April wrap-up, favourites and others 🌻🌷

Dear reader,

April lasted forever but I’m so glad it’s finally over. In France we were back under lockdown and schools were closed for four weeks (including two weeks of Spring break), so I had to teach online, which I hated doing last year. As I’m writing this I’m going back to work in a few days and I cannot wait. I missed my job so, so much.

April was also the month my anxiety and eating disorder started going downhill again, which is now why I have to see my therapist every two weeks instead of four weeks, but I’m working on it. I still made lots of progress, I still am depression free, so everything will be alright.

Despite it all I kept busy and had a relaxing and productive break! One thing that happened that made me happy was actually to get out of the slump and to fall back in love with reading. I’m hoping me going back to work won’t stop me from keeping reading that much.

Without further ado, here’s my April wrap up!


 WHAT I READ

April has been a really great month when it comes to reading. As I said, I finally got out of this awful slump which has been killing me ever since I moved out, so ever since December. I think the fact that I couldn’t go to work for four weeks helped, obviously, but I also felt myself falling back in love with reading, discovering books, binge reading even and so on.

In April I read 16 books for a total of 5728 pages. I can’t believe I read that much when I felt as if I lost all my reading abilities since December. I also read lots of different genres: 4 were sci-fi, 3 were fantasy, 1 was historical, 7 were contemporary and 1 was a classic. I mostly read YA novels (8) but still read lots of adult ones (6) and even read a few middle grades (2). For the first time of 2021 I gave 1 star to a book, but also found two new 5 stars and therefor favourites. I mostly gave 3 stars throughout the month though (8), but also gave three 4 stars and didn’t rate 2 books. When it comes to format I mostly read physical books (10) but also tried audiobooks again (2) and kept reading on my kindle no matter what (4). In the end I read 5 new releases, re-read one novel and 10 were backlisted.

Here is the list of everything I read in April:

  • The Fall of Reach by Eric S. Nylund, 4/5 stars
  • Alana et l’enfant vampire by Cordélia, 3/5 stars
  • The Flood by William C. Dietz, 3/5 stars
  • Operation First Strike by Eric S. Nylund, 3/5 stars
  • Ghosts of Onyx by Eric S. Nylund, 3/5 stars
  • Blue Pearl by Paula Jacques, 1/5 stars
  • A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen, 4/5 stars
  • A Pho Love Story by Loan Le, 4/5 stars
  • Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn, 3.5/5 stars
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune, 5/5 stars
  • Anna K Away by Jenny Lee, 3/5 stars
  • What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, 5/5 stars
  • The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert, 3/5 stars
  • Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, 3.5/5 stars
  • Les Ombres que nous sommes by Sandrine Caillis, non-rated
  • Le Médecin malgré lui by Molière, non-rated (re-read for work)

 WHAT I LOVED

  • Hosting the spring edition of my readathon

You may not know, but every season I host another edition of the #NotreDameReadathon, which is a 24h readathon. Every edition is different as it fits which seasons we’re currently living and you have challenges to do more than reading during your day as well as two different versions to choose from because we do not all feel the seasons the same way. This one was different because I hosted IG live reading sprints with lots of my friends and it made my entire day. I had so much fun, read three books and spoke with so many people I adore on Instagram. It made me the happiest.

  • Going on lots of walk

Because I was feeling very tired and unmotivated during most of this lockdown I started going on long walks (usually an hour) alone to listen to an audiobook and simply get moving. It always made me feel good and I know I’ll miss it once I’ll be back at work.

  • Making reels

Finally in April I started creating lots of reels for my Instagram content and I adore it. I need to find the right balance and everything because for now I’m just posting them randomly, but it makes me happy. I’m currently debating whether or not to start my own BookTok account, but we’ll see.

 CHECKING ON MY APRIL GOALS

In April I wanted to get back to reading, which I obviously did, to get back to all my socials, which I kinda did as I’m getting back to YouTube and my blog slowly, to stay true to myself (which is a huge success) and to go for a run every two days, which I almost did. It wasn’t that easy but I did go on a few quick runs there and there! I didn’t want to force myself either so I’m glad of what I did.

 WHAT I WANT TO DO IN MAY

In May, I want to keep being this productive and to get better. Therefor I want to:

  • Keep exercising whenever I feel like it,
  • Keep eating healthy,
  • Keep making reading a priority,
  • Post on all my socials consistently,
  • Work a lot for my job.

And that’s all!

How was your April? How many books have you read? Which one was your favourite?

Love always,

Clara

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