April 2020 || Monthly Wrap Up

Hello beautiful people!

April was full of ups and downs, if I’m going to be honest. With some personal health stuff (not COVID … don’t worry) on top of everything else going on, it started off SUPER stressful. But things started to get better throughout the month, thanks to a lot of fun things I decided to give a try. From fitness challenges to a SO who’s incredibly supportive and caring, April ended up being a fantastic month!

I truly hope you are all staying safe and healthy — not just physically, but keeping that mental health in check. With the ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS weather we’ve been getting here, I think May is going to be even better!

Books I Read


Book Reviews

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

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Brief Thoughts: “Pax is a wonderful self-discovery children’s novel, discussing the confusing yet wonderful parts of growing up and learning who we are. Though Pax and Peter have their own lessons to learn, their mirroring journeys truly reflect the strength of their bond with one another. It’s a wonderful novel to show children how people who have gone through terrible things can still overcome them, moving forward with an open-mind. It’s also a great way to have the children of today learn mistakes from past generations … providing a better hope for peace in the future.”

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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Brief Thoughts: “Sorcery of Thorns is a grand fantasy story full of magical books and grimoires, warrior librarians, a fascinating magical system, and all powerful demons … with some witty banter to bring the characters to life. Rogerson’s writing ability is incredible at drawing you in … you’ll be amazed with how fast you finish this novel. Though the world building lacks and the final battle’s slightly anti-climatic, the story as a whole is spectacular. And honestly, what book lover doesn’t want to read about magical books? You can simply tell how much Rogerson feels for books with how describes Elizabeth’s love for them and the library. It makes it an even more powerful and authentic read.”


Favourite Posts of the Month

Inside My Library Mind || Women’s Prize Reviews #7: Girl by Edna O’Brien

Whimsy Pages || Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson | Will I continue reading this series?

Drizzle & Hurricane Books || Review: Time of Our Lives, Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberley

A Book. A Thought. || Book Review | The Deep by Alma Katsu

Kookbookery || Review: The Sun is Also a Star

The Book Blog Life || The Starless Sea book review

Sweaters & Raindrops || Autism Acceptance Character Tag | Bookending Spring 2020

Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews || Review: Tweet Cute

BookBum || Review: Guess Who by Chris McGeorge

Book Bastion || Review | The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

Ashes Books & Bobs || Darling Rose Gold – Review


Goodreads Reading Challenge

I’m still 3 books behind schedule … but that’s okay! I’m honestly just happy that I’m back into reading.


Bookmark Your Thoughts Blog Updates

It’s that MAGICAL time of year … the Magical Readathon has arrived! This is ONE challenge that I KNOW I will participate in every year. Book Roast (a fantastic YouTuber) created this Harry Potter themed challenge, with two different parts to it: the O.W.L.s Readathon and the N.E.W.T.s Readathon. The first takes place in April, but you could honestly do it now if you missed it — you just need to complete it before the N.E.W.T.s if you plan to do them, which takes place in August. I am HAPPY to announce that I finished my O.W.L.s this year — literally on the last day! A post about my overall results will be up sometime this week … not sure when.

There are a FEW slight changes to my feed: some of the feature images were changes to match my new Instagram aesthetic, the fonts were changed because I grew bored and needed change, and I added a new feature for Top 5 Tuesdays.

My bullet journal posts have been … lacking. I created a MINI bullet journal spread for April, simply to track my habits and blogging and things to do. I haven’t really been as inspired blogging wise, so I wasn’t sure if people would WANT to see those mini layouts. I will TRY to post something for May (if I haven’t already).


Personal Life Updates

Warning … LONG PERSONAL LIFE UPDATE!

April was a FANTASTIC month for me in regards to getting back on the reading train! Seriously, I was getting slightly nervous that I’d never want to pick up a book again … dramatic, I know. But after picking up Sorcery of Thorns, it’s like my reading bug kicked in! I had a SLIGHT reading hangover after The Simple Wild because it was SO GOOD — but the drive to read came back. HOPEFULLY this sticks around for May …

My SO’s birthday (Gray) was this month, so we both had to have quarantined birthdays. But we honestly had a great day, so I’m happy he was able to still enjoy his birthday. We ate these AMAZING cinnamon buns from Cinnaholic — and they’re all vegan, so no dairy scares for me (thank gosh for ordering in being a thing here still). Then we played some Jack Box Party games virtually with a bunch of his friends, having a BLAST!

