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April 2020 Wrap-Up

Well, reading definitely picked back up for me in April. I found that the key was reading some real low-stakes stuff (romance was my personal life-saver) until I felt like reading my usual fare again. My finals end the first week of May, and then I’ve chosen to take a break from grad school until the fall for a couple reasons. It’ll be nice having a few months where work and personal growth/sanity are the only things I have to focus on! Also good timing, considering our Women’s Prize Squad Longlist.

Books Read:

  • The Invasion by KA Applegate. 3 stars, reread.
  • Wrong by Jana Aston. 4 stars, review.
  • Most Eligible Billionaire by Annika Martin. 3 stars, review.
  • The Dare by Lauren Landish. 3 stars, review.
  • Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon. 2.5 stars, review.
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. 5 stars, review.
  • My Dark Vanessa by Elizabeth Russell. 5 stars, review.
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. 4 stars, review.

Books read: 8 books
Average rating: 3.69 stars (haha nice)

Other Media:

  • Movies:
  • TV Shows:
    • I feel like all I did this month was watch TV.
    • Westworld, Season 2, Season 3 Eps 1-6.
    • Castle Rock, Season 2 Eps 6-10, Season 1 Ep 3 (the season 1 ep was a rewatch w my bf since he’s still on the first season).
    • BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural, Season 3 Eps 4-8 (rewatch).
    • Glow Up, Season 1 Eps 1-2.
    • Locke & Key, Season 1 Eps 4-5.
    • W/ Bob & David, Season 1 Ep 2.
  • Video Games:
    • Still some Stardew Valley!
    • A pretty decent amount of Pokemon Sword; finished the gym challenge and am working to round out my Pokedex!
    • A little Tetris 99
    • Just Dance 2020! A great way to exercise in my room alone with fun music.
    • Sims 4, getting back into it.

Short Reads:

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April 2019 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden. 3.5 stars, review.
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. 4 stars, review.
  • Dust by Hugh Howey. 4 stars, re-read.
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. 3 stars, review.
  • The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. 4 stars, review.
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. 4 stars, review.

Books read: 6
Average rating: 3.75 stars

Other Media:

  • Shrill [2019-?]. This series is very good, very entertaining, very emotional, and very impactful. I very much recommend it.
  • The Perfect Date [2019]. 4/5 stars. Cute!
  • Ant Man [2015]. 4/5 stars, rewatch. Fun, probs one of my fav Marvel movies!

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April 2018 Wrap-Up

Books Read:

  • All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell. 3.5/5 stars, review.
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. 2/5 stars, review.
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi5/5 stars, review to come.
  • The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce. 4/5 stars, reread.
  • Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi. 5/5 stars, review to come.

Books DNF’d:

  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot. Library copy due back before I finished; wasn’t in the right mental state to read it.
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. Audiobook; got about halfway through before I lost interest.
  • Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes. Just not my cup o tea, but well-written.
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley. Audiobook; at first I was like “yay, queer and disabled rep!” and then I was like “oh no, biphobia ahoy!” and looked at other reviews that confirmed I should stop reading.
  • Wait, Blink by Gunnhild Øyehaug. The writing style wasn’t my thing and I dreaded reading it, even though there was nothing wrong with it.
  • Beginning of a Hero by Charles E. Yallowitz. The writing was really not my thing.

Books read: 5
Books DNF’d: 6
Average Rating: 3.9 stars

Movies:

  • A Quiet Place [2018] directed by John Krasinski. 4.5/5 stars.

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Reading Goal Progress:

In April, I read 5 books, which puts me at a total of 29 books for the year. I’m 5 books ahead of schedule and at 39% of my reading goal for the year. 🙂

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