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Chronicles of a Bookworm // reading vlog May 22-28

Oy! Happy summer ☀️

I know, I know, it’s not technically summer yet. At least not in correspondence with the almighty force that is whoever decides the first day of summer is June 20. But for me, school is out and I’m ready to embrace summer in a big ole bear hug. Ice cream, kayaks, and warm weather shenanigans, here I come!

The last week has been pretty busy with all things school being wrapped up in a pretty little bow. Not busy in the sense that we were doing a ton of stuff (I played Uno in three different classes), but it felt busy. Like the ahhh stuff is happening sort of busy, if you know what I mean.

But that’s not to say I haven’t been doing some reading! I’ve been on a major contemporary kick as of late and I may or may not have been reading them by the bucketful.

I haven’t felt overly motivated to write a ton of words, so I decided I would just share a quick thoughts (a reading vlog, if you will) of my reads for the week. Well, from May 22-28 at least.

And to keep track of the books I read during the week, I have officially decided that I’ll be playing the bottle of milk song/game/thing. But backwards. And with books. You know what, it sounded better in my head. I find my somewhat strange antics amusing, and that’s what really counts. I’m going with it

May 22, 2:22 AM… Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan

Someone tell me why, once again, I have abandoned all hope of a sleep schedule by reading a book that I’m really not enjoying but am also somehow invested in??? The characters are highkey annoying and I just want to scream into the abyss. But quietly. And respectfully. Because it’s two in the morning. These characters just need to sit down and talk about their feelings because I will combust.

Eh I’m just going to let my feelings simmer on this one. There were definitely moments I enjoyed so ⅖ feels too low, but there were also moments where I would have willingly spoonfed myself lava over reading it. Sooo I’m going to think about it.

1 bottle of books on the wall, one bottle of books. Take one down, pass it around, now there are two bottles of books on the wall

UPDATE: 2.5/5?? Or maybe ⅗?? Idk man

May 22, 11 AM… Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

After like eight billion failed keyboard smashes, I have given up. *dramatic sigh* I’m just going to channel the energy of the key board smash and go with it

THE FRIENDSHIP

Ew no, please don’t make “radish” be a freshly minted nickname

I think I would melt into human soup if someone said that to me

Noooooooo 

Dude, why you gotta be so mean

I’m dying over here, the voice is absolutely immaculate

SIR— 

Aggg we were doing so good with this romantic proclamation until you tossed the radish in there

Petition to ban young adult books from using vegetables as a nickname

*insert intermission music because April went to work*

Awww 

You go girl

Literally how is this so good

Love, love, love! Final verdict ⅘ stars

2 bottles of books on the wall, two bottles of books. Take one down, pass it around, now there are three bottles of books on the wall

MAY 23, 10:20 AM… Discuss up to chapter 11 of Love is a Revolution with the ever lovely Saniya @ Sunny Side Reviews

Three takeaways from the book thus far:

  • Nala is driving me mad
  • No good relationship can be built on a throne of lies
  • Jealousy is not it

MAY 23, 12:30 AM… Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This girl’s main personality traits are cocky and stabby and I’m here for it

Sass, sword fights, and ships (aka everything I could possible want from a pirate book)

Fast paced and delightful. Final verdict ⅘

3 bottles of books on the wall, three bottles of books. Take one down, pass it around, now there are four bottles of books on the wall

MAY 23, 7:38 PM… Buddy Read of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid with the best mutual lunchtime acquaintance one could ask for (hehe)

Don can acquaint his face with a cheese grater

Literally all the men in this book can

Evelyn terrifies me but I also kind of respect her ambition

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

Nooooooooooo that can’t be it??? There has to be more???

Somebody has read ahead (*dragon hiss*), so now my only solution is to binge read the rest of the book. Farewell, the rest of my evening. It was nice knowing you. 

UPDATE: It is currently 2 in the morning and I don’t know if I will ever feel feelings properly again. Thank you and goodnight. 

4 bottles of books on the wall, four bottles of books. Take one down, pass it around, now there are five bottles of books on the wall

MAY 24, 2:16 PM… These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

We are watching Criminal Minds in law… again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always here for a good crime show, but my book is sitting right there. Sooo I might have started These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. I’m not very far in, but I can say that everything — from the characters to the setting — is so vibrant and lush.

MAY 24, 4:36 PM… Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

The library books were staring at me again. So I did the only reasonable thing and binge read Made in Korea by Sarah Suk.

“Clarinet is neat”

Omg the awkward double thumbs up, I can’t—

Stop it, they are too cute

Final verdict: ⅘

5 bottles of books on the wall, five bottles of books. Take one down, pass it around, now there are six bottles of books on the wall

MAY 25, 8:36 AM… Happy Book Release Day!

Happy book release day to Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar and Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth! Both are highly anticipated releases for me, so I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!

UPDATE: My hold on Not My Problem just came in. I’m currently in health class and exhibiting oh so much self control and actually paying attention. 

UPDATE UPDATE: Who are we kidding here? I lasted ten minutes and then dove right in. 

*insert more intermission music because April is getting her second dose of the vaccine*

MAY 25, SOMETIME IN THE EVENING

And thus, my reading of Not My Problem continues

So you shove one person down a staircase and suddenly you’re a fixer, eh?