In general, Gray and I have been doing well. I started a 30-day yoga/fitness challenge, which I’ve been tracking on Instagram. Now that we both work out basically every day, our mental and physical health have definitely approved. We’ve also been trying to video chat more with friends and family. I really miss my parents, since I haven’t seen them since Christmas — but I’m glad I can still find some way to see them and catch up! Oh! And the weather has been beautiful here! We haven’t really been in the negatives too much since the second half of April … so hopefully that’s a good sign — especially since we’ve been told we will MOST LIKELY be in this quarantine situation until the end of June … possibly longer. Honestly, we’re both getting more used to it — so it’s not as doom and gloom as we felt earlier.

I truly hope you are all doing well! Please know you can reach out to me if you need to vent or just want someone to talk to!

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41 thoughts on “April 2020 || Monthly Wrap Up

  1. Great Wrap Up, love!! Thank you SO much for mentioning my post! It makes me happy that you liked it 🥺❤️ & Congratulations for completing your OWLs, that’s wonderful, well done! 👏🏻🎊
    Plus: I need to read Sorcery of Thorns soon, I’ve heard the best things 😍

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  2. April was a strangely quick month but I’m glad SoT was there to pick you back up!! Oh my gosh, I love Cinnaholic! Although I’m notorious for never finishing my cinnamon bun 😐 Thanks for shouting me out, and here’s hoping May will be a great month for you, in reading and in life!

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  3. Yay for completing your OWLS! 😀
    Sounds like you had a good April! I agree, the weather does seem to be improving, I’m hoping for more sunny and warm days! ☀️
    Thank you for including my review in your post! ☺️💞

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  4. Great wrap up! glad u loved Sorcery of Thorns that book is amazing 🙂 and The Simple Wild also looks really cute as well! I too was in a bit of a slump but finally am getting my reading kick back, (which is good bc im so behind on arcs ahh) Hope u have a wonderful May!

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    1. I did! I really wish there was more world building in it, but I did really enjoy it! IT’S SO CUTE! OH MY GOSH! Forewarning, the main characters take a BIT to love, BUT YOU WILL LOVE THEM! I’m glad to not be in the reading slump now. Glad you aren’t as well! Here’s to a wonderful May!!

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  5. Aww I’m so glad that you got to celebrate your SO’s birthday with Cinnabon’s!! That sounds absolutely amazing, and now I’m craving one 😍Your 30-day fitness challenge is inspiring me so much, and now I’m super motivated to get fit 💪🏻

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    1. THEY’RE SO GOOOOOOOD! We plan to get more … and we already did earlier last week ha-ha! It’s hard to find vegan food that tastes good! I have a BAD dairy allergy … my stomach gets REAL mad.

      That’s great! It’s been going well! I’m one day behind in the yoga challenge but I did other fitness so I’m still on track! My partner and I want to start walking and running more, since we need more cardio.

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  6. seeing your fitness/yoga instagram stories makes me so jealous, jenna!! i really need to start working out — once i’ve done it i’m always like wow i LOVE this, but i can never muster up the motivation to actually Start it 😭 and i’m so happy to hear you got back into reading in april! i hope that continues in may 💓💓

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    1. Awe!!! You can do it! Honestly, I’m usually like that. But sitting at home all day has really caused me a lot of back pain … so fitness has become something I’m excited for! I follow this woman called MadFit on YouTube … I HIGHLY recommend her. She does 5 to 30 minute routines, most can be done from home. I usually do 2 to 4 of the videos, depending on the length.

      Me too!!!! I WAS REALLY SAD NOT WANTING TO READ! It’s a GREAT feeling! Happy May to you as well! 💓

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      1. She’s absolutely great. AND she’s so friendly! I commented on her IG regarding some fitness tips … and she responded and was super sweet and informative. And she has like so many followers, so it’s pretty cool she tries to reply to everyone. HIGHLY recommend 🙂

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  7. This is a wonderful post! Thank you for being so honest with us! And I’m so happy you started reading again! You still have time to get on track on your reading challenge! ✨🥰

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  8. Seems like you had a nice month! Best of luck with the fitness challenge, I am also trying to excercise several times a week. It’s hard to get yourself moving when you cannot move a lot!

