for?!
Speaking of Netflix, I also watched Aziz Ansari’s series, Master of None. I’m not overly familiar with Aziz’s work, so I think I was expecting it to be one of those over the top, ever so slightly mean-spirited comedies, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s mainly about 3o somethings wrapping their heads around family, relationships work and life in general, and I found it amusing, at times relatable and even poignant.
What have you been watching, reading and listening to of late? Do you have any tips for keeping books pristine when travelling with them? Do tell!