April has been a crazy month. I started the month off by coming out of a bad reading slump, and then almost immediately got sick and didn’t read anything for a week. And I’ve spend this past week emptying out my grandmother’s house, which has been absolutely insane. I’m exhausted and sore and my brain is not fully functioning. So I apologize if this wrap up makes absolutely no sense. And for all the typos, because I’m sure there are many.
Here’s everything I did in April:
What I Read:
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – ★★★★★. I truly loved this book! It’s easily of my favorites this year, and it made a huge impression on me. It’s about a troupe of Shakespearean actors who deal with some major conflict. I don’t want to give too much away, so just go read it. Head over to my full review of If We Were Villains if you want to learn more.
Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – ★★★★★. I finally caught up on Saga, which I’m so glad I did, because this is probably my favorite installment yet.
Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – ★★★★☆. I didn’t like this one quite as much as volume 6, but it’s still great, and I can’t wait for the next one.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – ★★★★☆. You probably know what this book is about, but you can check out my review of Hidden Figures for a full synopsis. Honestly, I enjoyed the film adaptation more, but I still liked the book and definitely got a lot out of it.
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova – ★★★★★. I was so excited for this book, because it’s been so long since Elizabeth Kostova has published something new! While it didn’t blow me away quite as much as The Historian, I still loved it. It’s a fantastic historical fiction novel, and definitely worth a read. You can read my review of The Shadow Land for more info.
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake – ★★★☆☆. This is a new diverse contemporary YA book, so I decided to give it a shot. And while I didn’t love it, I do think that’s almost entirely due to the fact that as I’ve gotten older, I struggle to connect with characters in YA books (I even wrote a post about it). If contemporary YA is your thing, definitely pick this one up! And head on over to read my review of How to Make a Wish.
What I’m Currently Reading:
Beartown by Fredrik Backman. I love Backman’s writing (and adored his most well-known book A Man Called Ove when I read it a few months ago), but I’m struggling with this one. I’m not all that into sports, and this is really heavy in hockey, which just isn’t catching my interest. Hopefully I’ll get into it soon.
Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir. This is the first book in the Six Tudor Queens series, and I am really excited about it since I don’t know too much about Henry VI’s first wife. I’m actually reading it in preparation for the second book in the series, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, which will be released in a couple of weeks. I’m excited to get back into Tudor historical fiction!
What I Watched:
Shameless. I watched the entire series to date, and I really enjoyed it! Which I probably wouldn’t have been able to do if I hadn’t been sick for a week, so there’s a silver lining (right?).
What I Did:
Finally Got Ahead on Blogging! If you’re a fellow blogger, you’ll probably understand how big a deal this is. I’ve been struggling to keep up with blogging, but – thanks to my bookish bullet journal (which I’ll do a full post on soon, I promise!) – I finally got organized. I have the entire month of May planned out, save for book reviews because I write those as I read, and even have about half of the posts for this month already written. It’s such a relief to be ahead of schedule and not struggling for ideas or motivation, and I really hope I can keep it up!
Cleaned Out Grandparents’ House. After my grandmother passed away in October, I have been gradually packing away things I want from her house and bringing them home. But now that her house is being sold and everything has to go, I went a bit crazy. Yes, I took a ton of really cool vintage books (I’ll do a post on them someday), but I also somehow ended up with a porcelain Christmas train set, two very large ceramic candle holders shaped like churches (and one shaped like a gingerbread house), a set of real silver chafing dishes (who doesn’t need those?),
three four tea sets, a pewter pirate ship, an absurd number of champagne glasses (they’re a few different styles), black and gold vases and papyrus paintings from Egypt, replica Jackie Kennedy jewelry, and marble bookends shaped like chess knights (among other things). Obviously, they’re all completely necessary. Right? Really though, this was a monumental task that was overwhelming and sad but still fun and nostalgic (which explains why I took everything). And I’m grateful I was able to take the time to really go through everything my grandmother kept over the years and inherit things I will use and cherish.
Everything I Inherited From My Grandparents. I am so in love with so many of the things I took from their house. I’ve been wearing my grandmother’s jewelry for weeks, and once I get my own apartment and can display and use all the housewares, I think it’s going to just make me happy every day.
Discussion | Am I Too Old for YA? I don’t think my post was anything super special, but I really enjoyed the comments and discussion that happened on this post. If you check it out, definitely scroll down to see what everyone else is saying!
That’s it for this month! I cannot believe it’s almost May. That’s just crazy. Share your favorite book from April in the comments!
P.S. There won’t be a weekly wrap up this week because I didn’t read anything (again).
P.P.S. Yes, I changed my blog color to pink (the theme I use has very limited color options and I hate most of them). I’ve been itching for a redesign, and haven’t had the time, so I needed something to help satiate my urge for a change. If you’ve done a blog redesign, do you start with new posts going forward, or do you go back and update everything? I’m curious.