I couldn’t choose one favourite book from this month so I cheated and picked 3 lol: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, Real Life by Brandon Taylor, and Milkman by Anna Burns.

I loved these books. despite their very different subject matter, these are 3 novels that are psychologically astute and confidently written. they’re not just intricate character studies, but also just so extremely compelling to read. interestingly, these books all share a very distinct social setting–a private boarding school in My Dark Vanessa, a Midwestern university town in Real Life, and Northern Ireland during the Troubles in Milkman–that very much informs their respective main characters and I think in all 3 novels, those social settings are rendered with real specificity and care.


movies hows

Parks and Recreation | NBC Wiki | Fandom

deciding to start rewatching this show this month was the best decision I’ve made in a while, to be honest. Parks and Recreation is my favourite show. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this show. it has so much heart. I swear every time I watch it I have a big dumb smile on my face because these characters and their storylines are just so endearing and make me so happy. if you haven’t watched this show yet, PLEASE DO. it’s like a ray of sunshine in show form. also much needed distraction from current times…

The Farewell” is the Perfect Antidote for Summer Movie Fatigue

oh boy this movie hit a nerve. first of all, it was beautifully made: the cinematography, the score, the visuals, it was all just so well put together. more than that, though, I just connected with this story so strongly (I cried a lot). I feel like anyone whose family lives in a different country/is an immigrant will find something from this story that will resonate with them in some way. this has easily been my favourite movie of the year so far and I’m so looking forward to seeing what movies Lulu Wang makes next.



I haven’t been listening to much music these days, but there are some standouts from this month:

this song popped up on my release radar on Spotify last week and I just fell instantly in love with it. I’ve really enjoyed Cailin Russo’s songs in the past (especially September Rose), but this one is a real standout. I love her voice and the general atmosphere of the song a lot.

Dua Lipa dropped a new album recently and it’s been so much fun to listen to. I’ve been loving putting it on in the background while I draft my blog posts.

I’ve played this song an ungodly number of times this month. I heard about it from a random podcast a while ago and have been playing it non-stop ever since. it’s just so good.

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Conversations with Friends

My favourite book of the month is definitely Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. Check out my review of it here! This one was not a surprise to me; I knew I’d love anything I read by Rooney, and I was right. Incisive writing, complex characterization, engaging themes–Sally Rooney’s novels just tick all my boxes.




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I was looking for a cute romcom to watch and Man Up was on Netflix so I thought why not?–And it was so good! It’s a British romcom with two really great leads who have a lot of chemistry. PLUS, it’s actually funny. I thought this movie delivered on exactly what it promised, so kudos to it for that.

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Yall know I have to include Game of Thrones. I honestly didn’t think I’d be that excited for the show’s return–I’ve always been a kind of lukewarm fan of the show anyway, like I enjoy it, but I’m not like obsessed with it or anything–but I actually really enjoyed watching the final season premiere. Also, the memes about this show are hilarious, and definitely add to the show-watching experience for me. (oooooo boi am i nervous for ep3 i feel like everyone is gonna die)


Season 5 of this wonderful show just wrapped up and it was so beautifully done and endearing. I was very hesitant about this show at first–the first couple of seasons aren’t the strongest–but it totally redeemed itself by season 3. This show has really grown on me and I can’t wait for season 6, which will sadly be its last season. 😦


blog posts

Since I officially launched my book blog this month, I’ve been posting a lot. That being said, my favourite posts were definitely these two:

how idesign

I loved talking about my blog design process in my How I Designed my Book Blog post! It felt so good to be able to put together a cohesive narrative of how I designed my blog since so much of the process was a messy back-and-forth of constant editing and tweaking. It was also a huge learning process as I basically had zero idea how to use WordPress before I started using my blog. So I definitely had to learn as I went.


beautiful books

I’m so excited about this new series of posts that I’m launching on my blog called Beautiful Books: Behind the Scenes. In this series, I basically just show you all the cool design aspects of some beautiful books that I own. I started this series because I love seeing what books look like, inside and out, and thought this would be the perfect way to do it. I started off the series with some of my favourite books: the Jane Austen Chiltern editions of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility.



There are so many new songs that I’ve loved listening to these month. Here are my top 5 favourites:


Omg this song is SO GOOD. I listened to it for the first time and instantly knew that it was a new favourite.


I love her entire album (My Strange Addiction is also amazing), but Ilomilo is definitely my favourite.


What can I say? It’s a total bop.😎


I absolutely love anything that Rex Orange County puts out, and this song is no exception. I love the lyrics, I love the actual music, I love everything about it.


This song is so strange, but I LOVE IT. It’s especially amazing when you blast it with earphones on so you can hear all the intricacies of the actual music.

I hope April has been a good month for yall!! Let me know any of your favourites from this month, whether they be books, music, movies, etc. Here’s to hoping May will be even better (and WARMER). 😁

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