April Wrap-Up // a fantastic reading month!! (ft. me gushing about Shadow and Bone)

So another month gone by! Let’s take a look at my reading, blogging, blog-hopping and other highlights of the month.

April has been, by far, the best reading month this year! I read a total of 7 books, which is pretty impressive considering that I have been trying to level up from my boring 5 books per month since the beginning of this year.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer [4 stars] Eh, this was one of those books where I was totally lost after the end. I had no idea whether to rate it 3 stars or 4 stars or 5 stars. But finally I settled with 4. At this point of time, I am like – Just tell everyone who Nightmare and Sentinel is!! And if you wanted to keep it secret forever, maybe it could have been unknown to the readers as well? Because it is getting kinda annoying now, to be honest.

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury [3 stars] My first audiobook! But what a disappointment the story was. It was too repetitive, to the point that so many things got downright irritating. And the beginning was nice enough, I don’t know what happened after that.

Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception [4 stars] Actually I don’t remember much about this, but I do enjoy a good heist, so that was one of the reasons I gave this 4 stars.

A Wilder Magic by Juliana Brandt [4 stars] This was my first ever ARC!! I got this as a part of a book promo tour I did this month. It was such a beautiful middle grade with amazing platonic relationships. Read my full review HERE.

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman [4.5 stars] This was easily my favourite book of April. It definitely deserves a lot more hype, I have rarely heard bloggers mention this. There were equal parts mystery, friendship and adventure in Book Scavenger. To read my full review, see my journal spread and play a small bookish game inspired by Book Scavenger, click HERE.

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman [1.5 stars] Well. I am still debating whether to put up a review for this on my blog or not, since I haven’t really posted a negative review here before, and this is also a very new release. But I did post a review on Goodreads, you can read it HERE.

Misfit (Asura Chronicles #1) by Jo Zaida [3 stars] Another ARC!! So I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had expected to, but it was worth reading anyways. Review to come!

I am proud to report that I carefully followed the posting schedule I had set up for myself last month (except for last week, when I had a blog tour post out of schedule, on a Sunday) throughout the month of April! When I started, I didn’t think I would be able to follow it throughout, to be honest, but turns out I was wrong!

I am not going to link all my posts from this month here, only specific ones. If you would like to see all my posts in April, click HERE.

I have included the links to my posts in their featured images below, so all you have to do is click on the ones that catch your attention!

A discussion post all about book titles! I am quite proud of this one actually, so do check it out if you missed it earlier!
I do love writing 5 star reviews!!
I created a quiz for you to find some great recs!!

I tried to be really active on all of your posts this month, and I think I succeeded to a great extent. I interacted with your blogs wherever I could, and came across some interesting posts in the process.

Amy @A Fangirl’s Opinion wrote about some funny books and characters on April Fools day!

April @Booked Till Midnight shared her recipe for a 5 star read!

Alice @Love For Words related Pride and Prejudice quotes to her everyday life! I have not read Pride and Prejudice completely (I’ve read only short excerpts) but this humorous post had me chuckling out aloud!

Ritz @Living, Loving and Reading Netflix’s Shadow And Bone and her thoughts are SO similar to mine!!

Ashmita @the fictional journal made a list of characters who are likely to jump-scare people!

Ritz @Living, Loving and Reading gives us some great sci-fi recs and also shares her sci-fi tbr!


Other updates and highlights of the month

  • We hit 100 followers in early April!! This is my first big blogging milestone, so thank you so much for that guys🥰 It means a lot to have you enjoy and appreciate my content.
  • The Home page of my blog now has a brand new look! I have changed the header image, put in a sidebar and stuff like that.
  • My blog now has a Review Policy page.
  • I received my first ARCs and took part in my first blog tour this month!
  • April was Shadow and Bone month!!!! (oops sorry for all the exclamations, this just shows how much I loved the show) By now, you all know how much the Six Of Crows duology means to me. If you don’t, IT’S MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!! So naturally I was excited for the S&B show on Netflix. Though I started watching it only for the Crows, the Alina-Darkling storyline also got me hooked and made me wonder why I didn’t read the Shadow and bone trilogy earlier (I am not going to read it now, I want to know the story only from the show). I finished watching all 8 episodes of S&B in four days, and wow I loved seeing my favourite characters brought to life. The casting was just perfect. Freddy Carter is going to be stuck in my mind’s eye as Kaz forever, and same with the others. I didn’t think it was possible to love and admire Kaz more than I did after reading the books, but this show proved me wrong…my heart went out for him even more!! The ‘No mourners, no funerals’ line was also so perfect when it happened. Jesper and Milo were absolute showstealers!! Okay, not gonna ramble any more, but seriously, go watch it!!

How was your April? Did you watch Shadow And Bone? Have you read any of the books that I read in April? Chat with me in the comments!!

March Wrap-Up

Hello there, and welcome to my monthly wrap-up! March has always been my favourite month of the year, because a) my birthday falls in march and b) I love the spring season. This time I spent most of my March studying, since I had my annual school exams from 2nd March to the 18th. During that period I took a hiatus from blogging, and found very less time for reading (only 2 books in 20 days😱). But after that, I tried posting regularly on my blog, and amped up my reading too. Here’s my entire month of March in terms of reading and blogging.

Books read : 5 (and half, actually)

Pages read : 2059

I prioritized books which I had predicted to be 5 stars this month, because, you know, favourite month and stuff. I actually started reading all my five-star predictions from February itself (and what a disappointment all those books turned out to be, but eh, that might have been because I was feeling kinda slump-ey). Luckily, I was able to discover some new favorites this month, and that is a relief, because I don’t want March to be the month I gave all the books I read a low rating. Onto what exactly I read and their star rating, in the order I read them.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer [ Rating-⭐⭐⭐⭐]

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare [ Rating-⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff [Rating- ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2] [MY REVIEW]

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The Miracle On Ebenezer Street [Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff [Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] [Review to come! Hopefully😂]

So yeah, all the books I read this month got 4 stars and above, so that is pretty good I guess!

Since I was on hiatus for more than half the month, I did not write many posts. But I have to say, the few posts that I did write in these last few days, I was at my creative best (atleast I think so😅, do you?). Anyway, click on the featured images below to visit my posts, in case you missed them!

I talk about my (very specific) favourite trope!
I write SoC fanfiction!
A look into how I rate some books!
I review one of my new favourites!
I share the books I bought for my bday!

I tried to read as many posts by you all as I could, even during my hiatus. I also discovered some amazing new bloggers. Here is a list of posts I enjoyed reading this month.

Madeline @The Bookish Mutant Rambles a little about the Aurora Cycle, which is on its way to becoming one of my new favourite series!

One Book More wrote some swoon-worthy quotes from the Crooked Kingdom!

Sofii @A book. A thought has created a book blogger list, which you should all check out!

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal created the Aesthete Blogger Award!

Beck @Ghost with no cares wrote Six Of Crows fanfiction (just like me!), titled Poor Unfortunate Kruge

Laura @The Corner Of Laura wrote a very relatable post about 6 awkward social situations we bookworms face !


How did you like my new graphics? Which is your favourite month of the year? How was your reading in March? Let’s chat in the comments!!