Remember back in the day when blogs would consist of a monthly favourites without fail? I haven’t done these for a while (instead I’m all about the Low Down now) but to end the decade I thought it’d be nice to make an exception with a year-long 2019 favourites. Because after all, if you’ve loved something for a whole year, it’s gotta be good right? I like the idea of this becoming a tradition every year with the same categories but we’ll see how that goes…
The best…TV show
A pretty late entry to the year, The Morning Show had me hooked from the first episode. Not only did it have an incredibly relevant storyline but the cast (which includes Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon) are just brilliant. I found it really interesting to go behind the cameras of the fictional daytime morning show where quite frankly, there’s a lot of messed up shit going on. I’m delighted there’s going to be a second season and it can’t come soon enough.
According to my Goodreads account, I’ve managed to read 30 books the year which although is less than usual, I’m still pretty proud of. If I’m really honest, there have been a surprising number of books that have been really disappointing or totally missed the mark in that list but my favourite of the year has to be The Escape Room by Megan Goldin. Four colleagues in the lucrative world of finance are requested to participate in an escape room challenge as part of a team-building exercise which takes place in the elevator of a high-rise building. But this is no ordinary competition and things quickly get very sinister, forcing the team to reveal dark secrets and solve cryptic clues in order to survive. A thriller will always be my genre of choice and this is a good ‘un. I loved diving into the world of Wall Street and the characters are so deliciously flawed that it was (to use a cliche) impossible to put down.
As someone with a serious sweet tooth, this one was always going to be chocolate. This year I have fallen in love with M&M Chocolate Bars (which look like this), most specifically the crispy version. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not usually a fan of Mars chocolate but there’s something pretty special about these bad boys. I recommend dunking a slab in tea. Heavenly.
I can’t lie, I’ve become really boring with make-up, preferring to stick to the products I know suit me. Like with everything, a lot of it comes down to time and not having enough of it to experiment and to be perfectly honest, I have better ways to spend that time. One product I have discovered this year is the Clinique Moisture Surge. It’s a gel-cream consistency that I pop on every morning after washing my face. As someone who has suffered from dry skin in the past, I’ve not had the problem since discovering this moisturiser and I can certainly see why everyone loves it.
I can’t lie, I don’t think 2019 has been amazing for films. But one I did enjoy was the psychological thriller, Joker. Now The Dark Knight is probably my favourite film and Heath Ledger is phenomenal as the Joker (and I struggle to believe anyone will beat it) but I was intrigued by Joaquin Phoenix’s version. Joker was an uncomfortable and disturbing watch that’s for sure but there’s just something so interesting about it that means you can’t take your eyes away from the screen. It’s pretty far removed from the DC universe but I don’t think that’s a negative by means.
I’ve definitely mentioned this in a previous low down post but this year I have loved Lewis Capaldi. Not only does he have a brilliant personality and doesn’t take himself too seriously (check out his Instagram stories) but his songs are just so beautiful and have many a time been stuck in my head. I’m really looking forward to his new releases in 2o20.
Now I’m ever so slightly cheating with this one as my favourite memory as a whole is our Godson Joshua who was born in July. He was a much longed-for baby for my best friend and her husband and he brings so much joy to a lot of people. My hearts swells with happiness every time I see him and as the first of our friends to have a baby, it’s amazing to watch him change and grow so quickly. 2019 was most definitely the year of Joshua and I’m very glad about it.
I’d love to know your own ‘best of’s’ for 2019 so do let me know in the comments! But for now, whether this is your first time visiting Musings & More or if you’ve been reading for a while, a huge thank you for your support, it means the world. See you in 2020!