This year April was so unpredictable month. Sometimes it was sunny weather and sometimes the sky was covered with rainy clouds, and you likely stayed at home and was drinking a hot tea with a nice book. However, we need to talk about favorites. So here are my April favorites.
Among the five books I have read in April, I would like to mention the bestseller The Marriage of Opposites by popular American novelist Alice Hoffman. This novel takes us to the exotic Caribbean island of St. Thomas and reveals the history of forbidden love between Rachel and Frederick, the parents of one of the most famous painters of Impressionism – Camille Pizarro. Beautifully described family saga with a touching story of love and pain, happiness and suffering. I liked this book, so it receives the mark 5/5.
I would like to mention the film Hidden Figures. This American drama is shot by Ted Melfi. It’s based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. It’s about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. This incredible story shows the strong spirit of women who broke the gender and racial barriers and inspired the generations of talented men and women to not be afraid to fight for their dreams and proudly defend their rights. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson. Also with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles. Total mark – 10/10.
Favorite serial in April is the British series The Last Kingdom by BBC Two. The series is an adaptation of the popular books by Bernard Cornwall called Saxon Chronicles. The plot is set in the ninth century England, which at that time consisted of a number of separate Anglo-Saxon kingdoms – Wessex, East Anglia, Mercia and Northumbria. The series tells the story of a period of English history when the country suffered from numerous raids by Vikings and Danes. In such a difficult situation King Alfred the Great is trying to unite the country.
However, besides the struggle, the main history is unfolding around a young and brave Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman of Northumbria. He was raised as a Dane. And now this struggle is a chance to understand who he really is – pagan Dane or Christian Saxon. Exciting, dynamic, interesting – if you like history, stories of knights and military battles, you’ll like this serial too. Total mark – 10/10.
Of course, that was not only one of the favorite serials of April. Another one is a mini-documentary series from the BBC – Meet the Romans with Mary Beard. This three-episode serial is a fascinating journey into one of the greatest empires of our history along with British researcher Mary Beard. It tells about the Roman Empire – from the founding of the city on seven hills to the majestic Empire, from its prosperity and unprecedented wealth to total collapse. This fascinating story of ancient Rome, its people, culture and heritage. Total mark – 9/10.
Among the videos I have viewed in April, I would like to mention one video from TED Talks. The sound and communication expert Julian Treasure tells how to speak so that people want to listen. He explains clearly and interestingly from what things should we reject from our speaking and what should we implement into our speech to speak more interesting. He shows some practical vocal exercises and tips on how to talk better. So listen and learn!
I really liked the sensitive composition by the Ukrainian band SKAI – “I love you”. So tenderly and sincerely.
Soon the English version will be available.
Sometimes we should relax a little bit. What could be better than a hot bath with a soft foam and fragrant candles? And it’s also pleasant to enjoy the wonderful shower gels from Avon.
Especially I liked the refreshing shower gel Rio Cocktail with fascinating aromas of lime, mint, and rum… It’s like you swim in a mojito pool. And a moisturizing cream-gel Magical Tropics that captivates by its intense fruity aroma and gives you a lot of positive emotions. So, what do you like the most – to take a bath or a shower?