My 2016 Favorites!!!

So it’s almost the end of the year and I really wanted to share some of the things I really enjoyed this year!

My 5 Favorite Books Of 2016:

  1.  The Unknown Ego– this book is about the Freudian theory of the ego and how it effects behavior. It explains from a psychodynamic approach how human behavior is effected by the by our earlier experiences in life. I would not really encourage everyone to read it but I would encourage anyone who is interested in psychology, especially the psychodynamic approach, to check this book out. I’m still barely starting to learn psychology but since I want to become a therapist I thought I should read up on it and this book was so easy to follow and simple so I also really liked it for that reason.
  2.  We The Living By Ayn Rand– This is the first book I’ve ever read by Ayn Rand and I can tell you it was really something. It takes place in Soviet Russia and even though it is a work of fiction it is quite realistic is showing what life was for the Russians after the Civil War- especially for those who did not support the Reds. I would highly recommend reading this book at least once unless you’re the kind of person who gets depressed easily by books (I’m like that too! I literally cried after reading this) in which case I would suggest you avoid it by all means.
  3.  On The Road by Jack Kerouac– I don’t even know what to say about this book. This book has changed my life in such a way that I could never be thankful enough. Kerouac has been a lifesaver for me. I wanted to read this book for quite a long time and when I finally did it turned out to be so much more than I expected. It’s about a young mans journey around the US with his incredibly amusing and often outrageous friends. This book inspired me to start working on my own book starting next year and gave me some amazing ideas. While reading this book I felt like my mind just opened up and I had this amazing epiphany. Even to people who don’t usually enjoy reading I would highly encourage reading this book. Believe me it will change your life!
  4. Othello by William Shakespeare– I was really inspired by this book too and found it a fascinating read. This is probably my favorite Shakespeare book so far and I actually read it because I had to for my English Literature for school. It is a sad description of how a mans life is ruined and turned upside down due to racism and prejudice and his wife too suffers a sad fate for her undying love for him. I would recommend this book to everyone but if you’re a fan of Shakespeare or if you don’t mind the kind of olden English used in this book you should totally check it out!
  5. Bluebeard’s Egg And Other Stories by Margret Atwood– I have been obsessed with Atwood’s work since I first read The Handmaids Tale which I also had to read for my English Literature but last year. This book is a variety of short stories which are all incredibly interesting with surprising and mostly pretty sad endings. I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of Atwood’s work or of kind of depressing short stories in general…

Honorable Mention- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy By Douglas Adams– The only reason this book isn’t on the list is because I kind of felt like the sequels were not as amazing as the first book and in fact I am finding it kind of difficult to finish the last book. This book however (the first one) is witty, sarcastic, humorous, kind of insane and really interesting. I would highly recommend giving it a read especially since it’s quite small and you can finish it in like a day. 

My 5 Favorite TV Shows Of 2016:

  1.  30 Rock– The cast includes Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and more. It’s hilarious, interesting, deep, sarcastic and basically one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen!
  2.  Arrested Development– The cast includes Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Portia De Rossi, David Cross and many more incredible actors! It was hilarious, outrageous, emotional, thought provoking and more. I would highly recommend watching it even though the end is kind of left hanging because it didn’t really end (it’s hard to explain just Google it!)
  3.  The Office (US)– The cast includes Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, B.J Novak and many more. The first word that comes to mind when remembering this show is probably outrageous. From Jim’s silly pranks and antics to his love for Pam he stole our heart. Steve Carrell may be the worst boss ever but he too will forever be remembered fondly as Michael Scott. If you’re a fan of Parks and Rec or The Office (UK) I would highly recommend this show.
  4.  Modern Family– The cast includes Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and many more incredible actors. I absolutely love this show. It’s hilarious yet enables to learn so much about both life and family. It’s ongoing and if you haven’t began catching up yet all I can say is what are you waiting for?!?
  5. Fresh Off The Boat– The cast includes Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Ian Chen, Forrest Wheeler, Lucille Soong and many more amazing actors. It’s funny and relatable and surprisingly emotional. I have really enjoyed so far and look forward to more episodes.

My 5 Favorite Movies Of 2016:

  1.  Rogue One- Absolutely brilliant and surprisingly sassy. Even if you haven’t watched any other Star Wars movies and even if you aren’t a huge Star Wars fan you will still love this movie.
  2.  Finding Dory- This movie just proves that Ellen DeGeneres can do no wrong. I would highly recommend you watch this movie.
  3.  Zootopia- Hilarious with an amazing moral about peace and unity. Really loved this movie.
  4.  Sausage Party- I would definitely not recommend this to everyone but if you are a fan of Seth Rogen do find some time to check it out. It’s quite funny!
  5.  Central Intelligence- Hilarious and also very interesting! Definitely check it out if you haven’t so far.

