2020 Favourites

In the year where the world went slightly pear shaped, not everything was completely horrendous. 2020 allowed the opportunity for me to do lots of things which would have ordinarily been possible. I promise to stop doing blog posts that are just lists soon, but not yet!

Favourite Book – As talked about in my Top Books of 2020 blog post, I had more than one favourite because I’m indecisive and can’t choose just one. I thought long and hard about it (whilst in the shower, where all my best thinking occurs), and I managed to whittle it down to my top 3..

  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls;
  • Choices Shape, Losses Break by Nia Lucas; and 
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Favourite TV Show – Before lockdown and moving in with my boyfriend I didn’t watch TV… ever. I didn’t own a TV in my university accommodation. I’m more of a Youtube gal. However, lockdown meant LOTS of extra time on our hands so I figured watching a bit of TV wouldn’t hurt. I have two favourite shows, both of which got us through lockdown. One is Benidorm – lighthearted and hilarious; the other is Game of Thrones – not lighthearted but deeply engrossing. 

Favourite Film – I have two films here. One of them I can’t remember if I even watched this year or whether it was the very end of 2019 but I’m putting it in regardless. Knives Out and Enola Holmes. Loved them both a lot. 

Favourite Youtuber – Like I just mentioned, I’m a Youtube gal. I can’t pick just one favourite, that’s impossible, so here’s a list of my top 5 (we love a list).

  • Louise Pentland
  • Footless Jo
  • Grace Booth (Grackle)
  • Ashville (this is a construction channel, completely different to everything else I watch. But my degree and future career are in the construction industry and I just love Daniel and his videos)
  • Hannah Witton

These Youtubers have got me through the hardest and loneliest of times (when I was living in student housing). I live for Ashville Weekly on a Sunday, Louise’s videos on a Thursday and Footless Jo always manages to get a smile on my face. Though I have a foot, I have a lot of problems with it and it’s nice to know there are other people out there who are fighting similar battles.

Favourite Gadget / Item of Technology – Once again, I couldn’t pick just one. These two are completely different from one another but have been a saving grace in 2020.

The first is my iMac. I’ve had it for 2 years now and up until a few months ago I barely used it and was contemplating selling it. Now I have a proper desk space I have somewhere for it and I’ve used it every single day since. I love it. I’m not an Apple person – everything else I own is Samsung – but I can make the exception for this!

The second is the Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 air fryer, pressure cooker, slow cooker etc. This was an expensive investment, but it has been used basically every single day since we bought it. It’s made our cooking healthier (don’t need oil to air fry etc), and quicker and generally more fun. I love cooking, it’s one of my favourite things in the world. It’s one of those things that other people find a chore but I love cooking meals from scratch. The Ninja Foodi has made our lives so much easier and there’s nothing more satisfying than pushing the switch to release the pressure when I’ve been pressure cooking (which in turn releases all the amazing food smells. Yum.)

As you can tell, I have an inability to choose just one favourite but 2020 has been a crazy year so I’m allowing it. Let’s cross our fingers and toes that 2021 will be a better year!

Happy New Year!

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