Don’t mind me while I cackle at the whole getaway scene

Petition for a book with just Kavi’s rambling tangents and Kavi’s rambling tangents only

Aww the friendship

Don’t you dare ignore them! No no no. Ma’am, if you don’t get back here and fix this 

I can’t— these fake illnesses keep getting better

Brilliant humor, brilliant coming of age story! ⅘ stars

6 bottles of books on the wall, six bottles of books. Take one down, pass it around, now there are seven bottles of books on the wall

MAY 26, 5:16 PM… Sunkissed by Kasie West


My skull feels like it’s been hit by a small freight train. My solution: expel the headache via fluff. Scientifically proven.

Vibing with the cover change (at least in comparison with the rest of the books by Kasie West)

No thought, I’m just basking in the fluff

Solid ⅗, would recommend to someone looking for summer vibes and a cute story! And thus, Sunkissed ends. Alack! Alack! Alack! April shall taketh a nap. 

7 bottles of books on the wall, seven bottles of books. Take one down, pass it around, now there are eight bottles of books on the wall

MAY 27, SOMETIME

Umm. I thought about reading books today?? Today was my last day of A classes and I just didn’t really feel like reading.

MAY 28, 4:16 PM… Once at Midnight by Ashley Poston

I read a grand total of 13 pages of wholesome joy today and I have no regrets.

I lowkey want to reread Geekerella (again!) ahhh

Final verdict 4/5

8 bottles of books on the wall, eight bottles of books. Take one down, pass it around, now there are nine bottles of books on the wall

How was your week? Read anything exciting??

25 thoughts on “Chronicles of a Bookworm // reading vlog May 22-28

  1. Not gonna lie, the first time I saw the book Not Your Problem, and read the synopsis, I totally thought of you. Seriously, I thought that book was right up your ally. I’m super glad that you enjoyed it, I haven’t read it yet but I hope to soon!

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    1. wait really?? I feel partly powerful and party impressed (because the accuracy is ON POINT). the humor was immaculate and I liked it even better that Smyth’s first book (but both were brilliant)! yesss I hope you’ll enjoy it if you do end up picking it up! the romance is definitely a subplot to the coming of age themes and all the characters were so vibrant!!! ahh LOVE IT!

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  2. This post was a delightful read! I’m currently 200 pages in These Violent Delights and I’m loving it so far. Looking forward to more of your book vlogs ❤

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  3. I love this post- it was so much fun! I’m glad you’re enjoying Made in Korea- it’s one of my favorite reads! Daughter of the Pirate King sounds so good- especially after your 12:30 AM thoughts.

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    1. ahh thank you so much Brooke!! ahaha I loved it, such a fun contemporary to kick off the summer with!! yess, if you are looking for a quick-paced (and pirate-y!!) read, Daughter of the Pirate King is the move!! ahaha I’m glad my midnight ramblings were part persuasive and coherent lol!!

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  4. ahh i loved this post!! heard so much about tokyo ever after and your random thoughts made me even more curious, glad to hear you enjoyed it!! ahh april you’re reading these violent delights?! agreed, it is such an atmospheric book, i hope you love the rest of it! ooh and i’m looking forward to reading made in korea! great post!! ❤

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    1. ahh thank you so much Cherelle!! yesss if you love royalty and books filled with heart, then Tokyo ever after would be right up your alley!! I AM!!! I just feel the greatness seeping into my bones with every chapter I read but I’m also so scared for the ending eek. fingers crossed!! made in Korea is also a delight if you’re looking for a good contemporary!! thank you so much and happy reading : )

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  5. Love this post!! I swear every some of my soul dies every second that goes by that I haven’t yet read Not My problem…why is my library taking so long to get it in??? *arrggggh* Made in Korea and Daughter of the Pirate King are both high up on my tbr too!

    Also, totally agree with your irritation with the Some Girls Do characters. They drove me up the wall lol

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    1. thank you, thank you very much. my condolences on the whole soul dying bit, but I do appreciate the enthusiasm lol. I might even go as far to say that Not My Problem has humor to rival Perfect on Paper. In case you needed more persuasion hehe. oof the pains of waiting for the library

      yesss both are so good!! made in Korea is a great summer-esque contemporary and Daughter of the Pirate King because PIRATES

      I wanted so bad to love it, but they both made me want to SCREAM ARGGG

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  6. Ahhh love this post SOO much April! I personally adore reading about other people’s reading weeks?? Idk, it’s just so interesting to me lol. I just placed a hold for Sunkissed at my library thanks to this lovely post. I’m feeling all the summer vibes this season. 😆 Your comments are hilarious April, never stop with the witty banter. 😂😂 It sucks that Some Girls Do wasn’t amazing. It just looks so promising. But annoying characters are always a no in my book. Overall great post! And thank you so much for shout out! 😀 ❤

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    1. ahh thank you so much Saniya! haha I totally agree, its so interesting to me to see just like a raw thoughts and reading without all the fluff and jazz of a review?? I don’t know if that makes sense, but I do know it’s something I love to see so I decided to do it myself lol.
      ayyy we love to hear it! it’s by no means groundbreaking, but like West’s other books, it is perfect for some fluffy fun!! I’m glad my persuasive book ~magic~ worked through this post hehe
      ahaha thank you!! I will never stop with my bad jokes *cue evil laughter*
      yeah it really was a bummer, seeing how I loved Dugan’s book Verona comics! everything just felt really underbaked and the characters were not my fave so yea. not my fave.
      for sure! I really enjoyed buddy reading! I’d love to do it again if you have any more books you want to tackle lol

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    1. I’m literally so scared for the ending of these violent delights, it’s not even funny. yesss they were both such sweet reads, loved both and I’m glad you did too!!! AHHH Geekerella is literally the nerdy retelling contemporary of DREAMS. it’s so sweet, I love it so much!!! thank you so much Ritz! happy reading : )

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