My Writing Ramblings: September Favourites

Before we get too far into October, I wanted to share some of my favourites/things I enjoyed from September.

My first favourite is series two of the Netflix show, Mindhunter.

OK so technically this was released in August but as I didn’t do a favourites for last month, I can give it a mention.

Series one, episode one had me totally hooked on this show. I pretty much bingewatched it over a day. I was beyond excited to get into the second series especially when you take into account how series one ended.

This was just as brilliant and amazing as the first and focuses on the Atlanta child murders whilst also continuing some plot points from the first series.

This series was incredible and I can’t wait for series three. It’s well written, has brilliant acting and is just… awesome. End of. If you’ve been wondering whether to give it a go, please do.


My second favourite is an app and it is Layton: Pandora’s box HD for mobile.

I have been a massive fan of the Professor Layton games from when it appeared on the Nintendo DS. I am not a big gamer but I love puzzle games and so this is right up my street.

Although I have played Pandora’s box before, it has been so long, it’s like playing a new game especially as I think they have added some new puzzles. I don’t remember playing them anyway so even if you’re familiar with the game, I think you will get something from this new format.

I was delighted to see it was available on the App Store and I love the fact that I can play it when I have a few minutes without having to carry the DS around.


The book I most enjoyed last month is I Wanted You to Know by Laura Pearson.

I will start with a quick summary of this novel. Jess should be enjoying life but instead, she is trying to come to terms with the fact that she won’t see her baby daughter grow up.

This book had me experience such a rollercoaster of emotions. It is beautifully written and I am still thinking about it. The format is both prose and letter and Jess was easy to love. I recommend this if you’re looking for something to read. Have tissues handy though.


My stationery favourite is this monogrammed notebook from Kikki K.

I adore this shop and so when these went on sale last month, I couldn’t resist and snapped one up before they went back to full price, especially with National Novel Writing Month coming up.

It’s A5 and refillable so it can be used again and again, perfect for NaNo. Also, I have never had anything really with my initials on which makes it feel special.


Finally, the film I have picked for September is Hotel Mumbai.

To call it a favourite and say I enjoyed it feels like it would be a little disrespectful. It’s based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

I found this to be a powerful film with a talented cast (Armie Hammer, The Social Network) and Dev Patel (Skins and Slumdog Millionaire.)

It contains a lot of distressing scenes but I can’t stop thinking about this film and feeling such sadness about its content.

I think it’s worth a watch.


What were your favourites last month. Let me know in the comments below.


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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