πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | My April 2021 Wrap-Up πŸŒΌ

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A changeable April has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Life πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

April began with a much-needed two-week break, in which, due to the easing of England’s Covid restrictions, I was finally able to meet my new baby cousin and enjoy a pub lunch with friends. Sadly I also suffered with my sinuses, because of the month’s jo-jo-ing weather. Thankfully I was feeling better for my return to work and the last two weeks have been busy, tiring, but good times with ‘my boys’ and colleagues.

I also started a healthy food plan to get back to cooking and making fresh, homemade lunches and evening meals, as I have got into lazy ways since the third, winter, lockdown. This has including making three new-to-me recipes: Smoky Red Pepper and Bean Soup (Quick Cooking by Mary Berry); 10-Minute Couscous Salad (BBC Good Food) and One-Pan Pasta Primavera (Plant Based Cookbook by Trisha Sebben Krupka). πŸ˜‹

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Books πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

With all that going, I am pleased I have managed to finish reading three (almost four) books, which is equal to last month:

Alongside these I have also continued my (nearly) daily HolyΒ Bible readings from the books of 2 Chronicles, Isaiah,Β Nehemiah and Luke, for The Bible Course I am taking part in – the meetings for which have now finished, but I still have readings to catch-up on.

Now I am near to finishing the classic adventure The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle: my result forΒ The Classics Club 26th Spin Event. Overall another good month of reading and my pick of the month goes to Neil Oliver’s fascinating The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places. πŸ€“

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ TV & Films πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

While my viewing has done a complete 360ΒΊ from last month, as I finished no series but watched three new-to-me films in April:

As you can see from my ratings none of these really blew me away, so it is hard to name a pick of the month, however I do recommend a watch of the the powerful documentary film,Β Seaspiracy (2021) – it inspired me to sign the petition set up by the film makers at Change.org. 🐬

Over the month, I have also been watching series two of the WWII drama Das Boot and during my break, I enjoyed re-watches of Jane Eyre (2011), Shrek (2001), Robin Hood (2010), Shrek 2 (2004) and Stardust (2007). 😊

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Blog πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Finally, here on the blog was busy, fun and productive, as I was able to catch up on an impressive five back-logged reviews for these books from previous months:

And I also had great fun taking part in The Classics Club’s 26th Spin Event and the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday | Villainous Animals in Books. In the coming month of May I am hoping to bring you more reviews and I am looking forward to taking part in the Daphne du Maurier Reading Week 2021.


For now, that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday for my regular weekly reflection, and in a month’s time to see how May has treated us all. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bye for now!πŸ‘‹

(I have linked this post into the weekly meme,Β The Sunday Post)

Now in the comments let me know: How you are? What you have been reading and watching? Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post.

31 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | My April 2021 Wrap-Up πŸŒΌ

  1. I am glad you are feeling better. Hopefully you are able to find some rest time in between the busy-ness that is work. I am glad you were able to catch up on your reviews! I need to carve out time to do that. I’m so behind, sadly. I hope you have a great week!

  2. Ooh how are you liking the Lost World? I’ve never read it but I’m a big fan of lost world stories. πŸ™‚

  3. Not bad to have read 3 (almost 4) books. I find, now that the weather is improving and lockdown has been relaxed, that I am reading less than usual. It’s been a while since I’ve watched it, but I wasn’t impressed by Anna Karenina either. Hope you’ll have better luck with your watching next month. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Stargazer – I have read less due to tiredness rather that the weather improving and it is some comfort to know I wasn’t the only one not that impressed by Anna Karenina! πŸ˜…

  4. It’s wonderful being able to start reconnecting with family and friends, isn’t it? It may be outside and the weather may not always play nice but it’s better than what we’ve had to put up with since the autumn! Fingers crossed it keeps heading in the right direction.

    Hope you have a good week!

    1. Thank you, Nicci and yes, fingers-crossed that things keep heading in the right direction, it certainly has been wonderful to properly reconnect with family and friends. 😊

  5. Looks like you had some nice sunny weather for your pub lunch! I loved the 2011 version of Jane Eyre! Some versions aren’t as good. Hope you have better luck with your films this month. Happy reading, Jessica!

    1. Thank you, Rachel – we really were blessed with glorious weather for our pub lunch and while my new-to-me films were rather disappointing my comforting re-watches more than made up for it; including the wonderful 2011 version of Jane Eyre, which is great to hear you love too! 😊

  6. Glad that the sinuses cleared up in the end – it’s a miserable thing to have to deal with! I’m going to wait until we get back to the library and get hold of the book The Story of the British Isles in a 100 Places – it sounds like something I’d love. And I really don’t read enough non-fiction… I can’t quite believe we’re in May already and I hope the coming week is a good one, Jessica:)

    1. Thank you so much, SJ and I hope you are able to get your hands on a copy of The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places from the library, it really is a fascinating read and each place is discussed in a nice, bitesize chapters, so it is easy to dip in and out of – perfect I would imagine if you don’t read a lot of non-fiction. 😊

  7. The smoky red pepper and bean soup sounds so good. I just wish I liked beans but I never have. I would totally be looking up that recipe if I did though 😊. Sounds like a wonderful week of seeing family and friends and of course good books! ❀️

    1. Tessa, the Smoky Red Pepper and Bean soup was really good and as you don’t like beans maybe you could swap them for potatoes, pasta, lentils or a grain? And it was a wonderful month of seeing friends and family, thank you 😊

  8. I am glad you were able to enjoy some time with friends and family. Nothing improves the spirits more!

    The food looks good, too. Enjoy!

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  9. “Jo-jo-ing weather” is a new term for me. I had to look it up. Thanks for sharing that. And I am sorry your watch list was not that great, hope May will be better.

  10. It’s good to see signs of normality returning isn’t it. I went for a walk yesterday which took me across the promenade of a beach resort and it was so lovely to see families out together at last, doing normal things!

  11. Sounds like a pretty good month, except for your sinuses of course.
    I’ve been watching New Amsterdam on Netflix. I’m totally addicted now! LOL! I’m almost starting the 2nd season.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

    1. Thank you, Maureen it was a good month apart from the sinuses and I hope you continue to enjoy watching New Amsterdam – I have not watched it, but looks like I need to check it out. πŸ™‚

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