My Favorite Musicians In 2016:

I hardly ever listen to new music so all the musicians below are going to be kind of old but they are what I listened to most this year.

  1.  Janis Joplin
  2.  Bob Dylan
  3.  The Beatles
  4.  Loudon Wainwright
  5.  Seth MacFarlane- Yes you read right! I said Seth MacFarlane. If you’ve heard of him before it’s probably because of his TV shows or movies but yes he does music to. If you’ve seen anything he’s worked on before don’t be scared because his music is the exact opposite. It’s deep, meaningful, beautiful, and truly amazing. Please do check out his music if you have some time!

So those are my favorites for this year! Please let me know yours in the comments below I would love to hear from you!

Also really random question but if anyone has a good recipe with parsnips let me know because I bought some yesterday but now I kind of am not sure what to do with them because I’ve never had parsnip before and I have no idea what they taste like… Thank you!! 🙂

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My February Favourites

February was a pretty fun month and I thought I would share some of my favorite books and music from that month.

Books

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“She smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like her mother”

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding- this book is eccentric, hilarious, crazy and fun. It may not be a literary classic but everyone needs to read this book at least once. It’s about a woman, Bridget, who is concerned about dying alone and being eaten by her dogs. In her desperation she ends up with a flirty, player and snubs a genuinely sweet man. The story consists of her figuring her life out and learning more about herself at the same time. If you want to read my full review for this book click here.

The Unknown Ego– this book is about the Freudian theory of the ego and how it effects behavior. It explains from a psychodynamic approach how human behavior is effected by the by our earlier experiences in life. I would not really encourage everyone to read it but I would encourage anyone who is interested in psychology, especially the psychodynamic approach, to check this book out. I’m still barely starting to learn psychology but since I want to become a therapist I thought I should read up on it and this book was so easy to follow and simple so I also really liked it for that reason.

“The quicker you let go of old cheese the sooner you find new cheese”

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Jones- as someone who finds change thoroughly uncomfortable this book was pretty helpful. I can sometimes be obsessive and I enjoy being habitual but this book was really helpful in pointing out the errors of my ways. To anyone who suffers from something similar I would strongly advise you to pick up a copy of this book.

Music

I don’t really have a particular song that I am obsessed with right now (except Work because it keeps getting stuck in my head) but I right now I am obsessed with The Ramones and everything by them.

Movies

Bridget Jones’s Diary– I really wanted to watch this movie after reading the book and I have to admit it was a great movie. The plot was very similar although not the same as some timings of events were changed. Something I didn’t particularly enjoy in the movie was how they had cut out most of the things Bridget’s mother and father did. Apart from a few annoying changes most of the changes were actually good and didn’t ruin the movie or plot at all. I also liked how the picked Colin Firth to play Mark Darcy!

The Man From U.N.C.L.E– this movie was both funny and entertaining. It had quite some action in it so it didn’t get boring at all. The witty humor, sarcasm and irony made the movie very enjoyable to watch. The plot pretty much revolves around two agents, one Russian and one American, who are forced to work together during the time of the Cold War.

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My January Favorites

So I decided to do another favorites post since January was a very fun month and I read a bunch of new books and got into a bunch of awesome music!

My Favorite Books

I haven’t really read those many books this month since my school started and I’ve been pretty busy actually but I read these three and I absolutely loved them. Dyan Sheldon, John Green and Khaled Hosseini are some of my favorite writers and these books were really amazing.

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And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon– this book is not just another YA novel. Well technically it is but it is completely different from all the others that I have read. Unlike most YA novels that I have read where teens are shown to be deep and smart, this one shows a fifteen year old girl who is sometimes naïve and sometimes just stupid. Her mom who is at times controlling but who does it for her own good is somehow saddening to read about. So the book pretty much revolves around the fifteen year old Lana who gets pregnant and faces some harsh realities of life and is brought down to earth. If you want to read my full review for this book click here.

“Getting what you want is only the beginning.”

 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini– I love this book so much that I decided to reread it for like the third time. Each time I read it I always end up having tears in my eyes. Hosseini’s amazing and raw description teamed with the amazing plot and loveable characters is what make this book incredible. This book shows us a different side of Afghanistan, one we are not shown by the media. Set in the 1970’s, this book reveals the damage done by the Russians. The book is about a young boy who makes a mistake that will change his life forever and continue to haunt him throughout his youth. He goes back to Afghanistan hoping to right his wrongs only to find out about some horrific things that have happened since he left the country. He must now fight unlike what he did before and he must finally face his demons. If you want to read my full review for this book click here.

“For you, a thousand times over.”

