September favourites | Sense8 | Muji |Neopolitan Novels | Mad Max

Previously: April | May | June | July | August

It’s October! Enjoy this final selection of non-autumn/PSL/hallowe’en related things before I inevitably fall for the Fall hype of tumblr this month.

TV Series – Sense8Sense8

My friend Alice introduced me to this, and I watched the whole series in about two days. Honestly,  if you asked me, I couldn’t really tell you what happened. The plot is kind of an excuse to learn more about the 8 characters – even the sci-fi hook, of them being connected mentally in some mysterious way, is basically a sideline to exploring their lives. They are hugely diverse in every way, and all of them are lovely. Some are funny, some are terribly tragic, some are brutally cool. I want to be all of them. I can’t wait for more.

Shop – Muji

Screen-Shot-2014-05-16-at-9.30.13-AMI’ve wandered around Muji a few times, and it was only very recently that the shop clicked for me. It’s a chain of Japanese shops which have the neatest little Things – like storage boxes, notebooks, stationery, make up and other stuff with slightly more mysterious purposes. It’s all very simple and plain and well made.

I use their cardboard storage boxes for manuscripts of novels, and I love their erasable gel pens (ERASABLE! GEL! PENS!). I have my eye on the storage drawers next for make up stuff.

Book – My Brilliant Friend by Elena FerranteLayout 1

Ignore this truly terrible cover. This shit is the BOMB. If you’ve been reading a lot of YA recently, and you’re looking for a good Adult Literature series to sink your teeth into, this is a great one to go for. It’s about two girls from a very poor district of Naples in Italy, and the four books cover their lives and friendship in minute, incredibly attentive detail. I’m halfway through book three and they are still both eighteen. So it’s basically like YA for grown ups (or teenagers! You’ll like it too!).

The girls don’t realise they live in poverty, and they slowly come to terms with that, and fight against their upbringing to succeed in life, in whatever evolving way they define that. Often their only driving motivation is to compete against each other, and they are alternately each other’s only support and cruellest adversary. It’s fascinating reading, and I don’t think you can read the books without getting slightly obsessed with Lila and Lenu. Honestly, I could read about them forever.

Tom Hardy being demoted to Charlize Theron’s sidekick in his OWN FILM gives me life.

Film: Mad Max: Fury Road
Okay, I didn’t really understand a lot of this film. Like . . . you just have to sit back and enjoy it. I would enjoy more ‘diesel-punk’ in my fiction though, I know that much (especially the feminist kind).

To be watched with an enormous pint glass of ice cold water, because it’ll make you thirsty.


I just got back from holiday in South Wales, where I did such things as SWIM WITH A WILD SEAL and CARRY DOGS THROUGH CAVES.

I know it LOOKS like I’m not the one carrying a dog in this photoset, but that’s a trick of the camera. I definitely did the carrying at least 101% of the time, alright?
That black shape is LITERALLY A WILD SEAL. The other black shape is me. WE WERE RIGHT! NEXT! TO! EACH! OTHER!!!!

I also bought what I’ve officially labelled ‘the coolest bowl ever’ in a little harbour village shop.

I’m very into the ‘did I make this myself? YOU’LL NEVER KNOW’ aesthetic.

The village is now my #1 Life Goal House Ownership Location of Choice (not even kidding a little bit; did I mention the SEALS?). I’m going to support my future home by linking you to the shop’s website. They post items, so definitely get a wooden pirate if you’re into that.

Technology: Samsung Galaxy S5

I got a new phone! It’s amazing! There’s not much else to say about this, except I’m enjoying the experience of webpages being able to load before I fall asleep!

Music: Fall Out Boytumblr_nvtpm6ilZr1qa24muo1_500

I went to see them live yesterday! They were very good. They didn’t play my favourite song though, which is this one.

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

4 thoughts on “September favourites | Sense8 | Muji |Neopolitan Novels | Mad Max

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: