June 2020 | Monthly Favourites

Alia’s Picks

Song: Since I’ve been working from home due to COVID-19, it feels like my Spotify is constantly blasting music. I’ve been trying out a bunch of different playlists on Spotify to diversify my playlist but I do have a bad habit to listening to the same song on repeat. This month I’ve been listening to 11:11 by the Arkells. What can I say, I love the indie vibes.

Book: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. This year I have been trying to listen to more audiobooks since I have a lot of opportunity to listen while doing other tasks, rather than just sitting down and reading. I listened to I’m Still Here as an audiobook and I actually think it added to my experience, since the author is the one who narrates all the chapters. I really enjoyed listening to her as she describes her experience as a black woman growing up and living in America. It was insightful, painful and conveyed in an honest and authentic manner.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

TV Show: Kingdom on Netflix. Everyone has been telling me to watch it for the longest time but I finally watched the first episode the other day and I LOVE IT. I can’t wait to binge watch it on the weekend – it has two seasons and it’s spooky af!

Movie: I recently went through a pretty big Bollywood movie binge on Netflix. I don’t watch Bollywood movies as much anymore but they’ll always have a special place in my heart. One movie that I really like is Jodha Akbaar – a historical romance that details the political marriage between Mughal Emperor Akbar and a Rajput princess Jodha. If you like period pieces that’s heavy on the romance, this is one movie I would definitely recommend!

Game: I’ve played over 200 hours of Animal Crossing New Horizons and I even have the digital game guide LOL So yeah, this is definitely the game of the month. Like obsessed to the point where I even made my own AC Villager stickers! Genji is hanging out on my switch dock now, living his best life.

App: So I don’t tend to add everything I read to Goodreads because I’m lazy LOL but one app I’ve recently started using is Tappytoon Comics. They have a great selection of webtoons and comics. I love it because it also regularly updates with new chapters! It’s also great in terms of usability/design as I can read on my phone or iPad and have a smooth experience.

YouTuber: I’ve been watching booktuber Cindy Pham’s videos a lot this month. I don’t usually watch Booktube videos but I just love her reviews and I think she’s hilarious! There were definitely some great recommendations from her that are now on my TBR and also of course, I love all the videos where she read books that were like??? Why did this plot happen??? I think one my favourite videos from her is about Serpent & Dove. PLEAAAASE do yourself a favour and listen to her ramble.

Julia’s Picks

Song: The 1975’s new album, Notes on a Conditional Form, has been on repeat since it dropped. I didn’t know how much I needed MORE new music from them! When the single “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” first dropped, I absolutely fell in love with it but after reading that Matty was going for a Max Martin x Kanye West vibe on “Tonight (I Wish I Was Your Boy)” I knew this song would slap just as hard. There’s something about this band that keeps on giving musically and I’m here to be fed.

Book: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo was our buddy read earlier this month. You can read our full review here.

TV Show: I finally caught up with (aka binge-watched) The Office (US) and WOW, why’d it take me so long?! I didn’t think I’d get so emotionally attached to these characters but after nine whole seasons… HERE WE ARE! I’ve also started listening to the Office Ladies podcast, hosted by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, because I literally cannot get enough.

Movie: Blindspotting (2018) was one of the movies that Cineplex showcased as part of their “Understanding Black Stories” initiative. Alia mentioned that it was one of her favourite movies of 2018 so I obviously had to give it a go. It’s such a perfect mix of comedy and drama while covering the important topic of police brutality in the Black community. THEN I found out that the main actors also wrote a whole soundtrack for the movie and I was even MORE impressed!

Game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons, duh. Alia and I are huge fans and used to play New Leaf at every chance when we lived together. We are truly spoiled in New Horizons although, I do miss Kapp’n sometimes.

App: I have been loving the Libby app lately. Well, actually it’s like a bittersweet relationship right now because I don’t enjoy reading ebooks on my phone but I also don’t really have a choice since my Kobo has been struggling to register library books lately (and I don’t really feel like resetting the entire thing). Otherwise, the app is really easy to use and is connected to the OverDrive database so you can access audiobooks as well!

YouTuber: Like I said, I’ve been OBSESSED with Animal Crossing and building my island but I also miss the Dream Suite and getting to visit random player’s islands. However, I can live vicariously through Chase Crossing. He just lives his best life while he tours islands and it’s truly awesome seeing how creative people are.

April 2019 | Monthly Favourites


I’ve been listening to Mizu by Yung Tory a lot on the bus recently. This is the only song I know by Yung Tory so I can’t really speak to his other music but this song is super catchy.


I honestly didn’t know anything about Captain Marvel when I went to go see the movie. I was never a huge comic reader when I was a kid and while I do enjoy graphic novels now, I rarely read any of the Marvel/DC Superhero stuff (I think I’ve read one Guardians of the Galaxy comic and the Court of Owls Batman story). I was pleasantly surprised while watching Captain Marvel. It was quick-paced, funny and full of action. It made me really excited to see Endgame (which was also good, thought I don’t get as hyped about the Avengers movies as everyone else).


