Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month.
new on the blog
- [5 Apr] Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett ★★★★½
- [13 Apr] Obsidio by Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman ★★★
- [26 Apr] All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor ★★
- [2 Apr] Quarterly Reading Wrap-Up: January-March 2018
- [3 Apr] Bee @ The Movies: Ready Player One
- [12 Apr] How My Reading Preferences Have Changed
- [24 Apr] Favorite Books with Mental Health Rep | April Monthly Recommendations
- [18 Apr] Waiting on Wednesday: The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
- [19 Apr] The LOVE, SIMON Book Tag!
our most anticipated may release
Two very different picks, but I’m super excited for both! The Brightsiders because I loved Wilde’s debut, Queens of Geek, and Bianca’s book because… it’s Bianca Del Rio.
I mean… How can I not be excited about this one?
venturing around the blogosphere
Check out these posts from other creators we loved this month!
- Jena @ JenaBrownWrites interviews Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks (one of my favorite books of 2018 so far!)
- Amber @ Du Livre spotlights one of her local independent bookstores
- Karen @ Karen Mae discusses why you have no excuse for mispronouncing an author’s name (and provides helpful resources, too!)
- Karen ALSO talks about reading unknown books and how she finds hidden gems
- Elizabeth @ RedGal Musings offers advice for how to keep blogging, even through rough patches
- Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner lists some ways to spring clean your blog
- Kayla @ BooksAndLala creates a book unhaul challenge and challenges us to participate
- Marta @ The Cursed Books asks if trigger warnings are important (spoiler: they are!!!)
- Natasha @ Cats & Paperbacks gets real about f/f and romancelandia
- My lovely coblogger Bee reintroduces a feature that focuses on highlighting underrated books!
every book read this month
Guys, I think I finally have my reading groove back! At the beginning of this year, I just wasn’t loving any of the books I was reading, but this month is a very different story– I rated almost all of these four-stars or higher. SO many good reads this month.
I didn’t read that much this month BUT I did have a lot of luck, to be honest. I mean, you really can’t do much wrong with two Becky Albertalli books.
life & what’s happening
Hi, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful month of April. For me, April was mostly about finishing another semester, which was my last semester of “real” college, since I’ll just be student teaching and not taking classes for my remaining semesters. I said goodbye to the choir that has been my home and my heart for the past four years. I also got to spend a lot of time hanging out with friends this month, which was, of course, fun. I went to a couple drag shows and continued to be shook by this season of RuPaul’s drag race. And I attended the launch event for Leah on the Offbeat, which in addition to Becky, also featured authors Emily X. R. Pan (The Astonishing Color of After) and Aisha Saaed (Written in the Stars; Amal Unbound). The event was PACKED. I always love seeing all my Atlanta bookish friends and making new ones! Plus, Becky loved my Leah-inspired look, so my life is basically complete. Also, it finally feels like spring here in Atlanta! Spring is by far my favorite season in this city– I love all the festivals and hanging out at Piedmont Park and eating on my favorite restaurants’ patios.
Oh, and in blogging news, I announced last week that I will be a panelist on the Blogging Story panel at Blogbound Con in New York this year! I’d love to see some familiar faces in the audience, if you can make it.
Okay so April was a strange month for me because I had so much time but I didn’t really read all that much. I bought the last stuff for the baby’s room and I can feel her kick constantly, which is so weird! I also heard her heartbeat, which was all kinds of magical. BUT I still can’t see myself as a mom, doing the mom thing. Having one of those smol adorable humans of my own. It’s such a bizarre thought, honestly. I can’t wrap my head around it.
I also went to the beach for three days with my boyfriend, which was so nice. I got to empty my head a bit and relax before the chaos starts when the baby is here. While we were there we went to see Avengers: Infinity War, which just wrecked me, honestly. I’m still recovering. Also an exciting thing that happened, I got an eARC of Cait’s (Paper Fury) book and I’m going to read it VERY soon and I shall let it stomp on my feels a lot.
That’s about it for April I think? Not much happened but at the same time a lot happened. It was weird.
Our favorite ‘grams from this month!
It’s May, which means it’s BookExpo month! I’ll be in New York from the 29th-June 1st. (I’m considering extending my trip so I can go to BookCon, too, but we’ll see how the money situation looks once it gets closer, haha.) If you’ll be at BookExpo or Blogbound Con, or if you’ll just be in the city during that time and you wanna get together, please let me know! I’m super excited, but also a bit nervous because it’ll be my first time at BookExpo. If you have any tips, send them my way! Other than that, this will just be a month of work and graduation parties, basically. ‘Tis the season.
I’m finishing up Emma’s room in May, first of all. And I hope to read more books than I did in April. So far I’ve had a pretty bad reading year, to be honest, which kind of sucks. Other than that I don’t have much planned? It’s Mental Health Awareness Month though so I’ll be doing a post on that soon on either this blog or on Quite The Novel Idea so keep your eye out for that. On Twitter I’m participating with #LGBTWIP and I’ll be talking about two of my projects through it so follow that thread if you’re interested!
king of the month
I couldn’t possibly choose between these three. The Kiss Quotient is quite possibly my new favorite romance ever. Leah was everything I wanted it to be, and I felt so seen in the representation. What If It’s Us was… utter perfection.
Like Madalyn said, this book was just utter perfection. I loved every single word that was written and Arthur and Ben are two precious cupcakes. My feels were properly stomped on and I cried and laughed and I had just a very good time. LOVE. Be sure to keep an eye out for this one and get a copy if you can!
How was your April? Is it starting to feel like spring where you are? Any exciting plans for May? Let us know in the comments!