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April Wrap Up // Time? What’s that? who’s she?

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.
  • 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?

35 thoughts on “April Wrap Up // Time? What’s that? who’s she?

  1. This was such a fun wrap-up to read! I think your operation is working because now I want to read Perfect on Paper 😂
    And Pride and Prejudice’s first line infiltrated my brain since the day I finished it and IM NOT OKAY.
    Ahhh congratulations on becoming Executive Entertainment Editor!!! You deserve it! 💕

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    1. ahhh thank you!!! OMG YOU HAVE TO READ IT SOOOOO GOOD (not to be aggressive about it or anything, but if contemporary is your thing then i think you’d like it 😂)
      ahaha right? now that i know, i know but i definitely didn’t know before and missed oh so many references. ahh thank you so much!! happy reading!

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  2. ‘Is that blade boy’ hahaaa I’m laughing.
    Congrats on all your journalism/newspaper accomplishments! That’s super amazing and you’ve, like, half convinced me to take a journalism elective….except I don’t think my school has one admist their fifty-something electives (seriously, out of all their electives they have exactly 2 english electives total it’s ridiculous).
    Also yes, I do want to read Perfect on Paper, I’m just trying to get through some of the books I own first.

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    1. literally everytime. kaz is balde boy, jesper is blade boy, the darkling is blade boy. everyone is blade boy lol.
      thank you so much!!! it was something that really scared me at first (erm you know, talking and interviewing people) but i love to write (as seen by the thousands of words on here) so it worked out!! oof that’s a bummer. seriously out of 50 they only have 2 english??? smells shady to me. yay!! sounds like my Convince Everyone To Read It operation is going well *evil cackle.* gotcha gotcha, totally understandable. may may be an ah-may-zing month (ignore that bad joke eeek)

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      1. THEY ARE ALL BLADE BOYS (is milo a blade boy)
        Yeah, that’s super awesome! I’d be scared to interview people, too. I’m an extrovert but like interviews, especially interviews that are face to face, are a nope for me.
        I mean, I don’t know how many electives my school actually has but 50 seems about correct. Yeah, they have some sort of essay writing class that’s supposed to be good for college and a creative writing class and that’s it.

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          1. I’m like 60% of the way through right now (I really am swallowing up realistic fiction books)(please feed me recs please and thank you) and it’s really good so far! I feel like the writing style actually sorta reminds me of you, like I dunno just the way that Darcy narrates it sorta sounds like how you speak (by which I mean write).

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            1. eeeeeee!!! ay same, i’m going at like a contemporary book a day. it’s a bit of a problem, but you know what, we’re fine we’re fine. i’m going to take that as an invitation to shove some of my favorite contemporaries at you lol
              the voting booth by brandy colbert… fast narrative, happens in one day, teen activism and the importance of voting, discussions on racism and police brutality, missing cat, a touch of romance
              she drives me crazy by kelly quindlen… what can i say its sapphic rivals to lovers turned fake dating scheme with sports and it slaps, discusses toxic relationships
              most likely by sarah watson… 4 teenage girls, one is destined to become president… which one will it be??? best friends, entwined narratives, feminism, coming of age, idk how to describe it but i liked it lol
              and now i’m going to stop because otherwise i never will
              yay! glad you’re liking it!
              omg omg omg PHOENIX!!!! i cant even— I have officially peaked in life. farewell world, Darcy’s narration reminds an actual real life person OF ME SPEAKING (or writing or whatever?!?!?)!?!? and thus april ends alack, alack, alack

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              1. YES oh my gosh these recs look GREAT I shall read them ALL *laughs evilly*. Don’t worry, I’ll be back in a few days asking for more haha. You’re my go-to rec person now, you have great reading taste.
                Well I’m glad that that made you happy haha! But yeah it’s totally true! Please do not end, though, you still have so much to look forward to in your life (unless you’re talking about the month, in which case, the month of April ended six days ago haha).

