April Wrap-Up | Well, Camp NaNoWriMo was a Failure.

April was going to be the month that I wrote a lot and then… I didn’t. You could call it Camp NaNOWriMo instead (sorry for the awful pun but I couldn’t help myself). My initial goal was 50k but I realized after only a few days I was never going to make it so I lowerd it to 30k. And then I ended up writing about 3 thousand words in total oops.

However, it wasn’t a completely useless month because I did do a lot of art, which I absolutely loved doing (I tweet about it a lot here and instagram about it here and here). And I read a lot too! Since I’m leaving this Sunday and I’m writing this in advance, I am not sure if there’s another book that should be added but I already have a lot.

I have read 11 books in April of which 2 were non-fiction books I will skip in this wrap-up because I don’t think you’d be interested.

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  • Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion 4 stars – I adored this book! It was so much fun and really engaging. It reminded me a lot of The Sun is Also A Star. (review)
  • The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee 5 stars – I loved this so much! It was definitely worth all the hype. I thought it was very funny and I absolutely adored Felicity. I related to so much to her and I can’t wait for her own book to come out! I will most definitely cry.
  • The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson 4/4.5 stars – Again, Shaun David Hutchinson has managed to surprise me with one of his crazy ideas. I really enjoyed Elena and her story and the f/f ship was awesome and I just loved it! (review)
  • Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 5 stars – I listened to this on audiobook, and it’s a reread. I’ve been wanting to reread this since Leah on the Offbeat just came out! I can’t wait to get my copy of Leah on the Offbeat! Also, Simon Vs. was amazing! I laughed and cried and it’s so good!
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake 5 stars – This was such a good story! It’s about a girl who finds out her twin brother has allegedly raped someone and now she has to deal with the aftermath and trying to figure out who to trust and how. It was emotional and amazing!
  • Bubblegum by Sari Taurez 3.5 stars – This was a fun book, that was a little confusing to me as well. There were a lot of things I liked but something just didn’t quite work for me. (review)
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee 4.5 stars – I had so much fun reading this book! It’s quite predictable but so much fun! It’s diverse and cute and I adored the characters. (review up now/soon?)
  • Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee 4 stars – This is the second book in the Sidekick Squad series and I immediately started this book after finishing Not Your Sidekick and also loved it!
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I have a lot of mixed opinions on this book and I’m not sure what my final opinion is so I’m putting off rating for now.

Looking back at all that I read, I have had such a good reading month! So many high ratings! I read a lot of these on Scribt which is an amazing audiobook/ebook service that’s about the same price as audible but allows you to read unlimited books.

I do not know how I managed it but I have not added a single book to my tbr in April…?? So I’m skipping the “what I added to my tbr” part of the wrap-up.

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Have you read any of these books? Did you like them or dislike them? How was your reading month? Have you ever tried an audiobook or ebook subscription?

April Wrap-Up with Mini-Reviews

You probably noticed the lack of the “& Next Month’s TBR” part above in the title, I don’t feel like making a TBR this month.

In April I was not only very busy with writing (30k yay!), I’ve also read 8 books and dnf’ed 2. This is something I’m quite proud of, though I did not read all the books that were initially on my Monthly TBR. Therefore I have decided not to give myself a TBR this month. I have several ARCs yet to read and that’s quite pressuring, so when I’m done going through all of them, I’m going to take a little break from ARCs. I will attempt to not go to NetGalley and request new books, unless they are books I’ve been anticipating, and I will also not be taking any review requests this month.

Let’s take a look at what I read this month:

  • Fuse by Julianna Baggott – I’m slowly making my way to the end of the series, which is really good by the way.
  • Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – This was an impulse borrow from the library, and it was very different than I thought it would be. It looks like a fluffy contemporary, but it’s way heavier. I didn’t really like the characters but the story was great.
  • Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne – Awesome book with great rep. Check out my review here: Review | Future Leaders of Nowhere: A+ Characters & LGBT romance.
  • Rabiah: The Gift by Lisa Lagaly – A surprising and great book, I reviewed it here: Review Rabiah: The Gift: A surprisingly great romance fantasy with a badass protagonist.
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Another impulsive decision in the library but oh boy this book was good. Seriously good. I think this is one of my favourite books. I don’t know what about Jeff’s newest book made me miss the mastery of his writing but this one hits every mark. It broke my heart, mended it, broke it again, stamped on it and attempted to stick it all back together with duct tape. (read more of my thoughts here). Now all I need is a physical copy so I can stare at it and cry some more.
  • The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith – I got an eARC of this book and I’m slightly mad at myself for reading it then, because it apparently comes out in forever, while I have many ARCs that come out really soon and haven’t read… It was quite good though, but you’ll have to wait for the review.
  • Starflight by Melissa Landers – When I started it, I thought I wasn’t going to like this book at all. The characters were annoying and I didn’t like them, but then character development happened and I love them now. Praise for the amazing development. I would definitely recommend this book if you like the tv show Firefly, since it’s equally awesome and set in a spaceship with a diverse and amazing crew. I look forward to reading the next book.

What I didn’t finish:

  • Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer – If you know me well, you know I love Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I haven’t seem to be liking any other book by Foer since. This book is about a Jewish family and oh gosh so much drama. The parents are on the verge of a divorce and they both want to stay together but they don’t communicate. Like: just t.a.l.k. It’s not that hard. I quit reading after about 140 pages I believe because I couldn’t stand it anymore and the story didn’t really seem to be going anywhere.
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman – This book is about a young boy and one day one of his classmates dies and then he’s going to try to solve the murder. Something like that? It supposedly is like A Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, which I love, but it was way more cursing and violent, not cool, guys, not cool. I own a copy so I might pick it up one day but that won’t be any day soon. I think I quit around 150 pages in.

So that was my month!