Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2015

Posted May 1, 2015 by Debby in Uncategorized

April 2015: in which I binged a loooot of TV

Month 1 of unemployment is complete! Hopefully it won’t be much longer. Unemployed life is as follows: stress eating, reward eating, and clinging to sitcoms to try to cheer up. As such, I was a bit demotivated about reading and blogging, and I’m swamped by review copies. No 5 orange reads this month. No bueno.

April Reads

Books Read:

Chase Me by Tessa Bailey
Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn
Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London
Suddenly Royal by Nicole Chase
Faking It by Cora Carmack (reread)
William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace by Ian Doescher
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Book of the Month:

Faking It
April Stats
Total books read: 11
Total pages read: 3,834
Average rating: 3.32
2 2015 debut authors read
4/11 (36%) standalones, 7/11 (64%) series
3/11 (27%) paper, 8/11 (73%) pixels
2015 Stats
Total books read: 44
Total pages read: 15,501
Average rating: 3.39
7 2015 debut authors read
27% standalones, 73% series
34% paper, 55% pixels, 11% audio

April Reviews

April Posts

On the Big Screen

I watched a LOT of things this month, because after stress of applications and interviews, it’s the easiest way to unwind. So I’ll try to keep this short.

Oblivion: Pretty meh. Decent concept, meh execution.
Colombiana: Legit terrible.
Star Wars: Full series rewatch, and it feels so good!

TV Series Binges:
Legend of the Seeker: In some ways, this series is completely ridiculous and hilaribad, but it’s pretty and classic fantasy and I kind of love it.
The Casual Vacancy: Rewatched after rereading the book. The book is so much better. I really feel like the changes made the story much less impactful.
Silicon Valley: A bit crass, but I like geeky characters. It’s amusing enough.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: It started off a bit iffy, and there are so many parallels to The Newsroom it’s ridic. But MY SHIP IS AWESOME.
Sports Night: Decent. My least favorite Aaron Sorkin thing so far though.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Not done catching up, but I’m midway through season 2, and I like it. Andy Samberg is fun, and these characters make me LOL. I just needed light hearted sitcoms.
The Royals: THIS SERIES IS CRACK. I’m completely addicted. All of the feels for Eleanor – seriously, she brought me to tears recently. And I kind of ship her and Jasper? It’s so wrong but feels SO RIGHT.

Through My Speakers

In Real Life

Not a lot of free time or freedom in my budget to do much this month. I did help out my aunt and uncle, painting their new house for a weekend, went to another aunt’s birthday party, and went to see Snow in June with my mother. (Massive fail, too modern – I didn’t get any of it.) That’s really about it. The weather’s been pretty nice though, so I have read outside a couple times!

That’s it for me. How was your month?

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5 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2015

  1. Joanna

    I watch The Royals too. And like you, I ship Jasper and Eleanor–even since the beginning. Hopefully though, he gets/stays away from the Queen.

  2. 1. STAR WARS REWATCH YES. I did this with my boyfriend a year ago – one movie per night in a row – and it was glorious. Ever since seeing the new trailer come out I’ve been dying to do it again. May have to..
    2. BROOKLYN NINE NINE YES. I love this shooooow! I haven’t watched in so long for some reason and now I have a major backlog. That’ll be a good binge. I love the characters so much :’)
    3. BIG HERO SIX YES. I finally have the DVD of this and need to watch. I haven’t seen it since it was in theaters. SO GOOOOD.

  3. Big Hero 6 was so adorable, I was really shocked how fun it was, even with the predictable story line.

    I hope something comes along for you soon. I remember the unemployment era after I graduated, and my reading fell into a huge slump. On my 2013 shelf, I didn’t have a lot of favorites that year, and my reading goal was shot to hell.

    All the love, Debby <3

  4. Big Hero 6 was a really unexpected favorite from me. I was dying laughing within the first 10 minutes.

    Legend of the Seeker <<I have wanted to watch it for forever. My husband got the book series for a Secret Santa while deployed and watched the series and said it was awful. I've read the first book, but I still would love to watch the series even if it's hilaribad. Sometimes you just have to!

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is my JAM! I love it 🙂