Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2016

Posted May 3, 2016 by Debby in Monthly Wrap-Ups, Travel / 1 Comment

April 2016: the busy, social month

April was busy busy but also tons of fun! I had a vacation, a business trip, I went out with colleagues, met with friends, and… WOAH. There’ll be a full recap later in this post.

April Reads

Books Read:

The Falconer by Elizabeth May (re-read)
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (re-read)
The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (re-read)
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (re-read)
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Book of the Month:

Girl Against the Universe
April Stats
Total books read: 8
Total pages read: 2,398
Average rating: 3.62
3/8 (38%) standalones, 5/8 (62%) series
6/8 (75%) paper, 2/8 (25%) pixels
2016 Stats
Total books read: 26
Total pages read: 8,862
Average rating: 3.6
23% standalones, 77% series
50% paper, 46% pixels, 4% audio

April Reviews

April Posts

On the Big Screen

TV Series:

Nashville: Continues to give me all the feels ever.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: I had some catching up to do on this show, but WOAH. The last few episodes have just been incredibly good. There were some twists I didn’t expect – the episodes almost felt like mini-movies. And the ship… THE SHIPPPP. IT HAS FINALLY SET SAIL.


Movies:

Quite a few movies this month, but that’s because (a) trans-atlantic flights, and (b) Civil War was fast approaching. (I SAW IT ON SUNDAY AND IT WAS SO AWESOME *cough* but that’s for my May recap.)

The Martian: This was surprisingly SERIOUSLY AWESOME. Like, woah damn. It made science (actual science) seem so COOL. And Matt Damon is phenomenal. (4.5/5)

The Revenant: Yeah, no. Not my thing. I cannot unsee that scene with the horse. I don’t get that this movie got that many Oscar nominations. (1.5/5)

The Intern: A rewatch, even though I saw it in January for the first time. I just needed something light and heartwarming. (4/5)

A Series of Unfortunate Events: A rewatch, because I re-read the first 3 books this month. So yeah. I had to. I still like this although I liked Jim Carey’s portrayal of Olaf less this time. I am SO excited about the new Netflix series though. (4/5)

THE GRAND MARVEL REWATCH OF 2016: Iron Man (3.5/5), Iron Man 2 (4/5), Thor (3/5), Captain America: The First Avenger (4.5/5), The Avengers (4/5), Iron Man 3 (3.5/5), Thor: The Dark World (3/5), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (4.5/5), Guardians of the Galaxy (4/5), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (4.5/5).

Ant-Man: This one was actually new to me because I didn’t go to see it in theaters. It just didn’t look that interesting in the trailer, but I highly enjoyed it. I laughed quite a bit. Paul Rudd is awesome. So, yeah, it’s not my fave, but definitely a fun addition to the MCU. (3/5)


Specimen.

Through My Speakers

Nothing really special this month, but I have a new playlist that I’ve dubbed “Timeless”, filled with my favorite Michael Jackson, Queen, Sting, and Beatles hits and the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. And it is the best, most energizing thing ever. This is just one example…

In Real Life


  • This’ll be a doozy. The month started off with mostly work stuff (and one afternoon in Amsterdam with the biffle). My manager from the US came to visit the Dutch office, so it was busy, but good. We had dinner one evening with a couple colleagues, I GOT A RAISE, and a group of 20 or so from the office went out in Rotterdam on a Friday night. It was AWESOME, and that’s saying something because I really don’t usually like going out very much. I just feel very at home at my company.
  • Then: VACATION TIME. First up was a week in DC with my mom where we visited my sister and her boyfriend. So yeah, lots of family time and LOTS of tourist things. I think we saw most of the big things: the monuments, the White House visitor center, the Capitol, the Library of Congress, a couple of museums, Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg as well. It was an awesome trip, and DC is quite pretty though kind of a strange city if you think about its architecture. Trying so hard to be European. ^^; Oh well. It was my first time, and I loved it. And I left filled with the spirit of MURICA.
  • After the week in DC, I went up to NYC for a three day business trip. We have an office there, and I am actually a part of the US team, so it was nice to kind of meet everyone in the flesh and to visit our clients’ stores so I can get a feel for the market there. I loved it 🙂 Everyone was super nice, I learned a lot, and I had a lot of fun. I even got to meet up with Shae and Gaby. SCORE! 😀
  • Last weekend we had our family reunion. I wasn’t that excited about it at first because I desperately wanted an introvert weekend, but it ended up being really cool. We played the “Monopoly City Game” which is a game where you have tablets and you have to run around the city surrounding buildings in a triangle to acquire them and win money and stuff. I was WAY too competitive, but it paid off: my team won and I was overall like the best player. I shall cherish my medal for years to come, muwahaha.



That’s it for me! How was your month?

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One response to “Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2016

  1. I need to start watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D! And I want to reread The Falconer this month before Vanishing Throne, I remember loving it. The Intern looked sweet, will have to rent it. YAY MARVEL MARATHON!!! Always an excellent life choice. So on board with all of your ratings too except Iron Man was a 4 for me (I used to watch it constantly), and Ultron was maybe a 3.5 or 4. Can’t decide. But total agreement on the rest! I did love Ant Man, it was fun and Paul Rudd was perfect. Plus CIVIL WAAAAAR ZOMG. I really love Washington DC, I’ve been there twice now. It’s a really cool city, and you definitely feel the American spirit haha. Awesome recap!!
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