What a grey miserable week we’re having. After a busy start to the month, this week has been rather slow in comparison. I turned 21 earlier on in the month, celebrating the only way I know how; eating my way through the week. This included me and my mum going to Lucha Libre, a delicious Mexican restaurant near Bold Street in Liverpool; tacos, enchiladas and the highlight, loaded sweet potato fries.
A few days later, we took a trip to London, eating our way around the capital, exploring alternate places we hadn’t yet visited. I shared how we spent our busy 48 hours in London here.
Celebrations aside, I’m now relishing the last of the free time before the first semester of University starts. Aside from getting ahead with some uni and dissertation work, I’ve spent my week wrapped up in my dressing gown, drinking copious amounts of tea and discovering lots of new shows, books and music to gush about. That being said, here’s everything I’ve been reading, watching and listening to lately.
This month I’m continuing my streak of reading longer books, having read three at 600+ pages each: ‘MaddAddam’ by Margaret Atwood, ‘Flight Behaviour’ by Barbara Kingsolver and a new-found favourite, ‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt. The latter is the most beautifully written book I have ever read. I also flew through ‘Reasons to Stay Alive‘ by Matt Haig which has now claimed a space well within reach on my bedside table. What a powerful book.
In terms of audiobooks, I finished ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and Elisabeth Moss’ eerie narration was perfection. I hadn’t realised just how much the TV series had added on beyond the book’s original ending point. I have pre-ordered Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’, a sequel set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, so I’m intrigued to see where Atwood goes with it.
Lastly, I’m doing it. I’m finally reading the Harry Potter books. Is it bad that I’m also yet to watch the films? I’m a shameful 20 years or so late, but my hold on the first Harry Potter book finally became available from my library and Stephen Fry’s narration of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ is already making me question why it has taken me so long.
What I’m Watching
On the day of its release, I went to see ‘Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood’ and I can confirm it is a masterpiece. Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as TV star Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth. It is an engrossing, kaleidoscopic splatter collage of a film, featuring multiple storylines in tribute to Hollywood’s 1969 golden-age. At nearly 3 hours, some may find it slow, yet I wanted it to go on longer. Is it too soon to watch it again?
Since then, I’ve been on a bit of a movie binge and I’m ashamed to admit that I have only just watched the sensation that is ‘Snatch’. Pitt playing an incomprehensible Irish gypsy is everything I never knew I needed – hilarious even if I couldn’t decipher a word he said. The film overall was outstanding, one of them movies you can watch ten times and never get tired of. Finally, this week’s lazy evenings have also been spent watching cult classics ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Kill Bill Vol.1&2’.
Ever since finishing ‘Dark’ in July, I have been on the hunt for another binge-worthy show. Although it doesn’t feature time-travel, an impending apocalypse or mind-bending plot twists, American crime drama ‘The Sopranos’ is dominating my TV screen. Renowned as one of the best TV shows of all time, I don’t know why I hadn’t started it sooner. Twenty years since its release, this show is marked as changing TV for the better, breaking away from the mould of the classic Mafia and thrusting it into the modern-day. Fellow fans of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Narcos’ will rejoice in this addictive drama and thriller series.
Finally, ‘Glow’ and ‘Mindhunter’ are also back with a new series each on Netflix which I can’t wait to get around to.
Still in my little movie buff bubble, soundtracks from the aforementioned films, as well as ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ are on repeat. These shows ooze perfection and the soul-tinged soundtracks are no different. Whenever watching I’m always wondering what that song was. Luckily Spotify playlists have my back.
Moreover, the second series of the ‘Off Menu’ podcast has somehow topped the first, guests including Dynamo, ‘Fleabag’ star Sian Clifford and Loyle Carner.
Couch to 5K, Complete.
When I started Couch to 5K 9 weeks ago, never did I think I’d stick with it until the end. I honestly didn’t think I would even make it past the Week 3 mark after how exhausted I felt. But, I completed it and I’m running 5K at an average of 27 minutes. Some days are easier than others – aching legs, shortness of breath, temperamental weather conditions – but I’m hoping to keep it up. I couldn’t recommend downloading the app and giving it a go more.
As always, be sure to let me know what little things you’ve been loving!
What have you been reading, watching and listening to lately? Let me know in the comments!