I Love This Stuff is a new series I’ve decided to do, where I’ll be listing the things I’ve been loving lately. It’s kind of like those monthly favourite posts people do, except I won’t be tied down to a specific month, so I won’t have to remember when December ended and January began. These posts also won’t have a set schedule – they’ll just be posted when I’ve got things to talk about, which will make it far easier to maintain. I hope you enjoy the first one!
The past month or so has involved a lot of reading, a lot of eating and a lot of sitting around watching Netflix, so this list is filled with books and shows. And food. Tasty, tasty food.
Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been loving lately!
This is a Netflix Original series about a blind woman who goes missing for seven years, then comes back able to see and calling herself ‘The OA’. I’d recommend this for anyone who likes creepy atmospheric music, excellent acting and seeing Jason Isaacs without his Lucius Malfoy wig. I watched this over a couple of days, which is rare for me, because I’m usually too busy watching repeats of Gavin and Stacey, so it’s pretty clear how amazing it was.
If you watched this show over my shoulder on the bus, you’ll probably think it’s just a series of sex scenes. If you’re my mum, you’ll probably complain that this is just a series of sex scenes. But it’s not. Though there are quite a few sex scenes.
Sense8 is a Netflix original series about eight people from different areas of the world who become mentally and emotionally linked. It’s a show that breaks down stereotypes, offers a diverse range of characters and focuses on different issues around race, gender and sexuality. The opening music is the best thing ever and it makes it practically impossible to stop watching. And, there’s one episode which involves all the characters singing ‘What’s Up’ by 4 Non Blondes which made me tear up just a little. Yes, I am the girl who accidentally watches sex scenes on the bus then cries – deal with it.
Unfortunately, I’m going to have to write to Netflix for cancelling this wonderful show, because they are 100% wrong and it deserves to be on forever.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I’m currently addicted to this game, probably because I get to pretend I’m a badass witcher with cool af powers. I also get to fight monsters, help people find their missing loved ones, and follow trails of clothes from women trying to seduce me.
For some reason I got more experience points for following the trail of clothes than I did for fighting a huge monster. How does this game even work?!
Warning: Werewolves are evil. If you’ve failed to defeat a werewolf 800 times you are not a failure. They are really difficult to beat, and that’s not just because I’m a useless ‘x’ pressing addict who ends up rolling everywhere and messing the camera up.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson is one of my all-time favourite writers. Before she became a published author, I followed her incredibly hilarious blog The Bloggess, and she has since released two equally hilarious books about her life. Furiously Happy is the second of these, and focuses on dealing with mental illness whilst navigating everyday life. It’s funny from start to finish, and includes the best photo of taxidermied raccoons you will ever see.
The fancy Harry Potter books I didn’t need
Did you know they now do illustrated editions of the first three Harry Potter books, which means you can experience the series again but with the most beautiful illustrations and an even heavier book to hold? These are such a pleasure to read, and are definitely a must for any Harry Potter fan. They release one a year and they’ve done three so far, so it’s definitely not too late to start collecting.
Gotta admit, I am very worried about how heavy the later ones will be. Better start doing some weight training…
The Harry Potter films, which aren’t quite as good as the books but are still very, very good
They are all amazing, in fact. Except the fourth one, which should be cast from the series entirely and remade to fit my requirements. Even though I do like David Tennant and dragons.
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Roughneck is one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read. It’s about an ex ice hockey player, whose sister moves back to town after escaping her abusive boyfriend. It’s an emotional tale of family and violence, which stays with you long after you’ve read it.
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us is Lying is a book about four teenagers who end up being murder suspects after a boy dies during detention. When I first read the blurb, I thought it was going to be unrealistic and filled with stereotypical teen characters, but I soon realised how very wrong I was. The characters were incredibly well-developed and the plot twists had me shouting “OMG NO” every other chapter. Definitely read this if you get the chance!
Papa John’s Pizza
In December, Papa John’s opened a store near me and I’m addicted. I’ve already invented ‘The Amy’, which is a mushroom, olive, pineapple and bacon pizza* and the most amazing thing you could possibly eat. They do wonderful side orders as well, and their portions are huge! And, you get reward points for buying stuff, which basically turns pizza-buying into a challenge. Yes!
*Yes, pineapple does belong on a pizza. Yes, I am willing to fight you on that.
Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister
This is a book about a woman who ends up injuring/killing a man after being convinced he was following her home. It switches between two versions of events: one where she calls the police and tells them what she’s done, and another where she walks away. I was completely gripped by both versions of events, and will now be forever terrified to walk home alone.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
The Sun and Her Flowers is Rupi Kaur’s second poetry collection, following the New York Times bestselling Milk and Honey. I actually enjoyed this book more than the Milk and Honey, as I felt the sections she’d split the book into were more focused and easier to follow. The first section, which focuses on relationships and grief, was my favourite, with every line being so emotional and relatable. Yes, I did cry a little bit. #SorryNotSorry
What have you been loving lately?