wrap ups

April 2019 Wrap Up

Hello, friends. April was quite the month for me. It started out on a really really low note mental health wise and ended on a slightly (?) better note so I guess that’s some good progress. Now anyways, let’s try and wrap up this month in about a thousand words.

Non-Bookish Things from April: 

School and other IRL Things:

School has been a wild ride this month. Not really in terms of actually in work or classes or anything, but in terms of where I am going to school and what that situation is going to look like next term. I have now officially filled out the paperwork to take a leave of absence from the university I currently attend and arranged to take some online classes through my community college in the fall in order to figure out what I actually want to study and where. This was a lot to figure out and very emotionally and mentally draining to figure out and negotiate but now that everything is sorted I feel a lot better and very relieved.

Some other (more fun) things that happened this month:

  • I got to go home for Easter and spend some quality time with family and friends.
  • Made plans to see Endgame with a friend from high school.
  • Taylor Swifts’ new single!!!!!!!!!!
  • Its kind of sad but these are really the only things I can think of as positives but hey, that’s better than nothing.



Twilight (2008)

  • I watched this for the first time ever since I finally read the book and all I can say is…oh boy.



ME! by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie

  • In short: AHHHHHHH!
  • In long: Wow. Love this. 10/10 content.


Bump This – EP by Danny Gonzalez

  • I love me some good meme music. I love unironically listening to meme music.
  • Invisible? Iconic
  • The Tea? A bop. I mean, look at these deep, inspirational lyrics.
    • I really ship this (Yaaass)
      This is really it, sis, ask the chief
      You snatched my wig sis (Bye!)
      My squad is fam and my bae is queen
      My wig’s been shipped, sis (Woah)

Finally, onto the books. 

I read 13 things this month, five for school and eight for pleasure.

We’ll start with the pleasure reads (because those are the things I care about):


House Without Walls by Ching Yeung Russell

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 4/7-4/8
  • Format: eARC via Netgalley
  • Full review here.


The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 4/13-4/13
  • Format: hardback, owned
  • Full review to come if I ever get my life together. Also, enjoy a snippet of my Haline parody song, it is set to Jolene by Dolly Parton and the product of my lack of sleep. I am envisioning a somewhat drunk Aline singing it to Helen at some point.
    • Haline, Haline, Haline, Haline
      Please be with me just because you can
      Your beauty is beyond compare
      With flowing locks of platinum hair
      With ivory skin and eyes of Blackthorn green


Midas by Ryan North

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 4/14-4/14
  • Format: eARC on Netgalley
  • I really enjoyed this graphic novel! It was fast paced and I loved seeing a new, interesting twist on the myth of King Midas. All of the characters were interesting and I loved seeing them interact, especially when they would snap back and forth at each other. My only complaint was that there seemed to be a lack of exposition or explanation about the setting and what everything was which made getting through the beginning hard.


New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

  • ☆☆
  • Read from 3/31-4/14
  • Format: audiobook from library, following along with hardback from library
  • This was better than the first one because Edward wasn’t in it that much, also Charlie Swan is the best character in this series.


The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

  • ☆☆.5
  • Read from 4/14-4/14
  • Format: paperback, owned
  • Full review here.


Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash

  • ☆☆☆☆
  • Read from 4/20-4/20
  • Format: hardback, from library
  • This a female/female graphic memoir and I really enjoyed it! I wasn’t too sure about the art style at the first, but as I kept reading it really grew on me.


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Reread from 4/20-4/20
  • Format: paperback, owned
  • Listen, sometimes you are just super stressed out about everything and you need to reread Percy Jackson. That’s just how life is sometimes.


Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

  • ☆☆
  • Read from 4/14-4/26
  • Format: audiobook from library, following along with hardback from the library
  • This book made me angry and I didn’t enjoy reading it but will I still read the next one? Yes. I have to finish the series. It’s a must.

Here are the books/plays/other things I read for school this month:

Okay, well, that’s the fun list of everything I read this month. It’s not as much as other months but I am honestly amazed that I managed to read all of those things, it seemed like I didn’t read at all this month expect on random Saturdays and then the random days when I had reading for school. I wish I could say I’d read more next month but I have final papers and exams for the next two and a half weeks, though then I will most likely go into my usual “school is over and I have to read all the things” mood. I’m very much looking forward to that lol.

Anyways, here is a breakdown of this months stats:

  • Pages read: 3,998
  • Average rating: 3.68
  • Format breakdown:
    • 9 physical
    • 4 audio

Welp, that’s about it from me today. How was your April? What was your favorite book of the month? Let’s chat in the comments!

5 thoughts on “April 2019 Wrap Up

  1. Okay first of all, I’m really proud of you for sorting out all that stuff with school for next semester! I know that was a Lot to deal with but you did it and I’m so happy for you. Omg my thoughts are still “AHHHHHH” about ME! so that is some relatable content. And your Haline song? Iconic. Great wrap up Arin!! ❤️

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  2. I’m so glad that you managed to sort everything out for yourself school wise in order to be able to figure out where you want to go and what you want to study! I’ve had lots of issues with school, mostly because last year towards the beginning of the year I had to take quite a bit of time off for my mental health and was on medical leave (thanks to my doctors forcing me into a hold and also lots of unwanted therapy groups that took up way too much time). I ended up deciding that on-campus classes are just not for me and my anxiety. I take online classes now as well and feel SO much better about it! I’m a full year behind now, which can be very upsetting sometimes, so I’m glad that you are still going to be taking online classes while you’re on leave! It’s really good to keep everything maintained. I’m very proud of you for taking the initiative!! I hope you find a field of study that really suites you! ♥♥ As for reading, you got SO much done, but at this point I’m pretty used to out reading everyone I know (; Happy reading in May!!

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    1. Ah thank you so much for sharing Brittany, I know sometimes it definitely feels like I am the only one who has to take at least a semester, if not a whole year (probably a whole year, I’m just gonna be realistic) for mental health and to figure out what exactly I’m trying to do with my life. Thank you, happy reading to you as well!!

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