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).

REVIEW: Sixty Percent of a True Story.

Sixty Percent of a True Story is an interesting, humorous, gripping, and provocative short memoir.
It is the story of many Nigerians; some heard and seen, and some ignored. While the book touches on weighty issues like homosexuality, the fate of the average Nigerian university graduate, and mental illness; it manages to still be funny and unpretentious.

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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

REVIEW: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Year: 2010
Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
ASIN/ISBN: 9780316084239
Genre: Fiction, YA
Pages: 280

Description: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Review
A bit underwhelming considering all the hype. I decided to read it because I saw that the movie was out in cinemas and I wanted to read it first before watching the movie.

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Inbox by Google: A Long Overdue Review

Inbox-by-GoogleHello people.
Happy new year and all that jazz.
This year is going by so quickly and this is my first actual post of 2015.

This has been sitting in my drafts since last year (December 17).

Let’s get to it.
I’ve been using Inbox by Google (or Inbox by Gmail) since November last year. This was supposed to be Inbox by Google: One Month After.

Inbox by Gmail (or Inbox by Google) is a [not so] new email app from the Gmail team. It is an organised place to get things done and get back to what matters. Inbox by Gmail requires an invite.

I love Inbox and I love Google. Inbox obviously has advantages and disadvantages.

Things I Love About Inbox

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