April wrap-up // A busy month in which a lot of things happened

The last two weeks of April were really busy. I made a lot of appointments that I procrastinated since the start of the pandemic, and now I’m finally over them. I actually proud of myself, because all of them frightened me, but I did them anyways. It felt like a long month, but not in a bad way, if it makes sense. I tried to make the most of every day. The weather’s been a mixed bag lately, it’s finally spring temperature-wise, but the wind doesn’t seem to stop. (I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand the wind, it makes me feel weird.) I read six books, more importantly I enjoyed most of them.

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Read books
  • A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World (Daniel Goleman) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ an amazing read
  • The Proudest Blue (S. K. Ali and Ibtihaj Muhammad) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ a beautifully illustrated story with an important message
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🔄 ➽ a whimsical fantasy with witty and humorous characters and dialogues
  • Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again (Johann Hari) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ absolutely fascinating, a very thorough and thought-provoking book about today’s society, and our declining ability to focus
  • The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) ⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ the story was kind of interesting, but I couldn’t connect to the characters, they all lacked depth
  • Perfect on Paper (Sophie Gonzales) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ a quick and enjoyable read, I enjoyed the psychological parts, and the characters themselves, however, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance
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Spring Equinox tbr:

  • Perfect on Paper (Sophie Gonzales) ✅
  • Lovely War (Julie Berry) ❌
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford) ❌
  • Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke) ❌
  • The Choice (Edith Eva Eger) ❌
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones) ✅

From the six books, I managed to finish two. I’d like to read the rest in the following months, as I’m genuinely interested in them, but I wasn’t in the mood for them in April.


What I watched

  • Gilmore Girls (S5-6) 🔄 ➽ I kind of hate Rory in most of these episodes… which bums me out every time, as she was my favourite. I always thought Logan to be my least favourite boyfriend, but he is actually decent most times, which is a surprise.
  • Queer Eye (S6) ➽ I had a few episodes left from this season, so I watched them. QE always restores my faith in humanity.
  • Peter Rabbit (2018) 🔄 ➽ funny at times, morbid most times, but the animation is cute
  • Bridgerton (S1-2) ➽ I caved in, and started Bridgerton. I absolutely adored it, it was the perfect companion for April. It was addictive, entertaining, and aesthetically pleasing for sure. I’d like to have Bridgerton’s house thank you very much, that exterior with the wisteria is exquisite. I’m looking forward to the next season, as Eloise became my favourite character, and I want to know what happens to her.
  • Heartstopper ➽ I binged it the day it came out (and regretted it the next day because my eyes and head hurt). I loved it, they adapted it super well. The actors were amazing, they looked just like in the graphic novels. The animated effects were cute, it added a little graphic novel-y feeling to the show. The only complaint I have is Isaac’s and Imogen’s existence: I just don’t see the point of them as of yet (it might change in the next season). A positive change is that they allow us more glimpses to Elle’s, Tara’s and Darcy’s school life.

What I listened to

  • Bridgerton’s soundtrack ➽ mostly the first season’s, as I loved those tracks more
  • Taylor Swift: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) ➽ this album really grew on me, it gets better at every listen
April sweets
  • chocolate-peppermint ganache pie: the ganache was delicious, however, the pie crust was not the best, I made many mistakes
  • peanut butter cookies: this turned out too dry and dense, so I decided to break them into pieces, and put them in oatmeals or yoghurt; it added a yummy peanut butter flavour
  • chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal bars: they were really good, though I wish they were a bit softer
  • two kinds of oatmeal cookies: THIS plain one, and THIS cranberry chocolate chip one. I didn’t have enough dried cranberries and I wanted to try adding dried mangoes, so I did that, and they were super tasty (though I cut my finger while chopping the mangoes…) They are probably the best oatmeal cookies I made, soft and chewy with the fruits and chocolate chips.
  • brownies: the first brownies I made. Taste-wise they were A+, but they broke. Plus the recipe used cacao and chocolate, and it was too heavy, I didn’t really like it. I also made a sour cherry “whipped cream” to go with the brownie, but the texture was not the best.
  • two kinds of muffins and a cupcake: firstly, I made muffins with baked apples, and they came out too dense. I decided to go on a mission, read more about flours and muffin baking in general. I wanted to achieve an airy texture, so I used only white flour the next time, and I made sure not to overmix the batter. I made After Eight muffins (they’re like thin mints in the US), and they turned out really nice. The cupcake I baked was the most delicious I’ve ever eaten or made. I put some chocolate chips to the batter, baked it, then after it cooled down, I carved out some of the cupcake, and put blackcurrant jam to it, and as the finish touch, I did a sour cherry-mascarpone topping.
April trip

