I feel like we’re all saying the same thing every month, but… can you believe April is over? I feel like that month lasted forever, because I had so many things to do and got so much done, between my internship, studying and participating in the #OWLsReadathon2019 and for the most part, it was a really great month! I’ve been quite stressed about my master’s thesis during it, but hey, that’s not exactly new.
In April, I participated to the #OWLs2019Readathon and read so many books once again. I had been reading less since the beginning of the year, so reading loads was an interesting experience! Here are the books that I read:
- Circe, by Madeline Miller, 4/5 stars
- The Wicked King, by Holly Black, 4/5 stars
- The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton, 2/5 stars
- Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, 3.5/5 stars
- The Bird King, by G. Willow Wilson, 3/5 stars
- Star Wars: Ahsoka, by E.K. Johnston, 4/5 stars
- Othello, by William Shakespeare, 3.5/5 stars
- DC Comics Bombshells, vol. 3: Uprising, by Marguerite Benett, 4.5/5 stars
- The Red Scrolls of Magic, by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu, 4/5 stars
I read quite a few amazing books this month, but the third volume of DC Comics Bombshells wins everything. It’s an empowering series, with female characters from DC Comics, who are fighting on their scale, both at home and a bit everywhere around Europe in World War II and it’s absolutely awesome! I’m so grateful to my friend who recommended it to me, I’m so obsessed.
Listening to Madeline Miller talk about women in mythology and retellings
At the beginning of the month, Madeline Miller came to talk about Circe in Shakespeare & Co and I was lucky enough to attend! She’s such an impressive and interesting woman and I could have listened to her talk about mythology for hours. I used to be a classicist and while I don’t study Latin or Greek anymore, Madeline Miller made me miss it so much. I got my copy of Circe signed afterwards and it was so amazing to actually meet her!
TV shows: discovering Killing Eve, getting excited about Game of Thrones season 8 and rewatching Parks and Recreation
After months of people raving about Killing Eve, I decided to give it a try (because I watched The White Princess recently and Jodie Comer is in it as well) and I was blown away. It’s a thriller with a MI5 agent and an assassin starring Sandra Oh, Jodi Comer and Fiona Shaw and that’s all you need to know. The cast is amazing and it takes my breath away because I never know what to expect. I also adore Villanelle so much. Season 2 is currently airing so I’d better get started on it as well!
April is also the month Game of Thrones came back on TV for its final season and watching it again made me so excited! It’s my first time watching the show since I’ve started reading the books and somehow it made me even more invested in it AND sometimes really annoyed by the way the characters act… Let’s just say that the characterization is way better in the books… Nevertheless, I’m super happy to watch it every Monday, even if staying away from spoilers is really hard, as I get spoiled in the subway and in the street… people truly are involved with this show. But anyway, I’m glad it’s back! #teamsansaforever
Last, but not least, I started my rewatch of Parks and Recreation! It had been ten months since I had finished it and I was missing it loads. It may sound overdramatic, but watching Parks and Rec affects my well-being so much: rewatching it makes me feel like home, makes me laugh, makes me the happiest. Besides, it’s the best way to motivate myself to write my master’s thesis, because if I write one page of it, I can watch one episode later on (I only watch them during breaks or evenings, I’m so reasonable haha) and it works really well!
Like last year, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo so it would motivate me to write my master’s thesis. My goal was to write 15.000 words in a month, because I was working full time and couldn’t write as much as last April (I wrote 26.000 words then?). I wasn’t very consistent in writing to be honest and mainly worked on it during weekends, but I managed to reach my goal and almost finished my first part, which I’m so happy about! It feels like it’s getting somewhere and it feels good, as starting from May 11th, I’ll be working on it full time, so I know I won’t have as much to write as I had feared.
Watching Avengers: Endgame
At last, Avengers: Endgame came out and watching it felt unreal! The whole experience was amazing, we had to stay in line for an hour, even though we had our tickets and chatted with other fans about Marvel, DC and Game of Thrones. A random guy at Burger King also wished me to have a great time at the movies because I was wearing my Captain America shirt, it was really funny. Watching the movie made me so happy and really sad, because that era of the MCU is over and it had been eleven years… I won’t say more because spoilers, but I’m still really emotional about it, even though I had a few issues with it and the Russos.
May is going to be quite an intense month, to be honest. I’m finishing my internship on May 10th and I’m so sad about that, then I’ll be working on my master’s thesis full time and will have a big oral presentation for the uni group project at some point. Still, my studies will soon be over, and while it’s terrifying, I cannot wait to be done with them.
In May, I’m looking forward to watch Rocketman, Detective Pikachu and Aladdin in theaters, to read more of the A Song of Ice and Fire books and to be done with my thesis, obviously. It’s due June 5th, but it would be nice if I could be done before, so I have more time to revise it? We’ll see about that, haha.
What about you, how was April? What was your favourite book of April?