April showers bring May flowers, and here’s to hoping that we properly watered our garden last month. April felt like it flew by. The weather was erratic, I always had wayyyyy too much going on, and whenever I did have free time I simply watched TV instead of actually reading my book. As a result, there’s not much to talk about but we’ll talk anyways.
Books I Read
This was a very bad month in terms of reading for me, which is to say, I didn’t read at all. It wasn’t even that I was stuck in the middle of a bad book, it was just that I had no interest in sitting down and actually reading. I felt like my month was decently busy, but not enough so that I would need to stop reading altogether, so I just don’t have an excuse anymore!
TV and Movies I Watched
This section is dedicated to me sharing all of the media that I consumed this month, for your enjoyment and also my own reflection. If you’re watching any of these shows, let me know in the comments!
- Bad Vegan
- Bridgerton Season 2
- Good Girls Seasons 1-4
- Killing Eve Season 2
- Orange is the New Black Seasons 1-2 (rewatch)
- But I’m a Cheerleader (2000)
- Jennifer’s Body (2009)
- White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch (2022)
Reviews You Can Use
Here’s a list of all of the reviews that we published so far this month. If you’re looking for a book to read, look no further.
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
- Luster by Raven Leilani
- The Barrens by Kurt Johnson and Ellie Johnson
- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
- She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
- Sum it Up by Pat Summitt
- She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
Movies and Short Films
- “Killing Eve” was Violent in the Worst Possible Way
- “Bad Vegan” was the Supernatural Fraud Case I Didn’t Know I Needed
- Bridgerton Season 2: Cultural Identity, Representation, and Beyond
Posts We Wrote That You Loved
Here are the six most popular posts of the month, presented for your enjoyment. If you haven’t read them all yet, you should make sure to check them out! In the top 6 posts there’s 4 different authors who wrote posts, which is incredible to see.
- Oscars 2022: Everything That Wasn’t The Slap– Chinwe wrote a really great and timely piece about all of the groundbreaking achievements that happened at the Oscars last month. I love that she took the time to highlight the stories that got lost amidst the Will Smith / Chris Rock debacle
- The “Killing Eve” Finale Was Violent In the Worst Way– It took me over an hour to pull it together enough to write this post after watching the Killing Eve finale, but I finally did. Don’t click this unless you’re prepared for spoilers and reliving the trauma!
- Bridgerton Season 2: Cultural Identity, Representation, and Beyond– This lovely piece by Aakanksha talks about why she loved season 2 so much and what the South Asian representation it provided meant to her!
- What’s Fresh About Fresh: The Dilemma of Taste– Priyanuj wrote a review of a psychological thriller he loved for its originality and twist of tired tropes.
- 10 Hot New Books For April 2022– I wrote about 10 books that are coming out this month that you should totally read
- The March Wrap: Everything You Missed This Month– Self explanatory. You’re looking at another one right now!
Elsewhere on the Internet
This is the section where I get you guys up to date on everything our team has done this month that didn’t get published on this very website. Make sure you go check it all out to support us in everything we do!
- My poem, “The Winter Caterpillar”, was published in The Minison Issue 18: Full Bloom. I loved trying to write such a structured poem (14 lines with 14 letters per line) and I think this one came out well
- If you’re looking to join a sapphic book club or meet some sapphic friends in the Toronto area, check out the website I made for Lavender Literature Book Club
- Priyanuj is starting a reading internship with Gasher Journal!
Off the Internet
Let’s be honest, you guys all know that I spent most of this month off of the internet. My post quantity and my reading quantity both took a hard drop, and I primarily posted old book reviews that I’d stockpiled earlier in the year. Looking at my calendar, I’m not really sure why that happened. I think work has picked up to the point where I am going into the office most days, and that gives me way less time to write after work. By the time I get home I’m just too tired to do anything except watch TV and zone out.
I would say it was a good month overall though. I worked a recruiting event where I got recognized for my Youtube channel (which was WILD), went back home for a long weekend to celebrate family birthdays and Easter, took a week to travel for a work trip to NYC, and had my girlfriend come visit me! Hopefully next month I will get back on the reading/writing train, but overall I’m happy with the way April went.