Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in April 💗 Internship, Classes, OWL’s & my birthday

April Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms 💗 It’s already May now, and it honestly felt like April flew by so fast (I feel like I say that in every Wrapup, but it’s true 😂), especially as it was busy. The next months ahead (May, June, July) will also be very busy for me so I’m going to be a bit on a semi-hiatus for that time. I have my internship, classes and a lot of papers to write for the semester, so while I’m back from my full hiatus in April, I’m not quite there yet. It makes me sad to think about how much I must do in the next time (I just need a long nap and an even longer break, at least that’s what it feels like 😪), but what needs to be done has to be done. There’s no way around it. Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that I will be slower with replying to comments & blog-hoping in the upcoming months. I’m still trying to get up 2 posts per week, but if I take a bit longer you know what’s up 💗🌺

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Theme: OWL Readathon

🔄 = Reread 💌 = Library Books

🌼 = Moody Reader Challenge 🐯 = #YARC2019

⌛ = Digital Arc 🎧 = Audiobook

Reading wise April was successful: I participated in the OWL Readathon and managed to complete all 12 prompts, making for 12 books read throughout the month! I didn’t know if I could do it, so I’m super happy to have read this much and enjoyed quite a lot of the books I read as well. I would say that reading is about the only thing that went according to plan this month, everything else was a bit more of a mess 😂 Good luck that I have books then, because they were really great in helping me wind down after a long day and I worked towards some of my reading challenges, as we are slowly approaching the halfway point. I am proud for reading and reviewing 3 Arcs on time, so now I have one left for June, making it pretty chill! I have recently figured out that having a smaller number of Arcs is actually okay for me, as too much would stress me out, especially at the time being.

OWL Readathon Wrapup 💛

Like I mentioned I managed to complete all 12 prompts of the Readathon, earning an Outstanding for the exams. Now I was not sure if I would be able to do it, like I said in my OWL TBR post, it was more of a dream. Luckily, reading went well in April, meaning that I could read much more than the required challenges for my wizarding career. However, I will still be pursuing the Magizoologist Career as there are going to be more challenges to complete for the NEWT’s in August (7 for mine I think)! I actually cannot wait for the next Readathon to start, because then I’ll be free of all internships, papers and classes and can finally relax 😍 Also a big shoutout to G from Book Roast who made this Readathon so much fun by creating the beautiful career paths and hosting a lot of reading sprints and fun Hogwarts classes on Twitter! I could barely participate due to the times, but they were always great for a boost of motivation!

1. Star-Touched Stories (Roshani Chokshi) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🐯 Astronomy

2. HP & the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🔄 🎧 History of Magic

3. Going Off Script (Jen Wilde) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⌛ Herbology

 

4. Angelfall (Susan Ee) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🐯 🌼 Divination

5. Good Omens (Gaiman, Pratchett) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Charms

6. Fairest (Marissa Meyer) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💌 Ancient Runes

 

7. Reckless (Cornelia Funke) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💌 Defense Against the Dark Arts

8. Avatar: The Rift (Marissa Meyer) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💌 Arithmancy

9. Nocturna (Maya Motayne) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5  Transfiguration

10. The Language of Thorns (Gaiman, Pratchett) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🎧 Care of Magical Creatures

11. As Kismet Would Have It (Sandhya Menon) ⭐️⭐️.5 🐯 Potions

12. Again, But Better (Christine Riccio) ⭐️⭐️ ⌛ Care of Magical Creatures

Average Rating ⭐ 3.9

Favorite Book 💕

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💗 24 Hours of Reading 🌷 #ReadathonByZoe 

💗 What I’ve been up to in March 🌷 Internship & Camp NaNo Prep

💗Arc Review: The Fever King by Victoria Lee 

💗 The Life Choices Write Tag 💗Arc Review: Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

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For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

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life stuff

Classes started & with it my second internship.It was definitely a very busy time for me, because directly after the Berlin trip I went back to university. The break felt a lot less long somehow, because suddenly it was the new semester again 😂 I actually don’t have a lot of classes anymore, as I have finished almost that were required for my course. However, I do have a lot of papers to finish to complete the modules I have left. That’s a bit of a stress factor right now, as I also have the internship from Tuesday to Friday in addition to the classes on Monday and Tuesday. One of the classes is my research project that requires a lot of participation. To sum it up: this semester has proven to be very challenging. I never had this much on my plate the entire week, so it took a while to adjust. When I’m not working or having classes I must work on my papers. The internship itself is nice, it is interesting to see how the staff offer an alternative view on what I have learned in my studies. It’s emotionally draining at times and I have figured out that this is not what I want to do later as a job, however everyone has been very friendly so far!

