April 2020 Favourites

May 15, 2020 in Lifestyle

Well… April was a weird one, wasn’t it? The world is still changing rapidly and we’ve all had to embrace a new normal. While our lives are pretty much the same thanks to our homebody lifestyle, we’re having to deal with Matt being furloughled for the foreseeable future which brings us new anxieties. Maybe not the best time to be a theme park employee but it is what it is…

In other news, I turned 30! This new decade/chapter of my life has been rather uneventful so far but hey, there’s plenty of time.

Speaking of time, there’s been an awful lot of it available for hobbies. This month I even participated in my first ever readathon: the Magical Readathon O.W.L.s!


April Favourites


Manifest (s2)

One of my faves from 2019 finally returned to our screens and again, wow. It took a few episodes for us to get back into it but then we were hooked all over again. Drama, action, new threats, new problems and… people coming back from the dead? What?!

It hasn’t been renewed for a season 3 yet but it needs to be after that ending! Don’t leave us hanging. Throw us some good news! (Update: it’s been renewed. Yay!)


Some Good News

Speaking of good news, I give you: Some Good News! It’s a positive news/talk show direct from the home of John Krasinski and it’s amazing. I haven’t watched an episode yet that hasn’t made me tear up a bit. And all the cameos from his Office co-stars is a very welcome touch.

You can check out the first episode by clicking HERE.


Trolls World Tour

If you’re still in need of a pick-me-up after that, I recommend Trolls World Tour. The original is one of our family’s favourite films to enjoy together and its sequel is just as good, if not better!

The pop trolls have been invited to a party by Queen Barb of the rock trolls – but can she be trusted? Hell no. But Poppy sets off anyway, determined to become BFFs with Barb and… things escalate quickly.

We loved it so much that we actually watched it four or five times in the 48 rental period. It’s not too long, full of catchy tunes and is actually quite funny!

Trolls World Tour


Wake Up Sunshine
All Time Low

So full disclaimer: All Time Low are one of my favourite bands of all time, ever. Therefore I cannot guarantee a non-biased review but… this album is great!

I love how it’s a mix of different styles, more of an anthology than a clear-cut same sound all the way through. Some tracks are pure pop-punk and give you nostalgic feels. Others venture out into other genres. And… it works! Is there anything these guys can’t do?

Favourite Tracks: Safe, Clumsy and Melancholy Kaleidoscope


The Near Witch
by Victoria Schwab

Fantasy isn’t my genre, okay? It just isn’t. But doing my O.W.L.s really opened my eyes to reading outside my comfort zone and I didn’t hate it. If I hadn’t done the readathon, I wouldn’t have read this incredible book.

It’s about a village that keeps to themselves. No-one leaves and no-ones comes… until one night when a mysterious stranger is spotted near the moors. That same night, a child goes missing from their bed. And it basically spirals into this chaotic blame game.

There was romance and suspense and creepy supernatural elements – all of which I loved. So yeah, I’m looking forward to checking out more of V E Schwab’s work in the future.

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