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?

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo || This was a series with an amazing setting and characters, even if it was a bit slow. You can read my review for the series here!

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)

Rereads

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.

Blogging

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

Life

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)

Writing

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.

Hope you have a lovely month of May! Wrapping this up,

36 thoughts on “Monthly wrap up // April 2021

  1. Oh my goodness, the Six of Crows show looks Ah May Zing! I have so many movies & shows on my mental TBW, but I might have to add that too…
    “Just when I thought life was returning to normal.” <<Um, yes. COVID is the absolute worst.

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  2. Ahh, the Shadow and Bone cliffhangers definitely got the better of me, too! 😁🥰 I just finished writing my review for tomorrow, and I’d be very surprised if any of it seems even mildly coherent 🤣

    Also, that safari trip sounds epic! I’ve never been on a safari before, but I would love to go one day! In general, it sounds like you had a pretty good month apart from the COVID horribleness.

    Also, thanks for the shoutout! I’m glad you liked learning all about my bookish obsessions 😁

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  3. congratulations on a great reading month!! the narnia series is also one of my ultimate favorite comfort reads, and i completely understand the impulse to re-read hahaha. i’m sorry to hear that you’re on lockdown again, though :/ this situation is awful, and i can’t wait until it passes. until then, please stay safe and healthy! ❤

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  4. thank you so much for including my post!! i loved watching shadow and bone – and the casting was SO perfect!! i would scream more, but then you wouldn’t be able to get me to stop haha!! i’m sorry you didn’t love perfect on paper!! i read it this month, and rated it 4.5 stars!! lovely wrap-up 💞💞 + i also love your new pfp!! did you draw it yourself?

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    1. No problem😊 I know, the casting is spot on!! Hahaha I have that problem too! I’m glad you enjoyed Perfect on Paper, I just couldn’t get ‘into’ the story. Ahh thanks,💛💛 my sister drew it (I’m still not that good at digital art)

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  5. Lovely wrap-up! I’m soo excited to start watching Shadow and Bone, I have a feeling I’ll also binge it
    once I start because of the cliffhangers 🤧
    Hope you have a great May!!

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  6. Ahhh I’m so happy you loved Late to the Party!! It’s one of my favourite books too 😀 Everything you mentioned is why I liked it so much, especially how Codi is so relatable!
    Thank you for shouting me out 😊💞
    I hope the Covid situation in your contry gets better and that staying at home will give you some inspo to work on your WIP!
    Stay safe 💗

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  7. Great Wrap-up! I need to read the Six of Crows Duology! Everyone is loving it so much and I need to get on the bandwagon! I also have been meaning to pick up Felix Ever After.
    I loved Shadow and Bone!! So amazing I am obsessed with the cast! I have been watching all of the interviews now.
    I hope that COVID-19 gets better where you are! I hope you have a fantastic May!

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  8. Omg Felix Ever After- yoo i really want to read that, it seems so much fun hehe. My friend is obsessed with the six of crows and after reading your reviews I’m going to be giving it a shot too hehe 🙂

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  9. hahah, i loved your transition between your review of perfect on paper and felix ever after. as someone who loves contemporary, i would tell you not to give up on the genre altogether! i think it’s probably more a matter of figuring out which stories you prefer to read, and the more cutesy rom-com contemporaries are probably not that!

    shadow & bone really was amazing. i’m crossing my fingers we’ll get a season two because i really do need more of this amazing cast!

    wishing you a great may, jan!

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    1. I’m not giving up on contemporary altogether because it’s clear there are a lot more good books out there, and my bookish heart wants to try them all…
      Me too, I hope season two will be as good as the first one. Plus we’ll be getting Wylan and Nikolai, I really hope they’re cast well too.

      You too, Lais!!!

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