2014 Favourites: The Rest

This week’s favourites has been full of beauty products, so I thought I today I would talk about everything else that I loved last year, from tv to music to books to movies.

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1. Books

I had a hard time narrowing it down to one book, so because I make  the rules, I picked my top four.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

I already dedicated a post to this one. Check it out here. But I have to say again how great this book is. Laughing out loud on almost every page.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The follow up to the hit from 2013, The Rosie Project. I love these books. If you want a charming, funny, heart warming read, try this series.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

I discovered this great author last year, and this was my favourite. Half modern, and half historical fiction, I really enjoyed the basis of this novel. Really good for those who enjoy chick lit with a bit more substance.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

I started reading this series when I was fifteen or sixteen (so ten years ago — yikes), and have loved every instalment. I was disappointed with Kinsella’s last novel (Wedding Night), so I was afraid that this, the most recent of the Shopaholic series wouldn’t be up to par of the rest. Thankfully, I was wrong, and it was just as good, if not better than the rest.

2. Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay, time for a little story. The first time I went to see this movie, it was about a month after it came out, so I didn’t expect the theatre to be too full. Due to a few issues like traffic and parking, we didn’t get into the theatre until the trailers were starting. So, of course it was a packed theatre, and we had to sit in the front — which I hate. I was feeling really sick during the trailers, because I have a hard time focusing on the screen that close, and it being 3D didn’t help. I told Christopher that I didn’t think I could stay for the movie, but I would wait a little bit to see. And then it started. And I was hooked. As soon as the second scene, with Peter in the caving, dancing to “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone, I knew I had to stay for the whole movie. I was not disappointed. This was certainly by far the best movie from 2014. Amazing writing, AMAZING soundtrack (which I listen to basically weekly). If you haven’t seen it, come out from your cave and watch it!

3. Music

Taylor Swift 1989

There were a lot of albums that I could pick for my favourite of 2014, but this one takes the cake. I basically listen to this every day. Perfect for just hanging out, the bus, cleaning, and most importantly, solo dance parties.

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Suits

Can we just talk for a minute how awesome this show is? And also how we came to the party so late? I think we watched the first four seasons (at least the first half of season four) in a matter of weeks. I love this show for so many reasons, but one of the biggest is that Christopher and I watch it together. It’s very rare for Christopher and I to watch the same TV shows, so the fact that we both enjoy this one, and won’t watch it without each other says a lot. Can’t wait for January 28th!

Food: A Love Story

Of the many books I’ve read, many of them considered humorous, I can think of two that have made me laugh out loud page after page. The most recent one is Jim Gaffigan’s latest, Food: A Love Story. If you like food, like to laugh, or like to laugh while eating food, this is the one for you.

I give you fair warning though, you will be craving cheeseburgers, tacos, and cake. Proceed with caution. But, come to think of it, you’ll probably be okay. You’ll just laughing off the pounds anyhow.

Now, go grab a burger, the book, and enjoy!

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Want more? Check out Gaffigan’s stand up on Netflix, YouTube or Spotify.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Out of all of the writers on The Office, I think Mindy Kaling was definitely my favourite. She wrote some of my favourite episodes, like “The Injury” and “The Dundies”
So, you can imagine my excitement when she published her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). I read it when it first came out two years ago, and I loved. It was the kind of book that I just devoured, laughing the whole time. But, like most books that I read, I forget how much I love them until I re-read them. I know that there are some people out there that don’t re-read books, or don’t do it very often. I do it all the time. I have to consciously choose a new book to read so I don’t read Pride and Prejudice for the fifth time (though, really that would not be a bad thing).
After re-reading Kaling’s book this last week, I was reminded again how much I love her writing. She is so gifted. I love her anecdotes about growing up, watching SNL, and how she started working as a staff writer for The Office. I love the feeling of finishing a book and feeling like you are friends with the protagonist, or the author if it’s biographical, and now I definitely feel like me and Mindy are best buds.

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Girls in White Dresses

Summer is not summer without a good book, and this summer I have found many. One that I  loved this summer was Jennifer Close’s Girls in White Dresses. This novel focuses mainly on three twenty-something women in New York City as they figure out their lives, all the while surrounded by their friends who are getting married and having babies. I loved how Close looked at the experiences of each of these girls, and their friends, highlighting  the different struggles and triumphs that young women face as they become adults. The chapters, more like short stories, worked separately, mixed together, it was perfect. And of course, it only fuelled my increasing desire to see New York City.

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ps. How can you not pick up this book, when the cover is so pretty?