Winter Favourites 2018 | January-March

Even though it is still quite cold outside, winter has now officially ended. (Finally, am I right?) I couldn’t be happier about this (I’ve been constantly cold for more than 4 months now) – spring is my favourite season. However, before I get all excited about the future, I’d like to talk about the past couple of months – and the things that made them bearable. Here are some of the things I’ve loved and enjoyed during the last three months.

Music

There are many songs that I have been enjoying this winter. It wasn’t easy to pick just a few but here are the ones that I just couldn’t not mention.

Bernadette Carrol – Laughing On The Outside

I discovered this song thanks to Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World (more on that later) and I’ve been singing it a lot since then. Sure, it’s not the happiest song in the world, but I honestly love it so much. It has this unique feel that I really enjoy (my flatmate hates it though, ooops…).

The Chordettes – Mr Sandman

I love this song! I mean, I’ve always loved it but I never actually actively listened to it. But after seeing one particular Doctor Who episode, I couldn’t get the song out of my head. So eventually I just gave in and now it’s on my playlist, together with songs like Lollipop. (Also, shout out to Doctor Who and Riverdale making The Chordettes’ songs creepy!)

Billy Joel – My Life

I love me some Billy Joel – Vienna, Piano Man, Uptown Girl and more. I’ve discovered this song when I was in car with my boss and the song was playing in the radio. I asked her what it was called but she didn’t know and neither did I. Luckily I managed to remember some of the lyrics and googled it once I got home. And since then I’ve been listening to this almost every day.

Lava (from “Lava”)

This song just makes me feel all the feels. It even made my never-crying & non-sentimental flatmate cry! Yes, that’s how powerful it is.

Marlene Dietrich – Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt

The list wouldn’t be complete without this song which has been on repeat during all of February and March. I blame my lecturers who made me watch Der blaue Engel and went on about how great Marlene is. (Also, it’s a great way to really really make your friends think you’re weird – I mean, it is a song from the 1930s. In German.)

TV

Again, there were so many to choose from. I watch a lot of TV series and the ones I finish I usually really love. Here are my top ones (and trust me, this is just the tip of the iceberg).

The End of the F***ing World

By far one of the best things I’ve watched in a very long time. A Netflix series about two teenagers who want to run away from their problems and go all Bonnie & Clyde. One of them might be a psychopath with a desire to kill the other one. Also, there might be a hilarious lesbian cop drama as a backround story. I could go on but I don’t think I should – you shouldn’t be reading about it, you should just go and watch it. Trust me, it will be the best (circa) 2 hours of your life.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

As you can tell from this post I made about one of the characters, I really like this show. It’s hilarious, fresh and very self-aware. I mean, what can be better than watching a mentally ill woman go totally crazy on her ex-boyfriend (from 10 years ago) whilst breaking out into some very catchy songs?

Riverdale

Last but not least, I have to talk about Riverdale. As a person who’s from the Czech Republic, I’ve never really heard of Archie Comics before (if you don’t count Friends mentioning it once or twice in the “what if” episode). I have heard of Cole Sprouse though (I used to binge-watch Zack & Cody when I was a bit older than I would admit) and since everyone kept talking about the show, I decided to give it a go. And I loved it. I understand what the hype is about – the show is just great.

Films

So. Many. To. Choose. From. I decided to only talk about two of them but I wanted to mention The Breakfast Club which I also really loved (I already wrote a post on it though and I didn’t want to repeat myself. You can read it here.)

Kimi no Na wa. (Your name.)

In early February I got really into this idea of watching some more anime. I do usually enjoy anime but it’s hard for me to actually get started. I asked my friend if she wanted to watch something together and we decided to watch Kimi no Na wa. I have to say I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. But, then again, it’s a body swap story. And I do have a weak spot for body swap…

The Fundamentals of Caring

I saw this on Netflix and once I realized it had Paul Rudd starring in it, I instantly hit play. And I didn’t regret it one bit. This film made me both cry and laugh a lot and it’s made its way straight to my heart. I couldn’t possibly recommend this enough.

Books

Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey

northanger abbey

This Christmas I got many great presents – one of them being this amazing bookset of all Austen’s novels. I decided to start with Northanger Abbey because I’ve heard so much about it – and honestly, it exceeded all my expectations. If Pride and Prejudice is funny, this is hilarious! Seriously. Meet my new favourite Jane Austen book.

Rupi Kaur – Milk and Honey

milk and honey

Another Christmas present that I am so greatful for. I really wanted to read some current poetry and so many people were talking about this book that I decided I had to have it. I now get the hype. It’s feminist, sad, funny, truthful. Every woman (and man) should read this.

Miscellaneous

Stabilo Pastel Highlighters

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Photo credit: Natalie

After my friend Natalie‘s recommendation, I decided to purchase these. I really wanted some pastel highlighters for what feels like eternity and I finally bought some. And I have to say – I love them. All my notes & my bullet journal now look fabulous.

Mystic Messenger

mystic messenger

And finally, the last thing on this extensive list of favourites: Mystic Messenger. It’s a Korean mobile phone game that my flatmate and I have been obsessed with. It’s like a dating simulator but also a murder mystery kind of thing – and it’s definitely the most unique and well-thought out game I have ever played (not just talking about phone games now). If you want something different, go and download Mystic Messenger. (Also, if you’re learning Korean, you should start asap! You know, for listening practice.)

 

And… that’s all. I can’t believe we’re already 3 months in 2018: how fast was that? Let me know in the comments what you think of these last few months. What were your favourite? Do you (dis)like the ones I’ve mentioned? I want to know!

Veronika x

2 thoughts on “Winter Favourites 2018 | January-March

  1. Honestly, I love these posts so much because you always have some great tips for me. (Especially TV-wise, haha.) I am so ready for Riverdale, everyone’s been talking about it and I can’t wait to start watching. Xx

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