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What I've Been Reading, Watching and Listening To Lately

Thursday, 10 October 2019

I thought it was about time I did another "What I've Been Reading, Watching and Listening To Lately" post because I realised I haven't done one since May! There's definitely some stand out TV shows I've watched over the summer as well as some old favourites. I haven't got any films to add to this list because I've just not been into films over the past couple of months. My Netflix watch list is growing but I just can't be bothered to sit and watch a film if that makes sense? Anyway here's what's been keeping me entertained over the past couple of months...

I've only read one book all the way through over the past few months and that book is The Hormone Diaries: The Bloody Truth About Our Periods. When I found out that Hannah Witton was bringing out The Hormone Diaries as a book, I just had to pre-order it there and then. I followed her "The Hormone Diaries" on Youtube and it was really interesting and the book is just as interesting and funny as the YouTube series. It's mostly about period having people, hormones and how having a period and dealing with hormones affects our daily lives. It's informative, interesting and funny - I wish I had a book like this when I first started my period! It's from Hannah's perspective as well as people who sent in their thoughts and experiences about specific "womanly" things.

Brassic on Sky 1 (or Now TV) was so funny and I wish there was more episodes but if you're not a fan of long series and like to watch things in one or two sittings then I highly recommend Brassic if you're looking for a comedy. It reminded me of Shameless which I loved back in the day (although I was definitely too young to be watching it when it first came out haha). The show follows Vinnie and his five mates living in their hometown called Hawley which is in the north. They all commit petty crimes to keep some money in their pockets but some of them aren't happy about being stuck in their hometown and want to get out. It also touches on mental health a little in both a serious and kind of funny light-hearted way too. It only came out in August and I'm already looking forward to watching season 2 which will hopefully be out next year at some point.

I was looking forward to watching Sanditon when I saw the adverts before it actually came on TV, I've not read the book (well the half written book) so I didn't really know what to expect at all. I'll admit that you can tell that they're on a set sometimes lol but the storyline is pretty good and I think it's got a good amount of everything going on in each episode which I think is what keeps me hooked and wanting to watch the next episode. It follows Charlotte who is bored at home and doesn't have much life experience in anything but looking after her family. So when the opportunity of moving to a sleepy seaside town arises, she jumps at the chance. She soon realises that not everything is innocent in life and she meets a mixture of people from all walks of life. It's a good Sunday evening kind of TV show if you get what I mean. Would I sit and rewatch it? Probably not. But it's alright... I really like the comical characters like Arthur and his hypochondriac sister (I forgot her name) and I quite like Lady Denham because she's sarcastic and tells everyone how it is. 

Kathy Burke's All Woman deserved at least another 10 episodes because it was brilliant. In the three episodes she talks about and explores what it's really like being a woman in this day and age and she also shares her own experiences in the topics covered from beauty, sex and relationships, motherhood and more. Me and my mum sat and watched each episode together and we were both laughing our heads off. It was honestly one of the best shows I've watched this year and I really hope channel 4 team up with her again soon.

I've got to talk about Peaky Blinders because we've all waited two years for season 5. However I definitely think it was worth the wait! I was feeling a bit let down after the first episode because it just didn't seem to pick up but then I think it got better with each episode. THAT CLIFF HANGER THOUGH OMG. I can't believe we've got to wait another two years to know what happens next. Also if you haven't watched Peaky Blinders then what are you doing?! 

For music there's been a lot of good stuff that's been released since May. Foals have released three songs from their next album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2 and I love every single one so far. I definitely think Black Bull is my favourite though. I can't wait for the heavier album.

Bombay Bicycle Club broke my heart when they broke up... I was gutted. Absolutely gutted. BUT they came back this year with Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) and it's been on repeat ever since they released it. It's more like old Bombay which I really like. It's an easy to listen to kind of song and I just can't get enough of it. I can't wait for the new album in January.

I've also been listening to The Cure a bit after watching their performance at Glastonbury. I've been brought up listening to the likes of The Cure so I already know most of their songs but I think because I couldn't believe how well they sound live all these years on, I just got a little obsessed. They are definitely one of my favourite bands without a doubt. I honestly can't pick a fave song by them because I like so many of them.

Lastly is a recent discovery and by recent I mean literally a few days ago. I stumbled upon Love Fame Tragedy on Spotify and was like... I know that voice? It turns out it's the lead singer from The Wombats and I've loved The Wombats since they first came about. He's started Love Fame Tragedy as a solo project but the songs still sound very similar to The Wombats (in a good way). He's only got an EP out at the minute but they're all so good! I love Backflip and Your Cheating Heart the most as I think they're the most catchiest.

What have you been reading, watching and listening to lately?


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