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January Favourites

Music

There have been a few albums released this month that I have loved!

Firstly, Fine Line by Harry Styles. This album is amazing! Some of my favourites are Cherry, Falling and Adore You. I was a huge 1D fan but never bothered with Harry’s first album. There was a lot of hype and build up around this one so I thought I should listen and I’m glad I did. He has a way of making you feel as though you are experiencing the feelings that he is singing about which makes for a great emotional rollercoaster.

Also, Rare by Selena Gomez. In the past, I’ve not been a huge fan of her songs as I find them all a bit samey but the two singles she brought out prior to the album releasing spiked my interest. When I saw the album was out, I listened through a couple of times and really enjoyed it. All of the songs have their own style and attitude which proved my previous comments wrong. Some of my favourite songs from the album are Crowded Room, Rare and Ring.

Finally, Halsey released Manic. I wouldn’t consider myself a Halsey fan and I only really opened the album on spotify because it came up on my home screen, but I gave it a listen and thought it was awesome. I loved so many of the songs and found it honest and vulnerable too so it was a full experience listening. My favourite songs are beautiful strager // finally, 929 and 3am.

Movies

We went to the cinema to see 1917. The movie follows two British soldiers as they attempt to deliver a message to save the lifes of 1,600 fellow comrades. To do so, they have to cross into enemy territory. The film is directed, co-written and produced by Sam Mendes. I loved this film from beginning to end! It was an exhilarating experience to say the least, amplified by the whole film being one continuous shot. I found myself holding my breath and at times holding back tears (and failing…miserably). Fantastic acting too. I thought the most surreal part was that it’s based on a true story. Now I know this seems obvious, but the way it’s filmed makes you feel as though you’re there with them and it had me thinking about the war in a new light. For someone like me, who has never paid much attention to war movies/the history of war, it was incredibly eye opening. I wish I listened more in school!

Books

This month, I finished reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari which is possibly the best book I’ve ever read. It literally blew my mind learning about how we evolved into the species that we are today. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of human kind. This book also questions the meaning of it all and where our species may end up in the future. Has evolution and such development made our species happier? Have homo sapiens had a positive or negative impact on the world? It’s all very mind boggling but laid out so well in this book.

Following that, I have been reading The Battles That Made Abraham Lincoln by Larry Tagg (thrilling I know!). Lincoln was briefly mentioned somewhere in Sapiens and it reminded me how inspired and overwhelmed I was when seeing his memorial in Washington D.C. Despite my interest in the memorial, I actually know nothing about the man! Hoping to change that.

What I’m looking forward to in Feb

A one night trip to London for Secret Cinema’s Stranger Things event. We are huge Stranger Things fans so can’t wait for this! The theme is a Hawkins School reunion over July 4th weekend. We’ll be able to explore the new Star Court Mall and may see some familiar faces from the show. Blog post to follow…

Thanks for reading,

Danielle