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April Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I guess April must have been the worst reading month ever because I can’t remember a single time I only managed to read 4 books in an entire month. *lol* I guess my bad health and trying to function like a normal human being eventually took its toll on me. >_< Not being able to breathe properly causes me to be exhausted and between giving 100% at work, doing household chores and taking care of my kid I was too tired to read at night.

The fact that I’m currently reading 6 books that all have more than 300+ pages („A Court of Silver Flame“ even has 757) certainly didn’t help to finish them either. *lol* So yeah, my reading suffered and I fell in some sort of involuntary reading slump. (Is a reading slump ever voluntary? XD) I can only hope that my appointment at the docs will help to get my health under control… well either this or that all those pollen finally cease to fly around like there’s no tomorrow. >_<

I still managed to maintain my BookTube channel and my blog though so there’s that! Also if any of you enjoy my BookTube channel please make sure to spread your positive energy over there as well! =) I’m not gonna lie, sometimes it feels pretty lonely on BookTube and even though I try to engage with other YouTubers it’s not easy to become a part of that close-knit group. Guess that’s the reason why I’m usually steering clear of social media and stick to goodreads and wordpress instead. Why did I start a YouTube channel again? *lol*

Anyway! Let’s talk about the good things of life and spread postive vibes by talking about the few books I manged to read in April!

Books read: 4 (4 books & 0 webcomic, I really hope I’ll read more in May again. Four books is a personal low. *lol*)

Pages read:  1.553 (Those books were all pretty short so the page count isn’t very high this time around.)

Average rating: 4,0 (I might have read only four books but they were all great in their own way so the rating was actually pretty high. =)

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (from 2020 and 0 from 2021. I tried to work off a couple of books from my TBR 2020. ;-P )

April Reads:

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Wicked Lovely: 4 Pfoten

This book series will always be among my favourites and I’ll never get tired of speaking about it. Melissa Marr wrote ruthless and cunning faeries long before Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black did so this was the first faerie series I ever read. And it totally got me hooked on faeries. I’ll be forever grateful I stumbled upon it in my library. XD „Wicked Lovely“ is the first book in the series and a really slow read, the series picks up pace in the other books though. If you want to read my full review you can do it here! ;-P

Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts): 4 Pfoten

What a great LGBTQ+ book! The cast was diverse, the story line intriguing and the mystery element more than just compelling! Moreover this is finally a YA book that doesn’t shy away from speaking the truth about being intimate with each other. Jack’s voice is blunt, honest and straightforward. His advice is great and I think every teen should read this book! „Jack of Hearts“ was super realistic and didn’t romanticize sex the way YA novels usually do so that was great! If you want to know more just read my review!

Serpent & Dove: 4 Pfoten

I read this as a love story and not as a fantasy book because a lot of people warned me that the focus is on the romance. Thankfully I got that warning because if I’d have read it as a fantasy book I might have been disappointed. If given a chance the world building could be really interesting and I hope the author will explore it in the second book. The great idea is there it just needs to be brought to life. 😉 Also this felt pretty insta-lovey to me even though we’re dealing with the enemies-to-lovers trope so mhmm… I wasn’t an all too big fan of that sudden love. *lol*

The Near Witch: 4 Pfoten

This was such a great debut novel and I loved to read it! Schwab can do mysterious, magical and atmospheric we all know that. I just didn’t know she can do poetic too. XD Well, after reading this I finally know and I’m so glad I picked this up and gave „The Near Witch“ a chance. =) It’s always interesting to see where an author started and as expected this was a great beginning for an amazing career.

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How was your April? Did you read more books than I did? (I hope you did! *lol*) Were you in a reading slump as well? Are you on BookTube? Which books did you read and did you love them? Can you recommend them?

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

April Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I think April was the month in which everything sort of settled down and my new reality became routine. By now we all got used to staying at home and waiting for everything to get normal again. (I’m not all too convinced „the normal“ we had before Covid-19 will be possible though. The world will have changed after this…) Anyway, we wore – and still do wear – masks when we go outside, we only spoke on the phone with our loved ones and we became pretty efficient when it comes to buying groceries at the supermarket. *lol*

The good thing is that the restrictions and our curfew were loosened slightly with beginning of May so it is allowed to meet family members and friends that live in another household! YAY! (To my chagrin my library and our kindergarten still remain closed… for now at least.)

