The April Collection

The April List | A summary on what caught out eye this month.

A lot can happen in a month.

This is a new segment on the blog. It’s simply a collection of the things that caught my attention throughout the month. This could be anything from good reads, movies and tv, podcasts and music. You might even find some collected musings on everyday life.

This is a little personal monthly piece that I’m sharing. A piece that gives me a space to share what’s on my mind. I really hope it starts a conversation with you, dear reader. So, please, don’t be shy. Share with me your month’s favourites in the comments below.

Can Reading Make You Happier by Ceridwen Dovey

This read came as a recommendation by travel writer Nina Karnikowski after she asked her audience what they do when they’re feeling stuck. I don’t often DM people I admire on Instagram but it felt right.

“Reading seems to clear my mind”. I wrote to her. And much to my surprise, she wrote back suggesting I read this article.

This piece discusses the fascinating idea that we’re only alive for so long, and in that time, can only read so many books. So we better make sure they’re worth our time.

It tells the story of Dovey as she has a session with a bibliotherapist. Never herd of that before? Me either. They’re basically professional book recommenders. They recommend books, or as Dovey calls it, a “reading prescription”, according to a questionnaire and follow up conversations. The questionnaire dives into what you’d expect, like your reading habits, but also dives into more profound life questions, like “What is preoccupying you at the moment?”.

It’s a captivating piece about our connection to reading, exploring the idea of what we can get out of it.

Go to: Can Reading Make You Happier by Ceridwen Dovey

How Long Can it Take to Have a Baby by Jean M. Twenge

Ok. This is a bit of a strange one. And I want to start off by saying, I’m not looking to have a baby anytime soon. But, as a woman who values her career, whilst being on the brink of her 30s, I’m somewhat interested in the subject of fertility.

This was another Instagram recommendation by yet another writer I admire, the super talented Haley Nahman.

This article analyses the statistics that cause our fear of the ticking fertility clock. And the results, are part shocking, part relieving.

It’s a long, but worth reading till the end.

Go to: How Long Can it Take to Have a Baby by Jean M. Twenge

Queer Eye available on Netflix

If you haven’t watched the revamped Queer Eye yet, do yourself a favour and get on that band-wagon. You know when you finish a book or series and you feel completely lost without it? That’s how I feel now that I’m completely up to date with Queer Eye. I. Need. More.

Queer Eye’s mission is simple and contagious. Love who you are and love those around you.

It’s a mission that reminds you that we’re all different—and there’s beauty in that.

It’s a mission the world needs more of.

Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace by Brad Plumer

A fascinating article about a new United Nations report warning us that our impact on the world is speeding up at an alarming rate. Along with the changes that climate change are bring to our natural habitats, biodiversity is losing the fight to survive.

If this doesn’t scare you, then understanding the repercussions of what us, as humans, when we lose a large percentage of our biodiversity just might.

Go to: Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace