April Overview: Movie Nights & Social Media Frenzy!

 april favourites: movie nights and social media frenzy

At the beginning of this year, I started writing an overview of my month. I wanted to add something more personalised to my blog so people could get to know me better.

You may have noticed that I didn’t write an overview of March. I have no excuse except that I was busy with other projects—and college, of course! I didn’t do anything too interesting anyway unless writing assignments counts? Haha!

However, I was very busy in April, so I’m back! The first two weeks of this month were Easter break for me, so I had more time to myself than I usually would.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Books

the books i bought from the carboot recently
These are the books I bought at the car boot a few weeks ago. I haven’t read them all yet!

I started reading “The Walking Dead” comic books in March after hearing lots of fans talking about them. I’m now on issue 13, and I’m really enjoying them so far. I love how fast-paced they are compared to the TV show, and how certain things happen differently. Every issue I’ve read so far has received a 4 or 5-star rating from me on Goodreads!

In terms of actual books, the first one I finished in April was “Would I Lie To You?” by Clare Dowling. This book is definitely a chick-lit, something I’m not usually into, but I wanted to try it out anyway. After getting divorced, the main character heads off to France for the summer with her young daughter. Friendships are tested to the max but ultimately resolved by the end. This involved middle-aged women with a similar target audience, which explains my three-star rating. I feel like someone slightly older than me would enjoy this more, though.

The other book I read this month was “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova. This book focuses around main character Alice and her struggle to come to terms with her Early Onset Dementia. It shows how she comes to terms with her loss of identity as a Harvard Professor, as well as the effect it has on her family.

I’ve seen the film this book is based on several times now, so I knew I was going to enjoy this book. I just didn’t know how much this would take me in. I loved it. It goes into so much more depth than the film would, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about dementia. This book received a well-deserved five stars from me on Goodreads!

What I’ve been Watching

One of the things I’ve been watching weekly this month is ‘Riverdale’. This is about a town left broken after the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. Nothing is the same; everyone wants to find out who did it. This show follows a group of teenagers who aim to do just that, with more detective skills than most teenagers possess. I’m really enjoying this so far, even though the suspense has me on the edge of my seat at times!

I also had a movie night with my brother and sister this month, which was super fun!

The first thing we watched was Boys of Abu Ghraib. This focuses on the friendship made between an American soldier and an Iraqi detainee.  Although this wasn’t the worst thing I’ve watched, there was nothing that stood out. As a fan of war films and TV shows, this plot felt overdone. The ending was quite unexpected, but the time it took to get there dragged a lot.

The second film we watched was 5th Wave, a science-fiction action film. This starts when an unknown species that can disguise themselves as human land on Earth. They make children into soldiers, and manipulate them into killing their own. This story particularly focuses on one teenage girl and her fight to find her brother before it’s too late. This film was much more fast-paced, and I’d it to anyone who likes those sorts of films!

The final thing I watched this month was the night shift posterNight Shift. I’ve gone back and watched so many episodes since. This is a hospital drama which explores PTSD in soldiers, and many other diverse themes, like gay adoption. The cast is also very diverse and they aren’t token characters, which is also great! I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a hospital show with a difference.

What I’ve Been Doing This Month…

I went to Cardiff University! I went to the open day with my college and it was actually really interesting. It was the first time I’ve been out of England, so I keep joking that I can now I’ve been abroad at least once. In all seriousness, though, it taught me a lot about what I really want from a university and reminded me of what I still need to do to be ready to go. I’d definitely recommend attending open days if you are thinking of going to university any time soon.

 

Updated my social media accounts! I made my Facebook page months ago, but it was only during Autism Awareness Month that I really became active on it. You can follow that here to keep up to date with my latest posts, plus exclusive extras! I also became more active on Instagram. To keep up with my day to day life you can follow me here.