My favourite read this month is definitely Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig. His insights into human nature and our obsession with social media is 1000% accurate in my opinion. Haig’s book is about remembering to be kind to yourself, to walk away from fights on the internet and to not let social media crowd your mental space. He said a lot of things I always thought but dismissed, thinking ‘I’m just overthinking all of this’. It was validating to hear someone else write about things you’ve thought about.

What’s Next…

I’m hoping to read a lot more this month, I fell behind early in the year because I was so busy with work. I’m hoping to read Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal this week. I’ve heard nothing but good things and I’m really excited for it!

June 2018 | Monthly Favourites

Alia’s Picks

Song: Nice For What by Drake.

Literally been listening to it all the time on my bus rides home. It’s tooo catchy!

33917107Book: I didn’t read a lot in June because I had just started a new job and also I was moving at the same time. But I did manage to read On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. It was a great little essay, about the size of We Should All Be Feminists. You could definitely read this is one sitting, which is great for such an insightful and important essay.

TV Show: I just finished the first season of Bates Motel (Netflix). It was pretty good, although I wish the ending had been stronger, especially cause you can kinda predict how it’s gonna end. I’m curious to see what happens in the second season, but I’m torn between that and the second season Lost. I’ve never finished the series and I borrowed the DVDs from a friend, so I think I might jump into that!

jwMovie:  I watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and it was soooo good! Like all the Jurassic movies, it was definitely campy but it was a lot of fun to watch. If anyone watched Jurassic World and were disappointed that there weren’t many “scary” scenes, then this movie will totally make it up to you! I spent 90% of my time in the theater on the edge of my seat.

Game: I recently bought a Nintendo Switch and I’ve been playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s such an amazing game and at the same time a huuuuge time wasting trap. I swear I spent two hours just climbing mountains and cooking food! So far I’ve defeated all the divine beasts and now I’m searching for some of the memories I’ve missed. I’m probably not going to fight Ganon for awhile, since I’m still exploring all the areas.

Also this.

App: I re-downloaded Pokemon Go last week, after watching the Nintendo Switch trailer for the Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu!/Let’s Go Eevee! and it made me want to play all over again. Of course, now everyone who kept playing is amazing at this game and I have like five Pokemon. I also don’t live ANYWHERE near a gym or any stops. The pokemon ball drought is real friends.

YouTuber: I’ve been watching a ton of ProZD videos this month. He has a great one for Avengers: Infinity War. If you’ve seen the movie, I’d definitely check it out! Plus a lot of his videos are like less than five minutes, so you can binge them pretty easy.

Julia’s Picks

Song: Ball For Me ft. Nicki Minaj by Post Malone

Post Malone has been suuuuuch a vibe for me this summer. This song is probably one of my favourite bops off of beerbongs & bentleys. TBH how could it not be when it has this line: “Call me Buffy cause that’s what I slay like”?

Book: Like Alia, I haven’t had much time to read this month. But I’m so close to finishing Brandon Sanderson’s The Bands of Mourning, which is the sixth book in the Mistborn series. I love this author and everything about this world.

TV Show: Everything Sucks

Once I read the description for this show I immediately knew that I needed it in my life. Everything Sucks follows high school students navigating their way through their first relationships, fitting in and a film premiere. It takes places in the 90’s and the references are great – there’s a scene when Luke recreates Oasis’s “Wonderwall” music video to ask out his crush.

Movie: Just last week I went to watch Hereditary and I quite enjoyed it. It was suspenseful and definitely is worthy of a rewatch, especially now that I googled a lot afterwards. Alex Wolff is great and did a great acting job. I wish I didn’t watch it in theatres because the crowd definitely ruined some of the mood but ohhhh well.

Product: I received a Hola Neon liquid lipstick from one of my etsy bags and I’ve using it quite a lot. It goes on pretty nice, doesn’t dry my lips out AND it’s cruelty free!

Game: My friends and I have been playing a LOT of Jackbox 4. The first 3 games are so good that we haven’t even gotten to the other ones! Monster Seeking Monster has got to be my favourite though because everyone’s pick up lines are toooo cheesy!

If you’ve never heard of Jackbox, it’s a party game you play with your friends using your phones/ tablets/ laptops. There’s usually 4-5 games in each set and they’re hilarious.

App: I’ve been trying to get my Instagram to ascend to a whole ‘notha level by tryna keep to the same filter. Hence, my constant use of Filmborn. It gives your photos different film aesthetics such as: Fujifilm and Kodak. It’s really fun to play around with!

YouTuber: Jeffree Star is an icon. That is all.



May 2018 | Monthly Favourites

Alia’s Picks


Last year I really got into this band and I honestly can’t stop listening to their music on repeat. I’ve been listening to this song on my way to school basically everyday for the last two weeks and I’m pretty sure I’m not gonna stop until I find a different Bleachers song to get obsessed with.

Book: I picked up a lot of graphic novels this month during my visit to Ottawa Comic-con. I just finished reading Paper Girls by Brian Vaughn and I’d definitely recommend it anyone whose a fan of sci-fi!

TV Show:

I watched the whole season in one sitting because I’m incapable of watching TV Shows at a normal pace. It’s a German Netflix Original and I loved every minute of it. If you’re into urban Sci-Fi with spooky intense music, then this show is definitely for you! Check out the trailer below!


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