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Winter Non-Bookish Faves

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been so excited to finally do this post as there have been so many non-bookish faves for me. Surprisingly, winter has been a great season for me as far as non-bookish things go. I did read a decent amount of books, too but now is not the time so let’s get into it 😛


Creed II

Are you guys sick of me talking about this movie?? Lol well, I’m not because I just loved this movie so much. I was a fan of the first movie and I was so excited for the sequel. I ended up enjoying it just a little more than the first one.

It added entirely new lore to the Creed and Rocky franchise. Watching Adonis’ character growth, how impacted his relationship and the fight scenes were amazing. This movie was so fantastic and it’s easily one of my favorite movies of 2018, if not all time.


Another movie I loved this winter was Dumplin’. Personally, I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately and I was a little apprehensive of this one. I didn’t like the book but I’m happy to say that I loved the movie. I loved the cast, the changes they made and especially all the nods to Dolly Parton. I can’t wait to see what Netflix does next. 🙂


My last favorite is actually a trailer. On Christmas, Jordan Peele released the trailer for his new horror movie, Us. I really loved Get Out so I’m excited to see what Peele does next. The premise is incredibly unique and I know Peele will set it up one way and then rip the rug out from under us. Plus the cast is just perfect so yes I can’t wait!


She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Keeping with my Netflix theme, I marathoned She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. I didn’t watch the original series, but this reboot was everything. It was action-packed but didn’t give up any of that for character development. I especially loved its focus on friendship and it really inspired me when it came to writing. I can’t wait to see what happens in season 2. 🙂

Big Mouth

Going to the entire opposite side of the spectrum, I watched Big Mouth. It took me a week or so but I finished both seasons. If you don’t know, this show follows a group of friends who are going through puberty. It deals with a lot of relatable topics but makes them funny. It’s super funny but also timely as it focused on issues like slut-shaming, sexual education, and depression.

Golden Girls

I took a little break from watching Golden Girls but now I’m back into it. I just started season 5 so I have the rest of it and two more seasons. I’m excited to see what the show tackles next but also nervous. At times, it’s really dated and I hope it improves with that instead of getting worse.

Bob’s Burgers holiday episodes

Because of the holidays, I decided to start a new tradition. I watched the holiday episodes of Bob’s Burgers and it actually put me in the holiday spirit. I watched a handful of the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes. I consider those some of their best episodes so I’d highly recommend it for next year if you need some holiday spirit. 😉


Ariana Grande

I can’t even begin to express how much I love Ariana Grande. I’ve been listening to her sweetener album since I bought it and since then, I’ve downloaded the rest of them. I’ve also really been loving thank u next and imagine. I honestly can’t describe how happy her music makes me. I’m also planning on going to her concert in June so I’m crossing my fingers for that. 🙂

Kacey Musgraves

Another artist I really loved this winter was Kacey Musgraves. I borrowed Golden Hour on hoopla and eventually, bought it on iTunes. Golden Hour is filled with so many goods songs and I’m sad that I slept on it for so long. Even if you don’t like country music, you need to give Kacey Musgraves a chance. She has such crossover appeal that you won’t even notice it’s country 😉

Jimmie Allen

Keeping with the country theme, I really loved Jimmie Allen this winter. It’s so rare to find POC in country music and a Black man at that. Allen adds something entirely new to the genre and doesn’t just stick to the same “bro-country” template. His debut album, Mercury Lane has a lot of great songs but two of my faves are “To Be Single” and “Best Shot.”

Here a few other songs I really loved!

  • “Beautiful Crazy” and “I Know She’s Ain’t Ready” by Luke Combs
  • “Dumb Blonde” by Dolly Parton ft Miranda Lambert
  • “Got My Name Changed Back” by Pistol Annies
  • “Dance Like We’re Making Love” by Ciara

Misc Faves

New robe and slippers

For Christmas, I did a gift exchange with my cousins. For one of my ideas, I put down slippers and my secret Santa actually got me two pairs. Now, I have a pair that I wear in my room and another I wear around the house. A week or so after Christmas, I also found a new robe as mine’s old and pretty worn so I’ve been loving using them both.