Wrote five posts for Autism Awareness Month. In this month, I wrote informative posts about certain aspects of autism and how they affect me, as well as some opinion posts. I also celebrated being autistic with a post about why I love being autistic. You can see all the posts from this month by clicking here.


As you can see from the last section of this post, I was still very bogged down with college this month. I didn’t do as much as I hoped during half term, but I was still glad for the break. Hopefully, college should be finished soon so these will get more interesting then.

What did you get up to in April? Do you have any exciting plans for May? Let me know down in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and until next time,

Goodbye

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27 Comments

  1. Alice

    07/05/2017 at 7:51 PM

    Sounds like you’ve had a super busy and productive month! I really want to get into Riverdale as everyone says it’s so good.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

    1. RebekahG

      07/05/2017 at 11:01 PM

      Yeah, it definitely has been. The joys of assignments towards the end of the year mean it probably won’t be for a while, but I’m looking forwards to summer so it’ll be worth it.
      Riverdale is pretty good. The only thing I’d say is you need to be locked into the show and really focusing on what you’re watching as opposed to watching it whilst doing something else at the same time, as I know a lot of people like to do.

  2. jodiedcmitchell

    07/05/2017 at 8:13 PM

    I’ve heard smooch about Riverdale over social media, I think I definitely need to check it out! I’ve also seen Still Alice everywhere on the film channels but I just don’t know if I can watch it, it sounds absolutely heartbreaking! xx

    1. RebekahG

      07/05/2017 at 10:59 PM

      I’m really enjoying Riverdale so far. It was actually a blog post which made me watch it. It’s definitely one of those shows you have to be tuned into as opposed to watching in the background of something, though, so it might be difficult if you like watching things at the same time as doing something else.
      Oh, the book and film are definitely heartbreaking, but so worth watching! They’re so informative and show the reality of early onset dementia. Obviously stuff like that isn’t for everyone though, so I completely understand if it’s not your thing.

  3. GirlMasked

    07/05/2017 at 9:08 PM

    Glad the open day went well for you!!
    Now I have more books to add to my list of things to read haha! I didn’t realise Still Alice was a book as well as a movie!! I’d say it’s very good! I haven’t yet watched Riverdale. I’m trying not to start any new shows till after my exams!!! Then I’ll watch loads haha!

    1. RebekahG

      07/05/2017 at 11:00 PM

      Thank you!
      I honestly didn’t realize until I saw it at the car boot recently. I was like, “Really? One of my favourite movies is a book? I had to read it!
      Okay, your idea around not getting into any new shows until after your exams is super wise. I’ve been getting into so many lately and it’s the month or two towards the end of the year where I’m getting three assignments a week. I definitely need to break my addiction with Netflix for a while!

      1. GirlMasked

        13/05/2017 at 9:15 AM

        Ah I love car boot sales! Haven’t been to one in ages myself but I sometimes find great bits and pieces at them!
        Haha thanks, trying to stick to it…still there is the distraction of youtube!!

        1. RebekahG

          13/05/2017 at 1:52 PM

          Yeah, I’m such a sucker for them. Most people say people don’t really buy books anymore, but I go exclusively for them, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, haha!
          Ah, YouTube… the great distraction! You could always watch videos about the things you’re meant to be revising so you aren’t completely losing out instead? Good luck with your exams.

          1. GirlMasked

            15/05/2017 at 6:38 PM

            I go just for the books too haha!! I can find such great ones there that I’ve never heard of.
            Haha yes it is indeed.
            True, hadn’t thought of that! Good plan!
            Thank you! 😊

          2. RebekahG

            17/05/2017 at 9:40 PM

            I was talking to my mum about this recently when she said people didn’t really buy books at car boot sales. I was sure I couldn’t be the only person who did! The only time I get new books is at Christmas time, and occasionally on my birthday, haha!

          3. GirlMasked

            19/05/2017 at 10:39 PM

            Oh no you’re definitely not!! Yes I go to look for good books!
            Same here!

