Monthly Favourites – January 2018

January hasn’t been a particularly remarkable month generally speaking. It was a strange period during which I was both disappointed Christmas was over and eager for spring to finally come. Nevertheless, I have a few favourites to share with you concerning books, music and TV series.

At the end of last year, I watched the first season of The Crown and surprisingly quite enjoyed it. This month I watched the second season, but unfortunately ended up not liking it as much. However, there was one episode that stood out from the rest: Dear Mrs Kennedy. Immediately after watching it, I proceeded to search for information about the events mentioned to know whether the meeting between Elizabeth and Jackie Kennedy was true or fiction.

I haven’t read that many books this month. In fact, so far, I’ve only finished one, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, and am currently forcing myself to get to the end of Sibila by Agustina Bessa-Luís, mainly because she is one of the authors featured in my list of 100 women writers to read in my lifetime. All things considered, Alias Grace deserves a place among my favourites from this month. This is a novel about Grace Marks and the role she played in the murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. While reading it, I felt like a detective looking for clues that would make sense of the events surrounding the crimes.

Music-wise, I’ve been loving two fairly different songs. The one I’ve been listening to the most is without a doubt ‘Stand Up Tragedy’ by the Fratellis. It is one of those indie rock songs that I can’t take out of my head and that I always end up dancing to whenever I’m on my own. The other one is a song by Sérgio Godinho, a Portuguese artist who I usually almost never listen to. ‘Grão da Mesma Mó’ came to my attention because, while the lyrics were written by Sérgio Godinho himself, the music was composed by my favourite Portuguese singer and songwriter, David Fonseca.

These were my favourites from the month of January! Which are yours? Tell me in the comments!

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