Today I am back with another catch up wrap up post! This is post 2 out of 3 wrap up posts that I need to post in order to catch up and continue on into June like nothing happened! On Saturday I posted my March 2022 wrap up, and I am pleased to say that April was definitely a better reading month for me! What I am not pleased to say is that I have not read a book since April… so I need to fix that in June.
One of the reasons I was able to read to much in April, is because I actually got Covid on the 5th. I had to isolate for ten days in my bedroom to try and not pass the virus onto my sisters. This meant that I had nothing else really to do other than read. And to be honest, it was really nice in a weird sense. Despite being ill and having Covid, it was nice to just have a week to do nothing but colour and read. Towards the end of it, I was reading a book a day and I just felt so inspired! It is a pity that as soon as I got out of isolation that it all stopped again. But hopefully, I can get that back too! I am going to try and carve out time in the evening specifically for reading and nothing else, and hopefully that will really help me form the habit of reading again. But enough about the future book, let’s get into what I read in April.
- Books read: 7
- Pages read: 3,121
- Audiobook: 6
- Physical: 1
- Historical Romance: 2
- Historical: 1
- Fantasy: 1
- Romance: 3
It’s in His Kiss & On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
Like I said in my March 2022 Wrap Up, I got the Bridgerton bug! So, after reading two books in March, I decided to quickly finish the rest of the series. I had such a fun time with the books. And I think because I had the break in between reading the first five and the last three, I enjoyed these a little more! Particularly the last two (It’s in His Kiss and On the Way to the Wedding). They were full of fun and joy and parts of them felt so silly that it was just fun to read them. It also feels like a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders to have this series finally completed.
Reputation by Lex Croucher
After finishing the Bridgerton series, I kind of wanted to stay in the historical era. I heard a lot about this book last year and then it kind of died down a bit and I had forgotten about it. But, I saw it again whilst scrolling through Goodreads, and decided to give the audiobook a go. And, maybe it was because I listened to the audiobook, but I just struggled to connect with the characters a little bit. It was fun, and it was a quick read, but it isn’t one that I will likely read again. I purchased the audiobook, but didn’t have a physical copy, and I can’t see myself purchasing a physical copy in the future if I am honest. The novel follows Georgiana who has recently had to move in with her aunt and uncle, and she falls in with a group of friends who are rich and have a completely different way of life than Georgiana. It’s described as a Regency-era Mean Girls, and I kind of agree with that. It was fun at the time of reading; it just wasn’t a memorable read for me.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
I had just finished Reputation, I had Covid, and I was waiting for The No-Show by Beth O’Leary to arrive at my door, and I needed to decide what book I was going to read next. So, I decided to pick back up The Flatshare. I first read this book back in June 2020 and really fell in love with it. I have been a huge fan of Beth O’Leary ever since, so it felt like the perfect book to reread whilst waiting for her newest release! It was so nice to return to this beautifully funny and emotional story with Tiffy and Leo. It felt like a warm hug.
The No-Show by Beth O’Leary
Beth O’Leary honestly never disappoints. The No-Show is Beth O’Leary’s newest release, and I devoured it on the day of its release. If you’ve been a long term follower of my blog, you may be familiar with my love for her novels. Last year, The Road Trip was my favourite book of last year and I have never quite recovered from it. I was a bit apprehensive for once going into this novel. O’Leary has produced three books before this that I have absolutely loved and adored and just have never stopped talking about them. It was a high bar to jump to. But I should have trusted her because it was absolutely phenomenal. The No-Show follows Miranda, Siobhan, and Jane as each of them are dating this one guy. It begins on Valentine’s Day when each of these women get stood up by the same man. Each of these women gave had their own perspective and it was a pleasure, and emotional, getting to read the story from each of their perspectives.
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
I finally – *FINALLY* – got round to finishing House of Sky and Breath, and despite not finishing the book for months after its release. I started this book in February and even started reading it the day after its release. I actually booked the week off to do nothing but read this book! But, the world had other plans. I am so happy to say that I managed to avoid all spoilers. I am so grateful for that because if I had known what was coming, it definitely would have ruined my reading experience. I was blown away when I first read House of Earth and Blood in January 2021, but House of Sky and Breath blew me out of this planet. It was phenomenal and I cannot wait for the third book to come out in probably a couple of years. It was a monster of a book in size, but every page was thrilling.
With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher
And finally, I read Carrie Hope Fletcher’s newest release: With This Kiss. I have read all of her adult fiction so far and I have enjoyed all of them but have only ever really loved When the Curtain Falls. The rest of them have always had something else missing. That is how I felt with this one again. It was an enjoyable read, but there was just something missing. The book follows Lorelai who lives with this burden: whenever she kisses someone, she sees how they are going to die. It is a great concept, but the execution of it just lacked something for me unfortunately.
I didn’t post any blog posts during April, so we will swiftly move on to my writing update!
April started out great! I had decided that I would be taking part in Camp NaNo April and working on Rapunzel Project. And in the first three days of April, I managed to write 2,823 words towards my project! I was so motivated to get some words to this project and I even started to document it on TikTok (it’s still a baby account!) And then I got ill… and never quite returned to it unfortunately. I was just beginning to get back into my groove and then I got ill and it all went down the drain.
And I wish I could say that word count increased once I added my poetry to the equation… but no. I only wrote two poems. And they were both very vague drafts of poems with just two lines each and combined equally a whopping 15 words. And I know you are probably thinking that is a small amount, and its not worth counting them, but I have never had that view. Those small poems are just snippets which can later be turned into something incredible. And one of them was used in May and further developed. It’s just another one of those reasons that I will always note everything down!
So that is all for April! I will be posting my May wrap up soon, and then hopefully it is back to regularly scheduled posts! See you soon.