Oy! You know what time it is! April makes sassy remarks on the books she’s read and pretends it’s peak humor.
I actually thought April had 31 days in it (it does not), which is why I’m sitting in the hallway at school between performances typing out this post on my phone. Luckily I had most of the bare bones ready to go, but zazzing it up on the mobile version of WordPress is not an experience I want to repeat. So yea, that’s why the formatting might be funky.
The first half of the month went by so fast, but I could not tell you what happened to the last two weeks. It was insanely busy. Mainly with the musical, but also going back to in person school and all that jazz.
5 🌟 Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales (reread)
Will continue Operation Don’t Stop Talking About It Until Everyone Reads It. I turned one booksta bud, soon I will convince the rest of you *cackles*
4 🌟 I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
wow wow wow this wins a record for Fastest To Make April Cry
4 🌟 I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
i love this book so mochi
3.5 🌟 Now That I Found You by Kristina Forest
big entertainor energy, scavenger hunt, finding oneself
4 🌟 She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
*insert sound effect for my mind be scrambled because OMG SO GOOD*
3.5 🌟 Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
Revenge and a retelling with a side of scheming
3 🌟 Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
we were doing so well until the Big Bad Life Choice
3 🌟 One Way or Another by Kara McDowell
ayy nothing like the holiday spirit in April
3 🌟 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that I am an uncultured dingbat who didn’t realize where this iconic line can from. Some one redact my nerd license please.
Well April was month two of having exactly no posting schdeule. But I think I’m ok with that. I don’t think I’ll be going back to my rigid posting schedule anytime soon, but I do want to work on spreading things about a bit. Sometimes I’ll get so excited about the new post I wrote and post it right away, so for the next month I was to work on chilling my biscuit and not feeling the need to post my new idea as soon as it’s finished. Ride it out and make it last longer.
That being said, I wrote some of my favorite posts ever this month. Feel free to check any of them out by clicking on the images!
- I made my first reel! Well technically it was a TikTok that I posted on Instagram as a reel (because the reel making thingsmabob on Instagram is confusing). Anyway I struggled technologically, but we got there so yay!
- Related: it got 1k views. Don’t mind me screaming.
- I FINALLY figured out how to convert AO3 fanfic to Kindle. After far too many Google searches (because again, technological skills of a walnut) I managed to get it on Kindle. And then I proceeded to read over 200k words of fanfic instead of the 7 books in was in the middle of. Peak productivity. So I will be taking a yay for the converting to kindle. And a questioning of life choices for the obsessive fanfic reading.
- I wrote a story about witchcraft for journalism and it might be one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done. I spent hours digging through all sorts of documents and interviewing people who practiced magic and am so happy with the final result.
- Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical wrote How To Get Out of Blogging Burnout. I loved the tips and strategies shared and will definitely be keeping them in my back pocket for when I might need them!
- Brimming Shelves published a lovely review of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Nothing brings me more joy than to see other people raving about my faves!
- Phoenix @ Books With Wings interviewed Maggie Tokuda Hall, Author of The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea. I heard possibility of a second book and started screaming. Really loved reading this interview!
- Alice @ Love For Words talks about the way to claim free audiobooks this summer in the post, It’s Almost Time to Claim Over 20 Free Audiobooks! (AudiobookSync is back on April 29)
- Prutha @ Moonchild Lexicon wrote a super helpful post, All About ARCs: How and where to get them + Some Tips. Love all the tips she compiled. Might be time for me to take the plunge and actually join Netgalley.
- Saniya @ Sunny Side Reviews created a journal spread, reviewed, and interviewed the author of In Deeper Waters. There are pirates and I need it.
- I celebrated my birthday!! I am officially peak young adult main character age. Now all I need is some main chracter energy and I’m all set.
- For my birthday I received a baby yoda squishmallow and it is currently the pride and joy of my life. And no i am not being dramatic.
- Musical! We had 6 shows in 2 days and it was absolutely insane. I had such a great time with the cast and writing all of the skits. It was truly an experience like no other and I’m thankful for every moment of it. Even if my soul feels temporary sucked out because I’m so exhausted.
- Descendants callbacks… I tried out for a summer musical and was super hyped to get called back! I hadn’t danced in a solid year (not that I could actually dance to begin with) but it was so great to be back and doing live theater and auditions.
- It had been a hot second since I visited an in-person bookstore. … what is it like 4 years?? Little bit of a birthday haul, so that was exciting. Plus it was a built in excuse to wear my cow print bucket hat in public so that’s a win as well.
- The read-a-thon I cohosted with @asher_reads over on instagram is over! There are definitely some organizational things I would do differently next time, but I really enjoyed sharing recs and talking with people! I did not get to my whole tbr, so I plan on rolling them over to May!
- Created a podcast about trigger warnings in young adult media, got published on the school journalism Spotify channel which was super cool. And as much as I struggle technologically, I really love making podcasts and hope to continue making more bookish ones. My bookish obsession is seeping into other aspects of my life. Soon it will be a full bookworm takeover.
- Fearless (yes as a full sentence). I am quite literally obsessed. If I could siphon it straight into my brain I would.
- I found out that I am the Executive Entertainment Editor for the school newspaper for next year! Taking journalism as an elective this year was honestly one of the best life choices I’ve made. It is one of my favorite classes and I love getting to write and tell stories.
- And last, but most certainly not least we have Shadow and Bone!! I convinced my brother to watch it with me. All he knows about the series is the quote “I am become a blade” because he saw a tiktok about it one time. So every time a character comes on screen he asks, “is that blade boy??” Which is partly funny and party annoying, but hey, at least he is willing to watch the show with me.
How was your April? What was your favorite read?