Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2019

Hi friends! I hope you are having a fantastic Saturday! Today, I’m going to share with you my Monthly Wrap-Up for April 2019.

April has been a great month for me in terms of reading. I’m still ahead on my Goodreads goal, I managed to read a lot more books, and I’ve been catching up with my book tags! I also didn’t take any hiatuses, so that’s also very good! Let’s break everything down!

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

This month was pretty good for me reading wise. I managed to finish 9 books, which is roughly two books a week which I think is pretty good. Click on the titles to visit my reviews.

Watching You by Lisa Jewell // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A great mystery with twisted characters and a satisfying end.

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An engaging historical mystery with great characters, and an intriguing, yet predictable plot.

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins // ★★★☆☆ One sentence summary: A confusing, yet interesting book with a satisfying ending.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: An intriguing mystery with a slow build-up and a great, yet predictable, ending.

No Exit by Taylor Adams // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An action-packed thriller with a determined, and courageous main character.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A cute contemporary romance with an important message.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A painful yet amazing read with a great main character. (Review to Come)

I also had, sadly, one DNF. Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. I wasn’t in the mood for it, so I DNF’d. However, I may try to read this some other time.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 9
Did Not Finish: 1

Tags:

Only two. I did a third one yesterday, but alas, it was already May 2nd. However I’ll sneak it on here anyway…

The Bookish Adventure Tag (Thank you so much Umairah!)

Mystery Blogger Award (Thank you so much Meeghan!)

The Liebster Award (Thank you so much Umairah!)

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

How To Request ARCs From Publishers, Tips To Succeed & Basic Etiquette – A Guide by Jenn @ Jenniely

let’s whisper // DO YOU GENUINELY LOVE THE CONTENT YOU’RE CREATING AND CONSUMING? by Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

#NewBloggersWelcome! Edition #10 + End of Hiatus!!! by Evelina @ Avalinahs Books

Review + Recipe: The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth + Chicken Parm Recipe! by Christina @ Recipe and a Read

Anything Else?

An announcement. Tomorrow’s post is going to be the last one that I’m doing for a while. May is going to be very packed for me, and I’m going to be taking a month long hiatus, starting from tomorrow, till June 10th. On June 10th, I’ll resume my normal blogging schedule! I might still visit blogs and answer comments so feel free to continue sharing!

I did my first discussion post in a looooonnngggg time (I know this discussion was posted on May 3rd aka yesterday, but I had to include it lol). This is my second one ever, and after the amazing positive feedback, I’ve decided to come out of my shell and do more of these! You can check that post out here.

I also reached 100 followers yesterday!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! I’m so happy, thank you all so much, and be sure to check out my mini letter to you guys here ❤❤

That’s A Wrap!

So, April was a lot better for me compared to February and March. I got some more reading done, didn’t take any breaks, and kept up with my blogging schedule (mostly). I think I did more blog hopping as well. Once I’m back from my hiatus, I plan on discovering more new blogs, doing more discussions and interesting posts (because I know doing the same thing every week is boring and that you might be tired of this cause I honestly am), and definitely doing a lot more reading.

And that’s it for this wrap-up! Thank you guys so much for reading, and for helping me reach 100 followers! I’m glad that this was an awesome month, and I’m sad that I can’t be here for May. However, I do hope you have a great month, and I can’t wait to catch up once I’m back!

How was April for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Anything you’d like to share? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Mystery Blogger Award | Thank you!!

Welcome everyone! Today, I’m supposed to do a book tag, however, I was nominated to do the Mystery Blogger Award and I’m so excited!! The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma. I was nominated by the ever amazing Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads and Bakes. Be sure to check her blog out before you finish this post!

Thank you so much Meeghan!!!


What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”


Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Answer the 5 questions you were asked
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

If you had to describe yourself in three characters, which ones would they be?

Interesting. Let’s see, I’d definitely be Stevie from Truly Devious, because I am fascinated with mysteries and murders maybe a little too much for comfort. Second character would be Cassie from The Naturals. She’s kind of shy and quiet and I am too in real life. Third character would be Jo March from Little Women. Jo and I share the same characteristic of getting angry pretty easily. We also both happen to be wannabe authors, though she’s more successful at that than me.

What’s one of your fave songs? (and share the clip if it’s got one!)

Confession time: I don’t really listen to music or songs. So I can’t really say what’s my favorite song.

What’s your go-to book recommendation?

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I’ve been recommending this every chance I get, and I probably will continue to do so until the day I die. I really loved it.

List three things you are either grateful for, or that you like about yourself.

I’m grateful for my family. They’re so supporting and amazing and I’m glad that I have one. I’m grateful for books, for opening new doors to explore different communities and cultures. I’m also grateful for the bookish community because it’s so open and welcoming! I really love it here. Thank you all very much!

[Bonus/funny question] If you could take any animal and make it the size of another animal, what would you choose, and why?

I’d make a lion the size of a cat. I don’t really like cats, but I’ve loved lions since I was a tiny kid. I even still have a tiny toy lion that I used to play with. I’ve always wanted a lion for a pet.

Three Things About Me:

I used to paint. A few years ago, I was determined to become a painter and bought a lot of paints and canvases. A few successful seascapes, and failed flower paintings later, I gave up. I still like to think that I can paint, but I’m pretty sure I’ve lost my touch.

I love to travel. I love airplanes. I love visiting new countries, seeing amazing landmarks, and just being away from home.

My favorite color (as of the moment) is pale pink. My favorite color in the past has been black, red, green, white, cream, and a lot of other ones. They change with my mood.

Nominating:

Christina @ A Recipe and A Read | Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads |
Umairah @ Sereadipity

Kat @ Novels and Waffles | Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next |
Rachel @ Typed Truths

Kay @ Hammock of Books | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books |
Crystal @ Paper Royalty

Mel @ Mel To The Any | Ashley @ Bubbly Booknerd |
Kerys @ The Everlasting Library

Questions for nominees:

  1. If you had to describe yourself in three characters, which ones would they be?
  2. Who’s your go to author and why?
  3. What’s one amazing thing that has happened to you or will happen to you this year?
  4. List 3 tropes that you like in books.
  5. (Weird/Funny question) If animals could talk, which do you think would be the rudest?

My Best Blog Posts:

This is a really hard question. I really don’t know if I have a best blog post, because most of my posts are either reviews, TTT, or WWW posts. However, here are some of my favorite posts that I’ve done.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on Hold and on My TBR

Tag Thursday – The Coffee Book Tag

Sunshine Blogger Award – THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Bookish Discussion: Bloglovin’ and why I’m disappointed

That’s it for now! If you’d like to answer the questions, go right ahead but be sure to link back here, so that I can check your responses! I hope you have fun!

Thank you, again, Meeghan for nominating me! I really enjoyed answering your questions!