Monthly Favourites | May 2018

Another month has flown past, with what I see as little progress made on my goals, and it’s left me wondering what will become of the rest of this year. Not sure if it’s simply Ramadan that has got me into this weird feeling of neverending lethargy – I’m really hoping it is – so fingers crossed it will pass once Ramadan is over. As it is the holy month of Ramadan, it’s been a time of reflection and spending lots of time with my family, which is always an interesting affair. I’ve also had some sad news this month, mainly concerning a dear friend of mine, but also some good news and progress, concerning employment, book writing ambitions and planning future holidays. Life is one big curveball of events and you just have to take the good with the bad. However, compared to where I was, and how I was feeling, at this point in time last year, I am so incredibly grateful that me and my health are in a much better place.

Here are some of the things that have perked me up this month:

Listening to…

  • Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom (quite an old album now – I remember listening to it a lot during the start of University)
  • Britney Spears …Baby One More Time and Oops! I Did It Again… (her first two albums; I have an eclectic taste in music and honestly love all my 90s throwbacks)
  • Lauv
  • Kiana Ledé 
  • Travis Garland
  • Modern Love: The Podcast

Watching…

The Avengers: Infinity War

Only part I enjoyed about this movie was when T’Challa and Wakanda made an appearence. Honestly, my baby sister Jamila bit my head off as I slated the movie in the car. Legit had no idea what was happening and obvs there’s gonna be a follow up movie.

My rating is an unfortunate: 2.5/5

Spider-man: Homecoming

Tom Holland is a cutie! I’ve been a fan of the Spiderman movies since Toby Maguire days so I really enjoyed watching this although was surprised by Zendaya’s remote role in the movie. I’m annoyed that I didn’t watch it in cinema when it came out last year. I believe there’s a second movie in the line up so I’ll be sure to watch it in the cinema when it’s released.

Dawson’s Creek

This old 90’s classic popped up on Channel 4 On Demand and I thought I would give it a watch as it’s always been on my long ‘to watch one day’ list. The show really takes me back to my days of teengage angst and I just love Dawson’s passion for film!

I also really enjoyed re-watching the following:

  • Law Abiding Citizen
  • The Island

And on Youtube:

Enjoying…

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Waterlow Park in London.

The Sun

It’s so rare here in the UK and I honestly felt like I was on holiday – cue sunglasses on my head! I only own one pair and I’ve had them since I purchased them back in New York in 2015. I don’t actually use them for their purpose – they’re ultimately an acessory for my hair. We had a few days of sunshine during the bank holiday weekend in May and it was glorious indeed. I went up to London to see my friends from Cambridge – bar the horrific train experience there and back (5 hours either way people – Southern Railway officially suck!) – I had a really wonderful lovely time catching up with Matt, Ant and Haixi. We’ve become an unexpected group of four post-uni.

Fasting

It’s tough but it’s good. Reconnecting with my faith, myself and my body this Ramadan – and lots and lots of sleep.

Cardio

I’ve rejoined EasyGym in Southampton as I needed a 24 hour gym that I could attend after Iftar during Ramadan. I’ve also been painting my flat – a little bit everyday – as fasting makes it really hard for me to paint for more than 1-2 hours. That counts as cardio right?

Spotlight: Bloggers and Articles

I’ve read some fantastic stuff this month – have a browse, I hope you’ll enjoy them too:

Reading…

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

This was my Book Club pick for May and I really enjoyed reading it. I’d heard good things about it so decided to give it read; it’s also been optioned for film with Reese Witherspoon’s production company. The book is about a young woman who seeks to reinvent herself in New York, after a series of horrific and life-changing events during her teenage years in school. The book has a really good pace and I did struggle to put it down – as in – I was actively making the time to read it because I was engrossed in the development of the plot. I also think the main girl is quite easy to relate to because she is conflicted and multi-dimensional – which I really liked. It makes a nice change from broing one-dimensional characters that I have been accustomed to reading as of late. I don’t want to reveal too much as I’m wary of spoiling the book for anyone who may read it – this is one of those books where its best to know as little as possible before reading it in order to fully appreciate the plot build-up and the reveal towards the end.

I have also enjoyed reading the following this month (all of which I have yet to finish):

  • The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
  • The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
  • The Surface Breaks: A Reimagining of The Little Mermaid by Louise O’Neill
  • The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith

I’m also back on Goodreads for good! I opened an account back in 2014 but was never active on it – but now I’m back on and have cleaned up my profile. You can see what I’m reading by following me. I’m in the early stages of building my community there so please do ‘add me’ or let me know if you have a profile – I would love to see what you’re reading, your reviews and recommendations!

I’m 4 books in regarding my 2018 Book Challenge – hopefully I will be able to add more to that soon – the problem I have is that I dive into multiple books at the same time; I’m also a relatively slow reader so it takes me a while to finish them. I’m aiming to read a minimum of 24 books this year.

Writing…

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Writing in the sunshine outside Waterstones Cafe.

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