things I’ve been liking lately (3)

Hello dear friends of the Internet,

I am back with another (third) installment of the “things I’ve been liking lately” series! I really enjoy making these and you guys seem to really enjoy them, so I thought it was about time I updated all of you on the things that I have been enjoying as of late!

>> As always, I’d love to find out what you have been enjoying too (I can always do with some recommendations), so let me know! <<


Videos

Jubliee videos

THANK YOU MIA for introducing me to this channel! I have been obsessed – and for good reason. The YouTube channel produces a lot of different series on different topics that I really have come to enjoy. One of the highlights for sure is their “Middle Ground” series. People of opposite opinions get put in a room and have to discuss their views and why they feel the way they do. It’s really interesting to hear different perspectives on political or ethical issues and hear their reasoning behind it via personal stories, etc.

Another great series they have is called “Both Sides” – couples sit down together and tell the story of their lives together from their perspective. It’s a truly heart-warming thing to watch, as it feels so personal sometimes and explorers the depths and complexities of human relationships. Other series I enjoy are “Candid Confessions” and “Tea for Two“. If you’re in the mood for some personal stories, life lessons and controversial topics, then I definitely recommend you give this channel a visit.

Living on 1$ a day challenges

There’s something so interesting about watching people live their lives. That’s why vlogs have become so popular over the years. I particularly like watching people try out new things. In the past, I have watched everything from the “Try Living With Lucy” series on Rafinery29 to random documentaries on different lifestyles. One thing that’s been a lot on my mind as of late is budgeting your life, especially when it comes to food and leisure activities. I love to eat out and go to events that require an entry fee yet obviously end up spending a lot of money, which definitely stings no matter how fun it is.

I came across this channel called “LivingBobby” on which he specialises in finding cheap alternatives. Some of his most popular videos are about living on 1$ a day in New York for a whole week, which is how I first got into his videos. Another amazing channel for videos like this is one by a British YouTuber called “ClickForTaz“. If you’re into these kinds of videos, definitely stop by their channels!

Series

Love Island Australia

I am betting that at least a few of you have picked up on this Love Island hype and it’s one of those shows that you’ll either love or hate. I for one have become addicted to it. There’s just something about reality TV that I really like (and can’t seem to find anywhere else). Originally Love Island is from the UK, yet Australia came out with its very own first season this year and (unpopular opinion here) I like it waaaaaaaay more. The people are a little more down to earth in my opinion (well, as down to earth as one can be in a show like that) and overall, I just like the vibe more I got from the Australian one.

Currently watching the British version, as the Australian one had its finale a couple of weeks ago! All I can really say is that this show can sometimes be very over the top and dramatic, sometimes even ridiculous, but I love it for that.

Impulse (YouTube Red)

A friend of mine recommended I watch this series and this has most definitely given me a glimpse into what YouTube Red series are (and will be) able to create. It’s loosely based around the “Jumper” book series by Steven Gould and follows Henry, your typical rebellious teenager who is stuck in a small town she desperately wants to escape. When she is assaulted, it triggers something in her – powers she didn’t know she had – and she teleports for the first time. These new abilities start to test her and the relationships she has with the people around her while an unknown organisation seeks to obtain and experiment on people like her.

I wasn’t expecting much, so I was actually pretty surprised by this show; I binged all 10 episodes in a couple of days! If you’re interested, the first three episodes are available free-of-charge on YouTube. (I watched the rest of them via a website – helloooooo, broke student here) I am hoping that they will make a season 2, I am genuinely excited to see how they will continue the story.

Films

Candy Jar (Netflix original)

I am a sucker for cute romance movies. Was this the best one in the world? No. But I do think that it was better than the very popular Netflix original “The Kissing Booth”. It focused more on the pressures students feel in school (very relatable). If you’re in the food for a light and fluffy film, then give this one a watch.

Set It Up (Netflix original)

Before I watched this I read about six different articles on this movie, all stating that this new Netflix original has revived the classic rom-com again. As the majority of you might have noticed, there hasn’t been such a high demand for romantic comedies these past few years. This is partly due to the fact that we were overloaded with tons of them each year. Now that we’ve all had a break of them, it was definitely refreshing to come across one again; an actual good one as well! I genuinely found it to be funny and enjoyed it so much I actually watched it twice.

