Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in April 🌻 My Birthday, OWL’s and Camp NaNo

April Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms 🌻 While March seemed to last forever, April moved along much faster, at least for me! At least a few more things were happening, like my birthday, Camp NaNo and the OWLs Readathon, to keep me entertained as the times are still stressful and uncertain. I hope you’re all staying safe and finding at least some comfort right now, be it in books, shows, video games or whatever makes you feel a little bit happier and relaxed 🥰

Time to escape into a Ghibli Movie … Goodbye 😂

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🔄 = Reread 💌 = Library Books 🌈 = Here and Queerathon

🐯 = #YARC2020  ✨= #StartOnYourShelfathon  ⌛ = Digital Arc

As you’ll see below I had a fantastic reading month, the best one in a while yet! I read 23 Books a new record for me! I want to say that I could read so much because with everything going on (and me not having university anymore) I have had a lot of time on my hands and obviously not really any other places to be. For me personally, reading has been a great way to cope with the stressful times we find ourselves in, so that’s why I ended up filling a lot of my spare time reading all the books, including a lot of comfort reads like graphic novels or novellas/shorter books 🌸 Though, it’s totally okay if reading currently isn’t what works for you and comfort might be found in other media 💗 I didn’t even plan on reading so much, it just kind of happened, fuelled by the many Readathons I was participating in (OWLs2020 Readathon, Easter Readathon, #stayathomereadingrush) and the fact that diving into fictional worlds helped distract me and my anxiety from the uncertainty that lies in the future. I also found so many favorites, three Best of 2020 books in April alone and it made me so aware of how much I love reading and all the things that come with it 🥰 April really reminded me of how much reading has helped me over the years.

OC Update

This month I didn’t focus as much on reading outside of my comfort zone (as I was mainly concentrating on the OWls Readathon prompts), but I still ended up reading  4 books for my own reading challenge 💗 Three of them were sci-fi reads and three are in the new adult/adult genre, so I think that I made great progress with picking up some books that were not YA! I also liked all the books I read so that’s another bonus and a great reminder how nice it can be to give books outside my comfort zone a try 🥰

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Vengeful (William Ritter) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐ ✨ 🌈 

Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 🌈 

Not Your Sidekick (C.B. Lee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🐯 🌈

Saga Vol 1 (Vaughan & Staples) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌

Owls

April meant OWLs 2020 Readathon Time and I enjoyed every second of it! My aim was to become a Wandmaker and hopefully read books for all of the 12 prompts. The good news is that I read a bunch of books and managed to find books for all of the prompts, securing not only my career prompts but all alternatives! I honestly had so much fun reading for the Magical Readathon, as a lot of people are participating and the whole atmosphere is simply magical ✨

Ancient Runes 💛 Arithmancy 💛 Astronomy 💛

1. Technically, You Started It (Lana Wood Johnson) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 

2. Nice Try, Jane Siner (Lianne Oelke) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5  

3. It Sounded Better in my Head (Nina Kenwood) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⌛

Care of Magical Creatures 💛 Charms 💛 DatDA  💛

4. Cat’s Café (Matt Tarpley) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐ ⌛ 

5. Vicious (V.E. Schwab) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐ 🔁 

6. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief (Graphic Novel) ⭐️⭐️ 💌

Divination 💛 Herbology 💛 History of Magic

 

7. Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 🌈 

8. Misfit City (Smith, Lustgarten, Franquiz) ⭐️⭐️⭐ 💌

9. The Scapegracers (Hannah Abigail Clarke) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🌈 ⌛

Muggle Studies 💛 Potions 💛 Transfiguration

10. Love from A to Z (S.K. Ali) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🐯

11. Vengeful (V.E. Schwab) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐ 🌈✨

12. 9 From the Nine Worlds (Rick Riordan) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐

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Other Books

   

13. We Used to be Friends (Amy Spalding) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 💌 🌈

14. Not Your Sidekick (C.B. Lee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🐯 🌈

15. Eat and Love Yourself (Boo & Klepakowsky) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🐯

16. Saga Vol 1 (Vaughan & Staples) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌

17. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World (Debbie Tung) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🐯

