Monthly Wrap-Up: April

So we’ve made it through another month 🎉! As always, the (almost) end of the month means another wrap-up post (you can read my previous posts here, here and here).

April was a fun month. After ages of being stuck in the house, I was able to meet up with friends and get little snippets of normal life back. I also continued to work from home – though a return to the office is tipped for later in the year – and took myself out of my comfort zone a lot by doing my first interview with a band. This month also saw one of my best friends move to London and, whilst it’s sad to not have the luxury of her living not far from me, I couldn’t be prouder of her taking that step.

Anyway, before I get too soppy, let’s get into what I watched, read and listened to this month, shall we?

Starting with TV shows, the first show I watched was the fifth and sixth season of Schitt’s Creek. This series was a bit of a slow burn for me but I really saw the humour, heart and charm in the final two seasons.

Next up, I watched The One. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know I haven’t found “The One” (or anyone long term!) on my dating journey so far but I definitely wouldn’t use my DNA to find a match like this show did. I haven’t read the book this is based on so I went into it blind but I did think it was an interesting concept and the curious part of me will definitely be tuning into the next series.

I also watched series two of Misfits this month. I think it’s getting a bit Riverdale with its utterly bizarre story lines but that doesn’t stop me from being interested in how this series will develop (plus early 2000s Robert Sheehan 😍😍).

Following this, I watched the latest series of Nailed It! This is one of my not-so-guilty pleasure shows and it has me laughing every time. There was a twist in the latest series though as teams of two competed to create marvellous bakes (of course this didn’t stop them from being shocking!).

I also raced through the first two seasons of Below Deck on Netflix. I started watching Below Deck Mediterranean first, then completely forgot about it (now there’s hardly any episodes available to watch!), then I stumbled across the original series on Netflix. It’s trashy telly at best but it’s also a very interesting insight into this kind of lifestyle both from the worker’s perspective and the client’s.

Now onto films 🎥 🍿. The first movie I watched was Fatale. Admittedly, this was one of those nights where you’re just not paying attention but the little snippets I did tune in for were fast paced and exciting.

The next movie I watched was The Last Right. I love an Irish film or tv show and this one didn’t disappoint. It was funny, sweet and tender.

Following this, I watched Greta. This was a film I’ve wanted to watch for ages but never got round to. Even though you could predict where it was heading, it didn’t stop it from being suspenseful.

Next, I watched Thunder Force. This one wasn’t quite laugh out loud but I did love this story of friendship and super powers, plus it was nice to have women as the heroes for once!

Following this, I watched Super Intelligence. This one was a funny, easy watch which – weirdly – featured AI voiced by James Cordon (the film industry will truly think of anything!).

The last film I watched this month was It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Anyone whose read the book will know it’s actually not a funny story but I did appreciate the little threads of humour in this film. I think some of the attitudes to mental health and mental health facilities were a bit problematic but this film was still a enjoyable, though sometimes tricky, watch.

I’ve posted what I hope to read next month but – in spirit of this being a wrap-up post – I’ll reflect on this month’s reading. April was an ok reading month. I read 7 books in total – some for blog tours and others just to make space on my NetGalley shelf!

The first book I read this month was The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves (I also posted a Q&A here). It was a sweet, tender, but heart wrenching book about longing, love and male mental health.

The next book I read this month was The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary. It was a second chance romance with car journeys, revisiting the past and just a little bit of Taylor Swift mixed in.

Following this, I read Invisible by Lindsay Woodward. You’ll be able to read my full thoughts on this one on my Blog Tour date next month (20th May).

After that, I read Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli. You’ll be able to read my full thoughts on this one on my Blog Tour date next month (tomorrow!).

Once I finished that, I read Unbreak Your Heart by Katie Marsh. It was sweet, tender and a little bit emotional at times.

Following this, I read Grown Ups by Marie Aubert. You’ll be able to read my full thoughts on this one on my Blog Tour date in June (22nd).

The final book I read this month was Bad Choices by Lucy Vine. You’ll be able to read my full thoughts when I post my review on publication day for this book.

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’ll know music is a massive part of my life and I post about it a fair bit. I haven’t been very organised with posting but I did post a few Music Mondays posts.

As well as those posts, my favourite release this month was Infinite Pleasure by The Pale White.

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So that’s it, my monthly wrap-up for March. I’d love to chat about what you read, watched and listened to this month.

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