Monday, 8 January 2018

2017 Favourite Books, Films, Podcasts etc.

I've read some truly amazing books this year and it made me really want to write a post on them! Then I thought back over the brilliant films, TV shows and podcasts I've enjoyed this year and thought it would be fun to do a little roundup of my favourite things this year.


I'm rubbish at writing reviews, so this is just a list of my favourite things in 2017. Nearly all of these books/films etc did not come out in 2017, I'm just super late to the party.

I have no real aim of this list except it gave me great joy to reflect on my favourite things of the year and relive the enjoyment of reading/watching/consuming all these wonderful things, and it makes me excited for my books and films and podcasts in 2018! It's also a reminder to me of all the awesome books and films out there that I am yet to explore.

So here we go!


Books I loved in 2017

I read 43 books in 2017 and these were my absolute favourites (follow me on Goodreads for the rest!). In no order except the order in which I read them:
  • The Easter Parade by Richard Yates
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  • How to be a Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan
  • The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis
  • Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
  • Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strour
  • My Shitty Twenties by Emily Morris
  • The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
  • The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero
  • I know this much is true by Wally Lamb
  • What I loved by Suri Hustvedt

Favourite films at the cinema in 2017

Phil and I have Cineworld Unlimited cards so we go to the cinema at least twice a month. These were my favourite "new" films in 2017. In no particular order:
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Hidden Figures
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Moonlight
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Baby Driver
  • Get Out
  • Dunkirk
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • It
  • Wonder
  • Battle of the Sexes

My favourite films I saw the first time in 2017 that I definitely should have seen before:

Phil has a list in his phone called "Films I'm embarrassed Charlotte hasn't seen". He is constantly educating me in all the films I never managed to watch growing up! Here are some of my favourite new-to-me films I watched in 2017:
  • The Exorcist
  • American Werewolf in London
  • The Birds
  • Annie Hall
  • Let the Right One In
  • Minority Report
  • The Room 
  • Speed
  • Deadpool
  • Lars and the Real Girl

The best podcasts I discovered in 2017

I'm kind of addicted to downloading hundreds of podcasts every month and then I never listen to them all! Some of these were new in 2017, some were new-to-me, but these are the podcasts getting me through my long runs last year:
  • What page are you on?
  • The Guilty Feminist
  • Beautiful Anonymous
  • Made of Human
  • Hello Friend
  • And then what?
  • Sincerely X
  • Dirty John

TV shows I loved in 2017

Phil and I suck at watching TV shows - we still haven't watched the new season of Stranger Things and we've not caught up with Peaky Blinders yet, but these are the TV shows we did finish this year:
  • Mindhunter 
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • The US Office (we finally finished this after starting it over 2 years ago!)
  • The Night Of
  • The People vs. OJ Simpson

The recipe books I loved in 2017

I don't even want to count how many new recipes books I bought or received in 2017, but these are the ones that I keep using over and over:
So those are my top favourites in 2017. It's like Oprah's favourite things list except I don't get to give you a car.

I'm excited to see which of the books on my 200+ to read list will be on 2018's list, or which films I'm excited for, and which podcasts I will discover. Only time will tell!

Also please please please hit me up if you have any recommendations for me based on my favourites (ESPECIALLY book recommendations cause I loooooooove book recommendations!).

Charlotte x

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