APRIL ROUNDUP!

MAY? It’s may ALREADY? Wild. Hey everyone! Happy May, I guess, and welcome to this month’s recap! Blah blah blah, you know the drill. This is the part where I recap the last month! Though, I had a pretty slow reading month last month (what’s new, honestly?), and my head was all over the place, so I’m not sure this will be the world’s most thrilling recap, but we’ll give it a go! Before we get started, I’d like to apologise though! I really have had a sloppy month! I had a rubbish reading month, as well as a rubbish blogging month, and I’ve just been generally very spaced out and a bit on the useless side. I’ve not been keeping track of other bloggers and posts as such, nor have I gotten a very good handle on my own content, so hopefully May will be better all around!


APRIL READS & BEAT THE BLACKLIST

  • Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 4/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 4/5 stars.
    • review to come.

So, pretty shoddy all around, as I only managed two books last month – I did get started on another, but in between business and just general mental/physical health shenanigans, I’m still unfortunately pushing through!


2019 RESOLUTIONS

  • doctor who: the good doctor by juno dawson
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc rep.
    • 4/5 stars.
  • fierce fairytales by nikita gill
    • beat the blacklist.
    • retellings.
    • 5/5 stars.
  • things a bright girl can do by sally nicholls
    • beat the blacklist.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • books my friends loved (esme).
    • 4/5 stars.
  • trell: nothing but the truth by dick lehr
    • poc rep.
    • 3/5 stars.
  • you by caroline kepnes
    • beat the blacklist.
    • books my friends loved (jenny).
    • 4/5 stars.
  • dare me by megan abbott
    • beat the blacklist.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • books my friends loved (jenny).
    • 3/5 stars.
  • the lady’s guide to petticoats and piracy by mackenzi lee
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc rep.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • books my friends loved (becca).
    • 5/5 stars.
  • summer of salt by katrina leno
    • beat the blacklist.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • 4/5 stars.
  • daisy jones & the six by taylor jenkins reid
    • books my friends loved (jenny).
    • 5/5 stars.
  • city of ghosts by victoria schwab
    • beat the blacklist.
    • books my friends loved (becca).
    • 5/5 stars.
  • as i descended by robin talley
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc rep.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • retellings.
    • 1/5 stars.
  • dear martin by nic stone
    • beat the blacklist.
    • books my friends loved (christine).
    • poc rep.
    • 5/5 stars.
  • oh my gods by alexandra sheppard
    • poc rep.
    • retellings.
  • we should all be feminists by chimamanda ngozi adichie
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc author.
  • coffee boy by austin chant.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • books my friends loved (jenny).
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • transgender author.
    • 4/5 stars.
  • it only happens in the movies by holly bourne
    • beat the blacklist.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • books my friends loved (esme).
    • 4/5 stars.
  • the last of august by brittany cavallaro
    • beat the blacklist.
    • retellings.
    • books my friends loved (becca & esme).
    • /5 stars.

BOOK HAUL

  • Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book by Jenna Hunterson
    • (god. i didn’t need this. i just really wanted it, i’m sorry.)
  • Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant
    • ebook.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • transgender author.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
    • ebook.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • transgender author.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • Dark Days by James Baldwin
    • poc author.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • (this only cost me £1!)
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    • poc rep.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • (this was half price!)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • classic.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • (i didn’t need another copy, no, but it was only £2.50!)
  • Emilia the Play by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
    • (this was a gift!)
  • The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • poc rep.
    • (also a gift!)
  • Proud by Juno Dawson &Various Authors
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • poc rep.
    • (a gift! thanks jenbear !!!)

WHAT YOU MISSED


FAVOURITE POSTS

This is usually the part where I list off my favourite blogs from over the past month and, while there have been some absolutely great pieces that I did manage to get around to over the course of April, I did have a pretty slack month, and I don’t want anything to go amiss. So, instead, I’ll just be listing a few blogs for you all to check out for yourselves!


COMING UP

  • Past Reviews.
    • Managing a blog is pretty time consuming at the best of times, with life and all the intrusions that come with it, but when you’re running a book blog, and you hit slumps and aren’t feeling particularly creative, it can add to the stress of trying to dish out posts regularly! So, I’ll be putting together a series of posts containing some of my old book reviews, from before this blog existed!
  • It Only Happens in the Movies review.
  • The Last of August review.
  • Tags, Tags, Tags.
    • As always, I’ve got an abundance of tags waiting to be shared, but I’m particularly excited about one that I created myself! Hopefully it’s one people will be eager to take part in!
  • Literary London.
    • Some of the best shops in London are Indie Bookshops, and I really want to honour them one way or another, so expect a little recap/haul post about some of my favourite hidden gems.
  • Slumps & Challenges.
    • We all get a little slumpy sometimes, and I think we also have a great tendency to put a lot of unnecessary weight on our goodreads challenges, completing them, and just generally ensuring we don’t get behind! It’s a little stressful, and maybe a pressure we don’t need – after all, reading should be about enjoying ourselves! – but I’ll be throwing together a post featuring a list of short books/quick and easy reads that might be a great help for when we find ourselves floundering a little.
  • History or His Story.
    • Pretty much what it says on the tin! History is always told from the perspective of the victors, and the victors? Well, more often than not, they’re men, aren’t they? We look back on history and so often people think of the women as weak, or of having been cruel, torturous, and the downfall of many great men. Women are seen as the villains of every great man’s story – even those we, ourselves, love and idolise. But how many people take the time to tell history from the perspective of these women? How often do we allow them the opportunity to have their voices heard? That’s where I come in – well, sort of. I’m hoping to dive into some Historical Non-Fiction (and, perhaps, fiction too!) with a list of books that gives us a more female-centric and empowering view on the events we think we know everything about. Any and all suggestions and recommendations are, of course, very welcome on this front!

4 thoughts on “APRIL ROUNDUP!

  1. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    We all have slumps and they can feel like you’ve not been a good reader but that’s not true. Sometimes you just aren’t in the mood and you don’t want to force the pressure to read on yourself. It should definitely be for enjoyment!! 😊
    I really want to read it only happens in the movies so I am glad you enjoyed it!! 😊 I’ll look out for your review!!
    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog– that’s so sweet!! 💕
    History or his story sounds very interesting and I look forward to seeing it!! Also love the name!!
    I hope you have a great May!! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • anovelidea says:

      Thank you! Sorry for the slow response, omg. I appreciate all of this loads though!

      I’ve been seriously slack but I do wanna try and get my review up for it, it’s definitely worth checking out!

      Thanks again for your sweet comment and I hope you have a great May!

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