18. Book Love (Debbie Tung) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🐯

 

19. The Prince and the Dressmaker (Debbie Tung) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🐯 🌈

20. Tyler Johnson Was Here (Jay Coles) ⭐⭐⭐.5 💌

21. What I Like About You (Marisa Kanter) ⭐⭐⭐.5

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22. Moonstruck Vol 1. (Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Kate Leth, Caitlin Quirk, Clayton Cowles) ⭐⭐⭐ 🌈💌

23. The Extraordinaries (Debbie Tung) ⭐⭐ 🌈 ⌛

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Average Rating ⭐ 3.8

Favorite Book 💕

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🌻 Blog Tour: Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari 💖 It’s Superhero Time! 🌻 Review: How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow 🌷

🌻 The Perfect Comfort Books 🌸 offering some escapism 🌻 Arc Review: It Sounded Better in my Head by Nina Kenwood 💗 A surprise favorite!

🌻 Getting Back to Writing #5 // Back from my writing hiatus, 2020 Goals, and Camp NaNo Checkin 🌷 🌻 Arc Review: Eat and Love Yourself by Boo & Klepakowsky 🌼 A graphic novel about learning to love your body

🌻 Favorite Books Throughout the Years 📚 bring on the nostalgia 🌻 Stay Home Reading Tag 🌸 feat. #readingrush Wrapup

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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

I celebrated my Birthday 🎉 Having your birthday in the times of quarantine was a bit weird, but being with my family and having the burden of my thesis off my shoulders is all that mattered 💕 We ate lots of delicious homemade food, had amazing cake and I got some lovely gifts that really brought a smile to my face 😊 From having a nice, chill breakfast with my mum, to driving to a nearby lake for taking a walk in a different scenery and watching my favorite guilty pleasure reality TV Show, it were the little things that made the day so nice 🎂

I participated in Camp NaNo 📋 I’m finally back in the writing game, made another update and returned from my thesis-induced hiatus. At first it was really hard to get into my story again, but participating in Camp NaNo really helped me get into the habit of doing my revision every day and commit to rewriting a lot of my story that couldn’t be salvaged. Some days I even lost myself in writing and it was the most amazing feeling in the world 🥰 In the end I completed my goal of revising 50K of my WIP and finished my first round of revisions!! Now it’s back to more revision and thinking about new projects!

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Things that made me happy 😊

  • Participating in all the Readathons 📚 I’m generally a huge Readathon person and given that going outside isn’t really possible right now a lot of Readathons were hosting special #stayathome editions and 24 hour Readathons. I personally participated in the OWLs 2020 Readathon, the Easter Readathon and the #stayathomereadingrush, all of which I really enjoyed – they also definitely boosted my reading motivation and it was fun to share a bit of my reading in general 📗
  • Watching Gameplay Walkthroughs on Youtube 💛 I did also play Zelda on my Nintendo as I’m still on Ocarina of Time 3D and just got A Link Between Worlds for my birthday. But with so many new games coming out that I cannot play due to not having all the devices (I’ll get a Switch one day … it might just take a few more years) I lived vicariously through other people 😄 My friend Sandra shared all her Animal Crossing: New Horizons progress with me and I also watched a few playthroughs, which I recommend because they are very relaxing 🌸 My favorite has to be Amazing Phil’s AC videos as I’ve been watching his videos since high school! I also watched people play the new Final Fantasy 7 Remake as I used to play some of the other FF games available for the Nintendo back in the day and I really like the new game. It’s almost like watching a movie and I got weirdly attached to all the characters … now I really want to play as well 💔
  • Buddy Reading Vengeful with Caitlin 🥰 We did another buddy-read and this time we picked Venegful as we both wanted to finally read this sequel to Vicious (I have been procrastinating reading it)! As you can see above I loved that book and we both had so much fun reading and discussing it – hands down one of the best reading experiences I have had this year 💕
  • Watching Shows with my friend Sandra 💗 Apart from books, consuming shows and movies has been amazing and comforting for me! Buddy-watching is not only amazing to discuss all the things and fangirl together, but also perfect to have fun with friends right now – would highly recommend 🥰 Together we watched {Money Heist, I Am Not Okay with This, October Faction, Howl’s Moving Castle, Whispers of the Heart, Princess Mononoke and Castle in the Sky} I also binge-watched the new season of Nailed It! my favorite comfort show 🎂

