April was a pretty slow but much needed lower tempo month than the rest of 2019. I hit a bit of a wall at the beginning of April. I was in total burnout mode. I was always tired, unable to concentrate and no matter what I did, couldn’t shake myself out the funk. Luckily, I managed to find the reboot button, and since then, I’ve been back to my usual self besides natural wedding anxiety. As I write this, I get married five weeks today. FIVE. Yes, in every monthly round-up I have said how crazy it seems but this week, it has hit home for me. There isn’t that much left to do, and everything is out my hands which feels strange for such a control freak like me. Wedding aside, I had a great Easter break. Sun, BBQs and a little trip to Edinburgh basking in the sunshine was exactly what I needed before the final stretch. I usually do a monthly round-up of all the books I read, but this month, I’ve decided to switch it up because there are more than just books that have been my favourite this month.
Ok, let’s kick off with books firstly though. I read a total of fourteen books – waaaay more than I thought I had given I was in a massive slump. I read a mixture of thrillers and contemporary. The biggest standout for me was Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. It follows Queenie, a young Jamaican woman living in London as a journalist. Her boyfriend Tom has just asked for a break from their relationship, and it send Queenie into crisis – she misses him, she’s not performing well at work and struggling to adjust to straddling two different cultures. The book for me was totally outstanding. It covered dating, casual sex, sexual health, culture, career, trauma and so many other relevant topics in today’s society. It is timely, funny and one I’ll be raving about for a while. The other two books I enjoyed best this month are Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney and A Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell which I think will be one of the best thrillers of the summer – I devoured and loved every second.
I’ve rarely watch TV nowadays, but I binge watched Pose and enjoyed every minute of it. It is a drama that is set in New York in the late 70s to late 80s and follows drag queens living in that era. It reminded me so much of a great book I read last year called The House of Impossible Beauties and explored the drag ball culture, the prejudice queens faced back then and the AIDS epidemic. It is vivacious, funny and heartbreaking. It is available on BBC iPlayer for those in the UK, and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
I invested in a pair of Airpods when payday came around, and I love them. The newness and excitement around them have got me listening to music and podcasts as much as a I can. Music has just been my usual playlists but podcast-wise, I’ve been obsessed with Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. I’m so late to the party with this one, but it is filled with amazing interviews with celebrities that are over an hour long every time. It is fascinating, and I’ve learned so much about stars I love. Notable episodes for me have been Mila Kunis, Claire Danes and Gwenyth Paltrow.
Lastly, onto beauty and there is just one shout out. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. This is one pricey cream that I’ve used before but, I couldn’t justify replacing. On the run-up to the wedding, I decided to splurge on a tub, and it is the best thing I’ve done for my skin in a while. It is beautiful and makes my skin feel so soft and glowy. A little goes a long way, and I’m glad to have this cult classic back in my life.
It has been nice to switch up my favourites this month and share more about what I love than just books. You’ll catch my usual monthly book round-up on Instagram, but I thought it would be good to switch it up on the blog. What do you think of this roundup as opposed to just books? Do you like favourites posts? I’d love to know what you think below, or you can tweet/IG me at @whatamydid. Thanks for reading.0