Monday, 2 December 2019

Autumn Favourites

Hello and happy holiday season! I'd been looking forward to Blogmas all year so it was disappointing that I was too sick to even start the challenge on the right foot. So instead I've decided to forge my own path and I'll be bringing you 'Thrice Upon a Christmas' - a brand new blog post every three days throughout December.

There will be lots of festive fun, some reflections on the past year and decade, hauls, reviews and of course, everything you could possibly want to know about our honeymoon to Disneyland Paris.

To start off, I'm going to be sharing all the things I enjoyed in October and November because I'm really behind when it comes to my monthly favourites posts.

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Our Wedding

That's right, we finally did it! Almost three years after our engagement, we tied the knot at the end of October surrounded by our family and friends. It was the most wonderful day and we are so grateful for everyone who came down to celebrate with us. Married life has been pretty great so far!


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Disneyland Paris


The time between our wedding day and our Disney-moon absolutely flew by and here we are, back from an incredible five days at Disneyland Paris. It was wonderful being able to share the magic with Matt and Mini and honestly it was the perfect setting for our first family holiday. I've got a lot to share with you about our trip but you'll just have to hang on a little bit longer for that...

In the meantime, feel free to check out our final countdown post where I talk all about our planning process, what we wanted to do and much more!



An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen


This was a really enjoyable thriller about morality and what people will do when they're pushed to their limits. I know that the pair have a few other titles out so I'm already looking forward to getting my nose stuck into those when I can and hope that they're of the same calibre.



The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn


I think that this is one of the best books I've ever read and I'm not surprised that it's already been made into a movie due to be released next year. Naturally, I was drawn in by the Rear Window style plot because that's my Kryptonite but this book goes further than that because its main character is hooked on old thriller movies like Rear Window. Throw in the fact that she's an agoraphobic psychologist and bam. Brilliant. In true thriller style, there are a few twists along the way including one that I did see coming quite early on and one that I didn't see coming at all.



Little Darlings by Melanie Golding


This was one of those books that's so unsettling you race through it because you need the closure. Now I could talk about this book for hours because there were so many themes in it that I could deeply relate to; birth trauma, post-natal anxiety, that unnerving and never-ending feeling that something will happen to your child and of course, having your feelings being invalidated frequently.

For me personally, I don't like my son being out of my sight. It doesn't matter who he's with, if I can't see him my heart stops or more likely, it triggers a panic attack. I know that I must come across as incredibly overprotective but the people that judge me on that aren't the ones walking in my shoes. They didn't lose two babies and then almost lost the third during labour. They aren't the ones who struggled, who lost so much and broke down in a million ways.

So honestly what people think about me is the least of my concerns. I'm just a grieving woman trying to keep her only child safe because I wouldn't survive if I failed to do that. And that's what the main character in Little Darlings is struggling with too.

Although it was deeply uncomfortable at times, there were so many things I loved about it. The way that it wove in the supernatural with the quotes from folklore and fairytales about twins and changelings The way it spoke about early motherhood. The detective character who wasn't dismissive.



Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig


Now I don't read non-fiction nearly enough but this one jumped out at me because I suffer from generalised anxiety disorder and quite frankly, the world scares me. There, I said it.

You see there are a lot of people out there keeping the stigma of mental health alive and well-oiled and we live in a world dominated by fake news. So many of us will see something on social media and then share it without even considering its validity or authenticity which in turn sparks something else - a virtual mob mentality.

So page after page, I found myself relating to these discussions about the world as we know it. I guess you could call it our collective Frankenstein's monster because we all shaped it into what it is. We are all equally responsible for it. 



How to Get Away with Murder (season 5)


I finally finished this season of HTGAWM so felt obliged to talk about it again! No spoilers here but can we talk about that finale for a second? My goodness, it was intense and so much happened in such a short space of time. 

I have some suspicions about certain events not being exactly the way they were presented to be and I don't know if that's just a general distrust since here we have a handful of strong-willed characters who can manipulate any scenario into one that fits their narrative or if it's actually based on something more intuitive but that's my thought process. I really want to spoil it for myself and look up what's been happening in season 6 because I know you lucky people in the US already have it - but I won't. I will wait patiently for it to return to us sometime next year.




Goosebumps 2


I was pretty excited to finally get to see the second instalment of the Goosebumps movie franchise and I wasn't disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't give it five stars but I certainly enjoyed it and it was gripping enough to watch even with a noisy toddler present. Mr Chu was a very nice touch and I'm sure many Goosebumps fans felt the same.





Quantico (season 3)


When I first started watching season 3 of Quantico, I found myself feeling bored and disinterested so when our Virgin box broke and we lost all our recordings including the latter half of this season, it didn't feel like a huge loss but having now watched the last few episodes I can confirm that it was. 

Sure it started off as a chaotic mess of cases for the black ops team but it finds its way towards a truly gripping storyline that had me hooked. I'm a little bit gutted that the show was cancelled and maybe even a little bit more so that Alex didn't choose to settle down with Mike but I loved the decision that she did make.




Miscellaneous


Here I'll be sharing everything else content-wise that I found entertaining or thought-provoking. It's a space for me to share podcasts, articles, blog posts, videos and vlogs and so much more so here goes:

Thanks for stopping by to read this double-bill of monthly favourites! The next one will be the last of 2019 - can you believe it?! If the fact that Christmas is just around the corner is starting to stress you out, check out my stress-free guide to festive planning and remember to take it easy!


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1 comment on "Autumn Favourites"
  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful honeymoon, looking forward to reading more about it. I wanted to do Blogmas too but being sick last week really put me behind and I haven't started. Might have to find an alternative. xx

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