The years is nearing its end in what seems to be quite the hurry (only one more day!) but I didn’t want it do be gone without mentioning a few new-to-me things I really loved this year. Most of these are new, some are old, but all are very dear to me:
Definitely the Inspector Jury mysteries by Martha Grimes. I found one of them in the public bookshelf right across my workplace first, and then kept finding them, or did they keep finding me? Two of them came to me through my mother-out-law, and three more from other public bookshelves, in different cities, no less. So far I’ve found them an absolute delight to read, full of quirky, but not overly caricatured characters, lovely settings and obscure mystery cases. I’ll definitely look out for more of them next year to grow my collection!
I also started reading the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, finally, and I keep fangirling about how it is like The Dresden Files but without everything I disliked about those.
Aside from my constant favourites – Sims 3 and Don’t Starve -, for both of which I finally decided to spoil myself with a few add-ons with, I’ve been extremely fond of Unavowed, a retro mystery point-and-click game by indie studio Wadjet Eye Games. What can I say, I might have a weak spot for supernatural police adventures…
L’Art du Crime, which I discovered when I zapped idly through the channels at my father’s flat while I visited my family earlier this year. The French combination of murder mysteries and art history is incredibly perfect for me. Shame that so far only season one is available for legal streaming in Germany but fingers crossed that this will change soon!
In terms of anime I’ll have to go with Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Sōma because it was absurdly hilarious and made me very, very happy.
Here we’ve got a tie – between Duolingo and Level Up Life. With the former, I’ve been studying daily for over a hundred days now, and I think I’ve never held onto a habit that long ever before. I’m actually learning something. And with the latter I feel like I’ve accomplished something today – even if it’s just tiny things, like doing the dishes or taking the stairs or working overtime. Gamification makes daily things a bit less dreary, and it works wonders for me.
My best new find would be La Belle Bleue, a French chanson rock band I encountered during autoplay after a few songs from a Parisian band I’ve loved for quite some time, Les Yeux d’la Tête. I especially like their earlier work ca. Morceaux de Papier but their new stuff is worth a listen as well.
I immensely enjoyed writing the Life Style Tips each month (sorry there are none for December). I already have plans for the next ones!
The post I had most fun researching was the one on the Pre-Raphaelite Wombat – I think I should have more Wombat Fridays here on the blog.
In terms of videos, I had a lot of fun with Antonia Caecilie and I really hope to play with her again sometime soon, I’ll just have to get her out of her attic. The pictures I’m proudest of are in this recipe post, and I’m glad to report that my camera is waiting for new adventures, too.
Last but not least this blog turned ten (in numbers: 10!!!), and I’m so exceptionally happy about all of you who are here, old and new to this little space on the web.
This will be my last post for 2019 but I hope to see you all again soon in 2020. Have a fantastic, magical New Year’s Eve!
All my love ♥
P.S.: For those of you interested, the lovely little wreath graphic I used for this post is this from Old Design Shop slightly re-arranged. Credit where credit is due.
P.P.S.: As always, none of this is sponsored and the opinions voiced are entirely my own.