Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2019

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.

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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.image-5

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.
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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.
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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.

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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.image-5

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!image-5

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.

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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.

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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 ❤ ❤ ❤


I’d love to know

How was your April? What was your favorite book you read this month? Do you have anything exciting planned for May? Let me know in the comments!

18 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2019

  1. Meeeee!!!! Oh, I love Taylor’s new song and I might have also listened to it 100 times in the first 24 hours. it’s just so FUN!!!! i love fun music.

    And I agree, Gentleman’s Guide audiobook is my all time favorite audiobook! It’s just so funny and angsty and perfectly read. 😍 I think you’ve convinced me to listen to it again for my florida road trip next week, haha

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    1. MY FELLOW SWIFTIE!! Ah I’m so happy you love the new song as well. It really is so much fun! And oh I absolutely adored the Gentleman’s Guide audiobook. It was for sure my fave audiobook! I hope you enjoy if you decide to listen to it again😊 and have fun in Florida!!

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  2. Do you think it’s necessary to re-read the first three books in the TMI series before starting The Red Scrolls of Magic? I’m debating on either just re-reading City of Glass or CoG and City of Ashes. But if I can get away with not re-reading either, I’d love that too, ha!

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    1. I think you can get away without a reread! Red Scrolls takes place during City of Fallen Angels when Magnus and Alec are away on their trip in Europe so it’s pretty much a separate story. I just hadn’t read the first 3 books in 5 years so I felt like I needed a refresher haha! I hope you enjoy your reread if you do it though, and have fun with Red Scrolls whenever you get around to it😊

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  3. It sounds like you had a really amazing month, both personal and bookish, SO happy for you! 😀 Lots of high rated books is always a win. I’m curious about Words in Deep Blue from your description, so I’m off to look that one up!
    I was also really confused where exactly Red Scrolls came in the Shadowhunter world as well, so thanks for giving a bit more insight on that. 🙂
    I think it’s a brilliant idea to add highlights to your post as well, it really helps with zoning in on the positives.
    Wishing you a great May!

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    1. Aw Becky thank you so much!! I agree, lots of high rated books is always the best. Oh Words in Deep Blue is so cute! I hope you enjoy if you ever read it💙

      Haha yeah I was also confused about where Red Scrolls was on the timeline at first! It takes place during City of Fallen Angels so it was fun to go back to that point and see more of what was going on with Magnus and Alec.

      Ah thanks, it’s been so helpful to add some positive highlights and focus on the good things that happened during the month! I hope you have a great May as well🙂

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  4. I am also very happy that Red Scrolls of Magic exists wow, its just so good. Alec Lightwood will never not be an icon. I’m glad you finally caught up on Shatter Me! I know you’ve been wanting to do that forever. I’m proud of all you accomplished this month (and every other month as well) and hope May goes even better!

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    1. I don’t know what we did to deserve Red Scrolls but wow I’m so happy it’s in our lives. Alec is the most iconic YES! Lol I can’t believe it took me this long to catch up on Shatter Me but I’m really glad I finally did. Aw thank you so much Arin❤️❤️ hope May goes well for you too!!

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  5. You had a much better reading month than me! Look at all the books you read – WHOO HOO. You actually put me to shame, meanwhile I’m like 6 books behind on my goodreads challenge… whoops! I need a seriously good month to catch up in may. Happy reading! x

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    1. Aww Lexie, thank you my friend! There’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of though, no matter how much or how little you read❤️ Haha same here, I actually ended up lowering my challenge because I kept falling behind! It’s totally fine. Hope you have a wonderful May and happy reading to you as well!

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  6. Flying freaks me out so much too. We actually might be going to Europe in the fall (hopefully!) and I really want to, but oh my god I haven’t spent more than an hour on a plane for like six years, and I’M TERRIFIED.

    I’m glad you had a good month! ❤

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    1. Flying is so scary omg!!! I haven’t been on a plane in years either and I’m just really not a fan lol. BUT I really hope both of us end up getting to go to Europe! I want to go so so so much ahhhh. I’m both super excited and super nervous. Thanks Iris! I hope you had a good month too and that you have a wonderful May💞💞💞

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