Welcome to the first of my monthly wrap-up posts, wherein I shall waffle on about a few things that made me happy in the last month.
I like April. Spring is in the air – here in the south-ish of England we’ve had some gorgeous, warm days, and also some freaking freezing days – the heating has come on automatically several times A surprise general election was confirmed for June and there were political shenanigans worldwide. But onward to my favourite things this month.
April reading wrap-up
At the beginning of the month I was in a bit of a slump, so I turned to my reliable crime fiction which usually guarantees the end of the dark slump days! I read The Caller by Robert Chris Carter – a gory, tense crime thriller which was suitably page-turnery and twisty. Still feeling the need for the familiar, I then picked up The Trespasser by Tana French, which unfortunately didn’t live up to the hype for me. It was ok, but it felt like a bit of drag in places. I finished this during the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon and then moved on to a couple of graphic novels. I read Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios, but I didn’t enjoy this much at all! Chew by John Layman was just the ticket, however, and I really enjoyed this fun, gory tale!
Finally, the month ended with my favourite read – The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby.
The Optician of Lampedusa is based on a true story and is very short at 116 pages, but it certainly packs a punch. It tells the powerful story of an ordinary man who sets out on a cruise with his friends and happens upon hundreds of shipwrecked refugees fleeing their country. It is a story somewhat familiar to us all – the plight of refugees across the world is not something one can escape – but the harrowing details of the difficulties these people face really hits home. I gave this beautiful book 5 stars and will be recommending it to all and sundry!
Unbookish favourites of the month
I’m sure there is barely a living soul in England who missed the drama that was the fourth series of Line of Duty. I’ve watched this series from the beginning, it being a police drama and me being slightly obsessed with police dramas, and it just gets better and better. Yes, there were a few plotholes, yes it was a bit far fetched in places and may have stretched the truth of what really happens within the police force, but the acting was superb and the writing incredible. Tense, gripping, just confusing enough to keep you guessing and it proved the theories we came up with completely wrong! Watch it if you can!
This month I have really been trying to sort out my Rosacea (a horrible bacterial skin condition which results in, for me, a red rash on my cheeks and nose). I started using Avene Extreme Tolerance moisturising emulsion (as well as the cleanser, which also gets a thumbs up!), after reading about it on Talonted Lex’s blog, and I can definitely report that within a few uses my skin was much smoother and a little less red. I will continue to use this and have added in a few other products which I will report on later!
My final favourite during the month of April is the Manderley scented candle from William & Joseph on Etsy. This smells absolutely gorgeous, an exotic mix of citrus, jasmin, vanilla and sandalwood. I have never smelt anything so gorgeous!!!
What were your favourite things in April? Did you read a really great book? Tell me in the comments!