Recent non-bookish favourites

Hi everyone! Today I thought I’d do a post on some of my recent non-bookish favourites! I like doing these every so often to talk about the things I’ve been enjoying lately because I like talking about things that are not books every once in a while too.

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TV shows and movies

Russian Doll


This is a recent Netflix special, and it was amazing. I loved all of it, and it was an easy 5/5 for me. Someone else please watch it so I can gush with you about how amazing Natasha Lyonne is. It’s essentially the groundhog day premise, where a character keeps dying and waking up. But the main character actually dies every day (like is hit by a car, has a heart attack, is stabbed, etc.) and then starts at the same time every time, instead of dying in their sleep and just starting the next morning. The characters are wonderful, the story is great, it’s so interesting. Please watch it.

Black Mirror


I’ve been recently re-obsessed with Black Mirror, and I love it. I’ve also been watching a lot of Black Mirror analysis videos on Youtube, which makes me feel pretentious but also I don’t care. I recently watched White Bear, which I highly recommend, and Playtest, which was so sad. I think when I’ve watched all the episodes I’ll do a post on my thoughts, so let me know if you’d be interested in that!



This is another Netflix special I recently watched, and I honestly don’t know my thoughts? There were a lot of things I enjoyed about it: the concept is interesting, it was visually interesting, it was engaging, and I enjoyed it overall. But I didn’t like the way it treated mental illness and medication, and I thought the characters were too stereotypical. If you’ve watched it, please let me know your thoughts!!! I’ve been dying to talk to someone else about it!

Bohemian Rhapsody

I feel like this movie is slightly controversial? But I really enjoyed it and have watched it twice now. I will say that the editing is abysmal, and it was definitely my biggest issue with the movie. I was trying to admire Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor but because there was never anyone on the screen for more than .05 of a second, it was hard. BUT I love Queen and I loved Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and this movie was just fun.

Love, Simon

I’ve finally watched Love, Simon! It was adorable and I loved it!!! I would definitely recommend it if you need a light-hearted, fun movie.

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Thai-spiced rice bowls from Cookie and Kate

These are so good. I modify it quite a bit because I don’t like peanut-curry flavours together, but it’s still great. I basically put everything except the peanut butter and honey in the broth, and add some red chilli flakes. I also add edamame, which is really good, and chicken sometimes (which I just fry with olive oil and garlic, shred, then fry again until it’s slightly crispy). I definitely recommend it.

PC Thin & Crispy Spinach Pizza

I feel like I’ve eaten one of these pizzas a week for the last two months. But they’re honestly so good, and the second ingredient is spinach so I feel like I’m being healthy! I love thin-crust pizza, and if you do too (and live in Canada), I definitely recommend the President’s Choice ones.


Here is a list of songs I’ve been listening to recently (a lot of this was inspired by Bohemian Rhapsody and also the fact that I’ve watched San Junipero twice in the last month):

  • We Will Rock You by Queen
  • Invisible Touch by Genesis
  • Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters
  • 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
  • Little One by Highly Suspect
  • Chasing Fire by Lauv
  • Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp
  • Sky Full of Song by Florence + the Machine
  • Here (In Your Arms) by Hellogoodbye (fun fact about this song: it was never available on Canadian iTunes and (until recently) Canadian Spotify so I could only ever listen to it on youtube, but it’s now on Spotify and my heart is so happy!!!)

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So those are some of my recent non-bookish favourites! What are some of yours? Do we have any similarities? Have you watched any of the TV shows or movies I have? Let me know!!

Ally xx

15 thoughts on “Recent non-bookish favourites

  1. I’ve honestly been wanting to watch Black Mirror for so long! It seems right up my alley, but I just haven’t checked it out yet. (What’s wrong with me?? haha) And I really like Florence and the Machine’s music! I haven’t listened to anything by them in a while, but you mentioning a song of theirs, is making me want to shuffle an album! 💕

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  2. I haven’t been watching much TV lately, but even when I do we tend to gravitate toward re-runs instead of anything new. Though I did just get the DVD of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” so we’ll probably be watching that soon. (And hopefully we’ll like it.)

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  3. We love Black Mirror. And Russian Doll sounds really interesting. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of my favorite movies now! We just saw Captain Marvel in theaters, and it was great. Not my favorite Marvel movie of all time, but a great thrill ride and nostalgia kick.

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