My April 2020 Roundup—A Lot of Books, And Others

It’s been a while since I did an actual roundup. (The one for March does not count cause that one’s just mainly about books.) But here I am. I wasn’t planning on doing this actually but I already did the featured image for this post and I’d hate for that precious “artwork” to go to waste.

Anyway, April went by in a blip. And of course, seeing that we’re still under community quarantine, it’s not as eventful as I’d wanted. But it was definitely a lot for me to take in, personally.

Life

My mental health state has gotten worse this month—a whole lot worse. I don’t know what to do with myself and it’s affecting every single aspect of my life and I hate it.

I don’t wanna dwell on it on this post but let’s just say that I’m basically on the brink of completely losing it. Hopefully, I get to hold on to something for a bit longer.

TV & Film

I spent most of my time reading books this month. However, I did took a few breaks to watch some stuff. I started a few TV shows on Netflix but never bothered to binge watch anything. And I watched a few movies (most are re-watch, though).

MasterChef USA

I initially only wanted the girlfriend to watch the third season of MasterChef, because of Christine, but she loved it and we’ve been watching it since. Now, we’re on the fifth season.

It’s just something that we watch when we’re bored, tired from work, or while we’re eating, so we’re not really bingeing.

Anyway, it’s a pretty good show and it has pushed me to do a lot of cooking and experimenting on my cooking.

Never Have I Ever (Netflix)

I started watching this the other day but halfway through the first episode, I stopped and went back to my reading.

It seems promising, though, but I’m just maybe not in the mood to start watching a new show.

I will say that I love the diversity on the cast!

Extraction (Netflix)

Now this one, I enjoyed quite a lot.

First of all, it has redeemed my thoughts about Indian actors (if you’ve watched those compilation videos on Social Media about Indian movies, then you’d know what I mean). I don’t know if they just happen to cast really good actors on this film or there’s something else but I truly loved this.

I keep joking that Chris was gonna raise his one hand and a hammer would just come flying in. LOL.

These two are both re-watch. I read Opposite of Always a few days ago and it reminded me of The Butterfly Effect so I decided to watch it again and have the girlfriend watch it with me.

Sadly, the one that we watched was the one with the directors cut ending and I didn’t like it at all. What I have watched and loved before was the theatrical release that has a different ending. Now, I had no idea that they released several endings for this movie which was just bonkers but whatever. If you wanna watch it though, make sure that you’re watching the theatrical one cause that’s a lot better.

Morning Glory, on the other hand, was just a breath of fresh air. I absolutely love this film and I don’t think I’d ever get tired of it.

Books

Reading is what I spent most of my time on. This is why I managed to read 20 books as of today, April 30. (Check out my 2020 Reading Challenge page, if you’re curious).

I did Mystery Week, which basically meant reading Mystery books for a week and posting reviews of them on this blog. But I went through a lot of Young Adult novels this month and read every single YA book (except for the Fantasy ones) by one of my new favorite authors: Jenn Bennett.

As for my top five this month, in no particular order:

If you want a cheesy, cute, and adorable book about finding yourself and falling in love in a high school setting, I’d go for Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West. If you want a more serious young adult relationship (high school graduates and already working and in the “real world”), then I say Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett is the way to go. Serious Moonlight is one of those that I just did not want to end. Like, I keep hoping that there would be more pages.

Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson, on the other hand, is a more serious book. It tackles very serious issues like divorced parents (and not just any type of divorced parents but those that actually neglect their child/ren), dealing with death in the family, sexual harassment, and so much more. It’s a pretty heavy book but it’s sooooo good and so beautifully written.

As for Sadie by Courtney Summers and Verity by Colleen Hoover, I’ve already published reviews of them on this blog as part of my Mystery Week.

Here are bonus titles because, of course, I can’t just be contented with five books because April was a good month and I devoured some pretty good books that I can’t possibly just set aside some of them.

Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum was a story about finding yourself in the middle of finding someone else (it says so right there on the book cover). I love that it talked about one of the most tragic things that ever happened in this century (9/11) and it talked about it in a way that wasn’t tacky or disrespectful.

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood is a debut novel by the Australian author. Now, I’m not a big fan of non-American YAs simply because I have a hard time imagining them (I know, I know; I’m an uncultured swine). But I truly loved this book. It had no plot at all but it’s surprisingly really refreshing. And it’s one of those stories that you want to read more of. I swear, after finishing this book, I spent a good half an hour looking for something similar to it.

Ah yes. How could I not include Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between. As a huge fan of the show Gilmore Girls (I could talk about this show all day), I don’t know why it took me this long to start this book. But alas, I have and I’m glad. Not to mention the fact that it’s my first audiobook! And it was narrated by the awesome Lauren Graham herself! I mean, it’s just so good and so funny and especially endearing for a Gilmore Girls fan like myself.

Food

I was getting tired and broke for food deliveries. So I decided to cook more (I usually cook but not this much). Here are some of what I concocted in our tiny kitchen, using contents from our limited pantry.

No fancy plating, no fancy photos—just some good old food on a plate. So, I have here the following:

• Ginataang Hipon sa Kalabasa
• Misua with Bola-bola
• Sinigang na Hipon
• Pork Afritada
• Spicy Pork Stir Fry with Boiled Quail Eggs
• Bola-bola in Spicy Tomato Sauce with Bell Pepper

The last two are ones that I experimented on. We were running out of stocks in our fridge so I just cooked with whatever we got on there and those are what I came up with. I must say, I’m pretty proud of myself for both dishes because they’re really incredibly good.

I should probably take better photos next time, though.


I don’t know what May has in store for all of us but hopefully, it’s a lot better. I don’t think my mental health can take a lot more of this shitshow.

3 comments

  1. Ang dami mong nabasang book!! Huhu. I love Colleen Hoover kaso ang mahal ng mga books nya ☹️ Ang sarap rin ng mga ulam, reminds me of home!!

    I know May has been rough, as well, so I pray na June will at least be lighter for us. 🙂

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  2. Hey, I hope you feel better this month. I’m not sure if you’re a fan of exercising but doing it at least 30 minutes a day has helped me. 🙂 I really like the food photos you’ve shared, nauubusan na din ako ng lulutuin. Kapag nagluluto din ako it helps me mentally kasi dapat nakafocus ka lang dun.

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