Wow, it’s the end of April already!? I feel like it was just yesterday when I wrote my March Wrap-up post! (I always say that but it is so true!)
April was a busy, productive and rewarding month for me. What exactly was I up to?!
- Did my own taxes!! (++ adulting skills level up!)
- Participated in Camp Nano with 25K word count target (and succeeded! Yay!!) and…
- Psssst……. I am aaaaaalmost done my novel!
- Participated in a 10K race while fighting a cold (and ran non-stop!!)
- Had an amazing, week-long stay-cation which ends today (sigh…)
I read 4 books in April, which is below my average (5-6 books). However this month I did want to focus on writing, so no regrets. Also I really enjoyed the books that I read!
It is my goal this year to read more historical fiction, which usually isn’t my genre of choice. Because of this I picked up The Book Thief, which is a novel about the day to day life of a young German girl during World War II. I loved that it is about a bookworm (yay!) and the power of words. The Book Thief might just be my favourite book of all time, and I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
After reading The Book Thief, I was inspired to read more World War II stories, which inspired me to pick up Sarah’s Key. In this novel, Sarah is a Jewish girl whose family is apprehended in the Vel’ D’hiv roundup by the French police. Although this is a slower book, I was able to connect with the characters and I enjoyed learning more about history.
Yes! I am re-reading Harry Potter! It’s been 10 years, so I feel that it is about time! It was a great feeling to crack open the spine of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and sink into a magical world that I enjoyed so much as a child. Check out my review of the first book here.
I also enjoyed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where Harry and his crew investigates the attacks on Muggle-born students. We are introduced to some new characters, like Dobby, Moaning Myrtle, and Ginny Weasley. I love the budding chemistry between Ron and Hermione in this book- they are too cute!
One of my favourite parts about blogging is to read the incredible stuff written by other bloggers. Here are some of the posts that inspired me this month:
Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight muses about why she never gives 1-star ratings. I can relate to every point that she makes in this post!
Beth @ Reading Every Night raises the question: Do you have to buy books to be a good blogger? My answer is a definite “no” since I often use the library- what do you think?
Margaret @ Weird Zeal talks about re-reading and why we should all do it! Personally I don’t think I re-read enough!
Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA identifies herself as a serial book hopper. At any given time, I am usually in the middle of 2 or 3 books. Do you finish a book before starting the next one, or do you read several at once?
Ever stuck while trying to write a review? Fear not, because Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books tells us exactly how to write a review!
Norie @ Reading Under the Blankie shares tips about how to get over that reading slump!
Dani @ Perspective of a Writer shares some insights about moving to a self-hosted blog!
Are villains underrated? The Orang-utan Librarian tells us all about why villains should be our favourite characters.
For the writers out there: Dawn Gresko shares tips about staying motivated while writing. My favourite? Make writing a priority!
Fadwa @ Word Wonders shows us how she stays organized when it comes to reading and blogging. Be prepared for epic spreadsheets and awesome bullet journal pages!