April Favorites 2017 (Books, Movies, Etc.)

April was my last month of school, so I didn’t do much reading or watching TV (Unless I binged a season in 2 days, but let’s not talk about that), so this post will probably be shorter than the others.

RelatedFebruary 2017 Favorites; March 2017 Favorites

//Books

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Everyone has read this book, right? I mean, it’s the best classic book there is! I wanted to reread the first book before I read the sequel, but it was still a great book even after reading it like seven times!

Go Set Watchman by Harper Lee – This book was so sad. You can tell that it was written by the same author when you read it. It was realistic, which is why it was sad. You know how when a book series ends, you imagine a life for the characters afterward. Well, Harper Lee didn’t want to publish a sequel after TKAMB (She didn’t let it get published until after she died last year), so I made up a life for Scout, Jem, and Dill when I was eleven. Life doesn’t pan out that way. People die. Go to war. Grow up. The book definitely embodied that. I can’t complain. I thought it was good.

//Movies

How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days – I love ridiculously cheesy romantic comedies. You know the ones that are so bad, they’re good? Those are my guilty pleasure (Though, not really considering I just announced that on the internet, which means it’s not my guilty pleasure…) Anywho, it was mentioned in a blog post I read recently read and realized that I had never watched said movie. It happened to be on Netflix, so I turned it on. It was pretty good (for a really bad cheesy romantic comedy, anyway)

The Secret Life Of Pets – It wasn’t good. I didn’t really expect it to be good, but it was on Netflix and I wanted to see if it would surprise me. It didn’t. It was pretty boring.

//Music

I mostly listened to the radio and an old playlist that mostly consisted of Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and Christina Perry. Here are a few songs that I listened to on repeat last month.

//TV Shows

Thirteen Reasons Why – I actually liked the show more than the book. I watched it the day it came out and finished on April 1st, which is why it’s in this month’s favorites. I know there’s been a lot of controversy over this, but I loved it. It was well-written and didn’t skip out on the more gory details from the book because they were offensive. Netflix did a good job.

Once Upon A Time (Season 1-2)  – This show has gone downhill. A friend of mine said, “Remember the beginning when it was good?” and I couldn’t because it had been so long, so I rewatched the first two seasons. It was fun to watch. I had forgotten a lot.

GirlBoss – Everyone has seen the book cover this show was based on on Pinterest, right? I saw it everywhere for a while. Netflix made a show loosely based on it, so I downloaded it and watched it on the train offline (I love that new feature). I enjoyed it.

(Sidenote: I sort of hate the term girl-boss. Why can’t I just be a boss without my gender affecting it? I feel the same way about the word femtrepreneur. It’s an awesome word, but does gender have anything to do with your employment status? Can’t I just be a boss?)

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Andi Mack – My cousin had me watch this show and it is the most un-Disney Disney Channel show ever. A girl finds out that her sister is her birth mother and her parents are her grandparents. They go into some pretty heavy stuff like how she doesn’t know who her birth dad is. Those are things that never would’ve been discussed in shows when I was a kid. I also like that the main characters are Asian. One of my favorite lines was when the sister/birth mom talked to Andi about that fact that she was raised to be perfect, but didn’t have to be. This show is SO un-Disney, but I love it for that.

//Food

Naked Juice Smoothies – I have never been a pressed juice or smoothie person, but I drank one or two of these a day last month. I love that when I read the ingredients, it’s all fruits and vegetables. No added sugar or chemicals I can’t pronounce. They are real foods that I have seen before. My favorites are the green machine and the mango orange  ones.

Yes, that’s a snake in the background. Let’s not talk about it.

I swear, every day I notice little things that make me more like an adult. I can suddenly think that teenagers in YA novels are stupid and I actually enjoy eating vegetables. It’s just the little things that remind me that I’m a woman. Not a girl. It’s weird. I’m an adult, but I’m not a grown up. This is a strange phase in life.

//Live Shows

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard -I read this play in Senior year and loved it. It’s my favorite play. It’s hilarious and PERFECT for nerds like me. So many science and sex references went over everyone else’s heads, but I was dying of happiness.

The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams – I had to watch this for my theatre class. I really enjoyed it, but it’s not my favorite Tennessee Williams Play

Sidenote – I bought tickets to watch Finding Neverland this month. I’m so excited. I’ve been wanting to watch this broadway show since I saw the sign for it in New York last summer)

//Priceless

Long Days – It’s not pitch black when I leave for school in the morning. It’s also still sunny outside after I shower in the evenings. It’s a lot easier to wake up in the morning when there is light out. It’s also a lot less stressful when there is still daylight while you’re doing homework. I can’t wait till the sun sets at 8:30. (Except during Ramadan. Fasting for that long is going to be a pain.)

Georgia’s Early Summers – This is my favorite part about living in Georgia. Summer basically started two weeks ago. We have short winters and springs, and long summers and autumns. What’s better than that? Especially for someone who has asthma and allergies like me.

Pohela Boishak (Bengali New Year) – Everyone has heard of Chinese New Year, bu most people don’t know that other countries have their own dates for New Years. Bangladesh’s is in April. Of course, everyone knows that January 1st is actually New Years Day, but we still celebrate Pohela Boishak. My mom through a dawat at our house with our friends and family. Technically everyone is supposed to wear red, but not everyone followed that. My sari was red and green with black lace.

I can’t believe we’re already a third of a way through this year.

Sunlight Streaming Through My Window – Being able to open my blinds has been wonderful. They’ve been broken for a while, so I haven’t been able to open them every day. I can really appreciate looking out my window, now. (not that I didn’t already)

Summer Anticipation – If you’ve read this blog long enough, you know that I spend a lot of time anticipating the future. It’s not in an unhealthy way. I know how to live in the moment, but I really enjoy planning things. I’ve genuinely enjoyed making summer plans with my friends and planning things for this blog. I’m was so excited for summer. I’m glad that it’s here already.

 

Family Visiting – One of my uncles in Bangladesh went to New York and decided to take a last minute trip to Atlanta. He brought his mother, my grandma (well, technically great-aunt, but we say grandma in Bangla) down her last weekend. It was nice to see them. I wish he had brought his son (my cousin), but he had school. We actually saw them last summer in New York, so it hasn’t been that long, but it was still great.


Well, that’s it for now. I’ll talk to you in my next post.

 

What were some of your favorite things or memories from last April?

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