April wrap-up, favourites and others 🌸🌿

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Dear reader,

April has been a long month. It’s been filled with a lot of happy moments, as usual, but also some down times which, however, never made me go back to my depression or anxiety. Overall it was a normal month considering we currently live in an apocalyptic scenario.

Did I tell you I read 30 books in April? No? Well, it’s time to wrap it up!


 WHAT I READ

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As I said, I read 30 books in April. Why, you may ask? Only because I always wanted to try this challenge, to read 30 books in 30 days, and since I had two weeks of vacations last month and since we are still in lockdown, I thought it was the most perfect moment to try it out. Well, trust me, I probably won’t do it again. Though I am proud to see that I have now already read 70 books in 2020, this challenge kinda put me in a little reading slump and under tons of pressure.

In the end I read 8 641 pages, which is good but I somehow hoped I would have read at least 10 000 challenges. Would this be a new challenge for a new month? Who knows!

Over all of those 30 books I read:

  • 15 fantasy novels, 5 sci-fi novels, 7 contemporaries, 2 classics and one romance,
  • 20 young adult books, 2 middle grade ones and 8 adult novels,
  • 2 two stars, 10 three stars, 14 four stars and 4 five stars,
  • 12 physical books and 18 digital ones,
  • 1 new release, 25 back listed ones, 2 ARCs and 2 re-reads.

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Because I read 30 books I won’t do 30 different designs, but here is everything that I read in April:

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (re-read)
  • Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson, 3.75/5 stars
  • Evelina by Frances Burney, 5/5 stars
  • The Mortal Instruments, the Graphic Novel, volume 2 by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean, 4/5 stars
  • The Mortal Instruments, the Graphic Novel, volume 3 by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean, 4/5 stars
  • Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray, 4/5 stars
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, 3/5 stars
  • There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon, 4.5/5 stars
  • Claude Gueux by Victor Hugo, 4/5 stars
  • Nocturna by Maya Montayne, 5/5 stars
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill, 4/5 stars
  • The Infernal Devices, the Manga, volume 1 by Cassandra Clare, 4/5 stars
  • The Infernal Devices, the Manga, volume 2 by Cassandra Clare, 4/5 stars
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon, 3/5 stars
  • The Infernal Devices, the Manga, volume 2 by Cassandra Clare, 4/5 stars
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, 3/5 stars
  • Boss Man Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn, 2.75/5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling, 5/5 stars
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, 4.5/5 stars
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, 4/5 stars
  • Bloom by Kevin Panetta, 4.5/5 stars
  • Lumberjanes 1 by Noelle Stevenson, 3/5 stars
  • The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar, 4/5 stars
  • The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman, 4/5 stars
  • La Fille dans l’écran by Lou Lubie and Manon Desveaux, 3/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen 1, 3/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen 2, 3/5 stars
  • Spider-Gwen 3, 3/5 stars
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, 2/5 stars

 WHAT I LOVED

  • Being back on YouTube

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In April I’ve been vlogging every day for the OWLs readathon (which I succeeded) and it was so much fun. It made me want to get back to YouTube, and so I did. It’s hard to get dedicated to yet another platform (considering I’m active on Instagram and on this blog) but it’s a fun challenge I’m willing to achieve. I’ll now be posting once every week on YouTube and I’m excited to see where this will take me!

  • Watching movies

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In April I watched (well, mostly rewatched) a ton of movies. I usually watch a few each month, but I went crazy this time. It was really good, actually, and helped me to concentrate more and to forget the word a little. I hope to continue watching more for the rest of the year.

  • Roxanne and I’s virtual bookclub

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Because of this lockdown my friends and I had to get creative to talk to each other, well meaning we would FaceTime often. But something special came out of it, a weekly bookclub only my friend Roxanne and I are in. We call each other every Wednesday with a cup of tea, ready to talk about all the books we read the week before, to talk about our current re-read of Harry Potter and way more. It’s been the highlight of my week so far and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. (By the way re-reading Harry Potter is the best.)

  • Working out

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For whatever reasons I developed a liking for working out, which never happened before. Truly it has always been a chore to work out, but finally I found something I like. I started by walking on the treadmill and now I am also doing fitness exercices. It’s really fun and I am so proud of myself because I can see myself getting better at it every day. This month I am now going to learn how to run and I cannot wait.

  • Journaling

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Finally, a new hobby came out of this lockdown: journaling. I am extremely thankful for it as it became one of my coping mechanism when the world is too loud. It forced me to be creative (which can be hard at times because I always doubt myself), to make mistakes, to stop thinking or to actually let me think properly without any noise around me. It helped me to listen to myself and I don’t ever see myself stopping for now.

  • Playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Though it was sometimes stressful because I kept comparing my island to other’s, I am now trying my best to be creative on there and to enjoy every seconds of this game. I used to play it for hours when I was a child and I always adored it, and it feels good to be back at it.

 CHECKING ON MY APRIL GOALS

It is now time to check on my April goals. I wanted to keep working out, which I successfully did, to write a lot of blog posts, and despite being late for this one I sure did, to rock the O.W.L.s Readathon, and considering I read every single prompts we can say I did that, to take care of my diabetes, and for once yes I did it, and to study and work a lot, which has been where I lacked in but I am now officially done with my university studies and am still working anyway, so.

 WHAT I WANT TO DO IN MAY

Here is what I want to do in May:

  • To take on running,
  • To take care of my diabetes,
  • To be consistant on every social media I have,
  • To write again,
  • To keep learning to listen to myself.

And that’s it!

How was April for you? What did you read? What did you love? Tell me everything.

Love always,

Clara

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10 thoughts on “April wrap-up, favourites and others 🌸🌿”

  1. Wow, you read so much! I read, like 3 books a month, haha! I love the Infernal Devices but I’ve never read the manga… maybe I should give it a try. Also, Animal crossing is my go-to game right now too! It is so, so relaxing and brings me back to my younger days when I used to come home from school and get out the Gamecube 😀 I agree, some people’s islands are crazzzyy involved and mine is so, so basic… but I love it anyway! I’m taking my time with it and that’s relaxing, and that in turn is what makes Animal Crossing so great.

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  2. Clara, I’m amazed!! I could never read 30 books in one month, but I understand how that might have been stressful, and I’m so proud you managed to do so much, and still dedicate yourself to blogging/bookstagram/booktube. 😀 The bookclub you have with your friend is so lovely! I’ve been videochatting some of my friends more, but it’s mostly to do homework together. I wish more people I know irl would enjoy reading, so that I could talk about it with them. My only way of playing Animal Crossing : New Horizons is by watching Youtube videos 😛 I can’t just justify the purchase of a Nintendo Switch right now, even though I’d love it, and I can’t stop checking the prices for a miracle to happen lmao. I’ve been playing the app version, Pocket Camp, instead, but it’s not the same!! :/

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  3. Oh wow! I’m literally mindblown, having seen that you’ve read 30 books in 30 days. I honestly admire people who can do that, and I think it’s a great talent to read a lot of books in a limited time. Especially since those Harry Potter books are massive, and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed most of what you’ve read. And I’m so jealous of those who have Nintendo Switch right now. I really want to play Animal Crossing again since it was also a big part of my childhood. Good luck with your May goals, I wish you all the best. x

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