Friday Favourites: April

Happy Friday! I’ve been quite busy this month with reading and catching up on some of my favourite TV shows, so my favourites list is quite full, compared with previous months! Admittedly, I haven’t been able to read as much as I would have liked, but the books I did manage to read, I really enjoyed. I’ve watched a lot more TV than I have read books, which is why I have 3 TV shows on this list.

Here are my Friday Favourites…


BOOKS

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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I started this book a couple of months ago but I didn’t have the time to finish it, until this month. It was so good. I loved the concept of the book which surrounds a society where immortality has basically been reached. Obviously the population continues to grow, so scythes were created as a form of population control and they have to ‘glean’ (kill) a certain amount of people. This leads to Scythes being feared but also worshipped in society, and this kind of power has gone to some of the Scythes heads. I thought this whole concept was so interesting – I can totally see something like this happening one day in the future!

The story follows two teens who are picked as apprentices for a Scythe, and they are navigating what it means to take another humans life, and how to do so in ethical ways (if you can call killing someone ethical!) There are so many twists, it was actually so hard to keep track with. Whilst the first half of the plot is slower compared to the rest, it’s totally worth sticking with the book, because it gets better. So much better.

I know that I’ll be ordering the next book really soon because I can’t wait to continue on with the series!


Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

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I’ve not actually finished this book yet, I think I’m about 80 pages away from the end, but I knew that I had to include it on this list anyway. I love historical retellings, and this one intrigued me so much because it’s a Spartacus retelling, where Spartacus is actually female. I don’t really know that much about Spartacus, but that’s one of the reasons why I love historical fiction, because I can learn along the way! The author has made it very clear that this book isn’t 100% historically accurate though, so I know that not everything in this book happened.

I will say that this novel is a lot different from what I was expecting. There’s a lot more romance than I initially expecting, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I do wish that this wasn’t such a central feature of the novel. With it being set in Rome, the book pays particular attention to gladiators and slavery, and doesn’t shy away from the gory details or how inhumanely people were treated back in the Roman Empire.

It’s been a really enjoyable read so far, and I can’t wait to finish it and see what happens!


TV

One Day At A Time

I had seen so many people talking about this show on twitter so I was really excited to watch it, and it definitely lived up to the hype! It centres around a three generation Cuban family and their family dynamic, which I love so much. It’s so funny and relevant, and focuses on so many important topics. I still have a few more episodes to watch until I’m completely caught up, but it’s a new favourite of mine, I can’t recommend it enough!


The Good Doctor

I already have an obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, and after catching up on that I needed to find a new show I could binge. That’s what I found The Good Doctor and I was instantly hooked. It’s another medical drama but the protagonist has autism. The show follows him as a surgical resident and how he adapts to his new career, but also the lessons, both personal and professional, that he learns along the way. I really recommend it if you love medical dramas!


Jane The Virgin

This show is one of my all time favourites ever. The main reason for it being on my favourites list this month, is because of the season finale which I’m still so shocked about. I won’t say anything because of spoilers, but wow that was a great season finale. 


What were some of your favourites books or TV shows during April?

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