So because of all that I had way too much time to read and didn’t only finish 5 books but also fell into the webcomic rabbit hole. And I regret ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! *lol* Seriously, those cute and fluffy webcomics were a balm for my soul and kept me sane! I’m going to introduce them in this Wrap-Up as well, but I refrained from using pictures because the creators/artists protect their work and we’ve to respect that. 😉 This said you can find them all on tapas and look them up if you’re intrested in reading them. At the moment they are for free. XD Okay, enough of my babbling and right to my monthly wrap-up!

Books read: 10 (5 books & 5 webcomics) 

Pages read:  1.959 (I didn’t count the webcomic pages here because it’s pretty hard to gauge their amount. Suffice it to say: It were A LOT of pages! *lol*)

Average rating: 4,00 (Considering how much I read this is a pretty good rating. Guess April was a hell of a reading month. XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (1 from 2019 and 1 from 2020, I need to read more books from my lists! T_T)

April Reads:

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The Hate U Give: 4 Pfoten

This is such an important book and I really think that schools should put this on their reading lists. Angie Thomas wrote a book that tackles quite a lot of different and touchy subjects yet it still manages to convey its message. I really liked how she played with prejudices and the subjective opinons of her characters. XD If you want to know more about „The Hate U Give“ you can read my full review here!

Stalking Jack the Ripper: 4 Pfoten

I finally found out what all the hype is about and I have two words for you: Thomas Cresswell! *lol* This said I really enjoyed „Stalking Jack the Ripper“ and I’ll definitely continue to read this series. I’m always ready to dive into a fictional world that features a sexy Sherlock Holmes kind of guy and boy, is Thomas the jackpot! 😛 Plus I liked the bits and pieces of historical background that were woven into this. Made it even more enjoyable. XD If you click on the link above you can check out my review.

Wildcard: 4 Pfoten

I was soo sceptical when I started to read this. Don’t get me wrong I liked „Warcross“ well enough, but it didn’t blow me away the same way it did with other readers. You might say I had a few issues. *lol* Anyway, „Wildcard“ was such a surprise! I really loved to read this and the characters as well as their motivations were great! There were quite a few twists I didn’t see coming and that only made me enjoy this even more. 😀

EYES ON ME: 4 Pfoten

This was the webcomic that started it all. (Aside from „Heartstopper“ of course! I’ve been following that one for ages. 😛 ) Anyway, I found this on goodreads and fell down the webcomic rabbit hole! And it swallowed me whole! *lol* Those two are so cute and I really hope that we’ll get more pages soon! If you like a shy boy meets forthright guy story this will be the one for you!

R.U. Screwed: 4 Pfoten

Gosh!!! I love this one! Howie and Sooch are the cutest thing ever!!! ❤ Okay, admittedly this webcomic was very frustrating at first because Howie is gay and Sooch is as straight as they come and due to that there was a lot of angst in the first few chapters, but boy does it get better with time! This webcomic really grew on me and by now I’m so hooked that I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next! I NEED MORE!

#muted: 4 Pfoten

The art in this is STUNNING!!! I love kandismon’s drawing style and her characters are so adorable as well. Moreover they are relatable as hell! I mean Jasper works at a library and meets Kai – a boy who doesn’t speak. The artist conveys so many emotions with Kai’s facial expressions alone and this is nothing but amazing! Also all the characters in here are queer af and I live and breathe for it! 😀 Love my two super soft boys!

Ghost Lights: 4 Pfoten

This is a webcomic made by a German artist and it’s great! I love that there isn’t only a love story but also a huge mysterious plot that’s revealed bit by bit! Noah and Robin kind of remind me of Ronan and Adam and the magical aspect of this only intensified that feeling. And as always the art is a sight to behold! 😉

A Darker Shade of Magic: 5 Pfoten

I read this book super slowly because I never wanted it to end! Of course my attempts to draw it out were thwarted by the awesomeness of V.E. Schwab’s writing style. There came a point I couldn’t put this down anymore and before I even knew it, it was already over. T_T  This book!!! I loved all the characters, especially Holland and the dark magic in this was EVERYTHING! ❤ So dark and twisted. Ahh what a pleasure to read! If you want to know more you can read my review here!

Still Me: 3 Pfoten

This was the third and last book in the „Me Before You“ series and even though I loved the first one and liked the second one, the third one just didn’t do it for me. Did I hang on every word and did I finish this 469 pages book in one week? Yes, I did. Did I get all the answers I was hoping for? Nope. Unfortunately not, if anything I was left with even more questions and I really wasn’t happy about that. I wanted closure and what I got was a bunch of new storylines and unfinished business(es). >_< Not my kind of book but maybe you’ll like it more?!