looking ahead

May is going to be a quiet as I don’t have any plans 🌸  I’m super sad as I was supposed to take a big vacation in honor of my Mum’s 50th Birthday and me finishing my Bachelor Thesis, but alas it’s of course no longer happening 😥We were set to take a 1-week long cruise on the North Sea and while I understand that it’s not possible right now, it still breaks my heart as I was SO excited to get a little reward and now we have to push it into next year. The problem here is that by then I’ll probably be in my Master’s, so I have no idea how to plan for next year which limits the dates we can pick. Trying not to think about the uncertainty of the future right now.

Apart from this I’ll be picking up my revision again for a second round of developmental edits (all the big picture things like characters, plot and worldbuilding) as I did a lot of rewriting in this first round. In General, I will be taking things more slowly🌸 That concerns both writing (I might take a tiny break before diving into edits again, to do some brainstorming) and reading. I loved reading so many books in April but I think I need a little break and time to do something else so I don’t end up in a reading slump. Nevertheless, I hope to participate in some of the amazing Readathons happening soon. I’ll definitely participate in the Tome Topple, as I have been meaning to read some longer books again 📚

Readathons I might participate in 🌸 

  • Mental Healthathon 🌷 Month-long 🌷 Twitter
  • Asian Readathon 🐯 Month-long 🐯 Twitter
  • Tome Topple 📚 May 9th to May 22nd 📚 Twitter

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What were you up to in April? What was your favorite book this month? Did you participate in Camp NaNo? I hope you’re staying safe 🌻

 

32 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in April 🌻 My Birthday, OWL’s and Camp NaNo

  1. April really was gone in the blink of an eye! It’s weird how time passes this year … nothing is normal.
    I am so glad to see you had a great time with your readathons and that you also enjoyed your birthday! A chill day, if spent with family and small gestures, can be just as nice as a full on party 😀 ❤
    So cool that you managed to get to your goal for Camp NaNo! I didn't get near, but that is okay. I am just glad that I am back to writing more consistently, even if that means cutting back on reading, blogging and TV (can't do it all, i just can't get a word out if I get too immersed in other stories)
    I hope you get to post-pone your trip to when all of this is over. It would have been such a nice way to celebrate! But taking things slow in May seems like a good course of action. There's only so much we have control over anyway 🙂 have a great May, Caro!

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    1. Time definitely passes even stranger than usual 😱
      Thank you, Kat! 💕 It was the small things that made this month good like all the Readathons and a lovely time at my Birthday with lots of cake 🎂

      I’m happy that you managed to get into a more consistent writing habit, that’s great progress! 🥰 I hope everything is going well with your writing project, good luck!! 😊

      We might be able to go next year but I’m not sure when we’ll go given that I have no idea where I’ll do my Master’s yet 😮 I hope you have a great May as well! 🌷

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  2. I am blown away by how much you were able to read this month! It’s wonderful that reading has been an escape for you, since I think that’s what everyone needs right now 🙂 And the fact that you found some new favorites is fantastic!

    Congrats on your OWLs success!! I’m very excited for your career in Wandmaking 😀 And congrats on completing your Camp NaNo goal! Revising 50k words is SUCH an accomplishment, wow!

