For one of the shorter months of the year, April really did drag on didn’t it! On a positive note, this is my 300th post on my blog which is insane because it definitely doesn’t feel like I’ve written that many. It’s coincidentally landing on my favoruite kind of post to write – my monthly wrap ups. Nothing makes me feel more productive than writing these because even if I’ve not done as much as the previous month, at least I did something right? I didn’t finish many books this month because they were both incredible and left me in a bit of a slump. So I kept starting other books but nothing was doing it for me, hopefully I will kick the slump in May – tips to do that please ❤
Books I planned to Read: 5
Books I Read: 2
Books I Read that weren’t on my TBR: 1
I should probably give up on this but haven’t yet is Obscured by C.M Boers. I read this a couple of years ago when it was sent to me to review, however, looking back I don’ think I gave it a very fair review so I am rereading it to see whether I still agree. I started this months ago, but it’s got supernatural/fantasy elements and I haven’t been in the mood for that recently so I haven’t wanted to pick it back up. In January I was sitting at about 70%. In March I got to 72%. And now I’m sitting at 74% so you know I’m getting there. When I first started rereading I got through it so quick and was loving it. I had no clue why I gave it such a harsh review and then I got to the 70% mark and it’s like a completely different writer has taken over. So disappointing.
Abby Martin thought she was an ordinary girl about to start high school. But when her mom announces that they’re moving to Arizona, vivid nightmares start plaguing Abby’s nights. As she settles into her new school and a cute guy named Pete catches her eye, she hopes that life might somehow get back to normal. To Abby’s horror, “normal” becomes a thing of the past as she’s swept up into a world of immortal protectors wielding supernatural gifts. When Abby realizes she’s a pawn in a centuries-old feud, she must figure out who she can trust before she’s caught in the crossfire. Prepare yourself for heart-pounding suspense in the world of Obscured, where nothing is as it seems and danger lurks in unexpected places.
I also started The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. So far I’m liking the characters and the build up to the main plot line is interesting. I just really am not a fan of the writing style but I’m going to power through because I’ve been told amazing things. Maybe i just have to give it more of a chance.
Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges. Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl. When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her. Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well. For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?
I also started The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. So far this is so good! Really intriguing, a little bit of a character overload but it will get easier as I get to know each one.
A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead … but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!
The last book I am currently reading is The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. I started this last summer and kinda got to a standstill but I was in the mood to pick it up again, so I read a little.
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
I have been listening to a whole bunch of random stuff this month. A good ol’ mix so I’m sure you guys will find something you like. Also a lot of Albums, I’ll try find a playlist of the whole album.
I haven’t watched as much this month as I have in previous months, don’t know why but I feel like it’s not as long a list as per.
New Tricks – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Rewatch)
Blue Murder – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Rewatch)
The 100 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Season 5)
Bull – ⭐⭐⭐⭐(Season 4)
Dance Moms – ⭐⭐⭐
Friday Night Dinner – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Season 6)
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Love, Wedding, Repeat – ⭐⭐⭐
Arrow- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Rewatch)
Great British Sewing Bee – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(Season 6)
Taskmaster – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Rewatch)
I’ve been loving watching Hermitcraft season 7. My faves are Grian, Scar, Mumbo and Iskall. They’re just amazing!
I don’t know if it counts as Youtube faves…but I have been watching Syndicate’s Minecraft streams on twitch and they are also hilarious.
Favourite Blog Post of the Month:
I have a couple.
Firstly, Blogging Mindset by Christian Mihai. – I always find his post so motivational.
Secondly, Don’t Write Everyday by ML Woldman. – it was just so inspirational and relatable and just I adored it.
And not to blow my own trumpet, but I loved my Tips for bloggers starting out – the response and support from everyone towards the community was just amazing!
Favourite Thing This Month:
I loved doing Camp NaNo this month…or what little I actually did for it.
I have also been loving the colour yellow. As you can probably tell by the new themeing for my blog and my banners etc. The field outside my window is currently filled with Rapeseed and while it’s causing me horrific hayfever, it is very stunning.
I also taught myself how to knit this month, and I’ve started on making a blanket. It’s so rewarding when you finish a section and after getting used to it it’s actually quite easy (atleast what I’m doing is) I recommend you give it a shot if your looking for a new hobby over the lock down period.
So that’s it for this month’s wrap up. I hope you enjoyed this and that you are all safe and healthy ❤ See you tomorrow 🙂