Wrap-Up

April 2021 Wrap-Up!

Hello my dears! It feels like yesterday that I was writing a wrap-up post for March, and yet somehow that was nearly a month ago. We are now almost firmly into spring where I live (although it has been known to snow in May before), and the tree outside my window has finally decided to put out some buds. Pretty soon I will be able to hit up all the plant nurseries and plan what my balcony garden is going to look like! Spring is my favourite time of year, and I only wish I could spend it with other people. Sigh.

Anyway, here are the books I finished in April:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo | 📖
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson | 📖 ❤
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | 📚 ❤
⭐⭐⭐⭐Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado | 📖
The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving | 📖 ❤
⭐⭐⭐Nowhere to Turn by Norah McClintock | 📚
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | 📚
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn | 📚
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton | 📖
To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn | 📚
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | 📚 🔁
⭐⭐The Wicked King by Holly Black | 📚
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black | 📚
LEGEND
📚 part of a series
📖 short story collection
🔁 re-read
❤ new favourite!

April Thoughts

So I guess I had a pretty average (in some cases, well below average) reading month. The BIG THING is that I finally got around to giving The Folk of the Air trilogy a go, and it was an absolute disaster, so there’s that. HOWEVER, I did binge Six of Crows in one sitting, so at least that’s something positive! And, to top it all off, after mONTHS of waiting, I finally got a copy of A Court of Silver Flames from the library (which I am trying to savour). So, good things and bad things, but mostly meh things. The most exciting thing is obviously the Shadow and Bone show on Netflix, and everyone agrees that Milo the goat is all the matters anymore, right? Glad we’ve come to a consensus.

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Tragically, in the midst of all the excitement, I did accidentally get spoiled for a part of Crooked Kingdom, which I am absolutely heartbroken by. Obviously I won’t go into much detail, but I can guarantee that I will be crying the entire time I am reading it in anticipation of The Thing.

Posts This Month

In case you missed them, here are the posts that I published this month!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo | Book Review

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Book Review

Other things this month that have made me happy

  • 📽 The Oscars…happened. And to be honest, despite public consensus that they were horrible, I didn’t hate them! Also, this was the first year that I managed to watch every single film that was nominated. All 56! It was exhausting, frankly, but I’ve been trying to accomplish it since 2013 so I’m actually quite proud. God bless streaming services and Video on Demand.
  • 👯‍♀️ I started another buddy reading journey with my best friend, and it was a Time. We read the Folk of the Air series together, and let’s just say, we should have abandoned ship the moment we detected signs of displeasure.
  • 💁‍♀️ I got into skincare! Like, really into skincare. I saw a wrinkle and it was very scary, so I bought all of the age-defying things. However, I just want to emphasize that it’s super cool that we age and we should embrace that! (But also, I’m 26, not 40.)
  • 📺 I binged The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and y’all. Bucky Barnes has long been my favourite Marvel character, and he had more lines in the first episode than in the entire rest of the MCU. It was GREAT.

Featured Art of the Month!

I’ve decided that each month, I’m going to feature a piece of art that brings me joy or is reflective of the season. I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate more art history into my life and this might be it!

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Le Jardin de l’artiste à Giverny / The Artist’s Garden at Giverny (1900), Claude Monet, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

What was a highlight in the month of April for you?

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