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                1. omg not the evil laugh—
                  yesss love to hear it! ahhh it’s such an honor *dramatic bow* i’m still waiting for my hold felix ever after to come in because i need it, especially now that i’m in a contemporary mood!!!
                  brb i’m just going to go cry some happy tears. ahaha yes ma’am. (why thank you for that astute observation about time. much appreciated lol)

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                  1. Lol yes the evil laugh haha.
                    Oooh, I hope that you get Felix Ever After soon, it’s such a good book! When I read it in January it was the first contemporary I’d read in a while (actually that might be a lie, I’d read Moxie in December, but still, I didn’t read contemporary much *back in the day*) and it just blew me away, it was totally amazing.
                    Lolll. (of course, any time.)

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                    1. GASPS THE DREADED WORDS ‘ive seen the movie’ DONT TALK TO ME haha jkjkjk. I haven’t seen the movie yet and I’ve seen people who haven’t read the book say that it’s good, whereas people who have read the book say that it’s not good. I think there are just some things that are changed from the book that make it less good which people who haven’t read the book don’t really notice. I don’t know, I haven’t seen it.

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                    2. oop i kept seeing clips on tiktok and got curious and then the book wasn’t available for like 4 months and it was this whole thing. so yea i was a rebel and watched it, sue me. yea i’ve heard similar things, but then again haven’t read it sooo. the only thing i wish is there would have been more focus on the other characters instead of smaller throwaway lines and half baked story arcs that only supported the lead. but then again idk if that was true to the book or not sooo.

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  3. Congrats on so many milestones April!! Super proud of you ❤ ❤ She Drives Me Crazy seems so ridiculous…I NEED it! And dw dw I'll read Perfect on Paper once I get through my netgalley TBR lul it's so much. I've heard such mixed things about Charming as a Verb, but I adore Ben Philippe's work so we'll see. And thank you so much for mentioning my post. you're so sweet!!

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    1. ahhh thank you so much 💙💙
      yessss it is sooo good, but not in the way i expected at all!! i hope you’ll love it when you get to it!!! omg omg omg *tries to stay calm* i hope you’ll read it soon. it is quite literally my favorite book of the year SO PLEASE feel free to scream about it with me when you get to it hehe. i absolutely loved the writing and the commentary on the college admission process, but some of the Big Bag Life Choices made it really hard to root for the main characters. Also the marketing as a romance skewed my expectations because it was really more of a subplot. the writing was highly entertaining and really well done, so i’ll give it that!!! for sure! pirates pique my interest EVERY TIME so obviously i had to add the book to my tbr, get a copy, and shout it out!!!!

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        1. ahh i’m realizing i was talking about three different books in that block of words eek (this is what paragraph breaks were invented oop). either way, all three of them are good (she drives me crazy = unexpected) (Perfect on paper = literal fave of the year) (charming as a verb = college admission commentary and Big Bad Life Choice). i hope you’ll love it when it comes in and do let me know what you think!!!!!!

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  4. Ok I definitely need to read Scavenge the Stars, it’s been on my list forever! I never knew you could read AO3 fiction on Kindle?! This is dangerous for me haha!

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    1. it’s definetly not the action packed fantasy i was expecting, but if scheming and scary girls with knives is your cup of tea then i think you’ll like it!!! me either until a few weeks ago!! i def went on a fanfic binge with this new kindle-ing capability and i’m not even mad about it lol.

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  5. I loved reading this wrap up, and woah, you did / accomplished so much in April! Congrats on all of that!! ❤ I read Perfect on Paper in April, and I loved it so much. I also love I Wish You All the Best + I really want to read I Love You So Mochi! And you’ve just made me add She Drives Me Crazy to my tbr. 🙂 Fanfics taking up your reading time is so relatable! I’ve only started to consume fanfics in 2020 and I can definitely see that they take away from my reading time but I don’t care, because fanfics make me so happy, haha. Glad you found my burn out post helpful, and thanks for sharing! ❤

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    1. ahhh yes, it was such a great month!! thank you! ahhh i’m so glad to hear that!! yesss fanfiction is def a recent addition to my reading agenda and it’s wildy time consuming but also fun so it’s fine lol. For sure, I loved reading it and had to share : )

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  6. great wrap-up, i had so much fun reading this hehe :)) congrats on all of your accomplishments in April, that’s amazing!! 🤩 i also read Perfect on Paper in April and absolutely loved it ahhhhh Darcy and Brougham are too cute for words and it was just such a heartwarming and fun read ❤

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