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles (along with Monster Inc., The Lion King, The Jungle Book and Demo) was definitely one of my favourite films in my childhood. I have watched the first part countless times, so when I heard that there was going to be a season two… well, I was beyond excited for it. Technically it’s not out in Austria yet but my family and I went to the cinema while visiting my grandparents in Scotland and we all LOVED it! If you’re a fan of the first film, this one will not disappoint you.

Books

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Okay wowowowowow. This book is the first in the “Arc of a Scythe” series by Shusterman and I was hooked from page one. It basically follows a girl, Citra, and a boy, Rowan, in a world where an artificial intelligence system called the “Thunderhead” runs the world. With immortality being possible yet the population still growing at a rapid speed, the Thunderhead and its creators came up with one exception where the Thunderhead is not to intervene – population reduction. The so-called “scythes” take care of that and have to undergo an apprenticeship to become one. In return, their immediate family is granted immunity for life from “gleaning” (reducing population). When Citra and Rowan are both trained under the wing of Scythe Faraday, they soon find out that the Scythedome has become corrupt as some scythes are starting to enjoy taking lives.

 

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

You guessed it – this is the second part of “Scythe” and it didn’t disappoint.Β I can’t recommend this book series enough, it’s a great dystopian take on what our world could potentially be like one day. I especially liked that there were diary entries before every new chapter, some from scythes, others from the Thunderhead itself.

 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This is a book that will make you ball your eyes out several times. A very touching story told out of the perspective of a murdered girl residing in heaven, watching her family struggling to come to terms with her death. What I liked is that right from the start you know who the killer is – it’s not really about that. It’s about a family trying to cope under the immense grief they experience (and the different forms grief can take on) and a dead girl grieving for the life she could have had – if it hadn’t been taken away from her.

Random Stuff

Alpro chocolate pudding

Fortnite Season 5

all of my free time

cider

my friends ❀

going out for drinks more again

the sun

lakes

Blogs

alternativesunnydays

K’s poetry is honestly some of the best I’ve ever read. At just 18 years old, she is releasing her first poetry collection this December and my oh my am I excited for it.

 

in accordance

I have been a long-time follower of Maria’s, the wonderful person behind in accordance, a blog filled to the brim with delicious recipes to try out (and stunning food photography). She also has some great tips on organising, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle in there!

 

THE SCINTILLATION

I love blogs that just exude creativity – this is one of them. If you are looking for original, unique, quality content then look no further – THIS IS THE PLACE. It inspires me a lot and I hope it can maybe do the same for some of you!

28 thoughts on “things I’ve been liking lately (3)

  1. You should check out The Skin Deep on YouTube!! It’s similar to the Both Sides series, but is more than just couples. It can be mother/daughters, best friends, exes, etc.

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    1. I know it, I used to watch a ton of their videos a few months ago! Such a lovely channel to watch, some videos brought me close to tears. It’s wonderful seeing how close and special of a bond some people have. Great tip! x

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  2. Okay this is unfair that you can drink at 18 in your place and I need to wait till I’m 24.

    TWENTY FUCKING FOUR.

    And I tried playing Fortnite but I’m terrible at it. Open world games it is for me.

    Also,thanks for those Netflix recs, needed some.

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    1. Hehehe, what can I say? Hard liquor is from 18, anything else is from 16 here. 24 seems like a bit of a stretch to me. It sucks, but your bank account is probably thanking the law.

      That’s the thing – I’m terrible too! I mean obviously I’m not as bad as I used to be, but it’s all about getting better over time and learning as you go!

      You’re welcome, hope you enjoy them.

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  3. omg middle ground is one of my fave youtube channels. that and skin deep have me in tears nearly every time and the two videos you shared are some of my favourites! um also big ups to cider and going out for drinks sounds like we’d have a bloody ball x

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    1. SAME! I just get so emotional when I watch stuff like that, I once watched a video before I went to uni – BIG MISTAKE. My eyes were a little red and puffy from balling my eyes out.

