It’s almost midnight over here, which is a ridiculous time to be blogging, but I really wanted to get this done today. I bought Dragon Age: Inquisition for the PS3 yesterday, and I am officially obsessed, so that has been taking up all of my time. Hence, no blogging has happened! But today I am bringing to you my favourite things I discovered in March, so let’s get straight into it.
Because I only got out of my reading slump very recently and I’m a full-time university student, I only read 4 books this month. Fortunately, two of them were fantastic and made it into my favourites!
- Asking for It by Louise O’Neill is about Emma, who gets sexually assaulted at a party and then has to deal with victim-blaming and blaming herself. It’s a very honest book that gets quite dark at times, and I think Louise handled the topic incredibly well. I will have a full review of this up soon!
- Kumkum Malhotra by Preti Taneja is a very short novella set in India. It follows Kumkum, a woman whose life changes drastically after an accident in her home. Preti’s writing is stunning, intense, and grotesque, and I would 100% recommend it if you’re looking for diverse literary fiction. Full review here.
The only movie I watched this month is Kingsman, but boy was it good! If you’re not British you might not have heard of it (I definitely hadn’t), but it’s literally the most amazing action/spy movie I’ve ever seen. I usually don’t like those kinds of movies, because they tend to be all about action scenes, special effects, and explosions (so many explosions), but this one is really well-done all around. It has great characters, hilarious dialogue (seriously, it’s so damn funny), and a moving story. I’m just so ????? How can an action movie do this to me, it’s not fair!
I’m in the middle of a few shows on Netflix right now, but I don’t want to talk about them until I’ve actually reached the end, so instead I will mention two really good shows I finished this month!
- Under the Dome is a sci-fi thriller based on a novel by Stephen King, and it’s everything I never knew I wanted. It has over-dramatic dialogue, unnecessary conflict, trashy aliens, cringe-y everything, and lots and lots of hot people. I kind of consider it my new guilty pleasure show, and I absolutely love guilty pleasures. The main characters are oddly likable in their trashiness, and I really wish it hadn’t been cancelled after the third season, because I want to see more of Mike Vogel’s conventionally beautiful face.
- Downton Abbey is a show I probably don’t need to introduce, but in case you don’t know what it’s all about, it basically follows a family of upper-class people in England from 1912 to 1925, as well as the lives of their servants. It sounds dull, but it’s absolutely amazing! The characters are really well-written, and even the ones that don’t seem likable at first will eventually have a place in your heart.
I haven’t really been into music this month, but there are a few songs that I’ve discovered that I like a lot.
- It Ain’t Me by Kygo and Selena Gomez. Ahhh, I love this so much! I used to listen to mostly post-hardcore and punk-y music, Escape the Fate and stuff like that, but I’ve just become mainstream pop trash now. Sorrynotsorry.
- Love by Lana Del Rey. I really like how pure the lyrics are. She sings about getting ‘all dressed up’ to go nowhere special, and I love that. I don’t know, something about this song makes me feel kind of nostalgic.
- Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. The Chainsmokers are pretty much my favourite band right now, and a part of me is a little ashamed because they’re so basic and I like being special. But if we ignore my need to be extra, this is a really nice song.
Here is my whole March playlist if you want to see some other songs that I liked this month.
As I mentioned in the intro to this post, I have been obsessed with Dragon Age: Inquisition for the past two days. I finished the main dragon quest in Skyrim recently and realised that most of the things I had left to do weren’t all that fun, so I started researching other fantasy RPGs. I decided to try DAI based on the amazing reviews it got, and I am so glad I bought it, because it definitely lives up to the hype. I will probably review it separately when I’ve played it more, but my thoughts so far are basically that while it’s a fantasy RPG, it’s not at all like Skyrim – it’s awesome, but in a different way. The gameplay is more like Assassin’s Creed, the world is not entirely open but has different locations you can travel to from a world map and explore separately (also like Assassin’s Creed), and the character you create in the beginning isn’t completely passive but actually speaks and appears in cut-scenes, unlike in Skyrim. I prefer the open-world style, but what I love about DAI is how fleshed out the other characters feel. I love this game so much that’s it’s actively distracted me from reading for two days. Oh well!
I’ve decided to start linking to my favourite blog posts that the people I follow have published each month, because I think it’s a really lovely way of getting more people to read great content. So here we go!
- Reg @ She Latitude talks about improving your commenting game
- Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews talks about being aromantic
- Ava @ Bookishness and Tea shares a list of marginalized book bloggers
- Hilary @ Songs wrote my Story asks whether authors should review their own books
- Emily @ Rose Read explains blogging for different audiences
- Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews shares some feminist recs
- Amy @ Inkyspells recommends books for International Women’s Day
- Casey @ The Canadian Lesbrarian calls out a feminist library for excluding trans women and sex workers
- Kourtni @ Kourtnireads shares 5 things that make her uninterested in someone’s blog
- Reg @ She Latitude talks about what she looks for in a blog
- Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom discusses blogger/follower expectations
- Emily @ Rose Read recommends books to learn web design
I’ve mentioned a few times before that I write for my university’s student newspaper, Concrete, as well as for their Archives blog. So here are my favourite things I’ve written for them this month!
- I reviewed the movie Little Sister, which I absolutely loved. It’s an independent movie about a goth-turned-nun who goes back home to her mentally ill mother after her brother returns from the war with a severe injury. You can check out my review here.
- I talked about the restricted mode on YouTube and how it censors LGBT+ content, so if you’re interested in that, you can read my article here.
- For the Archives blog I discussed a newspaper article from the 50s by Lord Pethick-Lawrence, the husband of a suffragette, and how he set an early example for male feminists. You can read it here.