Looking For Alaska by John Green– this book just brought out so many emotions in me by the time I was done I just wanted to lie in bed for a few days and do absolutely nothing. This book is about a boy Miles who meets a girl called Alaska. From the moment he lays his eyes on her he knows there’s something about her. He is instantly interested in her and soon finds out she is a very deep but unhappy young girl. Just as they start to really get to know each other tragedy hits. Miles who is devastated is forced to figure out some harsh realities about life and about Alaska too. The end is very bittersweet and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive”

My Favorite Songs

So when I like a song I get insanely obsessed with it and listen to it until I can’t bear it anymore. I didn’t listen to much music this month because I was just too obsessed with these tracks:

We Didn’t Start The Fire by Billy Joel– this song is pretty much Billy Joel listing historical events and people which is like heaven for me. As most people probably know by now I am pretty much obsessed with history and everything to do with it so this song was so amazing to find. The first time I heard it was on Parks and Recreation and I needed to hear it again. Since I study history in school and we are currently doing the Cold War this was so relevant and it even helped me with understanding the timeline better. You can have a listen to it here.

Uptown Girl by Billy Joel– I had heard this on Trainwreck before but I hadn’t exactly loved it but when I started listening to We Didn’t Start The Fire I decided I would give this song a listen too and so I did and ended up loving it. It’s such a fun song and it’s really sweet too. I have literally not been able to stop listening to Billy Joel this month and the crazy thing is I am still not tired of his songs (I usually get tired of songs pretty fast). You can have a listen to it here.

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My Favorite Books Of 2015

*Warning: May Contain Spoilers*

This year I have tried to do a lot of new things (like start blogging) and so I tried to read more books than I usually do. I tried to read at least one book a week and these are some of my favorite books I have read this year in no particular order.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Leuithan

“You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friends nose”

I read this book pretty recently and absolutely fell in love with it. Honestly everything John Green does is pure genius but in this book David Leuithan adds his own spin to the story which makes it even better. This is probably my favorite YA book. Not only is it very relatable and down-to-earth it also brings out a lot of important issues we all need to deal with. It revolves around two teenagers both called Will Grayson and an openly gay friend Tiny Cooper. The two Will’s accidently bump into each other one night and the second Will Grayson who is gay ends up having a deep connection with Tiny Cooper. From there the story progresses and involves a lot of drama, singing, acting, whining and bickering (and that’s just the first Will Grayson!). The first Will Grayson’s parts are written by John Green. He is whiny, mildly irritating, pessimistic and needy. The second Will Grayson’s parts are written by David Leuithan. He is depressed, also pessimistic, gay, an introvert and cynical. I would highly recommend that you read this book. I’ve also written a review on this book that you can check out here.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls”

This touching book is truly incredible. It revolves around the life of two Afghanistani women who come from different backgrounds but wind up suffering the same fate. It begins with Mariam who is under sad circumstances forced to marry a man more than twice her age when she herself is only a young teenager. The same happens to Laila and she is coincidently forced to marry the same man a few years later. He is abusive and savage and makes their life an absolute living hell however after going through so much together Laila and Mariam form a special bond that brings them together as they start to plot to do the impossible- escape their husband. Their past often comes back to haunt them all through the book. This book also gives us an insight on the life lived in Afghanistan in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Paper Towns by John Green

“It is so hard to leave until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world”

John Green is definitely one of my favorite writers mainly because I can always relate to his characters. Paper Towns is pretty dark but at the same time it is really realistic and relatable. It revolves around a teenager called Quentin and his crush Margo. When they were young they were really good friends but eventually they grew apart and Margo grew up to be very popular but completely unhappy with her life and Quentin grew up to be an average teenager who was okay with how his life was going. However, everything changes one night when Margo takes Quentin on an adventure than completely disappears. Quentin thinks she wants him to find her and in doing so he learns more about himself and her than he ever thought possible and he starts wanting and doing things he never knew he could. This book is both engaging and amusing at the same time. If you want to read more about this book I have written a full review that you can read here.

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An Abundance Of Katherine’s by John Green

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”

As you can tell I’m pretty much obsessed with John Green’s books right now so obviously I needed to add this one to the list too. Unlike most of Green’s books this one is lighter and more amusing than anything else. The main character, a teenager called Colin only dates girls called Katherine starting with the letter K. His life seems to be going downhill as his girlfriend breaks up with him so he goes on a road trip with his overly optimistic best friend Hassan. On the way he thinks about what he wants to do with his life and learns how to deal with not being perfect or a genius. On the way he meets Lindsay who has some issues of her own and together they begin to learn about life and its meaning.

A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.”

