A lot of good things happened this month, making it one of the best months I've had so far! It started with two shopping trips with my mother and sister, where we also had lunch. I bought some pretty clothes that I still can't wear, because the weather has been awful lately..
I had an overnight stay at a castle with my boyfriend! It was SO cool. It was so fancy and we had breakfast on bed. I felt like a princess for one night.
I had sushi with some collegues and it really starts to feel like I'm part of the group. I went to dinner with the six of us to a dim sum restaurant and heavens, that is delicious! First time I ate it and definitely not the last time. I also had fantastic hamburgers with fries at the beach with my parents and sister. (So many of my recaps include food, haha, I love food).
We FINALLY got to pick up our couch, right on time for my birthday party/house-warming. We had a great time with our family and it was nice to finally show everyone the house. My sister made her best cake so far: Alice in Wonderland themed. Everyone really spoiled me, with a couple of books, money, a new cover for my e-reader, bookends, hair dryer, toaster and a beautiful Marauder poster. I still can't believe I turned 25 (I talked about it in my birthday post), but I'm really happy how far I've come.
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I also had a lot of 'us' time with my boyfriend this month. We played Just Dance and Mario Party, watched tons of movies, finally caught up on a few TV shows and we spend Kingsday together, strolling on a street fair. In the morning it looked like we had to miss it (it kept raining), but eventually the sun came through and we were able to keep our tradition. I added 6 dvd's for a total of 5 euro to my collection, so not a bad haul!
1. Sarah Strohmeyer – This is my brain on boys. 2.5/5.
2. V.E Schwab – A darker shade of magic (reread) 5+/5.
3. V.E Schwab – A gathering of shadows. 5+/5.
4. Elizabeth May – The falconer (reread) 5/5.
5. Elizabeth May – The vanishing throne. 5/5.
6. Cat Winters – The steep and thorny way. 4/5.
7. Sarah J. Maas – A court of thorns and roses (reread). 5/5.
1. I watched Inside out twice this month. Once by myself and once with the sleep-over. Love it.
2. Hitman 47. *yawn*
3. Sound of music. For the first time in my life. Yep. And it was adorable.
4 Les Miserables. For the second time.
5. Into the woods. See a theme here? I was really into musicals this month.
6. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban. Still not my favorite movie.
7. White Collar, half way season 5.
8. GAME OF THRONES.
9. Vikings, season 4.
I decided to buy a few birthday presents for myself, so this happened. I had to get The raven king, for obvious reasons. I've heard mixed things about An ember in the ashes, but I got it for a bargain price and I love my leather bound edition from Grimm, so I couldn't pass the opportunity to add Hans Christian Andersen to my shelves. Daisy talked about The seven realms series, so I had to get the box set. It sounds like something I will love. Tuesdays at the castle was a present from Daisy <3.
I'm still loving bullet journaling, so I went ahead and bought an Emerald Green Leuchtturm1971 and I'm hooked! I can't wait to get started once my old notebook is filled. I also bought a lilac sketching book by the same brand, so I can work with the new set of Koi brush pens and watercolor set I splurged on. Good to be creative again. Is someone interested to see more of my bullet journal and possible art work?
You can always find tons of links to interesting posts on Christina reads YA and I thought it would be fun to highlight some articles and news that interest me. It is divided in Whozits (random stuff with gadgets and gismos for YT and scientific articles) and Whatzits (bookish).
Whozits. Billionair Sean Parker invested 250 million dollars to change the way we fight cancer. Quote from the article about the treatment: "Unlike chemotherapy, which involves administering powerful drugs that kill both cancerous and healthy cells (most healthy cells can repair themselves), immunotherapies harness the power of the immune system to help it identify and knock out just the cancerous cells." Zika is officially the cause of birth defects, according to the CDC. "Now that Zika is officially understood to be a cause of microcephaly, researchers can now explore what other damage is being done."
Cover reveal of the new illustrated book from Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets. Also cover releases from Stranger the dreamer by Laini Taylor, Carnaval by Stephanie Garber and Wintersong by S. Jae Jones.
Releases that interest me:
Maggie Stiefvater – The raven king.
Renee Ahdieh – The rose and the dagger.
Roshani Chokshi – The star-touched queen.
Jodi Meadows – The mirror king (and you definitely want to read this one!)
Amanda Sun – Heir to the sky.
Steve Toutonghi – Join.
How was your April?