Happy Tuesday and happy wrap-up day, friends! ~
April was actually a pretty good month for me because of the books I read and some other positive things I’ll share at the end of this post! After having some particularly rough months, it was nice to reflect and realize this one wasn’t so bad. I’m thankful for that and I’m hoping things remain that way going in to May! Fingers crossed.
Alright, let’s talk books first:
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 4.5 stars
In March, I started a journey of rereading the first three books in the The Mortal Instruments series before The Red Scrolls of Magic released on April 9th! It was nice to get a refresher on the storyline and to revisit these books I love so much. City of Glass has always been a particular favorite of mine (probably my third favorite in the series) and I had a great time with this read. It’s such a good one.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
Rating: 5 stars
And then it was time for Red Scrolls!! Okay, this BOOK. Not only was this my favorite read of the month, but my favorite book of the YEAR so far (well, not counting rereads because I did read Clockwork Princess in January). But seriously, this exceeded all my expectations. I loved getting more insight on the beginning of Magnus and Alec’s relationship. And Helen and Aline’s! Ugh they’re too cute. I’m so happy this book exists.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Rating: 4 stars
I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, and I’m super happy I finally did because this was such a cute story. And it was so bookish! I love when books are bookish. Definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a short and sweet contemporary.
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 4 stars
I was very excited to read this because the original Shatter Me trilogy was one of my absolute faves and I can’t believe I only just got to it this month! It was so good. I was immediately invested in the story and the lives of these characters again as soon as I started it. Even though I’ll probably always like the first three books the most, it’s nice that this series was continued.
Shadow Me by Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 4 stars
Kenji is definitely my favorite character from the series and the fact that there’s a novella from his perspective is truly a gift. I love him so so so much. This was great, and I liked seeing more of Kenji (of course), but it also didn’t add a whole lot to the plot that we weren’t already aware of.
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 3 stars
I’ve been conflicted on how to rate this but I think I’m going to settle on 3 stars? I enjoyed it but I didn’t quite love it. The plot went in a direction I didn’t really like and things got pretty chaotic. I’m going to keep an open mind though and see if things go better in Imagine Me next year! I’m confident Tahereh Mafi will write an epic conclusion.
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 2.5 stars
And I continued my reread of The Mortal Instruments! This is by far my least favorite of the Shadowhunters Chronicles books so this wasn’t exactly the best read, but it was tolerable enough, I suppose. It’s just such a mess because of the problematic situations and the poorly done pacing. I did enjoy the ending, and the fact that Brother Zachariah is in this (I love!!), but this isn’t a great book as a whole. I’m glad to be done with it and to have moved on to the final two books, my faves in the series!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Rating: 5 stars
I had no intention to reread this but I started a free trial on Scribd last week and the audiobook was available so I couldn’t resist. This is my third read of this in less than a year if that tells you anything about how much I love it. It really never gets old, ever. I technically haven’t finished it yet but I only have a few more chapters so it’ll be done today, and then I’ll probably start Lady’s Guide next! Can’t wait.
On my past few wrap-ups, I’ve been adding a list at the end of positive bookish things that happened that month in an effort not to focus on the number of books I read (since I felt like I wasn’t reading “enough”). It’s helped me put things in perspective and reflect on what I gained from reading that month as opposed to how much, or how little, of it I did. I like doing this a lot, so I’m going to make it an official thing I do on wrap-ups now!
Some positive bookish highlights of April:
➤I continued to reread one of my favorite series. Revisiting The Mortal Instruments series has been such a fun time! These books hold a very special place in my heart and I’m happy to be continuing this reread.
➤One of my most anticipated releases of the year came out! I was highly anticipating The Red Scrolls of Magic and I’m so glad I loved it even more than I expected to.
➤I read a contemporary! I know this might not seem like some big accomplishment, but I love fantasy so much that I’ve gone months without reading contemporaries before so I’ve been trying not to let that happen again.
➤I (finally) got caught up on a series I’ve been meaning to continue. It took me over a year, but I did read Restore Me! Now that I’ve finished that, plus Shadow Me and Defy Me, I’m now all caught up on the Shatter Me series.
➤I discovered my new favorite audiobook. Even though I haven’t finished it yet, I can say with certainty that Gentleman’s Guide is my new favorite audiobook. It’s done so well and I’m probably never going to stop listening to it.
And I decided I’m going to start adding a section of personal highlights as well! Like the bookish highlights, I believe reflecting on accomplishments and happy things that occurred in my life will be good to do. Plus, I can share things that aren’t book related here because I don’t often have a chance to talk about that elsewhere on my blog.
Some positive non-bookish things that happened in April:
➤I saw Endgame! I’ve been waiting for this movie for a loooong time, and I was ecstatic that I got to go to the premiere on Thursday. Even though I ended up having some mixed feelings on the movie as a whole, it was epic watching this story come to a close.
➤Taylor Swift released a NEW SONG. I’m so beyond happy about this I can’t even describe it?? Taylor Swift is basically my favorite person ever and it brings me the most amount of joy when she has new music. I listened to ME! approximately 100 times within the first 24 hours of it’s release (this is not an exaggeration) and I’ve still got it on repeat.
➤I registered for summer classes. Okay I realize that doesn’t sound exciting but I’m proud of myself for deciding to take summer classes and for getting registration done! I’ve been in a messy situation with college and my mental health for a while so I know taking these classes is going to be good for me.
➤I spent time with my family! My whole family doesn’t get together very often because we live in different places so it’s always nice when we get to see each other.
➤I found out I might take a trip to Europe next year. This is only a possibility, and it partially makes me nervous because I’m afraid of flying, but the thought of traveling in Europe makes me so excited. I’ve always wanted to visit! Also, there’ll probably be a Waterstones special edition of Chain of Gold and, honestly, getting that might be what motivates me to face my fear of flying.
And that’s it for this month! I hope you all had a great April, and I hope your May is wonderful and filled with lots of good books ❤ ❤ ❤