Wrap Up | April 2019

I haven’t done a wrap up since my January wrap up earlier this year, although I’m not really sure why. Anyway, April turned out to be a pretty good month for me reading and life wise. I had a great birthday on April 15th and then attended Easter Con over the Eater weekend which has helped to greatly improve my mood over the past two weeks. I’m still struggling quite a lot with a particularly nasty Masters report I have to submit soon but that’s for future me to worry about. For now, let’s recap on all the great April things ❤

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The Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – ★★★★★ ←
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – ★★★★★ ←
The Vegetarian by Han Kang – ★★★☆☆ ←
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill – ★★★★★ ←
Tone of Voice by Kaia Sønderby – ★★★★★ ←
American Hippo by Sarah Gailey – ★★★★☆ ←

April turned out to be a surprisingly good reading month for me which I hadn’t expected given my birthday, con attending and deadline! As I managed to read 6 books it also means that I passed my O.W.Ls with Exceeds Expectations grade and I passed the 4 subjects I need for my Magizoologist career. Now I just remember to actually sit the NEWTs in a few months time… In addition to the 6 books that I read, I also read 2 short stories: JY Yang’s ‘Circus Girl, Hunter, Mirror Boy‘ and Sarah Gailey’s ‘STET‘. My book of the month is The Tea Dragon Society because it was so pure and wholesome.

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If anyone has been following my WWW Wednesday posts then you will already know that it has been taking me an age to play through Divinity: Original Sin 2 and I’m still not done. I’m on the last act of the game though so hopefully it won’t take me too much longer… I did also manage to slip in What Remains of Edith Finch at the beginning of the month when I wanted a break from Divinity and really loved it. It gave me a lot of thoughts about the representation of death in video games, especially walking simulators, so I might try to compile those thoughts together at some point for an article.

I’m also ashamed to say that I haven’t even been playing my Switch after spending all of that money on it in January! I basically (mostly) finished playing Let’s Go: Eevee then got sidetracked with PC gaming and reading so I want to rectify this next month…

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On the Blog

book haul post

April TBR | Bringing back the OWLs again
2019 Goals | Quarterly Check-In #1
Video game review: Old Man’s Journey
ARC Review: Wicked Saints
Blog Tour: Summer Bird Blue | Playlist
WWW Wednesday | 9th April 2019
Book Tag | The A-Z of Book Bloggers
Have I Played This Yet? | C & D
WWW Wednesday | 17th April 2019
WWW Wednesday | 24th April 2019
ARC Review: The Luminous Dead
Discussion | When is the right time to review?
State of the ARC | #9 Taking a step back from ARCs
Book Haul | April: 27th Birthday & Easter Con

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I’m fairly happy with how my blogging and reading went this month but I’m definitely looking forward to Moody May next month. I’ve been in such a mood for mood reading but didn’t want to mess about too much with my OWLs Readathon TBR. In case you missed my State of the ARC post, I also mentioned that I’m going to be taking a step back from ARCs for at least a month or two so that I can read without the pressure of reviewing as it has definitely been slowing my reading down.

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6 thoughts on “Wrap Up | April 2019

  1. It looks like you had such a great reading month! That’s always exciting. I am so stoked that you loved The Wicked Saints. I can’t wait to read that one. Hopefully soon. I hope this month is just as great! It’ll be nice taking a break from ARCs and all the pressure, so you can read other things. I really need to do that too after this month.

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    1. Yes, it’s nice having a break every so often. I feel like I’m missing out a little bit on some stuff I would have liked to have participated in, but I have so much extra stuff going on that it made sense to take a more relaxed approach this month.

      I hope you enjoy the Wicked Saints when you get round to it!

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  2. Sounds like you are making a great decision with taking a step back from arcs for a bit. It does have to remain being fun since we do not get paid for this. I’m glad April was a pretty good month for you. I hope May will be the same!


  3. I am honestly kind of glad that I am not the only person that hasn’t played their Switch much after dropping all those coins on it. I love it a lot but I just haven’t been in the console gaming mood, and it makes me feel a little guilty.

    Looks like you had a good reading month in April, too! I am glad you enjoyed Wicked Saints, that book didn’t really work for me at all (writing style) but I know a lot of people that will love it.

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    1. I was literally thinking today about my Switch, how much it costs and how much I HAVEN’T played it since I bought it. It makes me feel so guilty D: I think the trouble for me is that I don’t have many games for it bc Switch games are so expensive & 3DS/Switch games never seem to go depreciate in the same way as other console games. I just end up buying everything on Steam bc its so much cheaper D:

      Wicked Saints is honestly giving me so many complicated feels right now, given everything that’s happened this past month with the author. Ngl, I’ve been feeling conflicted over my review & whether it’s something I want to review/remove altogether but can’t make my mind up


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