April 2019: Month in Review

Why is it that the year simultaneously feels like it’s not passing but also feels like it’s blazing past at light speed? Probably I feel this every year, but somehow it’s always surprising. Of course, I find myself saying the same thing here every month too: I’m trying to create and stick to a writing routine, an exercise regimen, and a level of blogging I can maintain with the former. Somehow that magic combination seems rather elusive.

Though, if I’m honest, it’s less that I don’t know what to do and more that I don’t know how to make myself actually buckle down and do those things. The last thing I want to do on work days is more stuff that feels like work, and then I want to spend my weekends solely on leisure, which means that I never want to do any writing, blogging, or, especially, exercising. But, once again, I’m trying. Maybe this time I’ll do it? Cross your fingers for me? Or if anyone has any strategies for keeping these things you need to do but that are not work not feeling like work, please share.

April was a really quiet month for me. I’d not really been writing, but I am writing again. I’ve worked primarily on a new book idea I had (m/m set on a reality show) and a historical romance vaguely inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma. I’m feeling pretty good about them, though I need more plot in the latter and more knowledge of dancing for the former.

April Posts

Since I changed to letting myself only post reviews for books I really liked and also have mostly been rereading lately and didn’t feel motivated to post discussions, I pretty much did not post in April. Oops?

And that’s the total of it. Check out the next section for the lowdown on all the reading I did, which SPOILER was a lot.

April Reading

As usual, I’m going to break down what I read into what I loved, what I really liked, what I liked, and what I didn’t like so much. I don’t put a lot of explication here, but you can check my Goodreads for short reviews of most titles.

Books read in April: 41

Total books read for 2019: 156

What I Loved

Rereads make up 9 out of 12 of these, but still a good reading month. I’m SO excited about finding a new author to love and read obsessively: Janelle Milanes HEYYYYYYY.

Favorite read this month: The Kiss Quotient

What I Really Liked

These are books I’d absolutely recommend and had a great time reading, but I probably wasn’t quite as emotionally connected as I wanted to be OR I had some issues with the plotting.

What I Liked

These were enjoyable reads but they maybe didn’t stand out for me as much as some of the others or aren’t something I’d necessarily be comfortable recommending to most people. (Hi, Sacred Sins, I’m looking at you.) (Although actually I would totally recommend The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Castle, but I got bored because I’m a character reader and the humor and cleverness weren’t enough to keep my interest.)

What I Didn’t Like So Much

I wish I could like absolutely everything I read, but actually I came super close this month. GO ME! And, all told, none of these were bad reads, but they did end up being not my thing personally. A Prince on Paper was too silly (and also I can’t handle an adult romance heroine who can’t say “penis” so she says “eggplant emoji”). TBH I’m super upset about this because I’ve liked all of Cole’s other stuff (as evidenced by the novellas up above). Brazen Virtue had too much rape and the fat rep was repellent. I Owe You One basically had nothing to recommend it but the audio performance was great.

Apparently I felt like spilling the tea this month?

2 responses to “April 2019: Month in Review”

  1. Janina says:

    Those couple of sentences in the beginning lol. Time flies and I’m deeply confused and perplexed by it every time that thought comes my way. “solely on leisure” is my TOP MOOD at the moment. Hello, universe? Please make me do stuff. I’m so caught up in not doing-doing stuff that everything FEELS like work but I’m not getting any work really done?? The cover of Front Desk is so cute! I love it. I definitely need to get to The Kiss Quotient soonish. I’m 10/10 in the mood for good and healthy romance. c:
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  2. Janina says:

    Those couple of sentences in the beginning lol. Time flies and I’m deeply confused and perplexed by it every time that thought comes my way. “solely on leisure” is my TOP MOOD at the moment. Hello, universe? Please make me do stuff. I’m so caught up in not doing-doing stuff that everything FEELS like work but I’m not getting any work really done?? The cover of Front Desk is so cute! I love it. I definitely need to get to The Kiss Quotient soonish. I’m 10/10 in the mood for good and healthy romance. c:
    Janina recently posted… The Pancake Book Tag!! // delicious food + delicious books = right start to April My Profile

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