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I’m always late with these posts! Shout-out to all the people who get their “month in review” posts up on Day 2 of the next month. Maybe I’ll be that organised by the end of the year! March was an incredibly shitty month in many ways; Brexit and the Westminster Attacks have been quite difficult to make sense of. But on a personal level, I’ve had a few encouraging meetings this month, it was my birthday, and also FINALLY the weather is getting warmer! I love Spring

TV & Film:

So, Netflix-wise I dived into riverdale this month. Has anybody else been watching? It doesn’t hurt that I’ve had a crush on Cole Sprouse for about a decade AND I’m probably the only person in the UK who used to read the Archie comics. I don’t hugely love the neo-noir vibe of the show, but there’s some great casting choices, a total shake-up of the traditional Archie themes and an excellent soundtrack.

The only film I’ve managed to see this whole year at the cinema is Lego Batman. I loved it! For me it wasn’t quite at the heights of Lego Movie plot-wise, but the vocal performances are better (if that’s possible) and I loved how meta most of the cameos are. Am I right in thinking Lego Suicide Squad is coming next?

BOOKS:

I’ve read so much this month! By far my favourite book was Swing Time, the new Zadie Smith novel. Like most women my age I’m a huge fan of Zadie Smith and each new novel of hers has been something of an event in my life. She’s just a masterclass in writing. There are very few authors whose work leaves me reeling, but Zadie Smith is one of them. She creates these kind of rich case studies, fills her characters with emotional resonance and just spins out the story in a streaming, elegant narrative.

Swing Time has had mixed reviews; for me it struck a personal chord and I think it may be one of my favourites! The first person narrative is woven smoothly leaping backwards and forwards in time. Smith constantly critiques all kinds of diverse societel topics without ever losing the strand of the plot. Celebrity do-gooding, the class system, biracial identity, the history of dance and performance: it all comes under her magnifying glass whilst telling the story of two North London girls. I would love to know if you’ve read it and what you thought.

OTHER:

It was my birthday in March! I was extremely lucky and received loads of lovely things from my friends and family. Ryan got me this feminist jumper amongst other things, and his parents gave me this beautiful crescent moon hook. We are re-decorating our room (I say re-decorating but it’s more… re-furnishing? Sorting out?) at the moment and I have been keeping an eye out for items that will our new aesthetic. The main reason for the re-jigging is that we have a new beast to add to our team of rescue animals… more on that in a new post soon!

INTERNET & LINKS:

Sam wrote this post filled with the things she’s learned in her first few months freelancing. I’ve been freelancing for over half a decade now and I agree with everything she says – excellent tips if you’re thinking about switching to freelance or if you’re an old-timer like me. On a similar tangent, Priya shared a great round-up of tips for productivity (I am a sucker for posts like that)*.

Laura shared this beautiful post about an arson attack at a historic church and I also really loved Arden’s post about tackling homesickness.

WISHLIST:

I’ve not got anything on my wishlist this month as following my birthday I’m kind of saturated with new stuff. It takes me a while to incorporate new things in my life – I could never handle weekly shopping trips and new items, you know? Anyone else feel like that? That said, I have had my eye on this Big Dipper shirt – I am a sucker for astrology themed items. I’ve also been lusting after this magnificent creation, aka my dream wedding dress. Sadly the price tag is about what I make in half a year so there’s no way I’ll be adding that to Cart anytime soon.

So that was March! What did you get up to?

*I should point out that one of her tips links to me, so I guess we’re now in a blog version of Inception? Blogception?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Gemma

    What a month!! : )

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

    April 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply lastyearsgirl

    Swing Time sounds fantastic! I’ve added it to my “to read” list, although I’m still to read NW so I can’t imagine I will get to it any time soon…

    Still sad/mad I missed yr birthday celebrations.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

    April 10, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Alyse

    Hehehe, blogception! Happy belated birthday!

    I’ve never actually seen a Lego movie — I always assumed they were for children! I don’t think Riverdale is available on Netflix where I am, just TV, where I have to sit through the commercials. Boo. I loved the Archie comics as a kid, too.

    April 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Laura

    thanks again for mentioning me! and i really liked checking out all your other favourites:-) i’ve never read zadie smith (! though i’ve been quite bad with reading in recent years in general) and really need to check out some of her books! xx

    April 23, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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