So I finally began reading George R. R. Martin’s series of A Song Of Fire And Ice and I had to add this book to the list. So the story revolves around the Stark’s, Baratheon’s, Lannister’s and Daenerys Targaryen. When Ned becomes Hand to King Robert Baratheon he discovers dark secrets that are being kept in the palace and his learning the truth may just end up destroying his entire family. On the other hand, Daenerys is married off by her psychotic brother to Khal Drago and at first she is miserable but soon she learns to embrace her new life and even begins enjoying it. The best part about reading all this is you get so much inside information the TV show doesn’t offer. I mean I love the show but the book is definitely more detailed and in-depth in comparison. This series of books are amazing and you should definitely read them especially if you’re a fan of the TV show. You can also read my full review of this book here.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“She was one of the few souls that made me wonder what it was to live”

I think this is my favorite book of all time. It is really unique in the sense that it is narrated by none other than death himself. It is absolutely amazing and has brought out so many feelings! It is set in Nazi Germany and revolves around a young girl called Liesel. Her parents who were communists left her with the Hubermann’s to keep her safe. She soon becomes friends with Rudy Steiner her neighbor and they go on lots of adventures together and eventually end up being very close. She also grows close to her gentle hearted and caring step-father Hans Hubermann and her short-tempered but loving step-mother Rosa Hubermann. This story is a rollercoaster of emotions but it’s worth it. It also gives a great insight on the life of Germans during the rule of the Nazi’s and the Second World War. If you want to read my full review on the book you can read it here.

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My Favorites This Month

This month has been really crazy and I thought I would write a post about some of my favorite things this month.

Books

The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall- this fascinating read challenged mainstream society and was banned upon publication nearly ruining Hall’s career. It is not an autobiography but is very similar to Hall’s own life. The story revolves around Stephen a girl whose parents are disappointed at having a daughter. Her father quickly accepts that he has a daughter instead of the son he longed for but her mother never really gets over it. Stephen who was always more masculine and different from the other girls grows up to be a lesbian and the book is about her life and struggles.

Equus by Peter Shaffer- this play took the world by storm. It revolves around a psychotic young boy called Alan, who blinds six horses. This compelling play is from the point of view of his psychiatrist who tries to understand him and in the process even begins to envy him. I had to read it for my literature class and I absolutely am fascinated by this play.

Othello by William Shakespeare- Othello is a heartbreaking tale of two lovers whose love is shattered by the evil and manipulative Iago. Othello is a black man in love with Desdemona a white girl and so their love is frowned upon by society however they decide to elope and get married anyway. But things soon change as Iago whom the gullible Othello trusts convinces Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. This story is a touching and emotional tragedy and one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. To be honest I was never a huge fan of Shakespeare’s plays but I had to do Othello for my English class and ended up loving it.

Catch 22 by Joseph Keller- this book is one of my favorite books of all time and recently I decided to read it again (yes I’m a book nerd). It’s a complicated book about the military and Yossarian who doesn’t want to continue flying missions for the military. However, there’s always a catch in everything he and the people around him do. This book is imaginative, creative and engaging and if you haven’t read it so far you really need to.

Paper Towns by John Green- Paper Towns is a thought provoking and inspiring tale of two teenager- Quentin and Margo. Quentin has always been in love with Margo since the two were children and Margo who grew up to be a lot more popular in high school than Quentin drifted apart from him. However, after an adventurous night together they reconnect only for Margo to completely disappear. Quentin tries to find her and in the process ends up learning a lot about himself and his friends.

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Songs

Hello by Adele- it seems like anything Adele sings is pure genius and I am absolutely loving her new song Hello. It is not only catchy, it has depth and meaning- something that a lot of songs these days don’t have. The video too is amazing and Adele looks more beautiful than ever. The video tells us the story behind the song. It’s simple yet perfect for this particular song.

The Hills by The Weeknd- this song is just so saddening and so honest. It’s very relatable for most people who have been in relationships because most people have been in a relationship like this one at least once. It’s also really catchy (it was stuck in my head for a really long time) and it has a great beat to it. Plus, the remixes by both Nicki Minaj and Eminem are great and make an amazing song even better.

Hotline Bling by Drake- this song took the internet by surprise and almost everyone was making parodies of it or making fun of Drake’s “dance moves”. This song not only instantly puts a smile on my face but there is also a deeper meaning to the lyrics. It’s a really fun song and I’ve really been into it this month.

Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners- I recently read and watched The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and this song instantly became one of my favorite songs. It’s a fun, pretty hipster, and catchy song that you need to listen to. It’s not exactly a famous, mainstream song but it’s a great song.

Complicated by Kimya Dawson- Kimya Dawson is amazing and I’ve been pretty obsessed with her music lately. Out of all her songs this one is probably my favorite one because it’s just so real. It talks about how we all just need to accept each other for who we are instead of just judging others for being different. If you’ve never heard a Kimya Dawson song you need to listen to her immediately!

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