Monthly Round Up: July 205

Hi guys,  I know I haven’t posted in like 2 weeks, but life has been hard, and school has been busy.

My laptop is bad. Which is why I haven’t been doing “Links I Love“.

School resumed fully in July and it was a flurry of assignments and presentations. July made me realise that I had discipline.

I didn’t watch a lot of movies or read a lot of books, but I read a lot of articles on webpages. Results for first semester are rolling in. I’m on good standing. We thank God. I hope it continues this semester. I have at least one assignment every week and the courses are really tough. Even tougher than last semester.

I watched “Big Eyes” a movie about an artist. She married this guy she believed to be an artist and he started to steal her work and pass it of as his. She went along with it for a long time and she finally got a divorce from him after he tried to burn her and her daughter with her paintings.

I’ve been watching “Boston Legal” a law series. It’s old. It’s hilarious and the main characters are the best.  I finished Seasons 1 and 2 in 3 days. That was about 40 1-hour episodes. I had to take a break because school + my laptop,

I really can’t remember much else of July because I usually put everything in the sticky notes on my laptop. I’ll start using Evernote for this now.

My hostel is shit, and I’ve had enough. I’ve been managing to get by with the hostel for a little over a year, but I can’t deal anymore. Can’t stay here for two more years. Help me.

I started reading Lace by Shirley Conran. Apparently, she’s the original Jackie Collins. I’m enjoying the book sha.

Also, I’m planning on doing a Harry Potter book and movie marathon for August.

Interesting Links
1. Mindy Kaling: And 16 Other Feminist Buzzwords. An interesting and funny post on feminism.
2. How To Buy Happiness. Transcript of a TED talk. Money really does buy happiness, but not in the way you think
3. It’s the Year 2145 and All Nigerians are Feminist. Great satire from one of my favourite blogs.
4. 15 Crucial Packing Hacks to Keep Your Wardrobe Fresh and 21 Uses for Plastic Baggies When Travelling. For the travellers amongst you.
5. Teen Girls and the Persistence of Gender Stereotypes. We believe that gender stereotypes are coming to an end, but are they really?
6. How to be More Like Misty Copeland. Because Misty Copeland is the definition of awesomeness.
7. Serena Williams and the Black Truths She Embodies. and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Body Shaming Black Female Athletes is not Just About Race. Surrounding the whole Serena Williams is masculine
8. Is Donald Trump Pulling a Nigerian 419 Scam. But is he? Really?
9. What is a Computer Anymore
10. The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates. #LongRead
11. This article on how to be married for 5 years
12. This thinkpiece on female solidarity and the hypocrisy of it. (Reference: Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj debacle).


Monthly Round Up: June 2015

June was an okay month.
I was on holiday for most of the month so I had a lot of free time.

My brother’s birthday was this month.

I didn’t do a lot this month. I like that Pamela has started blogging again and I really enjoy Afoma’s photo challenge.

I started watching Game of Thrones from the beginning. I think it’s an absolutely brilliant series. I’m currently on S05E02 and that took me about 4 days. I kept off watching it until I read the books but I realised I probably won’t ever get to it. My favourite characters are Tyrion Lannister and “Mother of Dragons”.

I read five books this month

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A Lot of Movie Reviews

Heelllooo. I’m not a movie buff or anything like that, but this month, I’ve watched about 20 movies already. Maybe more. So this is just a short recap/review of every movie I’ve watched so far. Most of the reviews are no more than 10 lines

Home. (2015) – Awwww. I loved this one. It was very very sweet. It was also funny. It’s a story of friendship, family, and forgiveness (alliteration not intended.) The Boov move to inhabit planet earth to escape from their enemies, The Gorg. There’s Oh, who always gets into one scrape or another and Tip, who doesn’t get transported by the Boov because her cat was covering her. Together they try to escape from the Boov, Tip to find her mother and Oh, because he’s a wanted fugitive. Learning point, asides the 3 fs, is that sometimes people that seem hard on the outside are very small and warm on the inside. The hard exterior is just a cover. Made me tear up a little. 10 stars

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Monthly Round-Up: May 2015

This is going to be a regular thing. At the beginnig of every month, I’ll write a review of the previous month and books I read movies I watched, songs I stumbled on, posts I wrote, that sort of thing.

