April Wrap-up!

It’s now May. It was April. I have a month left in my graduate program. I am slacking on blogging. I’ll keep trying, but my posting habits PROBABLY won’t pick up much until June. My reading, on the other hand, has been doing really well. I’ve got lots of books that I’ve read and loved from the last month!

Reads for April

Here’s all I read in April:

Meet Cute edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout — 3 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

Herding Cats (ARC) by Sarah Andersen — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

Tarot for Teens by Marie-Jeanne Abadie — 2 of 5 stars

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges — 5 of 5 stars

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia — 5 of 5 stars

On A Summer Night (ARC) by Gabriel D. Vidrine — 4.5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

Chaotic Good (ARC) by Whitney Gardner — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

Big Man (ARC) by Matthew J. Metzger (DNF) — 1 of 5 stars

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

Nothing But The Truth by Avi — 1 of 5 stars

What If It’s Us (ARC) by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

 

Reading stats:

  • Number of books read: 12
  • Number of nonfiction books: 2
  • Number of ARCs: 5
  • Number of books by marginalized authors: ~6
  • Number of books read for class: 3
  • Number of library books: 5

I read roughly on-pace for April as I had for March, which is good because it felt like I read a ton less. I got a handful more ARCs read (though I still need to review them… I’m cringing at all of those “review forthcoming!” notes that are still forthcoming because I’m a tired mess…) I’m anticipating May to be probably about the same, and I’m really hoping that once the middle of June hits I’ll be able to read even more! (Extra good thing considering I’m still making my way through my NetGalley ARCs… Whoops.)

On The Personal Side…

I’m one month from graduating. I’m just tired. What have I been doing for the last month, even? I’m kind of drawing a large blank.

I went to the 2018 Oregon Library Association conference, which was cool because it was my first library conference. Extra points for location — it was located in my area so I could just take the bus from my house to get to the conference! No hotel costs! Yay! Travel is so expensive.

I’ve been re-watching Queer As Folk (US) for the last week-ish and I’ve gotten partway through season 4. It’s been giving me a lot of feelings that I hadn’t had while watching it last time, and it’s affecting my current WIP (possibly for the better?).

That’s about it… April has been rather uneventful. I’m not sure if this is a good thing. Oh well!

What were you up to in April? Any good reads?

April Preorders!

I’m a little late posting this (what else is new…), but there are still plenty of days left in April and plenty of books coming out! I preordered quite a few books in April, so I’ve got a lot of good stuff to look forward to this month.

Here are my April picks!

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles

Image of book cover from Goodreads
Image of book cover from Goodreads

Release date: 4/10/18
Format: Kindle
Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Life-Inside-My-Mind-Struggles-ebook/dp/B074ZD4C2D/

I’m a sucker for books prominently featuring mental health struggles, and this anthology has some of my favorites in it! This one was actually a last-second preorder because I didn’t know about it until the day before it released!

For Every One by Jason Reynolds

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Image of book cover from Goodreads

Release date: 4/10/18
Format: Hardcover
Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Every-One-Jason-Reynolds/dp/1481486241/

Jason Reynolds is a wonderful poet, and I couldn’t pass this book up. The book itself is a beautiful object, and the heart behind it is powerful.

Lizzie by Dawn Ius

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Release date: 4/10/18
Format: Kindle
Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Lizzie-Dawn-Ius-ebook/dp/B074ZKMW6G/

I heard good things about this one! It’s a Lizzie Borden retelling with sapphic girls and a lot of suspense, which sounds perfect for me.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Image of book cover from Goodreads

Release date: 4/17/18
Format: Hardcover
Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Ghost-Boys-Jewell-Parker-Rhodes/dp/0316262285/

This is historical fiction revolving around a Black boy who was killed by a police officer who meets Emmett Till as a ghost, and I was immediately intrigued. This middle grade novel sounds stunning and important, and I can’t wait to read it.

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

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Image of book cover from Goodreads

Release date: 4/24/18
Format: Kindle
Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/White-Rabbit-Caleb-Roehrig-ebook/dp/B0763SVCJW/

I love a good murder mystery, and murder mysteries with queer characters are extremely appealing to me. I’ve heard a lot of people say things about this one, and I’m super excited about it!

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Image of book cover from Goodreads
Image of book cover from Goodreads

Release date: 4/24/18
Format: Hardcover
Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Leah-Offbeat-Becky-Albertalli/dp/0062643800/

Last but CERTAINLY not least, Becky Albertalli’s newest release is one of my most anticipated books of April (and of 2018, for that matter). Are you excited for Leah? I’m excited for Leah.

What books are you looking forward to in April? Let me know in the comments!