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April Favorites

I have had an absolute blast this month. Michael’s busy season is coming to an end, and we celebrated Easter as a family. So many favorite moments, and here are a few more favorites this month.

Book of the Month

I usually don’t like a book with a lot of profanity in it, but this has to be my favorite this month simply for the fact that it challenged me on how I see and operate in the social media realm. Plus, it’s a great story. I wrote more about it here.


I bought this book for Sam for Easter. I love, love, love Matthew Paul Turner’s books. I have all three of them, and I will probably by any of the future ones he writes. His poetry (because that’s what it is) accurately reflects the love of God and for children so perfectly. You can check out more here.

Beauty and Fashion

I received my new FabFitFun box at the end of March so I have been playing around with a few of the products, like this Tula Purifying Face Cleanser. It’s a gel so it’s a different consistency from the other cleansers I’ve used in the past but it makes my skin oh so soft! I love it!

Like most subscription boxes, I can get you a bit of a discount and they will also give me a discount. The Spring box is going to be shipped next month and I already made my choices, so I’m anticipating some great products. You can still order the Spring box. Here’s the link for the discount.


Another movie from the TBW list, Mary Poppins Returns was absolutely adorable. I also watched Saving Mr. Banks this year on Netflix before I saw this one so the movie was a little different for me.

The plot follows the same formula as the first one. There is a scene with animation, a scene where they end up on the ceiling with a strange relative, and a scene of street workers dancing. There is even a scene at the bank, but I don’t think there was a song this time. Predictable, but cute. And Miranda and Blunt are darling. They do fix the unrequited love that Poppins and Bert seemed to have in the first movie…none of that in this one, but there is still love in the air.

What are some favorites you have been enjoying this month?

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green: A Review

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was really looking forward to this book, and it did not disappoint! The story revolves around this mysterious, large robot that shows up in Manhattan, New York in front of a Chipotle. Turns out that there are several of these robots all over the world. The main character, April May, gets thrust into the spotlight after she and her friend Andy make a video with one of the robots before it became big news.
Even though there is a mystery of these robots and why they are here, the real story was how April becomes internet famous and all the fallout from that experience. It was so eye-opening (and a little exposing) to me as someone who spends a lot of time on social media. It touched on the addiction to likes and comments, but it was more than that. It explored how good intentions can be twisted. It was an in-depth and honest look at a path so many people have taken online, especially in the YouTube community.
Although this is a fictional story, it does make me think twice about the amount of time I spend online and especially on social media. Which is really what makes this book awesome. It’s written in the first person from the perspective of April (except for the last chapter, but I don’t want to spoil anything).
There is a good bit of profanity in the book. A lot of use of the F word. There are some implied sex scenes, but nothing detailed. Her sexuality, as a bisexual, is a conversation throughout the book. It is even used to trap her in a debate. And there is some violence – terrorists try to attack the robots, and there is even a pretty graphic scene at the end, but April warns you that it’s coming and that you can skip it if you want.

April TBR

I liked the themes I’ve been doing the past two months, both for Black History Month and Women’s History Month. I don’t think I will continue with themes, but I couldn’t help myself doing it one last time. Of course, this has nothing especially to do with April, but I thought I would read some science fiction since I had a book in just about every one of my categories.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green.  I have been wanting to read this book for months now, and I finally have it on my monthly TBR. In fact, it’s the book that inspired the sci-fi theme. I don’t know much about the plot other than it’s about a girl who takes a picture of this mysterious robot that shows up and she deals with the fame fallout.

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD. So this isn’t science fiction, per se, but it does kind of fit into the science realm. It’s one of the books I picked up for parenting, and I’m interested to see what it says. I like holistic approaches, and it seems to be leaning in that direction.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This was a big series in the YA community that actually completed last year with the book Obsidio. The format is really fascinating which is what pulled me to the book in the first place. It’s a collection of notes and emails and other correspondence back and forth. I’m intrigued.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. I think I read this book in school, but I don’t really remember what it is about, other than it probably takes place on Mars. But it fits the science fiction theme, so I’m excited to read it.

What are you reading this month?