In 2016 I have discovered many things that I love and enjoy from books to squishy Disney sausages. Here I am going to share with some favourite things that I have enjoyed throughout this year, however please note that many of these things were not released in 2016 but that’s when I have found them.
I’m going to give a few categories including books and films, which I will discuss, with a miscellaneous section at the end for bits and bobs.
Books: (I have added links to the books on the Book Depository)
There are many books I enjoyed this year and I’ve found myself reading more non-fiction however a book that really stood out to me this year was Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill and I have written a review on Goodreads if you want to have a look, but it does contain spoilers. However, it holds many parallels with modern day life and the pressures on young women in society. I desperately want to reread it so I am able to really pick it apart.
A fantastic non-fiction book I read this year was Girl Up by Laura Bates which is funny and intelligent in the way it discusses the issues that women face and it’s a great pick me up for when you’re feeling low. I laughed many times whilst reading that book and I barely went a few hours without picking up the book again.
A link to my Goodreads is here, if you want to see any of the books I read this year along with reviews. However, some other notable titles that I read this year, which I suggest are On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
I don’t watch many films, I much prefer to read books and the only notable film I have is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which whilst I enjoyed the film, I do have problems with, however I have written a review in a previous post so if you wish to read the review, you can.
I have been extremely lucky to see a number of musicals, a couple of plays and go to a concert this year and I adore going to the theatre. The most notable show I saw was in 2016 was Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre with the original West End cast. Any show that has me laughing and crying before the interval has to have a solid mention. I adored the shows, it’s funny, heartbreaking and the songs are so so good. Even if you’re unable to see the show, listen to the music, it’s worth it.
I do enjoy sitting on my bum playing games on my laptop and this year I have played a lot. A particular favourite was Prison Architect (available on Steam) as the way I play and build prisons has developed and will continue to do so as play more. It is also useful to watch other people play the game – whether its in the flesh or online – as it can help developed your own game play.
I have also enjoyed playing the Sims 4 with many expansions and game packs, The extra packs I have are:
- Disney tsum tsums – they are cute and squishy and Disney. I have a neat little collection in my room as they are often gifted to me.
- London Underground – Okay. Hear me out. That network is amazing and safely gets me (and often my girlfriend) from A to B and the staff who work on the lines are so understanding and nice (and they deserve a lot better than they get.) I love spending time on the tube, regardless of whether that makes me a loser.