My Gentle Giant: 4 Pfoten

This webcomic is just sweet! There didn’t happen a lot yet except of that Jun and Aki became friends so this is a slow burn. They blush really nicely though and they are super adorable! I can’t wait to see more of the artists work! This just started and is a relatively new webcomic so I’m hoping to get more soon! 😉

Rankenzeile
How was your April? Are you a fan of webcomics too? Did you read any of the books I read and if yes did you like them? What was your favourite book last month and what were you up to? Do you have any recommendations? How’s the current situation at your country? Is it getting any better? Talk to me and let me know!

And as always: Stay healthy and take care! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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April Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

Another month has passed and I’m once again writing another Wrap-Up! Is it just me or are those months actually that short? *lol* I could have sworn I just wrote my March Wrap-Up and here I am going for April! XD Maybe I’m just getting old? No, nope, let’s not go down that road. Haha!

I’m as young as I feel which means I’m currently at the stage of being a pimply 17en year old teenager! *lol* (I might have a Peter Pan syndrome but pssst, don’t tell anyone! ;-P) Oh well, at least the pimply part is true. >_< Anyway, moving on!

To be honest, April was a rather slow reading month for me. I only managed to read 5 books and one manga but this is mostly due to the fact that my little one was ill again and that work was keeping me more than just busy. I swear sometimes it feels like I have 10 different jobs and that I fail at each and every single one of them. *hums the refrain of Meredith Brooks “I’m a bitch, I’m a lover”*

Despite everything life throws at me I’m still blogging, reading, working, taking care of my kid, doing the household and singing though. *lol* Oh, and I’m writing Wrap-Ups! Almost forgot about that one! ;-P

So enough of me and let’s move to my monthly statistic instead:

Books read: 6

Pages read:  2.439 (Is it just me or does the number of pages go down with every Wrap-Up post I write? >_<)

Average rating: 4,33

Books that were on my reading list:  4 (3 from 2018 and 1 from 2019)

April Reads:

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The Sweetest Oblivion: 4 Pfoten

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC form the author and I’m so glad Danielle Lori thought of me before she released her book! Unfortunately it took me ages to get to it because my ARCs got out of control. *lol* I might have been late to read this mafia story but I definitely enjoyed it! So if you like your male MCs hot, possessive, dominant and unapologetic Nico Russo might just be the right man for you! ;-P If you want to read my full review you can do it here!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: 5 Pfoten

I have so much love for this book! My heart hurts just thinking about it! ❤ This was everything I ever wanted to read! Evelyn, her story and the bi rep! GAH! It was perfect through and through! I can’t even put into words how much I loved this, but of course that didn’t stop me from trying! *lol* Just in case you actually want to read my gibberish, here’s the link to my review! 😉

Gemina: 5 Pfoten

This book had me screaming „Bloody Hell!!“ at the top of my lungs! >_< I swear the last 200 pages didn’t only have me at the edge of my seat but also caused me to curse like a sailor! Mind-blowing! Fast-paced! Shocking! And oh so good are just a few words that come to mind! XD I thought Illuminae was the best book I read this year, well, scratch that! Illuminae’s got nothing on Gemina! 😛 Read the extent of my enthusiasm here!

It Ends with Us: 4 Pfoten

When I started to read „It Ends with Us“ I expected a typical romance story. What I got was something entirely different than I singed up for, but it was still a really well-written book. It was the first Colleen Hoover book I ever read and it definitely made me want to take a closer look at her other works. I’ll approach them with caution after reading „It Ends with Us“ though, because as it seems Colleen is an author who’s not afraid of taking on quite heavy and intriguing topics. XD

After You: 4 Pfoten

I was pondering between 3 and 4 paws here but in the end I decided to give it four. I think Jojo Moyes was very brave to write a book like that after „Me Before You“ and I certainly didn’t expect „After You“ to go into this kind of direction. Considering it all it was a very realistic approach though, and after the ending I’m very curious how everything is going to turn out in book 3.

Fruits Basket Vol. 18: 4 Pfoten

I swear this manga series is only getting better and better! ❤ Unfortunately this was already Vol. 18 which means there are only 5 volumes left. 😦 I don’t know what I’ll do once I finished „Fruits Basket“ but if anyone of you knows a smiliarly awesome series, please let me know! I’m all eyes and ears! 😛

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So what about you? Did you read any interesting books in April? What was your favourite and did your already read the books I read? If yes, what did you think of them?

Talk to me and let me know! =)

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