May Favourites | A Monthly Roundup

30 May 2020


 Hello Readers & Friends,

A long month! I was furloughed for most of May, so I had three weeks off. I had a whole list of all these activities I wanted to do, of course most of them fell to the wayside. I've learnt most
of Comptine d'un autre été on the piano, and started a front-end dev course which kept my brain busy. I also read, a lot, though a lot of it felt like it was because I 'had to' due to the extra time. I found halfway through that I hit a slump where I wasn't really in the mood to read, and overcame this by either re-reading or picking up shorter books that I knew I could finish.

April Book Roundup:

 So as mentioned above, my reading roundup this month is the longest of the year, (12 this month! I don't think I've EVER read more than four books in a month!) but I still count it as a slump because I was struggling to find motivation to read a lot of them. Ahead of my Goodreads goal though, so happy about that. This month there were some really good ones in there, as well as some disappointments...
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass ****
After by Anna Todd ***
After We Collided by Anna Todd *
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte ***
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ****
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy *****
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart ****
Normal People by Sally Rooney *****
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare ***
Pax by Sara Pennypacker *****
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary ***
Geek Girl by Holly Smale ** 

TV

I won't talk about Friday Night Lights again because I featured it the other month but I finished it this month and it was very emotional. I hold no qualms saying I think it's one of the best TV series I have ever seen, only overtaken by Game of Thrones and only due to the fact a lot of characters mysteriously disappear.



The 100 -  Amazon Prime

I restarted The 100, which is one of my all-time favourites. Season one and two are the best, and I absolutely devoured them. It's set at a time when the world is too radioactive to inhabit, and the human race have been surviving in space for generations. But when they discover their oxygen supply is close to depletion, they send down 100 delinquent under-18s from prison to test if Earth is survivable. It is, but they discover there are already people down there... really recommend for anyone who likes The Hunger Games-style things. Can't recommend enough, and it's not finished yet, season 7 is only coming out now so it's the perfect time to get involved!

Film




Fight Club - Amazon Prime


Fight Club is one of those cult films I haven't watched and don't really know why. Anything with 'drama' in the genre I tend to steer away from unless I'm in a very specific mood, but I decided enough was enough, it has to be watched. I'm glad I did. Though I spent the first hour confused and a little bleak (I found Edward Norton's character hit a little close to the bone for my liking), once I started to piece together what was happening and made a guess for what was really going on, it got a lot better (my hypothesis was correct!) The end is a flurry of action and twists and jaw-dropping moments, I really, really enjoyed this. 5 stars!




Dead Poets Society - Streamed


As part of this 'catch up on cult films' vibe, I watched The Dead Poets Society. I can't really explain how much I loved this film. From the aesthetic to the acting to the storyline, I'm 100% obsessed. Everything about this film was a vibe. Everything about it touched me, and I hope I can rewatch it 500 times more and get it tattooed on my body. How can any film moment ever top O Captain, My Captain!?

Books


I read so many great books this month. My favourites were The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse, Normal People, and Pax. I've written a review for Normal People,  have one coming for Pax, so it's only fair I speak about The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse in my highlight! I spoke about it on my Instagram but it was a beautifully illustrated story of friendship, life lessons and self-belief. I'll be gifting it to everyone I know who doesn't already own it. It's the modern-day Winnie The Pooh, really a book to be treasured and words to be held close.



Misc.


Ramen

I made a quick cheat-ramen! I hate cooking so this was great for me because it takes ten minutes and is honestly so delicious and full of flavour.
I use a packet of Chicken Supernoodles for the base. Marinate a soft-boiled egg for an hour in soy sauce, garlic and ginger. To the noodle base (and hidden underneath in this photo) I had stir-fried cabbage thinly sliced and lots more chicken. The chicken was ready-cooked chicken breasts which I thinly sliced and fried to re-heat. Then I added pickled cabbage and spring onions. You can add chilli as well. Super quick and full of ready-made cheats so you can enjoy a bowl of ramen after getting an anime-infused craving. 



Running


I've been running recently, doing the Couch-to-5k programme using the app for guidance. I'm on week 8 now, so very nearly at the end. It's been horrible, and I don't enjoy it at all, but I'm proud at how far I've come. At the start I struggled to jog 3 minutes, and now I can do 28 non-stop. (Very slowly, of course. My pace is tragic.) Where I live is extremely hilly, which made it all worse, and the heatwave has made it difficult as well. I've been waking up at 7 to run before it hits 18 degrees, but recently I found another park to run in which is a little farther from my home but a lot flatter, and it's so beautiful! So I took some photos. I'll finish the programme this week, and then I suppose just focus on increasing my speed. As I said, I don't enjoy it, but it's important for my mental health to keep exercising during lockdown and I was getting bored of Youtube Hiit videos. This is a nice way to get fresh air.










PicCrew


I noticed everybody on Bookstagram had new profile pictures, and discovered PicCrew. It became my new in-the-bath hobby, soaking and creating tiny little versions of me. I thought I'd share some of my favourites, they're so cute.



Would-be-wedding Ceremony

The 29th was when we were supposed to be doing the legal part of our marriage. It wasn't a big day, we were just going to go to town hall and sign the papers then have dinner with our parents and some drinks, but we ended up getting sent some beautiful flowers from my work and opening some champagne and doing a big video call with our parents. Then we had a BBQ and just had a lovely day all-round.



Music





Good Life - Jesse McCartney



We started rewatching Malcolm In The Middle, which reintroduced me to the wonder that is Jesse McCartney. GREAT flashback tune.




Devil town - Tony Lucca

The end of Friday Night Lights saw me listening to this on repeat. Full hearts, clear eyes, can't lose!


 How was your month?
Love, C x 

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