The first month of the year has been both refreshing and exhausting with equal measure. I started the year full of motivation and ideas ready to be explored, but sometimes (and by sometimes I mean always), life decides to throw some hurdles your way. I do not want to dwell on the negative though, so let me get straight into it and share with you some of my favourite things/moments that have inspired me this month, or just simply put a smile on my face when I really needed it the most! 🙂
Blackbird– The Beatles
Birds– Imagine Dragons
Future Looks Good– One Republic
I have been watching a lot of British panel shows lately, and my favourites are Would I Lie To You and QI. Both of them are extremely hilarious. I especially love the banter between David Mitchell and Lee Mack and the stories you hear on this show will surly have you in stitches! I also adore Sandi Toksvig on Qi. She’s such a wonderful presenter, always with a witty remark up her sleeve, who makes the most boring subject sound utterly fascinating!
This month I’ve also discovered a new show that instantly became my absolute favourite: Fleabag. Gosh I love this series so much, not only for it’s glorious wit and humour but also because it deals with various themes that I’ve found extremely relatable: loneliness, family, mental health and self-worth. What’s so unique about it is the involvement of the viewer into the story, as the main character (Fleabag) breaks the fourth wall and turns towards us to share her thoughts and secrets. By the end, I felt like Fleabag was my closest friend and I cried so much on the last episode, knowing it would be the last one!
Up till now, I’ve read a total of 5 books, and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield was the one that resonated with me the most. The story revolves around Margaret, a biographer who is summoned by the famous novelist, Vida Winter, to write her true story which she has refused to share all her life. Winter’s life has always been shrouded in mystery, but glimpses of it are slowly revealed to us through her own account and also through Margaret’s own investigation. Eventually, Winter’s story in a way becomes intertwined with Margaret’s in such an interesting and unexpected way. This book is so beautifully written and extremely intricate in all its details and descriptions. It is reminiscent of Jane Eyre, which is mentioned a lot in the book. There are dark moors, crumbling mansions, sweeping libraries, ghosts from the past, and chilling secrets. I would highly recommend it, especially if you love reading gothic classics.
“People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.”
-The Thirteenth Tale
I think I have spent more time watching Booktube videos than actually reading this month! This is mostly because I have discovered two new channels which I’ve instantly fallen in love with: Carolynmariereads and emmie. Their videos are so interesting and engaging, and they have both reminded why I love reading in the first place. Carolyn and Emma are two gorgeous angels that always make me smile, even on a bad day.
I have recently discovered John William Waterhouse, an English painter who is famous for his depictions of women from Ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend. Some of my favourite paintings are: The Lady of Shalott, The Soul of the Rose and Circe Offering The Cup To Ulysses. I absolutely love their exquisite detail, the colours, and the realistic way the women are depicted in their natural beauty, while at the same time revealing a mythical quality about them. [Images source: Wikipedia]
What are some of your favourite things/moments from January?