Hello hello, and welcome to this month's favourites round up! This has definitely been the weirdest month I've ever experienced, and I think it's this way for most people, and that we're definitely in need of book, music, TV and film recommendations more than ever right now!

WHAT I'VE READ

For me, this has been a mammoth month of reading because I've had possibly the most free time I've ever had, because of uni being closed and being furloughed by my job! I've really enjoyed being able to get lost in a book again, and for me it's the perfect distraction from everything that's going on at the moment.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus 🌟🌟🌟
I enjoyed the story of this a lot, a murder based in a high school of the boy who shared had the secrets of everyone who was in the room when he was murdered ready to share on a gossip blog. It had a really great twist and the plot was well-crafted and interesting, but I hated the way it was written. I think it's more of a young-adult book, and it felt very high-schooly and immature, but I would recommend it as something that's an easy read and probably unlike anything you've read before.

The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book was so heartbreaking and sad and lovely all at the same time. I'd never seen it or heard of it before, but my mum bought it for my birthday because she thought I'd enjoy it, and I'm so glad she did, and I'm so glad I read this. It's the story of Augusta Hope, her family and her beloved twin sister, as she grows up, with a fascination for words, and the story Parfait, a young boy growing up in war-torn Burundi. I really felt like the story resonated with me, and the characters were relatable and just the school experience in general felt so real. I really loved the ending of the book, the travelling, and that it was a happy ending but not ignoring the realities of life.


The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I saw this book everywhere on instagram and twitter about 6 months ago, and I recently found it in a charity shop, so thought I'd give it a read. This is about a couple who go for dinner at their neighbours house, and return to find their baby gone in the middle of the night. It was full of twists and turns in a way that I haven't read in another book, and the ending was really shocking. I couldn't tell you what it was missing, but I just felt like something was missing, but a really great read nonetheless!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Again, another book that I've seen everywhere on the internet, and a recommendation from my best friend (hi Jas) that I've finally got round to reading. This was such a lovely, but sad story, although I'm glad it wasn't as sad as I thought it would be. I've read reviews that talked about the unreliable narration of it, and I do agree with that, it is quite unreliable, but as a personal story about a traumatic event, I think the narration was always going to be unreliable.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 🌟🌟🌟
Honestly half the books I read I've found via instagram. I have seen so many people rave about this book because they didn't see the ending coming. I did really like the book, and it was well written, but I think it was over hyped, and it ruined it a little for me. I do think the twist was good, but I was expecting so much more from the hype. A good read, but don't expect the twist to be amazing if you're not a young adult.


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WHAT I'VE LISTENED TO

This month's listened to section is a little chaotic because you know, lockdown. There's some new songs on here, some songs I found from spending time with my brother, and some throwback tunes that have been keeping me going during lockdown. This also includes Think About Things by Daoi Freyr, which is one of my favourite songs so far this year (you've probably also seen this all over instagram because it's an absolute bop). You can follow me on spotify here if you want to see more of what I listen to (it's extremely chaotic, as a warning!).



WHAT I'VE WATCHED



I've spent so much time reading this month that I've watched hardly anything! I also took my TV out of my room because I felt like I was spending a lot of time just mindlessly watching it, instead of reading or doing art or something actually good for my brain. 

Normal People (BBC iplayer) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was one of my favourite books I read last year, and I was so excited to see it had been into a TV series, and honestly, didn't have high expectations for it as a precaution more than anything, because I didn't want it to ruin the book for me. However, this is one of the best adaptations I've seen of a book I love!! I thought the casting was brilliant (anyone else absolutely in love with Paul Mescal?), and I absolutely loved every single episode, even though I cried my way through at least half of them. I would be, and have been, recommending this everybody I know (although maybe don't watch it with your parents!)

And that's it for this months round-up! I hope everyone has managed to have a lovely month, even with everything that's going on at the moment. Let me know your book, music and film and tv recommendations!!

All my love,

Em x