In April, I was stressed a lot about uni and because of that, I started to blog significantly less than I used to. This time last year I was blogging around three times per week and now it is once per week. At the very end of the month I also, strangely, fell quite ill. I don’t get sick very often, so it was very weird. I had the flu (I think?) and couldn’t really get out of bed for a few days. Aside from that, I had an all right month.
In April I read four books. The ratings for them were fairly high (except for one), which is always nice. My favourite book was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I had this book hyped up to me so much over the past six or so months and finally got to read it because I won it in a giveaway! Thanks so much to Laura, winning that book made my entire month.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
This book is super long (over 700 pages) and it took me around three weeks to read. I think read the first third in two weeks and then the last two thirds in one week. It’s a very interesting story and it takes a very unexpected turn. It was an emotional read that kept me thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it. My review.
Meet Cute is a young adult romance short story collection by fourteen authors. It follows the ‘meet cute’ trope, which is perfect for short stories. It was a great book for me because I really enjoy romance. I also managed to love most of the stories. My review.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book is based around Hollywood and the secret life of a 50s and 60s movie star named Evelyn Hugo. The readers get to look into her whole life story, including seven husbands. But, of course, why did she have seven husbands, that is the question… 😉 I loved reading this book – everything about it was amazing.
The Nowhere Child by Christian White
I was interested in reading this book because it won the same award as The Dry by Jane Harper and I was able to get it as an ARC. The premise also really intrigued me. While I liked the story, I did not connect with the writing. I also guessed the plot twist half-way through and was just annoyed when I realised I was right.
For some reason I can only think of two books that I want to read in May. I had Renegades on my TBR last month and I really want to get it read. It is the last book I have to read from my five-star predictions post and I should have read it a long time ago.
- Renegades by Marissa Meyer
- Skylarks by Karen Gregory
The Amazon Echo was recently introduced to Australia and the ads about it intrigued me. I only had one reason for getting it, which was that I wanted it to play the radio. I listen to the radio every day when I’m in my room and I had my other radio for at least ten years. Alexa has a lot of great features; my favourite one is probably question of the day. Although, saying ‘Alexa’ all the time is starting to wear off.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
What We Do in the Shadows is a New Zealand mockumentary about vampires. I haven’t seen much stuff from New Zealand before and I found their comedy style to be very funny. I watched it on Netflix and I laughed right from the beginning.
Camp is over and, well, I neglected writing quite a lot. But I knew I would! I was actually really into it for two days near the end, but then I got sick and lost all motivation.
My goal was 15,000 words and what I actually wrote was 3374 words…smh.
May Bullet Journal
I keep a bullet journal and making a new theme each month is usually a pretty fun time. In April I found my design to be pretty basic so I decided not to share it on my blog, but May is a bit nicer. I have gone with an autumnal theme with green and brown leaves. It is currently autumn in Australia, even though it is barely cold here in Melbourne. I’m hoping May will actually reflect autumn weather.
The first spread is my April wrap-up and May TBR page, plus my budget tracker. I didn’t really use my budget tracker last month so I’m not sure how long it will last as a regular feature.
The next spread for May is my habit tracker and study log. I really like tracking my habits, it’s relaxing to do at the end of the day.
The final monthly page is a shopping list. I had to add something on this page because there is a quote next to it. I’m not sure if I’ll actually use it.
Lastly, I have my first weekly spread. This month I have decided to make my weekly spreads less focused on the monthly theme. I just made it simple because drawing in the leaves does get a little tedious.
OK, so I’ve seen some other bloggers write goals for the month and I thought I would give it a go. Then for my May wrap-up I can tick them off.
- Read five books.
- Write 5000 words.
- Write two blog posts per week (not sure if I’ll be able to this since I still have a month of uni).
- Look for a part-time job (I’ve neglected this since my last job because I wanted an internship but have been rejected from the three that I applied to!).
- Study for three to five hours per day.
- Get at least 75 on every assignment.
Aaand that is my April wrap-up. I think this might be my longest wrap-up post I’ve ever written!
Did you have a good April? How many books did you read?