Monthly wrap-up: What I read in April 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

Can we all collectively agree that April felt like some kind of fever dream? I don’t know about you but for me it definitely seemed that way. Either way, May has arrived and we’re looking going into a month full of new chances which is never a bad thing, right? I’m really excited for this month since I’ve got so many fun things planned, but my birthday is also coming up!

For this wrap-up post I’m trying out something new and not just talking about the books I read, but also about my goals, blogging and more so buckle up! Let’s take a walk, shall we?

This month I read eight books of which two were rereads and four were review copies! There was a balance between the amount of physical books I picked up and ebooks I read as both ended up being four. I’m really happy with the diversity in the books I read and the fact that I read across different genres! My average rating this month was 3.1 which is quite low in my opinion. Anyway, let’s look at those books!

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One of us is lying by Karen M. McManus
Genre: YA mystery/thriller
Representation: gay main character
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I’m gonna be really honest here: this book disgusted me in so many way. I honestly can’t believe I barely see anyone speak about what is wrong with this book, because, well, there’s a lot to say. I read this a few years ago and loved it but this? No. Never again. Despite the author’s good intentions, this book is problematic.

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Only mostly devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: gay main character, bi characters, characters of color
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another reread, but this time a really, really positive one! It had been exactly one year since I first read this and I was really excited to dive back in! But wow, this book was so much better than I remembered it to be? I fell in love with everything but especially the characters and their dynamics. This book reminded me that books can bring you pure happiness in the form of joy, not tears (I did cry though, but let’s ignore that fact…).

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Bruised by Tanya Boteju
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: sapphic romance, (main) characters from various backgrounds and with various sexualities, non-binary side character, deaf side character
Click here for my review!

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I hate to say this but the amount of representation really was the best thing about this book. It’s supposed to be a really emotional journey but I just can’t help but to feel…nothing. That’s why there’s really not much to say except for the fact that this was a big let-down.

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The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
Genre: YA mystery/thriller
Representation: bi main characters, sapphic relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Listen, I didn’t expect to totally fall in love with this book, but here we are. I cried, I screamed and I pressed repeat on both of those. I am still not okay as you can probably tell! This book is genuinely one of the best books I’ve ever read; it has so much going for it (unique concept, three-dimensional/morally grey characters and complicated back stories). I repeat, I am in love.

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Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Genre: classic
Representation: none
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I don’t even know what to say about this one. I kinda didn’t joy any of it at all. My first thought was that maybe I just don’t enjoy classics but then I really love Wuthering heights so…I don’t know. It just frustrated me and I had to push myself through the whole thing. Not a fan.

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These feathered flames by Alexandra Overy
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: sapphic relationship
Click here for my interview and here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Has the impossible really happened? Have I discovered two new favourite books this month? It does seem like it, even though I’m always hesitant to call something a new favourite. These feathered flames absolutely deserves that title though: from the beautiful writing to the unique plot and magic system to the characters! Will I say it again with this book? Hell yes, because I! am! in! love!

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Counting down with you by Tashie Bhuiyan
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: Bangladeshi main character, Muslim main character, bi side character
Goodreads review in progress (I am behind, oops)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was kinda scared to read this book. There was the option where I could love it, and the option where I absolutely didn’t, but overall this book left me confused. It was so ridiculous at times that I was laughing, but I also really enjoyed my time with it? Like, I don’t know, it did make me feel things and I cried (look away please). So yeah, ehm, very confused indeed.

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The Ones we’re meant to find by Joan He
Genre: YA scifi
Representation: Asian main characters
Click here for my review (and international giveaway)!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

For those of you who read my review already and are wondering if I’m still thinking about that plottwist, here’s your answer: yes. Yes I am. It was just so incredible and unique and ah, I just can’t say anything but Joan He is a master in storytelling, and I can’t wait to read more by her hand!My reading goals for May:

My reading goals for May

  • Read 12 books
  • Update your Goodreads
  • Catch up on ARCs
  • Read the book club books
  • Try to listen to an audiobook again

I didn’t blog a lot in April, unfortunately. I did get two reviews, an interview and two lists up, but that’s all. What I did do is blog hop a lot, so I’ve seen so much amazing posts from even more amazing creators! So…why not share some posts YOU should check out without a doubt?

My only goal for May is to blog more consistently!

April was a month for preparing and outlining a lot for me. I’ve been stuck with writing for a while so I decided to completely redo my old wip. There are some basic elements that stayed the same, but the whole plot is new and I’m honestly so satisfied with it. And then I came up with another story idea, too.

