What a month, folks.
It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been on here, but I have actually been semi-active with my posting this month, all things considered (even if most of that was scheduled posting and my head was buried in an art history textbook while it was happening).
Gotta say though, while April was busy and stressful, and I barely got any reading done, I still enjoyed it! And, without further ado, here is the breakdown of it.
Listed by date read.
- You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn | 5/5 stars
- Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4/5 stars
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | 5/5 stars
If you had asked me at the beginning of this month what my favorite book would be, I would’ve definitely told you You’d Be Mine. And yet… it’s gotta take the second-place spot for April. The Poet X absolutely blew me away. If you guys don’t know, I often represent my school in performance/slam poetry and getting to read this book… just spoke to me on so many levels: as a poet, as a brown girl, as a teenager, just everything. It is so honest and challenging and lyrical. If you haven’t yet, please, please read this beautiful, heartfelt book.
- ARC Review: You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn | This book was such a winner for me! I swooned, I sang, and I thoroughly had a good time.
- Book Discussion: Why Branching Out in Reading is Important | I discussed why I’ve been making more of an effort to read books outside of my comfort zone lately, and why you should, too!
- My Top 6 Audiobook Recommendations | Pretty self-explanatory: I listed some of my favorite audiobooks! Audiobooks are the #1 reason I’ve been able to read as many books as I have this year, and I can’t recommend them enough!
- Book Discussion: My “Want-to-Read” Checklist | In this post, I listed the common things a person looks into when deciding whether or not they wanted to read a book, and evaluated how important they were to me personally!
Like I said, most of the content you got from me in April was “Automated Jordyn” who was only half-here, so I didn’t get to read as many posts as I usually like to, but I still wanted to shout out a post from earlier in April that I enjoyed.
- Katie @ The Tin Kitchen busted some common misconceptions about trigger warnings. If you’re wondering why they’re needed or why you should care about them, I direct you to this post!
Not gonna lie, this month was… a lot. I finish my junior year of high school in a month, and I am both excited and completely surprised that it’s almost over. April has definitely been the most busy month of the year.
I hosted a poetry jam at my school, went to a journalism convention in Orlando, toured potential colleges, took the SAT… basically this month has been a whirlwind but a good whirlwind.
And, of course, Endgame happened! No spoilers of course but I loved it so much. It truly was the end of an era. I’ve been seeing these movies with my family since elementary school, and I’m so thankful I got to end it with them, too. It was an amazing wrap-up.
May is going to be a stress-worthy exam whirlwind, but, fellow high schoolers, channel the energy that I have in this picture, and kill your tests!
May is usually a blah month for me, reading and life wise, because I have to take exams and there’s a general air of stress in my life, but this next month is practically bursting with good books, so narrowing down my favorites was more of a challenge than usual.
We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra
We may contain multitudes, but the only thing I contain is anticipation for this book! (So stupid, I’m sorry.) Bad jokes aside, I’ve had my eye on this one since late last year. I haven’t read a book with letters in quite a while, so I think it’s time! Releases May 14th.
Nocturna by Maya Motayne
I literally only found this book as I was creating this wrap-up, but it sounds AMAZING. I’m severely lacking in my Latinx fantasy reading, and I’m such a sucker for thief-royalty romances so… here we are. Releases May 7th.
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Kristoff and Kaufman’s follow-up to their legendary trilogy… who wouldn’t be excited? I’m trying to keep my expectations low and not Illuminae-level, but I have faith that these two will create another great story and cast of characters. Releases May 7th.
All Our Broken Pieces by L. D. Crichton
As the title suggests, this sounds like it’s going to be the type of book that breaks me. But you know what?? It’s been a while since I’ve all-out sobbed over a story, so maybe it’s time. Releases May 7th.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Everyone is freaking out about how good this book is. The booktube community is really buzzing about it, and I can definitely see why. I am so excited! The cover doesn’t wow me, so I’ll probably get the ebook, but either way, I expect great things. Releases May 14th.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Another seaside contemporary? Yes please. Don’t Date Rosa Santos sounds like it’s right up my alley. It’s about trying to find yourself between culture and college decisions, and I just want to get my hands on it! Releases May 14th.
So that’s April! I’m really looking forward to may, because I’m finishing up exams, and there are so many amazing books coming out.
How did April go for you? Anything excited? What’s your favorite/least favorite book that you read this month? Anticipated releases for May? Tell me in the comments! 🙂