The Read List

April 2018

April was a busy af month.
I started the month by taking a road trip to Brighton (you can read about my little adventure here), getting a cold and not getting Darren Criss tickets. Seriously, D Criss, do a whole freaking tour so more than like 100 people can see your beautiful face in real life. Also the last show of yours I went to was like my favourite gig ever, so please, do come again. This month I got to meet a very cute puppy, spend many a lunch time with one of my oldest buds, get a press pass to a musical and celebrate my dad turning 60! Milestone birthdays all round this year!

What I read this month:

Big Bones – Laura Dockrill
First things first, this book is amazing and I want more like it please. Secondly, it felt like it took me forever to read it because I am a weirdo when it comes to food and there was so much food in this book. Thirdly, I love Laura Dockerill and I want her to be my friend please, she’s going to be at YALC this year and I need to be there. Review here! I really need to finally get myself a copy of Arabel, I keep saying I’m going to read it and then I just haven’t! Would love to see what other people think of this though, especially people who aren’t weird about food, just to see what their reading experience was.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas
Ok, all bets please, who thinks I can actually finish this series before the year is out?! I read Throne of Glass earlier this year and thought it was ok, then I came across Crown of Midnight and was like, alright, I’ll give that a go. OH DEAR GOD, GUYS. I am now firmly on board the Sarah J Maas train, I need to know all the things, I need all the books, I need Dorian to figure out what’s going on with all the things, I need Celeana and Choal to get back to where they were, I need pirate fun times on board the boat to Gwendlyn. How did I manage to ignore this series for so long? I think the final book in the series is out at some point this year, so only a couple of years to read the remaining books… Advice please, do I need to read the novellas too or are they a bit irrelevant?

The Gun Slinger: The Dark Tower – Stephen King
Right, ok, so I’d never really paid that much attention to this series before, but last year I watched the Dark Tower movie. It was… ok. I guess. So, the series was on my radar and I decided I was going to give it a read at some point, I spotted this in the library and figured why not! This might sound a bit sacreligious, but…. I think I prefered how the film presented the story. Don’t @ me. The film was mostly told from the point of view of Jake, so you got a relatable setting and then a relatable reaction to being introduced to the different worlds and portals and all that stuff. The book is from the point of view of Roland and includes lots of things that aren’t in the film and things that were, but you know, from someone who had lived this way their entire life. This book reminded me much more of the Arthurian legend that it is based on than the film did. I did enjoy Stephen King’s writing, I’ve really not sampled enough of his writing, I must get on that but whether I’ll continue with the Dark Tower series remains to be seen!

Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorshandi
I’ll be honest, I thought this book was something else when I picked it up, but it was honestly the best mistake I’ve made for a long time because this book was amazing. It reminded me a lot of Asking for It by Louise O’Niell and was so much more hard hitting than I thought a book by a comedienne would be. Nina was a great character and this book highlighted some really important issues that I wasn’t really prepared for but I honestly flew through it because I desperately wanted Nina to be ok. I think I thought this book was Love, Nina… Is that a book? I thought it was the one with the letters home from an au pair… Have I made that up? Is that a thing? Whatever, this book is pretty awesome, check it out if you come across it!

Still Alice – Lisa Genova
I’ve still not seen the film, but when I spotted a display at the library for Dementia awareness, I thought I’d grab this one. If you don’t know, this is the story of a Havard professor called Alice, who discovers when she’s in her fifties that she has early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and how she and her family come to terms with this fact. I don’t know an awful lot about Alzheimer’s or how it feels to have your memory stolen away from you, but this book helped me understand the disease much better. This is such a heartbreaking story and now I’ve read the book I can start reading the film.

Dear Martin – Nic Stone
This was a really powerful novel, but I don’t feel like it’s my place to talk about it, this isn’t my story to tell and I’m not really sure how best to tell people about it? All I can really do is recommend this because it is an amazing book, so well put together and Nic Stone is a wonderful storyteller. I want to read more own voices stories, so if anyone can send some my way I’d be glad. You can read my thoughts here.

The Immortalist – Chloe Benjamin
Everyone and their cat was reading this earlier in the year so I requested and was sent a copy by the lovely folk over at Netgalley and then I put off reading it for ages because I was so worried that I’d be disappointed because it was overhyped. Long story short, I finally read it and it was incredible and now I’m annoyed that I deprived myself of this story for so long. Review coming soon.

Films I watched this month:
You may have noticed if you follow me on twitter, have been keeping up with my Film reviews in 10 tweets or less posts or this video, that I really like films and that I spend a lot of time watching them, so here are all the films (some new, some rewatches) that graced my television/ cinema screen this month!

  • Ready Player One
  • The Jungle Book
  • Full Metal Alchemist
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War
  • Everything, Everything
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Avengers: Infinity War

TV I watched this month:

  • Dynasty
  • Riverdale
  • Shadowhunters
  • iZombie
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Timeless

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

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Reviewing the band for visit somerset tonight!!

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What I’ve been listening to this month:

This month, I was mostly compiling a playlist for my dad’s 60th birthday, which I loved so much, I listened to it non stop for pretty much the entirety of April, so here it is!

What I did on YouTube this month:

wow…….. nothing to see here. sorry.

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Firstly, KickthePJ did it again, his ghost song was amazing! Speaking of songs, Emma Blackery wrote one for a #spon and it is a BOP. Also this month, Dan and Phil gave the people what they want. Tomska and the Turbo Punch crew gave us some amazing #content videos, such as the Presentation Game and the Making People Laugh Game and we had a Venom trailer that actually featured Venom. So, that was a thing.

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