I visited Berlin again in the first week of April! 😍 It was such a nice trip and I had a lot of fun! I went with my family and we did a lot of great things like visiting a cat café (I don’t have a cat myself so I need to get my cuddles in another way), going book shopping, treating myself to some delicious food, visiting to the zoo and generally going around in the city 🌷 I really wish I could go back, because I was feeling so good and the time was over too soon 😭

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It was also time for my birthday 🎉 I didn’t really get to celebrate on my actual birthday, because it was my first day at the new internship meaning that I was incredibly nervous and also didn’t get home until the evening. I was also not with my family, but I did have a nice muffin with a tiny little candle and got some lovely birthday wishes. On the weekend however I celebrated with my family and it was really nice! I got a lot of generous thoughtful gifts this time, that made me really grateful 💗 I was also lucky that it was a long weekend due to Easter, so that made for a very nice, relaxing time to recharge!

I failed miserably at Camp NaNo 🖋 That is why you didn’t hear me talking about it anywhere on Twitter at all 😅 I won’t be going further into this right now, as I plan to do a full wrapup with all my thoughts and feelings as soon as I can, but I just wanted to mention it here, as I was supposed to do at least a bit of revising. Sadly, that didn’t work out for me with everything that had been going on. However, I have some writing plans for the next months even though they’ll be equally challenging.

 [I’ll insert my Wrapup here once I have it posted 😉]

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looking ahead

This month’s theme: Asian Readathon & Library Books 

Asian Readathon TBR

My focus this month will be the Asian Readathon (my TBR is already up above, as you can see), so I can get ahead even further with my YARC challenge. I especially appreciate the Readathon because it encourages reading from authors of different ethnicities and therefore proves an extra challenge. (It is also Asian Pacific American Heritage Month) Moe importantly though I will be aiming to read as many Library books as possible, which has been my goal for the entire year as I don’t know how long I will have access to my amazing local library. It has been getting harder to visit my library due to the internship, but I really want to try to go next Monday and get as many books as possible especially as there is Borrowathon later this month 😈

Here are three books that don’t fit the two Readathons I’m participating in, but that I still want to read! If It Makes You Happy is for a blog tour so this is the one book that I will 100% read no matter what happens. I didn’t get the chance to read the author’s first book, so I’m happy to be able to read this one as it sounds exciting! King of Fools is obviously the new release that I need to get my hands on, as I loved the first book so much and now, I hope that my local retailer will put up the UK paperback, so I can finally read it! Lastly, I want to reread Harry Potter 5 because I recently reread the 4th book and it was so comforting to be back in the wizarding world, so I had to reread the rest of the Series as well!

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What were you up to in April? What was your favorite book this month? Are you joining the Asian Readathon? 💗

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27 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in April 💗 Internship, Classes, OWL’s & my birthday

  1. Congrats on getting an Outstanding in the OWLs Readathon!! I’m so impressed! 😱 These next few months do sound like they’re gonna be pretty busy for you, but I hope they’re still fun! 😄 Thanks so much for linking my post, and good luck with your May reading! 💕

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  2. I’m glad you liked Star-Touched Stories – I’ve been meaning to get to it for a while but haven’t had the time to yet, but I want to get back into that world. I’ve never read anything similar.
    And thank you for linking my post!

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  3. April was also your birthday? Happy (very) belated birthday Caro! ♥ And thank you so much for linking my post, I’m happy to know you enjoyed reading it, thank you thank you! I heard good things about Angelfall, and I have for years, I should probably add it to my TBR 😀 I hope you have a good May!

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  4. Happy Birthday Caro!! I didn’t know it was this month ❤️ And I’m so glad life is so full for you. I thought about the same as you did about Nocturna… it was disappointing for me even if not a bad book. And I’m glad I decided to skip Again But Better. I haven’t read good things about it. I hope your coming months are full of completed papers and many read books!! Oh and you are such a sweetheart to include my Instagram post!

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    1. Thank you, Dani! 💖 I expected a lot more from Nocturna, because it had such an interesting premise, but in the end this could have been so much better :/ Again, but better sadly was another miss for me, it just turned out to be a mess 😅 Ah thank you so much!!! And always happy to share your posts ❤

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  5. Happy belated birthday Caro! It sounds like you had a fab month and you read so many books! Glad to hear you enjoyed Going Off Script as that’s one that’s on my radar to read in the future. Your trip to Berlin looks amazing 😀 I’m thinking of potentially going there later this year for a long weekend with my parents so let me know if you’d recommend it! Thanks so much for featuring my blog post about Easter readathon; I’m happy you took part and congrats again on winning the giveaway ❤ I'm doing Asian Readathon too this month and it's been really fun so far! Are you enjoying it too? Great wrap up!

