If there was one thing that kept me entertained during this year (other than uni) it was reading. At the beginning of 2020, I set myself a challenge, a reading challenge on goodreads. It is not a very ~impressive~ number, but next to reading for school it is more than I’ve ever challenged myself: 20 books in 2020.
Especially with the quarantine situation we are all too familiar with, I feel like a lot of people have summoned their inner bookworm again and made time, or had more time, to read. I’ve certainly been inspired by this, but it was also a goal I had for a longer time. Reading always gives me a feeling of longevity. It is as if time goes slower as you skim through the words on paper. It allows me to be absorbed in someone else’s world and their problems and I love to escape.
It was also easier to read because I started a book series that I had grown to love, which gave me 3 more books to enjoy – or devour – during the challenge. So now, I present my favorite reads from 2020!
I have never really celebrated halloween, but I do love the spooky atmosphere that clings to misty streets, dusty cobwebs and just in the darkness of the night. The one thing that always contains this mysterious and slightly creepy vibe is movies, or cinema, if you will. I do not enjoy horror (and after watching Midsommar I’m also not sure if I enjoy thrillers), but I am a sucker for films that are just the right amount of spooky. Enough to be a little frightened of the dark, but not so much that I will not be able to run up the stairs without the lights on. That kind of scary. (And a dash of humor is always welcome!) I have put together a list of my favourite creep-and-still-be-able-to-sleep movies that we might need to get into the halloween spirit this year.
There’s nothing better than discovering a great book and realizing that there is more of that amazingness after you’ve read the first book. It’s the original binging and it’s great. But the search for a said book series is a difficult one. At least, in my experience. That is why I want to sum up my favorites in this post! I do hope a fellow booklover reads this and can give me recommendations as well 😉
Last Sunday I cried my eyes out watching Dead Poets Society. It made me want to live my life to the fullest, read poetry, go to classes, go to a dark cave with my friends, study literature… Isn’t it beautiful that movies can have this effect on humans? How we laugh and cry and feel for these characters as they go through an adventure or life-changing experience? How we empathize and think about these moving images on a screen? For school I’ve done a lot of research in emotions and the movies and the connection between the two. I find it fascinating how this works and how we, as spectators, can feel what characters feel, whilst we’re just sitting in a cinema or at home. I just love it. I just love movies.
If you are spending a lot of time at home these days, maybe binging a few Disney movies may bring joy to your daily routine! And since I’m baffled with all the options every time I open up the app, I thought I’d make a list of disney movies I’d definitely watch again. To make my life easier, and to give you some tips on what movies to maybe add to your own list!
I also had a little too much fun pasting my head on all of these images. I hope it doesn’t freak you out. It certainly has that effect on me.