I think winter is my favourite time of year. Sure, summer is great – the weather is semi-ok, and BBQ’s and music festivals are an obligatory occurrence… but winter? This is when the fun stuff really happens.
November was a cold and busy month for me. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, and while I haven’t fully embraced all the wonderful events and seasonal aspects of this time of year, I have still been very productive and taken some major steps towards what will hopefully be an epic 2018.
So, without further ado, this is what I’ve been up to this past month…
// Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
The latest addition to the QOTSA discography, Villains is a melodic, riff-busting, hip-breaking thing of beauty. On first listen, I wasn’t taken with it; though the overall sound had the same famous Homme groove, it just didn’t grab me and make me want to dance my feet off like their previous offerings. I didn’t let that stop me, I had a ticket for their show in Manchester and there was no way I was going unprepared. After giving the whole album a listen on repeat, I succumbed to the wistful sounds of Homme’s voice against the growl of the guitars. I couldn’t resist the swing of my hips as I just let the beat take over me.
Top picks // The Evil Has Landed, Villains of Circumstance, The Way You Used to Do
// A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I’d been meaning to pick this one up for a while. I love coming of age stories, and this one just grabbed from the get-go.
The novel follows four male friends in New York City, each with different backgrounds and aspirations. A Little Life focuses on the relationships of these four men, the difficulties they have to face and the problems they have had to overcome. Though I haven’t finished the book – nowhere near, in fact – I’m completely engrossed in these characters, particularly Jude who seems to have had a mysterious and traumatic past. I feel a strange connection to them and the story, despite having very little in common with the characters and that there are very few female characters represented so far in the book. I can’t wait to read more and delve deeper into their lives; past, present and future.
I love Hannah. Seriously, this woman is amazing. Her Instagram stories entertain me on a daily basis; I find her tone so refreshing and honest. I’ve been reading her blog a lot this month and thoroughly recommend checking her out if you want a blogger with personality and some great tips on pretty much everything!
// Stranger Things 2
Who doesn’t love Stranger Things?! I may have rewatched season 1 before starting Stranger Things 2, which is why I was a bit late to the party in November (I think most people binged it when it was released in October!) but I was lucky enough not to catch any spoilers. Stranger Things makes me happy. Anything that is set in the 1980s makes me happy. I adore everything about this show. The actors are so talented, it puts my teenage self to shame. The writing is unlike any other show; to turn a genre that’s normally got a very specific fan base into a something with mass-appeal is really difficult – trust me, I know – but they manage to do it while keeping the integrity of science-fiction alive.
// Justice League
Apart from Nolan’s Batman films, I’m generally a Marvel gal. I just prefer the overall tone of the MCU compared to DC, but that doesn’t mean I overtly object to it. I was excited for Justice League and to see what it brought to the table, and I have to say, I was impressed! I thought Wonder Woman was great and might steal the show, but actually, I found that every character had their spotlight while also acting as a fundamental part of the team. They clicked, and it worked. Minus Affleck’s Batman, who I just can’t get on with – sorry.
// Home Shopping
You may have seen my home haul post recently, and I haven’t really stopped the spending since. This house-buying malarkey takes up quite a lot of time, money and mental space, so it means I haven’t done much else this month. We have a whole house to buy for, so that’s my excuse.
// Getting Festive!
December is finally here, hurrah! I’m so excited this year as I spent most of Christmas 2016 in chronic pain and I’m hoping to make up for it this year with double the celebrations!
What have you been up to this month?