May was an interesting month. It was supposed to kick off with #TPL4, but due to some things, we had to move to May 30th. Last month was a lot of fun and a lot of work. I watched 11 movies and did some other fun stuff. Here are my faves for the month of May.

I watched a lot of Movies this month

• The Equalizer – I’d rate it 5 stars
• Love Comes Softly – Very sweet story, but 3 stars. Felt too much like Christian Romance novel
• Love, Rosie – I loved this one, but it became a bit annoying towards the end. 4 stars
• A Merry Friggin Christmas – Sweet Christmas story. 3 stars
• Beauty and the Briefcase – 2 stars
• Edge of Tomorrow – 5 stars. I loved the story and the back story
• Kingsman, The Secret Service – best movie this month. 5 stars
• Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day – Interesting story, 4 stars
• October 1 – I loved this movie. It was very good. 4.5 stars
• The Princess Diaries 1 – always a fave. 4 stars
• The Princess Diaries 2 – Did you know Shonda Rhimes did the screenplay?

I read some Books

• The Girl on the Train – 4 stars. Review here
• The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend – 3 stars I wrote a review here

I watched Empire. One of the best things I did this month. I’m going to write a full review post on the entire Season 1 and I’m excited about Season 2.

I also saw Hear Word. An interesting stage play featuring some of the best women in stage play that Nigeria has to offer. The play was shown at Unilag and the ticket cost N500. I can say that that was the best N500 I’d ever spent.

I had exams. First-semester exams, 200 level. Studying psychology required more effort than I was prepared for and I had to quit work. Predictably, lack of work is affecting my finances and I’m learning to budget more and not spend money anyhow. I’m also trying to reduce how much data I use monthly. Anyway, back to exams. They went great, and I thank God.

I unofficially launched @BookBarterNG at #TPL4 (May 30). It was a great experience and I’m excited about the possibilities. Hopefully, the website goes live before the end of July and we continue to have offline events at least once a month.

Incase You Missed It

Saturday Morning – Short story I wrote
Thanking My Scar – Inspired by post from another blog
Links I Love: Volume 1
Review: The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Links I Love: Volume 2

What’s New

Hi guys.

Happy new year and all that jazz.

I haven’t posted anything in weeks. But my WordPress notifications show a new follower every other day.

I don’t know where exactly I’m going with this post.

Let me just tell you what has been happening.

I’ve resumed school (Hallelujah!)
I resumed January 6th. It has been fun. I love (most of) my courses. And my class mates are the best.
Just last week, I found out that 2 of them are kind of related to me.

This year has been going great. There’s one little thing nagging me but God is in control.

For by book challenge I’m doing 365 books. As of today I’ve read 24. I’m currently reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami – book club.

So far I’ve read
The Fault In Our Stars, which I absolutely loved and I can’t wait for the movie. I hope it shows in Nigeria. I had so many feels. I didn’t understand my emotions. Augustus Waters’ death is one of the most painful deaths ever.
• The Hunger Games Trilogy. I loved the first two. Didn’t really like the third one. It was a great read but the love triangle annoyed me. And it was a weak love triangle. I have to watch the movies.
• Queen of Babble Trilogy. I love love love Meg Cabot. And I love her books. I finished Princess Diaries complete series last year. Queen of Babble was great.
• Nanny Diaries. I love chick lit. Americans don’t do chick lit well. Except Meg Cabot. But this was good. I read the two books.
• The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Oh my Lord. Where do I begin. This book is everything. You just have to read it.
• The Temptation (#6 Secret Circle). This is the last book in the Secret Circle Series. I read the other 5 last year.
• Akata Witch. Great beginning. Underwhelming ending.

I can’t remember the rest of the books I read. But you can see them here on Goodreads.

This is my Goodreads profile.

Also I’m excited for the 50 Shades Movie. I hope they show it here.

Can Leonardo DiCaprio win the Oscar please.

Someone said I should enter for The Writer. I’m still thinking about it.

I don’t like how this blog is empty so I will TRY to post at least once a week.
I also want to try a writing challenge. I’ll do a post about it when I decide. Even if I don’t do it, I’ll write a post about it so if you’re interested you can do it.

So what’s new with you.

Grace and Peace