I haven’t written contemporary in years because I tend to enjoy writing thrillers and especially fantasy more, but now an idea just struck and I’m in love. I will of course not spill too much yet, but it’s a sapphic romance between two estranged best friends. I have a detailed outline and a first sentence ready, but I’ve decided to focus on my fantasy wip first.

My dark YA fantasy is the one where I basically redid the plot and I’m so, so excited for it now! The project was kinda burning me out, but now I’ve definitely rekindled my love for it. I will start drafting it in May since I basically have everything ready…except for a first sentence, which I’ve been struggling with, oops!

My writing goals for May

  • Start drafting the YA fantasy
  • Concentrate on ONE project
  • Look for some writing buddies/ critique partners
  • Playlists and aesthetics perhaps?
  • Build a writing routine

This was so much fun to write so let’s say the additions are a success for me! I hope you also liked reading about all the books I read, my writing projects and I really do want to encourage you to check out some posts I listed in here, too! Have a lovely May, y’all!

20 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up: What I read in April 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

  1. You have so many goals and good things happening! Since I’m reading this post late and it is already the end of May, I hope you were able to do whatever you wanted to! Oh and belated happy birthday!

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  2. I agree with One of Us Is Lying. People tend to recommend it if you’ve never gotten into murder mysteries, and I can see why. But it definitely has many issues :/
    Either way, I LOVE AlL OF YOUR RECS! And I also read Only Mostly Devastated in April thanks to you ❤

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    1. Ugh yes, that’s a fact! Many people who don’t like the genre love this one and overlook all of its problematic aspects, unfortunately. THANKS THOO!! I was so happy when you picked it up and especially that you loved it!! Have a great day!!

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  3. I’m sooo glad to see that you enjoyed The Girls I’ve Been! It’s been sitting on my shelf for a couple of months now and I’ve been dying to read it!! Also I totally get what you mean about One of Us Is Lying – I read it a few years ago and thought it was okay (mostly because of the character relationships) but the plot is pretty problematic :/ I hope May is a great month for you!

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    1. AHH when you pick up the girls I’ve been, you can always send me updates! It was such a complicated and amazing story! And yes, one of us is lying has some great relationships like Nate and Bronwyn but…it’s just too much you know? It made me so mad! Thank you, hope you’ve had a great day!!

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  4. BIRDIE!! okay i love this post sm, and your new graphics!! ahh i love all the birds 👀 i’m SO happy you loved the girls i’ve been because it was amazing omg! i also really need to read these feathered flames because it sounds perfect (i mean i was hooked at sapphic enemies to lovers) 😌 i’m reading the ones we’re meant to find right now and it’s so so good ahh!! i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy counting down with you as much as i did – i resonated with karina a ton (and even though my parents aren’t nearly as strict), i did love the story!!

    i’m also so excited to be your CP omg!! your work sounds so goodddd, and i cannot wait to read it!! 💓💓

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    1. THANKS AHAANA AHHH!! yes we gotta add some birds sometimes, you know, lol! it took me a while to finish the girls i’ve been but i’m madly in LOVE!! and these feathered flames was just as good in a very different way, so i hope you love that one too! i hope the ones we’re meant to find left you shocked haha! and yeah i can definitely understand that and i loved the rep, but at times it just wasn’t for me, i guess? still though, i cried and it made me feel lots of things too so definitely enjoyed it still!!

      and yes, i’m so excited to share something with you soon (and maybe read some more by you too!!)! you’re the best CP i could wish for!!!

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  5. Ooh, Birdie, that Pride and Prejudice rating tore at my heartstrings – but then again, I am not a fan of Wuthering Heights at all, so I guess it evens out 🤣🤣 And I wish you the best of luck with your writing! Dark YA fantasy, you say? I’d grab that the minute it was published! ❤

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  6. Ooo nice wrap up Birdie!! I’ve heard a lot of The Girls I’ve Been, so I’ll check it out. Good luck on you writing! I love the whole playlist and moodboard thing. I always make playlists for books after I read them to sort of re-live the experience hehe. Great post, I hope May treats you well! ❤

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    1. Thanks Saniya!! The girls I’ve been totally blew me away and I’m so in love ahh! And thank you, I’m enjoying myself a lot lol! I love that you make playlists, I honestly only can find one or two songs per book (if I didn’t write it myself). But you’re so sweet, hope you’ve had a nice day!!

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  7. Looks like it was a good month! I love your header, btw. It really caught my eye. Also, I’m sad you didn’t like P&P but also know that the first time I tried to read it in high school I thought it was the most boring thing on the face of the planet and don’t even think I finished. It’s WAY different from Wuthering Heights. They might as well not even be the same genre. It’s much more of a parlor romance and if that’s not your thing then, well it’s not your thing! : ) Also, loved the ICYMI posts from fellow bloggers!

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