          4. RebekahG

            19/05/2017 at 10:49 PM

            That’s great, nice one! 🙂

  4. Claire

    08/05/2017 at 11:42 AM

    It’s so nice to read monthly updates that have been so busy and lovely! And I adore Riverdale, it’s amazing!
    Claire | clairesyear.com

    1. RebekahG

      11/05/2017 at 11:27 AM

      Thank you! I love reading them, so I was really excited to start one of my own. Isn’t it just? I love talking about it!

  5. Serena Reidy

    08/05/2017 at 2:30 PM

    I’ve just finished watching Riverdale, it’s so gripping! I’m really shocked by the latest episode, I did not expect that!

    1. RebekahG

      11/05/2017 at 11:28 AM

      Apparently there’s one more episode left after the reveal. I totally didn’t expect that either, but I feel like the story was definitely needed to understand motivations and stuff. Still, I was kinda warming to the murderer when they were revealed!

  6. Kayleigh Zara

    12/05/2017 at 7:17 PM

    I’ve been loving Riverdale so much this month and today’s ending was absolutely amazing. The books you got look great too x

    1. RebekahG

      13/05/2017 at 1:48 PM

      It’s great, isn’t it? I haven’t watched the ending yet (Netflix changed their upload date from Sunday’s to Friday’s and I keep forgetting!), but I can’t wait to watch it. I’m glad you thought it was amazing!
      Yeah, I’ve read two of the books now (Still Alice, which I mentioned, and Perks of Being a Wallflower), and they’re both great. I’ve heard great things about The Light Between The Oceans, too. 🙂

  7. abbeylouisarose

    12/05/2017 at 7:17 PM

    Well done you for attending a uni open day! Like you say, they’re super helpful for learning about what kind of place you want to study in, and where makes you feel like home! You have some fab book and TV recommendations here, I’ve yet to get into Riverdale but I’ve read so many positive reviews! Loving your monthly roundup posts like this, I hope you have a fab May and I look forward to your next post already!

    Abbey 💓 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      13/05/2017 at 2:00 PM

      I 100% recommend Riverdale when you get the time; it’s one of the best series I’ve invested in. I delayed it for a while because of the hype, but I wish I hadn’t because I really enjoy it.
      Thank you, Abbey. I hope you have a good month, too! 🙂

  8. chelsea

    12/05/2017 at 7:27 PM

    Great post! I’ve heard lots about Riverdale, sounds like a must watch! I was so busy in April in terms of blogging projects! I launched my first eBook ever, and also released my first course as well!

    1. RebekahG

      13/05/2017 at 1:49 PM

      It really is. I really recommend it if you get some downtime in your busy schedule. I’ve signed up to your Pinterest course; it looks really interesting!

  9. Beccy Kiernan

    12/05/2017 at 11:36 PM

    I finished reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and now I’m reading Hero by her too. I barely watch TV I’m so behind on Made in Chelsea. Other than work I haven’t been up to much! Booked a holiday that’s really exciting but three months away!!

    Xx

    Beccy | beccykiernan.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      13/05/2017 at 1:50 PM

      I’ve never heard of that author before. I’m gonna check her out on Goodreads and see what others are saying about her though; I love discovering new authors! Even if it’s three months away, it’s still something to look forwards to. In advance… I hope you have fun, haha!

  10. lolitambonita

    13/05/2017 at 12:11 AM

    I just adore Riverdale and cant wait to watch the final tomorrow night! You’ve had a busy month as have I. Moving house new job its been a stress hahaha. Lets see what get up to next month! x
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

    1. RebekahG

      13/05/2017 at 2:02 PM

      I’m probably going to watch it tonight, but I can’t wait either. Other people have said it’s meant to be amazing. That sounds super stressful! I hope things calm down for you a little bit now.
      Thank you. I’m not sure how exciting May will be as it’s mostly working on assignments, but I’m hoping I’ll get time to do some fun stuff! 🙂

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