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Monday Medley #20

Happy first week of 2018 everyone! I’m already knackered! Hooray!

Anyway, fatigue and minor hysteria aside, it’s time for the first Monday Medley of the year and I’m absolutely loving everything included in this post. I’ve only got a few blogs to share with you this week as I’ve been trying to ~connect~ more with the written word in its physical form (how fancy-pants airy-fairy does that sound?). I’ve been really enjoying reading more books thanks to Christmas presents and time off and I’ve found that by making more time to read I’ve found it easier to make time for myself.

Excuse my gormless expression; it was early.



First up this month, I want to introduce you all to a very good friend of mine who’s recently started a blog and it’s already incredible. Her name is Danh and she’s the best evidence for the existence of angels I’ve ever come across; her recent post on her resolution to produce zero waste in 2018 is well worth a read if you’re interested in a more ecologically responsible lifestyle or even if you’re not.

It’s no secret that after discovering Becky’s blog in October I was absolutely hooked. It’s a proper lifestyle blog with content that never fails to engage and entertain and it’s one of the very few blogs I’ve ever felt a real connection with and get excited to read. Her “introduction to 2018” that every blogger under the Sun did (including me) is the one of the best one I read, a real dose of refreshing realism amongst the usual “I’m going to make this the best year of my life” bluster.

Gwennan’s blog is no stranger to this little corner of Brambling, and her 2018 post was the other one I really loved. It’s another post that’s actually realistic about how 2017 was and how 2018 is likely to pan out for her, and the changes she’s making to make this year different. I’ve bookmarked both of these posts for the days when I really need a reminder that I can always start afresh.


Over Christmas, I read Six of Crows by
Leigh Bardugo and Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel, and I’m currently
working my way through Autumn by Ali Smith and House of Names by Colm
Toibin. I’m really enjoying them both, but House of Names isn’t exactly the most uplifting of reading (it’s a retelling of the
Oresteia, which anyone familiar with the Classics will know isn’t
exactly cheerful). I reviewed Six of Crows since it’s the kind of fun, easy
read I enjoy at this time of year, and I suspect that I’ll end up
writing something about Autumn and House of Names but whether it will be
on here or elsewhere remains to be seen.


If you’re not currently watching The Good Place on Netflix you 100% need to. I can’t say too much without giving things away, but it’s about a woman who ends up in heaven by mistake. She’s fully aware that she lived a crappy life and isn’t seem to be there, but no one else seems to have twigged yet. It’s brilliant and by the same guy who did the US The Office, Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, need I say more? One last thing, DO NOT google it. Google is dark and full of spoilers.

We’re only one episode in, but Hunted is back on Channel 4 and I’m loving it. It was very surreal to see the opening episode start with several people legging it around outside my work, and it would explain one of the many helicopters that tend to hover around in the centre of Manchester, but this series looks like it should be a good one.


I’ve never had a little “playing” sub-header in my Monday Medleys before, but I have a minor obsession with Horizon: Zero Dawn. I’m not really sure how far in I am but it has been the focal point in my life (sorry boyfriend, family, friends, work…) for about a month and it’s just a really excellent game.
That’s all for this week but I’ll be back on the 15th for another round of the best things I’ve read and watched in January. Hope you’re not quite as exhausted after the return to work as I am! Have a great week everyone!

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1 Comment

  1. bkyrouncefield
    January 10, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I’m actually super impressed that you have retained all this information about the first week of Jan – my head has been like a sieve! Ooo, I’m going to have to give The Good Place a watch, since The US Office and Parks and Rec have been my actual life-long obsessions. Hope you’re having a wonderful week! Thank you so much for your comments on my 2018 blog post :)Becky xo

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