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  9. Congrats on completing your OWLS! I have been living for this glorious weather we’ve been having, it makes the lockdown so much more bearable. You’ve already sold me on Tucker’s Simple Wild, and hopefully, I can get my reading mojo back soon. Hope you have a lovely May. 💚

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    1. Thank you! They’re always so much fun! Oh my gosh yes… I’m in-love with the weather we’ve been having so far! It’s apparently supposed to get real cold this week here but then I think it’s only going to last a week … and we still have sunshine ❤

      I hope you love it! I have a feeling you will. Have a wonderful May!

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  10. I’m so glad that it looks like you had a good month overall! I, too, know that I’ll be participating in the Magical Readathon every year, haha. It’s just so fun to know that with every book you read, you’re getting closer to obtaining a hypothetical career. Also, I have so much respect for you and Gray for staying fit even while social distancing! I really can’t relate 😭 I never do exercise in the house, so I’ve just been a potato for the past two months. But that’s honestly no excuse, and I should set up a work-out routine this month!

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    1. I know eh?! It made me really want to re-read the books and watch the films though … so I think that’s going to happen soon ha-ha!

      Awe! That’s okay! Him and I are old farts (30 next year), so sitting all day gets to us … it’s the MAIN reason why we’re working out … or we’d be whining about our backs and bums ha-ha!!

      It’s definitely hard at first. We didn’t start working out everyday. We did a couple times a week, and then decided to try a challenge. But we also listen to our bodies. If we are too tired or sore, we take a rest day or go for a long walk. I honestly think if he wasn’t with me, I wouldn’t stay on top of it as much ha-ha! I HIGHLY suggest a YouTuber named Mad Fit. Her workouts are 5 to 30 minutes long, HIIT based and MOST don’t require any equipment. I find doing the exercises with her makes me more motivated.

      Have a lovely May, darlin’!

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      1. Jenna, you saved my life!!! thank you so much 😭 i tried a few of Mad Fit’s videos as per your recommendation, and they were so helpful!! (she also comes across as such a kind and positive person on her social media!) now, i’m dedicating a few minutes of my day to working out, and it seems cheesy, but i feel so much better mentally and physically. i honestly suck at taking care of myself, so the fact that i proved to myself that i can stick to a productive routine makes me very happy 🥺 also, from Mad Fit’s videos, I tried Chloe Ting, and i never thought the day would come, but i’m actually look forward to exercising now! anyways, i just wanted to thank you, because if you hadn’t recommended Mad Fit, I probably would’ve continued to get zero exercise during isolation ❤

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      2. YAY! I’m so happy! She’s honestly so great, and I love going along with her with the workouts … it feels more fun, like we’re doing it together. I’m also WAY too lazy to make my own workout routine, so this is so helpeful!

        It’s not cheesy at all! Working out has not only helped with my old person back and butt pain from sitting all day, but it’s helped me mentally. I feel more accomplished with the day and it also helps me de-stress.

        Chloe Ting is great too! I prefer MadFit, since her form is perfection and she provides a lot of tips and tricks, but Chloe has actual 2 weeks or month long challenges (for free and some to buy) which is really great as well. It makes it a little easier to follow a schedule.

        I’m really happy this helped you out! ❤

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  11. I’ve been following your insta fitness challenge and have been meaning to start one as well, but I’m just too lazy… Lol I really need to add exercise to my daily routine.

    Birthdays in quarantine are something we will remember for many years 😀 Mine is next week and we aren’t technically in quarantine anymore, but also not allowed to go anywhere other than work or groceries or a little walk. I’m sure it will be a fantastic bday-at-home celebration! 🙂

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    1. It’s really hard … I’m really glad Gray is here with me in isolation because we basically push one another to work out. After I’m done the yoga 30 day challenge, I’m going to do a simple 30 day challenge of fitness … that way, I can focus more on things I’ve been missing like HIIT training and such.

      we are in the same boat except most of us can’t go to work unless it’s essential. we are still working from home — it’s going to be SO WEIRD going back into the office lol!

      oh yes … quarantine birthdays will be the thing we talk about in the future. surreal eh?? Oh! Happy early birthday BTW! Make sure to treat yourself! ❤

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  12. Thank you for linking my post! ❤ I spent my birthday last March in quarantine too. Glad you still enjoyed your celebration. 😀 I've always wanted to read Sorcery of Thorns. I heard good things about it. 😀

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