New planner and calendar

Right before the year began, I got a new planner from Barnes & Noble. It’s not nearly as high maintenance as the one I bought last year. Hopefully, that will cause me to use it more plus I found little to-do checklists and weekly agendas so I’ll be able to have better time management.

In keeping with the same theme, I got a new calendar for 2019. Usually, I get one for Christmas but Santa forgot 😛 Luckily, my dad and I went to the mall and found me a Bob’s Burgers one. I also found a small one with dachshund puppies on it. 🙂

Fantasy football surprise


For Christmas, a friend in my fantasy football league told me she got me a gift. I had no clue what to expect. However, when I opened it, it was a signed jersey of Michael Thomas. I was so shocked and happy, I still can’t believe she did that. It means a lot to me especially since I’ve been covering the team for almost 2 years. I’m just so excited to display and I’m so thankful ❤

New dresser


For Christmas, the big gift I asked for was a dresser. Thankfully, Santa brought it to me and I can’t tell you how much I love it. It’s so much easier than having all those stupid plastic dressers. Everything is so much more organized and I feel like I have a lot more room. 🙂

Those are my non-bookish favorites for winter. Winter was a pretty good season for me if you couldn’t tell. I loved a lot of things and I might even be missing some. Either way, I had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had to work both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day which isn’t fun but oh well. Money is money 😛

What about you? What were some of your non-bookish favorites during this winter?

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15 thoughts on “Winter Non-Bookish Faves

  1. I think I’m the only one in the world who doesn’t like Arianna Grande. Her music is just kind of boring to me. But even the one Youtube music critic I watch who used to not like her now loves her. So, that shows me, I guess! 😀

    I want to watch Dumplin’ sometime but I also do not have Netflix. But I may cave with all this Grishaverse and Avatar stuff being announced.

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  2. I didn’t expect to like Dumplin’ as much as I did! I went into the movie with zero expectations, not having read the book or even knowing the summary, and it was just all so. well. done. The acting, the rep, the positivity. I really enjoyed.

    And Ariana was losing me with some of her earlier stuff from Sweetner, but now I’m back in love with her last few singles. I don’t think she sleeps?

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    1. Agreed! ❤ That movie really surprised me even though I read the book. I was so happy that Netflix improved what I didn't like about the book. 🙂

      Right??? Her new album seems like it's going to be a lot different than Sweetner but I'm really excited about it. I can't wait to see what this new chapter looks like for her music. ❤

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      1. It’s so rare when a movie adaptation goes well. I’m happy that Netflix is getting it right with To All the Boys I Loved Before and now Dumplin’

        Same!! She’s changing, but in a way I’m enjoying. It just takes a moment to be like, okay, this is a new sound, but I’m ready.

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      2. I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing that Netflix is so hush-hush about their adaptations until almost the last minute. You don’t have the chance to stress about casting choices, that’s for sure.

        Agreed!! And Ariana’s twitter sneak peeks don’t help.

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    1. Thank you!

      I completely agree! Do you think they’ll end up making a 3rd movie? I hope not because Creed II ended so perfectly and gave Adonis a happy ending. Plus the scene with Rocky and his son was so touching.

      Lol I could go on and on about that movie. I wish more people would give it a chance. 😦


  3. I’ve never enjoyed much of Ariana Grande, but some of her most recent releases really got my attention. I liked God Is a Woman and even Thank You, Next, though probably it was only because the song played absolutely everywhere and eventually I warmed up to it a little bit. I also really loved the music video, so it definitely helped, hahah.
    I also got back into journaling this past month, and I’ve been having a lot of fun. My journaling isn’t a lot about planning ahead, though; I’m mostly docummenting my favorites, as far as movies/shows/books. I know I’ll love to look back on it in the future.
    Since you mentioned you’re watching a lot of Netflix recently, I gotta ask: have you watched the new Black Mirror interactive movie? I’ve never watched the show, but the movie got a lot of buzz, so I decided to give it a try. It was frustrating, but also fun, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it???? If you’ve watched it, what are your thoughts?
    Hope you have a great February!

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    1. Yes! That music video was everything, I really enjoyed her whole Sweetner album. 🙂

      That’s a really cool idea for a journal. I might add that as a little section in my planner because it has notes before the actual calendar. 😀

      I haven’t but my boss told me about it! Haha so I’ll watch it eventually and have a good Feb, too ❤

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