Victoria’s favourite things

A page of things that delight me. Perhaps they’ll delight you too.


favourite books

The Lacuna | The Blind Assassin | When Things Fall Apart | Tiny, Beautiful Things | The Worst Witch | Matilda | The Book of Disquiet | The Witches | Re-enchantment | The Little Prince| The Shadow of the Wind | What I Loved | The Corrections | A Visit from the Goon Squad | Wild | The Golden Notebook | Things Fall Apart | Eat, Pray, Love | Love with a Chance of Drowning | The Antidote | The Science of Yoga | The Pursuit of Happiness and Why it’s Making us Anxious | How to be a Woman |The Fault in our Stars


favourite magazines

Oh Comely | Another Escape | Frankie | Flow |Smith Journal | Guardian Weekend | The New Yorker | Kinfolk

Movies / Documentaries

victorias favourite films

Amélie | Before Sunset |Before Sunrise | Almost Famous | The Grand Budapest Hotel | The Royal Tenenbaums | The Constant Gardener | The Devil Wears Prada | Juno | Up | Wall-E | Beaches | Dirty Dancing | Grease | Overview | Chocolat | Dead Poets Society | ET | Spirited Away | Walk the Line | My Girl | Freedom Writers | Goodbye Lenin | Planetary


favourite tv

This is Us | Succession | Mad Men | The West Wing | The Sopranos | The Wire | New Girl | Freaks and Geeks | Enlightened | Bored to Death | Arrested Development | Twin Peaks  | Girls | Sherlock | Anything by Louis Theroux | Schitt’s Creek |Gilmore Girls


joanna newsom, edward sharpe and the magnetic zeroes and the tallest man on earth

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes | Joanna Newsom | The Tallest Man on Earth | Bon Iver | The Lumineers | Joni Mitchell | Ludovico Einaudi | Bob Dylan | The Shins | Deer Tick | Animal Collective | Johnny Cash | Fleet Foxes | Leonard Cohen | Paco de Lucia | Rodrigo and Gabriella | Tracy Chapman | MGMT | Andrew Bird | Brian Boru


Favourite podcasts

Welcome to Nightvale | Radiolab | This American Life | Radio 4 News Quiz | Love + Radio | The Moth | New Yorker Out Loud | New Yorker Fiction | Adam Buxton Podcast


favourite people

Steve | My family | My friends |The Dalai Lama | Pema Chudrun | Ron Garan | Sandy Tosvig | Cheryl Strayed | Joanna Macy | Pope Francis | Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe) | Frida Kahlo | Lionel Shriver | Lydia Cacho | David Attenborough | Wes Anderson | Cecil Gershwin Palmer | Noel Fielding | Seane Corne | Carl Sagan | Joanna Newsom | Jill Satterfield

Personal Blogs

Edenland | Further Bound | Fearful Adventurer | The Everywhereist | The Great Affair | Flora The Explorer | So Many Places | Sarah Somewhere | Almost Fearless | Coffee-Stained Journal | Cloudberry Lane | This Battered Suitcase

Culture Blogs

Brain Pickings | Open Culture | 13.7 Cosmos and Culture | Beautiful Decay | Colossal | Empty Kingdom | Oh Comely | Organized Wonder | Pikaland | The Oatmeal | Yoga Dork

Travel blogs

Uncornered Market | A Little Adrift | Legal Nomads | Globetrotter Girls | Never Ending Voyage | Lunaguava | The Beautiful Occupation | Fevered Mutterings | Intelligent Travel | Unbrave Girl | Budget Traveller | Indefinite Adventure

Vegetarian  / Baking Blogs

101 Cookbooks | Averie Cooks | My Darling Lemon Thyme | My New Roots | Sprouted Kitchen | Joy the Baker |Green Kitchen Stories

Along with…

Things that sparkle especially eyes | Night walking through the city | Smells that bring back memories | Sunday papers | Nudibranchs | Smiling dogs | Roller coasters | Music that makes me smile | Music that makes me cry | City breaks to random places | Spontaneity | Riding on a motorbike through the city or countryside | Folk tag radio | Cooking for my friends | Yoga | Surprising people | Ecstatic dance | Scrabble Sundays | Street food | The colours of the greengrocers | The smell of a bakery | Reading the paper or a good book in a cafe with a cake | Staring out to sea | Getting dressed up | Hugs | Books you can’t put down | Crosswords | Brunch | Moments when you feel like you’re in a film | Eating out | Long summer evenings | Festivals | Cushions | Random acts of kindness | Big cookies | Losing myself and finding something new | Dancing to rockabilly | Dancing like a fool | Bubbles | Getting the giggles | Dreaming | Road trips |

9 thoughts on “Victoria’s favourite things”

  1. I love this 😀 I’m checking out some of that music which is unknown to me 🙂 but I also love Edward <3 And it made me smile to see photos of this Dalai Lama and Frida – they are on my top list too 🙂 thnx for sharing

    Love, peace & pancakes from Croatia

  2. I love The Worst Witch so much, my favourite magic school… well before Harry Potter.

    If you liked A Visit from the Goon Squad you might like Pattern Recognition by William Gibson and Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel… two books I keep thinking of whenever I think of Goon Squad… not sure why exactly…. similar experimental narrative, or combination of multiple characters with a music/pop culture vibe maybe

    • Thanks Jenn. Always good to hear from a fellow Worst Witch fan! And thanks for the book recommendation. I’m going to order them now!

  3. Hello there! I was just scrolling through your New Zealand travel blog, and fell in love with the breathtaking images you took! I was just curious as to what type of cancer you used on this trip? Thanks so much!!

    • Thank you! Practically all the photos from New Zealand that are on this blog were taken with an iPhone 6, but Steve was taking photos with the Canon 5D Markii, so a few are from that. I use VSCO to edit.

    • I have them on my shelves 🙂 Thanks for the tips though. They’re both excellent! Cereal was started in Bristol where I live. I’m completely addicted to magazines – I but waaay too many of them!


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