Monthly Favourites – May 2018

Another month has come to an end, and, as it’s now usual, I have some favourites to share with you. Carry on reading to discover which books, TV show, songs and shoes (a novelty) have enliven my month of May!

I read three books last month – S.: A Novel about the Balkans by Slavenka Drakulic, Nada by Carmen Laforet and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I would recommend all of them, but the one I appreciated the most was S.: A Novel about the Balkans. It tells the story of S., a woman who was repeatedly raped during the Bosnian war, while delving into a variety of extremely important and still relevant issues.

In spite of having only watched the first three episodes so far, I decided to choose the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale as my favourite TV series from May. I’m particularly relishing knowing more about the past of some of the secondary characters. For those who haven’t watched the first season or read the book yet (I recommend you do both), it is set in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian, repressive and puritanical state established in the US, where some women are used by men to breed.

Unlike what happened to many people, I was not disappointed by Arctic Monkeys’ latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and I’ve been listening to it almost every day since its release. Although it’s by no means my favourite album of theirs, I honestly really like it. To be fully appreciated, I feel like it has to be listened to in its entirety and in order. The only exception probably being the song Four out of Five (my favourite), which has a ‘single’ vibe to it, working perfectly well by itself. There isn’t a hegemony of that distinct Indie Rock sound, and I can hear plenty of Jazz and Lounge Music influences. But it still sounds like an Arctic Monkeys album, particularly when it comes to the little details. Alex Turner is to me the best lyricist of his generation.

Another favourite of mine music-wise in May was the song Slow Karma by David Fonseca, a Portuguese singer-songwriter. I love the Prince vibes that I get from it. It’s part of his newest album Radio Gemini, which generally-speaking I was disappointed by. Despite comprising a handful of songs that I enjoyed, the album is full of unnecessary songs, just put there to achieve a concept album.

Finally, I really cherished my Converse trainers last month. With the weather getting warmer, but still not warm enough for sandals, they were my favourite shoes to wear. At the moment, I own three pairs – navy, red and black –, because I like to colour coordinate them with my clothes!

With this small fashion reference (don’t worry I’m not becoming a lifestyle blogger!), I end my monthly favourites from May. What about you? Which were your favourites from last month? Tell me in the comments!

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