Friday, 8 May 2015

Now Playing/ Wishlist - May

I’ve been putting off posting this for a while, because I’ve been desperately searching for a better title for this series of posts. When I posted one back last July I tried What’s on my wishlist, but this time I wanted to cover things I’m currently loving as well as things I’m hoping to see – do you see my dilemma?!

Maybe I’m setting myself up for disappointment by trying to fit these two concepts together, but I need to publish this post soon as I’m already speeding my way through episodes of Once Upon a Time, so I’ll just have to settle for Now Playing/ Wishlist for now.

Once Upon a Time – Season One

If you follow me on Twitter, you might already be aware that I’ve just finished the first season of House of Cards and am about to begin Once Upon a Time. As tempting as it was to continue onto the next season of House of Cards, there are so many shows on my list at the moment, so I’ve decided to switch things up a bit and take things one season at a time!

I’ve been hearing a lot about Once Upon a Time, and it seemed like the perfect contrast to follow House of Cards. I love a good fairy tale adaptation, so I have pretty high hopes for this show…

Saint Raymond

Recently I’ve been rediscovering my love for Saint Raymond, in preparation for seeing him headline Dot to Dot Festival in a couple of weeks. I had my first Dot to Dot experience last year in Bristol, but I’m looking forward to seeing what Manchester has to offer this time round. I discovered so many great artists at last year’s festival who I still listen to now!

Anyway, back to Saint Raymond… at present the singer-songwriter has a few EPs to his name, having been supported by the likes of BBC Introducing. His debut album is coming out on 29th of June, which I’m really excited about, and I would definitely recommend having a listen to some of his music if you’ve not come across him before.

The Last Five Years

Since I first heard about the making of this film, I’ve been desperate to see it. I’ve only seen the musical performed once, but its soundtrack is one of my favourites. Plus, I love Anna Kendrick and can’t wait to see what she’s done with the role.

From what I understand, the film never made it to UK cinemas (please correct me if I’m wrong!), which is a shame, but it’s already available on DVD/iTunes so I’ll be able to give it a watch very soon.

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

I actually started this book some time ago, but had to put it on hold for a while to read some novels for my uni course. I’m really looking forward to getting back into it because it’s such a compelling read.

I decided to try The Secret History as I read The Goldfinch last summer and absolutely loved it. Her books are long reads, there’s no doubt about that, but the investment is so worth it.

What I find most impressive about Donna Tartt’s writing is her ability to make such lengthy descriptions and rich details so fascinating and seemingly necessary. I’m often quite an impatient reader and have a bad habit of skim-reading long passages of description, but this is something which I haven’t even been tempted by in The Secret History.

If you’re looking for summer reads, these two novels are definitely worth considering!


I haven’t been to the theatre in so long, and choosing just one thing I would like to see is a tough task, but Gypsy is up there on my list.

I have to admit, Imelda Staunton is a big part of the reason why this is such a priority. A few years ago I saw her in Sweeney Todd, which I thought would be difficult to top, but as this is being marked by many as one of the greatest ever musical performances, I’m pretty keen to see her on stage again.

What are you listening to/ watching/ reading at the moment? Is there anything you would recommend for once I’ve finished this lot?


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