April is a promise that May is bound to keep.Hal Borland
It’s been a much busier month than I was anticipating, though perhaps I should’ve seen it coming. After all, in addition to Bookending Spring, April is National Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Camp NaNoWriMo, and it contains National Library Week
and the A-Spec Readathon that I didn’t end up participating in.
Also, it’s the month before finals. So although I would say April was a pretty good month overall, I’m pretty ready for May.
- I got my first houseplant: a succulent that I have decided to name Cactus. (Any tips for keeping my new baby alive would be greatly appreciated!)
- My lab class finished, so I have 3-8 hours of my week back … just in time to start preparing for final exams.
- My final paper from last year was chosen to be presented at an undergraduate research writing conference at my university; aside from some technical difficulties, it went pretty well!
- I was elected to the executive board for two on-campus organizations I’m highly involved with, so part of my summer will be spent preparing for next year’s events and programming.
- On Friday I missed my first-ever post — my original plan fell through, and between seeing Avengers: Endgame (no spoilers but it was AMAZING and I sobbed through the whole three hours) and studying for orgo, I decided against scrambling to replace it. Because it was inevitable that I would miss a post eventually, and now I’m not waiting for the shoe to drop.
My Top April Posts
Comedy tropes book tag [April fool’s guest post on fictionally sam]
Other Awesome April Posts
the currently reading tag [april fool’s guest post on my blog by soph @ bookwyrming thoughts]
Clicking on the titles below will take you to the book’s Goodreads page; clicking on the flames (which indicate my rating out of 5) will take you to my review. Books marked as [ARC] were received as Advance Review Copies; [RC] indicates a post-release review copy.
14 total, 3.15 average rating
- Becoming Michelangelo by Alan Pascuzzi [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥
- The Altruists by Andrew Ridker [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Ash Family by Molly Dektar [ARC] | 🔥🔥 1/2
- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Bride Test by Helen Hoang [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent [RC] | 🔥 1/2
- Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black [reread] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 | Series Synopsis
- The Rule of One by Ashley & Leslie Saunders [RC] | 🔥🔥 1/2
- The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by Holly Black | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- The Rule of Many by Ashley & Leslie Saunders [ARC] | [Blog Tour; RTC]
- Postgraduate Studies in Motherhood by Helen Trepelkov [RC] | 🔥🔥
- Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber [reread] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber [reread] | Currently Reading
Top [new] read of the month: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
As always, this is just the books I’m most looking forward to! There are so many books on the horizon, and I’m sure I’ve missed tons of great ones.
ARCs I Have
- May 7 – Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber | TBR
- May 7 – The Bride Test by Helen Hoang | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- May 21 – The Brilliance of Fireflies by Leslie Hauser | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- May 28 – Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen | TBR; Blog Tour
TBR After Release
- May 7 – Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
- May 7 – Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
- May 7 – Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
- May 14 – Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
- May 21 – We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan
- May 28 – These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
As I’ve already mentioned, next month I have final exams; after the semester officially ends, I’m moving all my stuff off-campus, flying home for a few weeks, then returning to hopefully get research and/or work experience
and possibly retake organic chemistry 2 if I need to. Once I’m settled into my summer, though, it should all be pretty smooth sailing!
I’ll be participating in Asian Lit Bingo (which will double as catch-up for YARC and somewhat for Beat the Backlist since I’ve fallen a little behind while working on ARCs) as well, and I’m super excited to get started. Readathons haven’t really been my thing since I tend to forget they’re happening and/or get really busy right when they’re being held, but I love longer challenges.
My bullet journal isn’t even set up for next month yet, so that’s the first order of business once this post is finished.
What’s the best book you read in April? Did you read any of this month’s releases, or ARCs of May/June releases? Have you set any goals for May? Will you be participating in Asian Lit Bingo?