    I’m sorry to hear that you had to cancel May plans, but I hope this month is great nonetheless 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing my posts, and happy May! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! 💛 Reading has been a lovely way to gain some comfort right now and distract me – finding new favorites was even better 🥰

      Thank you!! I hope the OWLs and Camp NaNo have been a success for you as well 😊 April was definitely the right month for them, as I had a lot of time to do all the things 😄

      I hope you have a great May as well! 🥰

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  3. Wow you read so many books that’s is incredible !!! Teach me your ways 😉 but I’m so glad that reading has been a comfort for you recently and I definitely love the escapism and joy you can always find in reading !! Also I’m so glad you still had a lovely birthday as you deserved it !! 💕🎉💛
    I’m so glad you enjoyed Vengeful as some sequels don’t always live up to what you want!! I’m excited to read Not Your Sidekick soon so I’m glad you liked that one !! I’m sorry the Percy Jackson graphic novel wasn’t the best for you though !!
    It is a shame that plans have been cancelled recently and it is disappointing. I’m so sorry for you but I hope you get to go another time !!
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, I’m so glad you enjoyed it !!
    I hope you have a great May and Happy Reading !!! 💛

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    1. Thank you, Sophie! 💛 Reading has been a great way to escape into fictional worlds and doing so many Readathons was really great to keep the motivation! Thank you, my birthday has been lovely and cake is promised to improve all situations 😄🎂

      Vengeful was definitely everything I could have hoped for and I’m so happy that there is a third book coming in the future 😊 I hope you end up enjoying Not Your Sidekick once you get around to reading it!

      We might have the chance to go next year, so I’m holding out hope for that! I hope that you have a great May as well 💗🌷

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  4. Apparently, our reading in April was pretty similar. I read 22 books in April, and three of those are new favorites for me, haha. It was a really good reading month for me. I can’t remember if I wished you a happy birthday on twitter, I think I did, but either way, happy belated birthday! I said on Dizzle & Hurricane Reads that people who celebrate their birthday during quarantine deserve all the birthday wishes, and I fully stand by that. 🙂 I’m sorry about your cruise. 😦 You definitely deserve that reward, and it sucks that you had to postpone it. Hope your May is going to be great. 🙂 PS: I saw Caitlin mention it at least twice that you’re an incredible buddy-read partner, so if you ever want to buddy read something, let me know, haha.

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    1. That sounds amazing! I’m happy to hear that you had a great reading month as well 🥰 Ah thank you so much!! 💗 It was a quiet, but overall nice birthday and cake truly makes everything better 🎂

      We hope to do a short vacation in summer – if possible – to make up for it, so that might help soothe the sadness a bit. Ahhh, thank you!! We should definitely do a buddy-read sometime 💕

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  5. I’m convinced that you are a reading goddess, haha! I’m so impressed with the number of books you read last month, and even if there were graphic novels & short books, it’s still amazing! I totally get how reading has been an escape for some people during these uncertain times. Right now, watching shows and dramas has been mine 😅 Congrats on all your writing progress too, ahhh! I can’t wait to learn more about your writing (and maybe even publishing 👀) journey! But it’s so sad that your vacation got canceled! I am truly so sorry, and I can just imagine how much that sucks :((

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    1. Omg that’s so sweet of you to say 🥺 For some reason I was craving all the books and I had so much fun reading more graphic novels 🥰 Glad to hear that you could find comfort in shows and dramas, I’m very behind on that right now 😮 Any good recommendations?

      Thank you!! 💛 I’m sad about my vacation, but maybe we’ll do a short summer vacation if that’s possible at the time!

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      1. OMG yes!!!! (but only dramas, because I suck at watching shows that have multiple seasons…)

        k-dramas:
        – weightlifting fairy kim bok joo (super soft and will probably make you super happy)
        – crash landing on you (star-crossed lovers & a love interest that you’ll probably swoon over! some scenes will make you cry, but there are so many funny ones too)

        c-dramas
        – the untamed!! (hehe, i’m watching this and also reading the novel it’s based on right now, and i just… love the actors & main characters so much 🥺🥺)

        thai dramas:
        – 2gether: the series: ok, this went downhill in the last few eps, not gonna lie, but it was super fun while it lasted. has almost every romance trope you can imagine… but gay!
        – three will be free (ok, i haven’t watched this yet, but i’ve head really really promising things & it features a healthy polyamorous relationship!!)

