Friday, April 30, 2021

Month in Review: April 2021

April seems to have been an exceptionally busy month--does anyone else feel that way? It's also the longest any month has felt this entire year, so perhaps that played into it a bit. I keep looking at books I read at the beginning of April and being completely shocked that I read that this past month because it feels like I read it ages ago. Am I alone in this, too, or is similar for all of you as well?
In reading news, it appears April was a pretty strong month! I read far more five-star books than I realized, and I'm starting to wonder if I'm becoming too easy please, haha. Either way, it's great for me because that just means I'm enjoying what I read. A few standouts from the month were The Shadow of the Gods, Into the Jungle, Malice, The Binding (which was a long overdue read!), and Firebreak! I guess that's a lot of standouts. Ariadne was also a beautiful Greek myth retelling that I would highly recommend!

In personal news, April was my last full month of my Master's program! I have one more paper due next week and a final next week, and then I'm completely done. It's a bit surreal, to be honest, to be finished once again with school after everything that's happened over the years. It also feels a bit anticlimactic since I don't have any immediate plans post-graduation other than to find a better job (not one related to my degree, probably), haha. I have a massive weight lifted off my shoulders, though, but I also have a bit of sadness to be leaving my professors and classmates behind. But my god--freedom feels good. And hopefully I can find a halfway decent job, but I haven't had much luck thus far so I'm keeping my expectations low.

Anyway, enough about me--how was your month? Have you read any new favorites books, or anything that just didn't work for you? Do let me know in the comments how things are, I love hearing from you all!

# books read: 13

The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga, #1)The Widow Queen (The Bold, #1)Into the JungleThe Children of Húrin
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne 
Source: Publisher (Orbit) | Format: Physical ARC

The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover

The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien 
Source: Owned | Format: Hardcover

The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1)Malice (Malice Duology #1)Near the BoneFirebreak
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri .75
Source: Publisher (Orbit) | Format: Physical ARC

Malice by Heather Walter 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

Near the Bone by Christine Henry 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace 
Source: Publisher (Saga/Gallery Press) | Format: Physical ARC

AriadneFor the Wolf (Wilderwood, #1)The Binding
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten .75
Source: Publisher (Orbit) | Format: Physical ARC

The Binding by Bridget Collins 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover

The Constant RabbitThe Effort
The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover

The Effort by Claire Holroyde ★.75
Source: Publisher (GCP) | Format: Hardcover



PiranesiThe Widow Queen (The Bold, #1)The Light of the Midnight StarsThe Last Watch (The Divide, #1)Near the BoneMalice (Malice Duology #1)Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First FrontierIn Deeper WatersThe Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga, #1)Firebreak

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  1. April is usually a pretty busy month for us, which is nice coming out of winter. Good luck on your last few school projects!

  2. Congrats on finishing your Masters! That's an awesome accomplishment. Good luck finding a job, it might be tough but hopefully the right one will come along:-)