Hello lovely people! Another month has gone by and April was actually sort of productive, more than the other three months. Except for the fact that COVID is spreading like crazy here (again) which I’m not going to talk about here but seriously, wherever you are, stay safe and wear a mask XD.
What I read
I did promise myself that I’d read only four books this month…but I guess I ignored that resolution straight up. A friend of mine who’d borrowed nine books from me for about a year (we both forgot to talk about it every time we met) finally returned those books and I couldn’t stop myself from rereading the old classics.
So what did I read?
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales || Perfect on Paper was…funny. I liked Ainsley and the sister dynamics, and I liked the diversity and representation. Other than that, this was…average. Maybe contemporary books aren’t for me. My rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender || Lol just forget what I said above because I loved this book. Felix is a really messy character but so relatable, often doing things without thinking and trying to figure himself out. I loved the diversity in this book! My rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen || New favourite. I loved this book so much?? I relate with Codi in so many ways. Her friendship with Ricky, crush on Lydia and her relationship with her best friends were all the best points in this book for me. Codi being a socially awkward introvert had nothing to do with it, I tell ya. At all. My rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 stars)
Prince Caspian and The Silver Chair from the Narnia series – these books are my comfort books and also I haven’t read them in an year (they were among my friend’s returned books) so I went ahead and reread them. I might read the rest of the series too.
The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird – a very touching MG novel about two very different boys trying to survive on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
And a few Sherlock Holmes stories because they are my bread and butter in between periods of studying.
What I watched
Star Wars: Phantom Menace
What I didn’t like: Jar Jar Binks, it was really predictable, awfully cheesy, and little Anakin is such an annoying smarty-pants. What I liked: Obi Wan and Qui Gon, Anakin also being so cute, and it was also very fun.
Shadow and Bone
I was meaning to watch this slowly but the cliffhangers got better of me. The actors are all great, and it’s surprising that I’m seeing all of them for the first time, except for Jasper and Baghra’s actors. The actress playing Baghra played Madam Hooch and I watched Kit Young play Lysander in a futuristic, genderbent queer spin on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (sadly, it’s not available on YouTube anymore). If you haven’t watched Shadow and Bone yet, WATCH IT!!! If I say more this is going to turn into me fangirling over Jesper and Alina and Mal and Inej and Kaz and Nina and Matthias and Fedyor(!!) so I’ll stop here.
April was a good month blogging-wise. I posted 5 times, and as always if you want to visit the posts, simply click on the header image!
Around the blogosphere
Riddhi gives advice to new bloggers, which I think are helpful for any blogger!
Susana discusses about why many teens hate reading so much, and how school plays a big part in it
Hasini @ Bibliosini discusses how reading affects her mental health (she’s another Sri Lankan book blogger I discovered recently; give her a follow and show her some love!)
Ritz reviews the book Moxie
Read Cherry’s post where she creates moodboards for her favourite books and convinces us to read them
Naemi quizzes herself about how obsessed she is with books!
Ahaana discusses diversity and representation in YA fiction
Just when I thought life was returning to normal. Now we’re on social distancing and schools-closed phase again, making me wonder when this is ever going to stop.
On the bright side, I studied a lot more this month. Mostly because I freaked out over the marks I got on my term tests. I also went shopping and managed to survive through it (jeez, I hate going shopping so much because I find nothing I like fits me). The New Year this time went past like a blur like last year’s one.
And I went to Bundala National Park with my family because there’s nothing like a safari trip to a place you’ve visited five times before to cheer you up. The park was almost empty (only three safari jeeps counting ours as well) and I had a glorious time. (This was before the third wave of COVID, by the way)
Exactly 883 words on my WIP. Which I might delete and write over again because my writer’s block has insisted on staying. I’m glad, though, because it leaves more room for my school work.