My friend and I went on a trip at the middle of the month. We visited a famous city located at Lake Balaton, which has an abbey that overlooks the lake. Unfortunately, the abbey was under construction (you can kinda see it in the distance on the calvary hill picture), so it was covered. Nevertheless, the view to Balaton was beautiful. We walked a lot, fifteen kilometres, and my legs were so tired by the end of the day. The weather started out nicely, it was warm, but then when we finished our lunch, it started raining. Overall, it was a great day, and I was glad to see my friend again, it was lovely spending time together.

My month was pretty busy, especially in the last one-two weeks. I booked many appointments (to various doctors) and even though I was not anticipating them (I mean, who likes going to doctors?), I’m glad I did all of it, and that I finally had the courage. I also went to a hairdresser to cut my hair, because the last time I had it cut was a little more than a year ago. Korean class has been going well in April, I really enjoyed most of the classes, and now I get occasional “I’m proud of myself” moments, instead of feeling stupid all the time, which is a development.

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How was your April? I hope you are doing okay, taking care of yourself. What was the best book of the month? Have you seen Heartstopper yet?


16 thoughts on “April wrap-up // A busy month in which a lot of things happened

  1. It sounds like you had a pretty good month! I haven’t gotten around to watching heartstopper yet but I’m happy that it seems like people are really enjoying it. I love that you included your bakes in this post; baking is so fun!!!

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  2. Howl’s Moving Castle is a favorite, I’m so glad you liked it.

    Also don’t mind me licking my screen trying to get at all your delicious-looking baked goods!!

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  3. Great wrap, I hate having to make and go to appointments but it definitely feels so good when you finally get them over with. I adore Bridgerton and plan on watching Heartstopper this month, I can’t wait as everyone seems to be loving it. I hope you have a wonderful May 💜

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  4. Lovely wrap up and yay for finally crossing these appointments off your list! I’m happy you enjoyed Bridgerton and Heartstopper, I really liked both, too. Nick is my favorite! ❤
    And so happy to see you liked Perfect on Paper, it's such a fantastic read!
    I hope you'll have a lovely month!

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    1. Thank you!
      They were both so good! I need the new seasons. 😂 Ahh, I have a soft spot for Nick too. I wish everyone had a person like him. 🥺
      I really liked both books by Sophie so far, I’ll definitely keep checking out her books!
      Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful May too!

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  5. Wow, this is such an aesthetic wrap-up! 🤩 I also binged Bridgerton (Season 2) and Heartstopper this past month and had way too much fun with them! (Seriously, I should have been working instead…) I did really like the addition of Isaac and Imogen to the Heartstopper crew, though! Isaac because he is basically my soulmate and I became way too obsessed in analyzing all the books he was reading, and Imogen because I really liked the portrayal of how she and Nick became friends despite Nick rejecting her. She added a bit of drama and wholesomeness and I was here for it!

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    1. Thank you so much! Haha, both shows were super addictive!
      I agree, Isaac’s super cute, I hope he gets more role in the second season! He looks relatable. 😂 I think I spotted him reading Radio Silence, which was so wholesome.
      I’m glad they didn’t make Imogen mean, she was really nice!

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  6. Sorry to hear April was busy for you – I can relate, so much happened! – but I hope May is a calmer month 💕 Glad to see that you liked Howl’s Moving Castle! I love the movie, so picking up the book might be a good idea in the future 😊 Once again I’m very jealous of all the baked goods, they look SO delicious 🥰 I’m glad that are were able to take a nice trip!

    I also had some appointments and my internship started in the middle of the month, so the last two weeks of April were intense 😅 I’m hoping things will settle though 🌷

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