Another month has come and gone. I, personally, quite like April, as far as months go. The days are becoming longer and everything is in bloom — our garden is looking so lush and green right now. It’s a month of pranks and of Fred and George Weasley’s birthday. It’s a month of frantic writing if you’re participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s a month of newborn kittens and new opportunities! But enough clichés from me, let’s have a look at what we’ve been up to.
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner // ★★★★1/2
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer // ★★★★
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky // ★
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch // DNF
Starflight by Melissa Sanders // ★★★
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss // ★★★1/2
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton // ★★
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West // ★★★★
180 Seconds by Jessica Park // ★★★★1/2
Erebos by Ursula Poznanski // ★★★★
Brenna Morgan and the Iron Key by Katie Masters // ★★★
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes // ★★★★
The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan // ★★★1/2
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // ★★★1/2
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★★ (reread)
This was good! For a second there, I got really worried about the #OWBookClub theme – we were supposed to read books that had been on our shelves for ages, and I was not having any luck with my books AT ALL. But it kinda turned around during the second half of the month. I highly recommend Goodbye Days and 180 Seconds, two wonderful contemporaries which really made me feel all the feels. And, of course, Harry Potter reread. ♥
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley // ★★★★
The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley // ★★★★
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller // ★★★1/2
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas // ★★★★
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas // ★★★★1/2
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas // ★★★ 1/2
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas // ★★★★
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor // ★★★ 1/2
I read so many amazing books this month, even though five of them were rereads (oops). Compared to last month, I think eight books is a happy medium for me. Both The Emperor’s Blades and The Providence of Fire were long reads, but really quick, too. I absolute love this trilogy, and cannot wait to read the last novel and the spin-off. Daughter of the Pirate King was so much fun, but also left a bit to be desired, so I look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out. The series definitely has a lot of potential, and i’m excited to see what Levenseller has in store for us!
I’m still so on the fence about Strange the Dreamer. I reread it again this month for the FairyLoot book club and enjoyed it more this time around, but it still didn’t quite hit the spot for me. I guess I’m way too on board the Lazlo/Thyon ship, though!
Finding Molly, Volume 1: An Adventure in Catsitting by Justine Prado, Jenn St-Onge // ★★★★★
The Life Fantastic by Liza Ketchum //★★★★
The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman //★★★★
Your Lie in April 1 (四月は君の嘘 / Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso #1) by Naoshi Arakawa//★★★★★
Kate Triumph by Shari Arnold //★★★★
The Slope Rules by Melanie Hooyenga //★★★★
Alone in Paris by Ashley Earley //★★★★1/2
Spider-Gwen #1 (Spider-Gwen (2015) #1) by Jason Latour //★★★★
Spider-Gwen #2 (Spider-Gwen (2015) #2) by Jason Latour //★★★★
Spider-Gwen #3 (Spider-Gwen (2015) #3) by Jason Latour //★★★★
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy // ★★★★1/2
Hunted by Meagan Spooner // ★★
The Stand-In by Steve Bloom // ★
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor // ★★★★★
Apr 17: Fictional Goodbye Days
I’m actually doing okay this month! I know, it surprises me as well. I’ve started exercising a little bit — not too intensely, as I’m likely to drop it again if I can’t keep up — but some ropeskipping and cycling is doing the trick. I find it helps me start the day better, as I tend to feel more calm and clear-headed. I’ve also been taking better care of myself in terms of food. These are all important parts of self care that I’m hoping to keep up.
I’ve also been doing Camp NaNo — very low-key, mind you. I set myself a 10k goal so I’m not pushing myself. It was more of a motivational goal to get me writing again and I made it, so I’m really pleased!
Good evening! As I write this, I’m getting ready for work. It’s bank holiday weekend in the UK, which means a lot of drunk people and a very impatient Aly, so I’m not looking forward to it at all. I can’t believe it’s already May, though! The end of April marks almost three months of being smoke-free and… that’s about it. That’s all that’s happened in my life, unfortunately. I’ve been looking at new tattoo designs, spent an inordinate amount of money on books and I went to watch Beauty & the Beast in cinemas. It was fanTASTIC. Disney really knocked it out of the park! I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on repeat for a good couple of weeks now. My neighbours are sick of me.
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Hello, everybody! Can you believe it’s already MAY?? Like, what even? I feel like every month just flies by without so much as a warning. Anyhoo, nothing really interesting happened this month in my life, or at least nothing I think people would find interesting. Other than I did quite a lot of shopping (bargain shopping that is) and a little redecorating happened in my room and the living room. I’ll probably post some pictures of my progress on my Instagram if you guys are interested in seeing what I’ve been up to with the decorating thing. It makes my little artistic heart happy.
Speaking of which, I’ve FINALLY started painting again!! It’s been literal MONTHS since I last drew a pencil line let alone picked up a paint brush but I needed the break from art. I was a little stressed and trying to settle into a few new things that happened in my life and it kept me from feeling like creating. Now that I’ve kind of gotten the hang of things, however, I hope to finish a painting I started recently over the next few days. Free time is a little sparse at the moment so bear with me! Other than that, I’ve been busy buying books, reading books, buying more CDs than I need (I literally just ordered two albums online about thirty minutes ago at the time that I’m writing this) and I got new glasses this month. YAY FUN TIMES.
Hello, hello! I am trying REALLY hard not to start off my month recap screaming, ‘HOW IS IT THE END OF THE MONTH ALREADY WHAT EVEN HOW EVEN NONONONOOO’, but see? Already failed. 😛 Honestly though, HOW IS IT MAY IN A FEW DAYS??!! HOWWWWW. It’s my 18th birthday on the 15th and chums, I am not ready. NOT. READY. I am a disorganized chaos of a human and I am so not ready to become an ‘adult’. BUT ANYWAY, teenlife crisis aside, I have spent April mostly sick YET AGAIN, DAMMIT. This whole year I’ve been struggling with my health and it’s still an ongoing battle. But! I did read Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and omg did it light up and feed my soul!!!! So much goodness and genius inside it’s many pages AND I AM NOT OKAY. Definitely my fav book of 2017 so far <3 How was your month? 🙂
And how are you?