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    1. Thank you, Kate! I loved Going Off Script, Jen Wilde has definitely made it to my top favorite authors list, I hope you enjoy the book too 😊 Going to Berlin was so nice, I hope you have fun if you go towards the end of the year! Thank you for hosting the giveaway and the Readathon it was so much fun 💗 I tried out Manga for the Asian Readathon and it has been really fun! How are you doing?
      Thank you 😊🌻

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  6. Happy belated birthday, Caro! ❤ ❤ It seems like you've been pretty busy – and yay for going to Berlin, I visited the city for the first time last year and loved it so, so much 😀
    I'm so happy you enjoyed Going Off Script, I'm currently reading this one and I am loving it so, very very much ❤
    I wish you all the best for the upcoming months, take care of yourself, sending you tons of love ❤
    And thank you so much for sharing my posts, you're the sweetest ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Marie!! 💕💖 Berlin is such a great city, especially for bookworms – I hope you get to visit it again in the future! 🙂 So glad to hear that you’re also loving Going Off Script, it’s such an impactful read, Jen Wilde’s books get me every time 😍
      Thank you so much for the kind words Marie, I hope you have a great next months 🌷💖💕

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  7. *gasp* A cat cafe? I’ve never been to one but it sounds so fun! And I would love to travel to Berlin one day, it sounds really beautiful there 🙂 You’ve been so busy yet you’ve read so many books, so I think that’s super impressive. I hope these next few months won’t be too stressful or tiring for you because of all the things you have going on, but I’ll definitely be looking forwards to all the blog posts you have coming up! 😉

    Happy belated birthday & I hope you have a wonderful month of May!

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    1. Yeees, it was such a fantastic experience! 🐈💗 I cannot have a cat myself just yet, so it was nice to pet some cats and have coffee 😊 I hope you get to visit Berlin one day!! Ahh thank you, Zoie!! Your kind words mean a lot to me 💕

      Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful month!! 💖🌷

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  8. Ahh happy birthday, dear! 💛 it seems like you had such an amazing month! Congrats on getting an O lol! I’m rereading Order of the Phoenix now and they were talking about the different grades so it was like deja vu seeing you talk about it here haha. A readathon sounds so much fun, I’m glad you crushed it! Have a lovely May!

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    1. Thank you so much, Madeline! 💛 I had a really fun time participating in the OWL Readathon 😄 Oh I reread that one as well and it fits perfectly because the OWLs take place then! Thank you, I hope you have a lovely month 😊🌷💕

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  9. Oh wow you did amazingly at the OWL readathon Caro, well done! 🙂 Honestly you take part in some many readathons I’m a little in awe, do you find it easy to stick to the prompts? I’m more of a mood reader so there are so many times when the books I want to read don’t match any of the prompts and I can’t motivate myself to pick them up.
    Don’t worry though, I failed at Camp NaNo as well, but there’s always July (even though that’s one of the months you’ll be busy hopefully you’ll still be taking part).
    It sounds like overall you had a good month, I hope you had a brilliant birthday, and I hope you have an even better May. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth!! 😊 I loove Readathons (💗) but it depends for me. Sometimes (especially with month long Readathons) I find it easy to fullfill all the prompts, but especially shorter Readathons are a bit more stressful 😅
      I don’t think I’ll be taking part in July, but I’m trying to do at least a bit in the next few months & August will be completel free of classes 👍 Good luck with Camp NaNo in July!! 💕
      Ah thank you so much, I hope you have a great month!! ❤

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  10. Ooh yes I’m participating in the Asian Readathon & the Asian Lit Bingo but I’m not 100% if I’m going to be able to fulfill the challenges, lolol. Congratulations on the OWL readathon!! ❤ ❤ That must have been hard to accomplish, lmao. Also, it sucks that you didn't do as well in Camp Nano but if it helps… I have literally never done well in Nano or Camp Nano, lmao!! Actually, I'm terrible at writing in general.

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    1. I hope you had fun participating in the Readathons! I don’t even know if I ended up fulfilling all the challenges, in the end I just read whatever 😄 Thank you, the Readathon was so much fun!! 💛 I’m a bit sad about Camp NaNo, but there is plenty of other months to dedicate to writing 😄

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      1. Haha… I did not do well in my May tbr, to say the least. Oops. I did not fulfill most of the challenges, and I didn’t really actively participate in them?? LOL anyways. Maybe try writing intensely during the summer? I’ve seen quite a few writers make plans for their summer writing!!

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