Some of my favorite posts to read on other people’s blogs are those about their favorite books, movies, music and shows. You can tell a lot about a person by the media they choose to consume… plus it’s a great way to discover new authors and artists. I’ve decided to make my own posts, once a month, detailing what I’ve been loving. Here’s what I enjoyed in November:
I’m still in the process of playing Bioshock 2, but it has already earned a spot as one of my very favorite video games. The atmosphere is wonderfully creepy and I love the decrepit, underwater setting. I’m the first to admit that I’m not the biggest gamer—I have trouble getting into the flow and I only play casually—but I am absolutely enamored with Bioshock. I haven’t been this excited about a game since Portal 2.
I’ve been obsessed with Nine Inch Nails since I saw them on the Tension tour, and I’ve been listening to Broken, my favorite Nails album, a lot lately. It’s the perfect “early morning at work” soundtrack, as it wakes me up and gets me pumped for the day.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay were both quick, easy and enjoyable reads. I borrowed them from work (hence, why they aren’t pictured above) and finished them both in one sitting each. I definitely enjoy the televised adaptation more, but they’re still fun books.
I have yet to finish High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, but it’s entertaining so far. The blurbs on the back make it out to be the pièce de résistance of modern masculinity… but really the book is just chick lit from a dude’s point of view. It’s an easy read and, had the genders of the characters been swapped, I think it wouldn’t have been quite as critically lauded. Is that misogynistic? Totally. Does the literary world need to work on gender inequality? Yes, a million times, yes! Is High Fidelity still a fun book? Yup.
Tom and I have decided on a Le voyage dans le lune theme for our wedding, and I’ve used the album artwork from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins as inspiration. The deluxe reissued edition has an entire pocket of decoupage supplies, and I plan on using many of these images on our invites and programs. Of course, I’ve been listening to the album, too! The Pumpkins are my absolute, hands-down favorite band and Thru the Eyes of Ruby, Stumbleine, Thirty-Three, Medellia of the Grey Skies and By Starlight are some of my favorite songs for early winter.
Speaking of the wedding, I picked up Offbeat Bride by Ariel Meadow Stallings. Although the book had a few eyeroll-worthy moments, it gave me some good ideas for the big day.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is probably one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. Bryson has such a welcoming, friendly tone to his writing, like a grandfather reading you some great and grand fable. Of course, instead of witches and princesses, the characters of this tale are scientists and dinosaurs, and the stories are true! Reading A Short History of Nearly Everything has totally piqued my interest on a variety of subjects (the Pauli exclusion principle! Vulcanology!) and I absolutely adored this book.
Other than my eternal obsession with Chopped, lately all of my television time has been devoted to Six Feet Under. I’ve only seen seasons one and two thus far (no spoilers!), but I am hooked. How did it take me so long to discover this show? The characters are so real and human, and the plot lines are somehow wonderfully bizarre and perfectly believable, while never being contrived or sentimental. This show is a masterpiece.
My Nine Inch Nails obsession has extended to Trent Reznor’s side projects, and thus I’ve listened to Welcome oblivion by How to Destroy Angels on repeat for the past two weeks. The album is a lovely lush mix of visceral, elemental textures and digital noise. This is beautiful music for people who are sick of pop conventions.
What have you been loving lately? Let me know if try any of my suggestions, or if you’re already a fan.