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
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.”
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
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!