I have been trying to split my week and weekends up slightly during lockdown to create more of a working week and then some chill time. So other than going on an excessive amount of walks, watching tv, listening to podcasts and starting to read more has pretty much been my lockdown routine. At the weekends at least. I thought that, considering I have spent a lot of time doing this, I would give you a bit of a list of the listens, reads and watches I have been doing during lockdown.
For the most part of lockdown I was actually still in university and had three hefty deadlines to meet. And when I am doing uni work, I find it really hard to just sit there and do work in silence. I always have to have something on in the background, whether that be a podcast or a playlist. Both have kept me rather sane with deadlines approaching, or often I will listen to a podcast out on a walk.
Sh**ged Married Annoyed – Hosted by the hilarious Chris and Rosie Ramsey, this weekly podcast will literally brighten your week. It comes out on a Friday morning so it’s the perfect weekend pick me up. There is 70 episodes to date (I am currently listing to one as writing this). The couple are sidesplittingly funny talking everything from weekly beefs, Chris’ lucrative sponsors, questions from the public and more. I will warn you, it is quite explicit, probably gets more explicit as each episodes go on but it’s a must listen if you want a good laugh. Start from the beginning too and have a binge because you then get to pick up on all the inside jokes.
Happy Place – This is a podcast hosted by the lovely Fearne Cotton. This is a really easy and calming listen. Perhaps for a bath or chilled evening. I listened to this one religiously when doing my uni work as its a really easy listen. Each week Fearne has a new celebrity guest talking about their lives and experiences and it’s a lovely insight into their lives. My favourite ones have included Mary Berry, Tom Odell, Ellie Goulding, Billy Monger, James Bay and Henry Fraser. There is a huge range of guests for you to listen too.
Honestly With Clemmie Telford – I don’t think I have ever listened to a podcast so open, informative and raw. The topics each episode range from a mixture of real life issues that are often shied away from. From periods, universal credit, cancer, sex and infertility she invites inspiring guests on who have all been affected by the topics. I have learnt an awful lot through her podcasts, often stuff that needs to be taught and isn’t.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – My eyes really got opened by this book and my views completely changed. When the BLM stance took over the news at the beginning of this month I realised that I needed to educate myself. For someone who has lived an extremely sheltered live in Devon, I knew I had to become more aware of the social injustice others are facing. I downloaded this book on my kindle app and I read it within a few days. Admittedly, it’s a hefty read. I will probably reread it to really fully understand every part of the book. But the most staggering parts of the book I even highlighted because I couldn’t quite believe what I was reading. Please, please take the time to read this.
Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling – Now I am a Harry Potter fan, and I have watched the films so many times. My boyfriend literally knows the films two films word by word. However I have never actually read the books. So I wanted to set my self the task of reading all the books by the end of the summer. I am currently just about to start the second one, but I finished the first the other week. I didn’t realise how much is in the book in comparison to the films. It made my feel like a giddy kid again reading it.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians – This doesn’t really need an explanation. I am not even afraid to admit that I like trashy TV and I LOVE IT. It was long-awaited for KUWTK to come onto Netflix. I went through the first two seasons within two days. So either Netflix needs to hurry up and put the rest on. Or I need to devote a set week to get the Hayu trial and binge it completely. Its just an easy watch, even to have on the background.
The Stranger – I am not normally a crime drama fan, however this one was a good series. The British set series by Harlan Coben is about a family who have recently had a strange approach with information about their missing wife/mother. It turns into a case that spirals and leaves you feeling full of suspense. If you like crime programs then why haven’t you watched this yet??
13 Reasons Why – I want to put a bit of a trigger warning on this one. I think its known that 13 reasons why is extremely graphic and covers a lot of very triggering topics. I have watched all the series and then at the beginning of this month the last series came out. All about a bunch of school friends who have been on a journey of crises and death, the final series will leave you bawling. Trust me. You will need the tissues. However its the last season ever, and the end of the road for Justin and his friends who we have become attached to over the last few years.
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