Quarterly Rewind (September-December ’21 edition)

Hi everyone! We made it, our final quarterly rewind of the year. The autumn has been reasonably good for me, we’ve been massively busy at the vaccine centre of course and it looks like it’s going to remain that way through the beginning of next year. I’ve been able to see my friends quite a bit which has been lovely, including our annual Christmas meetup which I so missed last year and I’ve been riding regularly which I’ve loved. I’m not going to lie though, I’m feeling pretty down about the potential for more restrictions post Christmas though, it felt like things were finally looking up and this year had been so much better than last, and now…..well it feels like we could be going back to the start again and it’s all just very frustrating.

Anyway, enough of my depressing ramblings, yesterday was the Winter Solstice, the first official day of Winter, and that means the final Quarterly Rewind of the year, the feature where I wrap up the current season on my blog, and look forward to the new one. So today I will be wrapping up Autumn and looking forward to Winter. This post will cover 22nd September-20th December:

Image From This Autumn:

Okay so full disclosure, I actually took this picture on my birthday in September which came under the last Rewind period, but I’ve just not taken many pictures in the last few months so this was the best I could do! Plus I really like this picture and wanted to share it.

Favourite Quote From A Book You Read This Autumn:

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” -I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

I could have picked any number of inspirational quotes from I Am Malala but I thought this one summed up the book pretty well.

This Autumn In One Word:

Tiring!

Most Popular Review of Autumn:

I’ve finally just about caught up on all my reviews, I have two reviews left to post this year but they are from November and this month, so I don’t have a massive backlog anymore! Of the mammoth TWELVE reviews I’ve posted in this period, the most popular was my review of The Song of Achilles, which isn’t too surprising as that book is much beloved (sadly not by me though!):

Top Two Books I’ve Read This Autumn:

Again, I’ve largely been reading audiobooks this autumn, and they’ve been a bit of a mixed bag, but there are definitely two that stand out above the others, which makes this part easier:

  1. I Am Malala-Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

I read Malala’s memoir last month, and it was brilliant, such an inspiring read and I learned so much about Pakistan’s culture and history that I didn’t know before.

2. The Nobleman’s Guide To Scandal and Shipwrecks-Mackenzi Lee

I just finished the final Montague siblings book on Monday, and it was so great, it was a lot of fun just like the other two, but Adrian’s mental health journey was so beautifully and sensitively handled as well, and I really loved him, plus getting to see all three siblings together was a real treat!

TV Shows I’m Looking Forward To This Winter:

I was going to do a “Things I’m Looking Forward To This Winter” section, but I’m not actually sure if any of my January plans will end up going ahead due to all the uncertainty around the Omicron variant so I’m going to once again skip that section as it would be a massive bummer to include the things I’m excited to do this winter here and then have them not happen. I hope they will still go ahead obviously, but sharing the TV Shows I’m excited for just seems much safer!

  1. Call The Midwife Series 11

I’m so glad that Call The Midwife is back in its usual January-March slot, much as I appreciate that we even got a series this year, it did feel a little weird watching it in the Spring! This series is going to be an exciting one since it’s set in 1967, and the Abortion Act was passed that year, so it will be interesting to see how the show handles the legalisation of abortion in the UK.

2. Death In Paradise Series 11

My other January staple! Death In Paradise was such a tonic this January with the lockdown, an hour of escapism to the beautiful Caribbean was exactly what I needed during a cold winter stuck inside, and since Omicron is making it look like this winter is going to be almost as miserable as last, I could definitely use my helping of Thursday night escapism!

3. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 4

I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL. S3 came out in 2019, so it has been AGES, and I may need to do a rewatch before S4 comes out in February. I’m so excited to see what Midge gets up to next (and to see what fabulous outfits she wears whilst doing it!).

4. This Is Us Season 6

The final season of This Is Us starts in January and I cannot wait to see how the Pearson family’s story is going to end. I’m really glad that it’s going to air uninterrupted this time because whilst I know the constant stopping and starting last series couldn’t be helped, it got a little hard to keep track of when it was on!

5. Outlander Season 6

I’m a little miffed that I’m going to have to pay extra to watch Outlander on StarzPlay, as Amazon Prime is already expensive enough, but oh well, I’m still excited to see where Jamie and Claire’s story takes them next when the show finally returns in March.

Two New Obsessions This Autumn:

I really tried to think of three, but I could only think of two! I’ve been massively busy with work over the autumn so I just haven’t had as much time for other stuff as I’d have liked:

  1. Only Murders In The Building-I just finished this series on Disney+ yesterday, and it was such a fun watch, I was so glad when I looked up if there was going to be a Season 2 to see that it had already been renewed! If you’ve not seen it yet, I highly recommend it, it’s about three neighbours in apartment building in New York who are all true crime fans and team up to solve a fellow neighbour’s murder.
  2. Red (Taylor’s Version)-Red is one of my favourite Taylor Swift albums, so I was naturally super hyped when her rerecorded version came out last month! My favourites on it are definitely I Bet You Think About Me and All Too Well (10 Minute Version).

Five Most Popular Blog Posts This Autumn:

Oddly for this section, three of my five most popular posts this Autumn were older reviews, which I really appreciate because it does often feel like no one ever reads my reviews!

  1. Unsouled (Unwind #3) Review

I’m consistently surprised by the continued popularity of this review, as its the third book in a series that isn’t really talked about all that much online (largely because it’s older) but I love this series so if I’m in any way helping new people to find it then that makes me very happy!

2. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Review

Continuing its streak of being included on this list, we have The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue making its third appearance in this section in as many Quarterly Rewind posts! I know Addie LaRue is massively popular anyway, but if anyone finds VE Schwab books through my blog that makes me very happy as I love her work so much.

3. Top Ten Tuesday #346

Last week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a reader favourite, my seasonal TBR posts always seem to do really well, so it’s no surprise that this, my Winter TBR post made it in my top five topics for this Rewind. I just hope that I manage to do better on this TBR than I’ve done on any of my others this year!

4. Top Ten Tuesday #336

This Top Ten Tuesday is from way back in October, and it was me talking about my Reader Frustrations, basically the things that annoy me as a reader. I should definitely do more of these salty TTT lists because they always seem to be very popular when I do them!

5. The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) Review

I was surprised to see this one on here, because sequel reviews don’t usually do as well for me as the first book, but given that the third and final book in the trilogy came out in September and that coincided with the increased popularity of this review, I’m guessing a lot of people were looking at it to remind themselves of what happened before reading the third book….which fair play, I do that often too!

Two Posts I Enjoyed This Autumn:

I am so horrible at keeping track of the posts I read on other people’s blogs, so I only managed to find two this time:

  1. One of my favourite journalists Rose Stokes, did this really awesome piece about the Morning After Pill and how it was initially meant to be used as a form of regular contraception rather than emergency contraception but that changed due to morality views which date back to VICTORIAN TIMES. It’s actually ridiculous how much of our reproductive rights framework still hinges on laws decided in the 1860s.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/d3a99m/morning-after-pill-plan-b-history-morality-emergency

2. Rayne Fisher-Quinn did this great article for Next Mag about Taylor Swift and the double standards she has faced in her relationships with older men.

Five Shows That I Enjoyed This Autumn:

  1. The Great British Bake-Off

Bake-Off never fails to delight, and as always brightened up the dark autumn evenings this year, though I still maintain that Jurgen was robbed from being in the final, and the nation was robbed of the Jurgen vs Giuseppe match that we truly craved.

2. Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly is a mainstay of Autumn TV and much like last year, they delivered a truly lovely, uplifting series just when the country needed it the most! I’m so thrilled that Rose won as well, I was rooting for her the entire series.

3. All Creatures Great and Small Season 2

There’s kind of a theme here in the warm, cosy, comforting shows being my favourites this Autumn, but what can I tell you? When in a pandemic, you find these shows and you clutch onto them with both hands! In all seriousness though, the latest season of All Creatures Great and Small was everything I wanted and I can’t wait to see the Christmas special on Friday!

4. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 2

I watched the first series of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist back in the summer and I LOVED IT SO MUCH and have been very impatiently waiting for the second series to be shown on UK TV. It finally has been this past month or so, and whilst I still have the final two episodes to go, I’ve really loved it and can’t wait to watch the Christmas film. I seriously hope that somewhere in the US picks it up for a third season because it’s filling the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend shape hole in my heart (not that the shows are all that similar aside from being musicals).

5. Only Murders In The Building

As I mentioned earlier in my post, I’ve binged Only Murders In The Building over the past couple of days and it was such an unexpectedly delightful watch, who knew Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez would make such a great team?

Three Things That Happened This Autumn:

Yes I am returning this section, at least for this quarter’s post because I did do quite a few fun things that I wanted to share:

  1. I went to see the new musical of Indecent Proposal in London last month and it was really fun! I love the Southwark Playhouse and hope I get to go back there soon (pandemic permitting obviously).
  2. I went on a spa weekend holiday with my friends back in October and had the best time! We also met up for our first Christmas celebration together in two years at the beginning of December and I’m so happy we were able to do it because I really missed it last year.
  3. I went to see the new play The Shark Is Broken about the making of Jaws, also in London, last month and that was really fun.

Six Songs I’ve Listened To Way Too Often This Autumn

  1. All Too Well (Ten Minute Version)-Taylor Swift

Yes, naturally I’ve listened to this song over, and over and over again. Now when I listen to the original version (I bought the album back when it came out in 2012, I’m not streaming it and giving the men who stole Taylor’s music more money guys I promise!), it does feel like it’s missing something!

2. champagne problems-Taylor Swift

I swear, I don’t just listen to Taylor Swift, it just seems like I do. champagne problems is one of my top three songs from evermore, so I listen to it a LOT.

3. Shivers-Ed Sheeran

I’ve been obsessed with this song since Rose and Giovanni did their tango to it on Strictly in Halloween week, so I’ve listened to it a lot since.

4. I Can Do Better Than That-The Last Five Years

This song from The Last Five Years seems to come up a lot on my Shuffle and I’m not complaining because I love it!

5. no body, no crime-Taylor Swift

Another of my favourite evermore songs, when it was first released I would’ve said it was my outright favourite, but honestly in the year since, it and champagne problems have definitely been tussling for the top spot.

6. I Bet You Think About Me-Taylor Swift

Possibly my favourite song from Red (Taylor’s Version)? It’s just so sassy and I love Country Taylor so much!

So there we go, that was my autumn! Largely filled with work, but I did manage to have some fun amongst that, which I’m quite glad about given that it looks like we may be faced with more restrictions soon. What have you enjoyed most on my blog this Autumn (or Spring for any Southern hemisphere readers!)? What have you been up to? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Quarterly Rewind (September-December ’21 edition)

  1. ShiraDest 22/12/2021 / 9:10 pm

    Well done, lots of work accomplished, and fascinating lists to look through, once I get a bit more time!

    Stay safe!
    Shira

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