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  6. – Glad you had a few exciting things to look forward to in April! I too would love to escape into a Ghibli movie – but to be fair, that is a constant state of being for me, not just a now thing :’)
    – 23 books is totally wild, congratulations on breaking your record! And on finding some new favourites! Wow!
    – Glad to see you enjoyed Saga – I really liked that series and can’t wait for it to come back. Whenever that may be.
    – Thanks for including our posts!!
    – I have been watching Amazing Phil since high school too! Love him :’) I should really watch his AC videos. I started playing Wild World on my Nintendo DS again because I was so jealous of everyone playing on the switch haha. I’m with you – a few years in the future I might get a switch haha.
    – It’s my mum’s 50th this month too! Hopefully we can both find meaningful ways to celebrate. I can imagine it must be a huge disappointment not to be able to go on your vacation, but hopefully it will be good next year 😦

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    1. It would honestly be amazing to live in all the Ghibli Movies, they are just so wholesome 🥰 Thank you! I had a great reading month in April! Happy to hear that you love Saga as well – I thought it was a completed series though?

      Oh yes 🙌 He’s amazing and I loved his Animal Crossing videos so much, they are really calming and wholesome 💛🌷 I used to have the Wild World DS Game back in the day, but sadly I sold it 😭 For now, I have been playing Pocket Camp!
      I hope you and your mum can also be celebrating as best as possible! We’re hoping to do the vacation next year instead 🙏

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  7. I am amazed by how much you’ve read, Caro, wow, this is amazing! ❤ and so, so happy that you loved It sounded better in my head, it's one of my favorite books. ❤ I'm a little sad to see you only rated What I like About You 3 stars, but still, I'm eager to read it 🙂
    Congratulations on camp NaNo!! I'm so happy you could get lost in your story again and made so much progress, I'm so so proud of you ❤
    I wish you all the best for May, take care of yourself ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! 🥰 It Sounded Better in my Head is honestly so amazing, I’m so happy that we both love it 😊 I hope you enjoy What I Like About You more than me, it definitely had some great aspects like all the blogging love!

      Thank you!! It was amazing that I got into writing again after such a long hiatus🥰 I hope you have a great May as well 🌸

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  8. wowow, 23 bookssss! that’s amazing! i haven’t had the best luck this year with favorites, and even though i’ve already read 30 books, i only have one five star so far. ): but i’m glad april has treated you well when it comes to books and you’ve been doing great on the challenges as well.
    technically, you started it sounds really good! i recently learned the main character is in the ace spectrum, and this makes me excited to pick it up eventually. i also believe it’s entirely told in text messages? it sounds like a really fast-paced read!
    i’m glad you still had a great birthday even during such challenging times! and congrats on finishing camp nano! i’ve been writing a lot more lately as well, and it really is an amazing feeling to be so wrapped up in your own story.
    i don’t do a lot of readathons, but i’m definitely excited about taking part in a few more in the next months. i like how much motivated i feel to complete my TBR and challenging myself to read books outside of my comfort zone and that i wouldn’t pick up so soon. i had a great OWLS – i read twice as much as i’d normally read -, so this makes me excited about others. i am looking into taking part in the olympic games readathon in june, which is a percy jackson inspired readathon, and i really hope it’s as successful as the owls.
    i’m really sorry to hear about your canceled plans. it really sucks ): sending you positive energies so y’all can still make the most of this 50th birthday!

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    1. Thank you so much! 🥰 Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that! I hope you’re going to find some more favorite books soon! What was the only five-star book that you read this year, so far?

      I loved Technically, You Started It it’s got so many great aspects like anxiety representation, also demisexual representation and it’s definitely fast-paced due to the text-message format 💕 Thank you so much! I’m also so happy to hear that you are writing again, I wish you all your best with your WIP! 😊

      I personally like Readathons a lot because they can boost my reading motivation so much! I also took part in the OWLs and I’m so happy to hear that you read so much more because of them 🙂
      Thank you! I hope you have a great May 🌷

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      1. It was Call It What You Want, by Brigid Kemmerer! I was surprised by how much I loved it, and I think it may have ruined me, as I now expect every book to be as good as this one, even though I know that’s unrealistic and I shouldn’t compare them, hahah.

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