Did April pass by in a blink and a blur for you too or was that just me? 😂 I travelled to Bali at the start of the month and I gotta be honest with you, nothing really stands out to me in April! I can’t recall doing much of anything this month except work, read, sitting by the pool and catching up with one of my besties every now and then. My insomnia hasn’t gotten better and I can count on one hand the number of times I fell asleep before 4AM but I can’t say I’m not used to it by now!
Along with (what seemed) the rest of the world, I devoured and adored Heartstopper. I very rarely watch anything but I couldn’t not watch the show because I loved the books so much. OML, they did such a brilliant job with the adaptation—it made me laugh, cry, squeal with unending delight, and made my heart feel like it was going to burst with ✨ALL THE FEELS✨ it couldn’t contain! They are such a precious bunch and I already can’t wait to re-watch and re-read the series soon. 💜
I read the same amount in April as I did last month: 18 books. While I might not be slaying with the numbers, I’m doing better with the ratings so it’s a win for me! I didn’t DNF anything but I am carrying one book over into May because I haven’t had a chance to come back to it yet.
This was a pretty great month for 5-star reads—I had four in total—although I did shift a few of the ratings up just now because they didn’t feel like 4.5 star reads anymore considering how much they’ve stayed with me! 1 was historical fiction with a heavy touch of magical realism, 1 was a romance, and the other 2 were stunning fantasies (YA + Adult). Out of these, GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW and WE FREE THE STARS were my faves!
**Book covers are linked to Goodreads. If available, the title text is linked to my review!**
(ARC) *Josh and Gemma Make a Baby – as it’s below 3-stars I won’t post a review on my blog*
Here are a few posts from the book blogging community that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month:
- Jess prepared a great series of posts for AroAce April. I’m simply highlighting a few but do check out her blog for other posts: International Asexuality Day | Interview w/ Alyssa Lenander | Interview w/ Sarah Bell | Interview w/ Grace Varley
- Circling back to a topic I also posted about last month, 24hr.YABookBlogger shared a great discussion post on the relevance of book bloggers in the era of BookTok.
- N S Ford identified 10 types of reviewers for fun and I can definitely identify with a few of them!
- AJ Sterkel recounts a pretty funny story about the worst thing she’s ever done to a book and it gave me a good laugh!
- BookishBrews is an amazing blog I discovered this month that actively promotes diversifying your reading lists and decolonising your bookshelves—there are so many great posts and recommendations over there!
- Stephen wrote a great review for My Sister, the Serial Killer, a book I sort of liked but his enthusiasm for it made me want to re-read it to see if my feelings have changed! 😂
- April was Arab American Heritage Month and Lila made a list of #OwnVoices books for you to check out and I don’t know about you but I’m keen to read so many of them!
- I read two posts about bookstagram that I majorly related to! Kaya talked about the accessibility of Bookstagram and BookTok for POC creators and Sophie shared why she stopped posting on instagram.
- I know many who started blogging to gain access to more ARCs but do ARCs bring in more blog views? Mint shared a great post about ARCs bringing more traffic to your book blog.
- Wordy & Whimsical celebrated three years of blogging in April and they shared an appreciation post of their favourite book bloggers, many of whom I also love! Happy anniversary, Vera and Sabrina! 🎈
And that’s a wrap for April! I feel like I keep saying this but I can’t believe that it’s already May? 2022 is moving so fast it’ll be like the year never happened! 😂 Did you have a good month in April? Did you enjoy your reads and which one was your favourite? I hope everyone has a wonderful May! 💜