      &WE WOULD! Cider to me is the perfect summer drink; not strong, tastes great. If I’m ever in Australia (or you are ever in Austria) we have to get drinks xx

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  4. Ooooh you always introduce me to so many new things, I’ll be checking out the feminism middle ground one asap – those are my favourite types! I watched one between Christians and LGBTQ and it was so interesting! xx

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    1. I’m glad you found something you liked. I saw the Christians and LGBTQ video too! I always find those videos so interesting because sometimes it will escalate and sometimes the people will actually listen to each other and treat each other (and their opinions) with respect. xx

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  5. I love Living with Lucie too – will definitely have to check out the YouTube channel! I love both Set It Up and Candy Jar, Netflix are definitely killing it recently. I actually read The Lovely Bones when I was a young teenager, before I realized it was not appropriate for a girl of my age. If you have not already, you should check out the movie starring Saorise Ronan. xx

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    1. Let me know what you think of it! And Netflix is – but YouTube is too! I just saw an original series called “sideswiped” the other day and I was seriously impressed! The quality of their content is getting so much more sophisticated, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. And I am planning on watching the movie soon, I just need a little of a break from the story first because it was such a heavy read! I read it in a few days but am STILL thinking about it now. It’s one of those stories that sticks with you. xx

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  6. Omg I sometimes binge watch those Middle Ground videos, they’re so well made it’s great. Also ClickForTaz is so good too, I love her attitude towards life haha πŸ™‚ Definitely need to check out some of your other recommendations this month! xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

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    1. Binge watching is the best way to watch anything! I know right, she has such a positive outlook on everything, she just seems like an amazing person πŸ™‚ Tell me what you think of them, thanks for stopping by Alys xx

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    1. That’s so hard, gosh! I think my favourite islanders were Josh and Erin, my favourite couple started out to be Erin and Eden but at the end I wasn’t really as big of a fan anymore. I was kind of shocked to hear that they have lasted until now, especially seeing as Tayla and Grant have already split up! What about you?

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      1. Yeah I loved Josh I was rooting for him to find someone all the way through and gosh Erin was soooo funny πŸ˜‚ I loved Erin and Tash’s friendship and Erin and Cassidy’s friendship 😊 yeah i liked Erin and Eden to start off with but towards the end, their relationship seemed quite toxic so I liked Josh and Amelia best 😊 Ikr I was shocked that Erin and Eden have lasted so long!! What did you think about Cassidy? Xx

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        1. I know right, Erin’s comments on everything that happened in the villa were hilarious. πŸ˜‚ So true, I felt it was unfair that Tash left so soon, I felt like she deserved more of a chance. And YES, Josh and Amelia were so cute with each other, I think out of all of the people in the villa, I ended up relating to her the most.

          Cassidy is a hard one for me because at first I really, really liked her. She was the one I was rooting for. And then everything went down and I doubted her more and more. Tayla and Grant didn’t handle things correctly and Cassidy had every right to be upset – but I feel like there’s a limit, especially if you’ve only known the person for a few weeks. At the end she mostly annoyed me because she used what happened to her in the first week as an excuse for her hurtful behavior towards others. But I do think that the show-runners left out bits and pieces purposefully, to make her the show’s villain. What did you think about her?

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          1. Yeah that was why i loved her so much!! She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and be upfront. Yeah I felt like Tash was so genuine and she deserved more of a chance. Glad you agree!!

            Yeah Cassidy was my favourite at first and I was rooting for her too. That’s exactly how I felt about the situation too but I do think the show runners did make her more of a villain than she actually was. I’ve watched a couple of her YouTube videos and she doesn’t seem at all as bad as they portrayed her to be xx

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            1. I’ve seen some of her videos too and agree! She seems like a kind person and in the end, Grant was the one who was the liar – he even admitted it himself when he posted the video about his split with Tayla on Instagram. What do you think about the fact that so many from the villa started YouTube channels? Is there one in particular that you like the best?

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