I haven’t watched a lot of YouTube recently, because I’ve been too lazy to do even that, but one video I really loved and that inspired my article about the restricted mode on YouTube is the one on the same topic by Rowan Ellis.
- Publishing workshop. My university puts on lots of great career events for literature and humanities students, and I liked this one in particular because it was specifically about publishing.
- BSL workshop. If you’re not aware, BSL stands for British Sign Language, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to learn. This little workshop was like a taster session, and it made me want to learn it even more. I’m considering doing a non-credit module to finally learn more than just the alphabet – if I end up doing that I will definitely post about it!
- CV feedback session. Being a lazy 19-year-old, I have never had a job, and I decided a few weeks ago that I want to change that and finally get my shit together. So I chose I job I wanted to apply for, and visited my university’s career centre to get some CV feedback. The session was about 20 minutes long and super helpful, and I ended up going back for a second one. I didn’t get the job unfortunately, but my CV has never looked this good, and I feel so much better about going job-hunting!
- UEA book fair. This was a tiny little book fair inside my university, and I ended up buying some lovely books and zines. I posted a haul from that event, so if you’re interested in what I bought you can check that out here.
- London Book Fair. This is a really important event for the publishing industry, and I had so much to say that I wrote a whole post about it. You can read it here if you want (but if you’re too lazy I basically just really loved it).
- UEA’s Got Talent. Yeah, you read that right. My university put on a talent show. With judges and everything. It was all to raise money for the Red Cross, and it was honestly a really great event. My uni has got some amazingly talented people!
- Zine & print fair in Norwich. I’ve made it pretty obvious, but in case you still don’t know, I love indie publishers and I love short books. So what could be better than a zine and print fair! I picked up some really cool reads, which I will share in a haul soon, but in the meantime rest assured that they are all really awesome! And if you’re a bit confused about what exactly a zine and print fair is, it’s like a book fair, but instead of selling novels and massive books, it’s usually for indie publishers who create short stories, poetry collections, comics, and stuff like that. I loooove zine fairs.
- Gay’s the Word is my new favourite bookshop. It’s in London and it sells exclusively books that are LGBT+ themed, which is basically the bookshop I always wanted. I’m a little bit jealous that someone else opened it before me, because I would have loved to be the first person to have an LGBT+ bookshop in England. The good (or bad?) news is that there isn’t another bookshop like it anywhere else in England, so I might still do that. Hehe. In the meantime, go visit them, it’s an amazing place! And if you’re like me and love cheap books, they have an entire wall of second-hand gay reads! Whoop whoop.
- Judd Books is another bookshop in London, located on the same street as Gay’s the Word. It sells second-hand books, mostly non-fiction about social sciences, but they have a lot of exciting finds in their fiction section as well, so if you’re in the area it’s worth checking out!
- Christophe’s Crepes is a cute ass little van that sells crêpes on the streets of Norwich, and not only is the van itself super adorable, but the food is amazing as well. 10/10 would eat there again.
I realised recently that I take a lot of photos all the damn time, so I might as well share some of my favourites. These are all pictures of Norwich, the most beautiful city in England!
Because I’ve started wearing make-up again this year, I’ve discovered a lot of really amazing products, and I thought some of you guys might be interested in knowing about them!
- Eyeshadow palette Ultra Mattes V2 by Sleek. If you like make-up, you probably know that Sleek is an amazing brand. I even knew they were amazing before I started wearing make-up. They’re known for intense colours and great texture, and so far their products definitely live up to the hype for me. This palette in particular is made up of 12 matte eyeshadows in darker tones; there’s black, grey, brown, dark blue, dark green, etc. I love matte make-up (not a fan of glitter and shine at all), and my emo soul wants dark colours, so this is perfect.
- Micro brow pencil by NYX. NYX isn’t the best brand ever (I definitely prefer Sleek), but they did a super good job with their brow pencil. I have naturally really thick and dark brows, and I love making them look as dramatic as possible (go hard or go home amirite) while still looking more or less human, and this is perfect for that. I use the darkest shade, which is black.
- Liquid lipstick Birthday Suit by Sleek. Again, Sleek don’t disappoint. Their liquid lipsticks are just as amazing as their eyeshadows – or at least Birthday Suit is, I haven’t tried the other colours yet. This particular shade has a beautiful colour (pink but more nude than in-your-face Barbie pink) and it dries down super quickly without feeling tacky at all, which is something I look for in liquid lipsticks.
- Liquid lipstick Sandstorm by NYX. This is not quite as good as the liquid lipstick by Sleek because it takes ages to dry. It does eventually dry down matte, but having to wait a few minutes while the other one takes literally seconds is kind of frustrating (#firstworldproblems). However, the colour is really stunning and a perfect nude, which is mainly why I like to wear it anyway.
- Lasting Perfection Concealer by Collection. I have really odd skin, it’s not really combination (which has dry and oily areas), but basically dry and oily at the same time, in the same place. My mom knows a lot about skin types and has a name for it, but I always forget it. My point is, concealers and foundations are a bit funny for me, because they tend to get shiny and dry at the same time, and it’s really weird and annoying. However, this concealer has worked really well for me, and I haven’t seen a single negative review for it so far, so apparently a lot of people love it as well. It has really good coverage too, and that’s coming from someone who has 50 shades of purple under her eyes.
And we’re done! It’s literally 3 am now, which means that this took me over 3 hours to write. That’s what I get for sharing the background of how I got every damn product and why it matters to my life story. Ehhhhhh. I’m gonna go read a bit of The Hammer of Thor now.
Good night and happy reading!