{Monthly Wrap Up} April 2017

This month was super difficult for me in terms of perfecting the balancing act between work, school, home, and book blogging. I knew going in that I was probably setting my goals too high as I was going into my last four weeks of a really busy semester in school, but hoped I could push through anyway.

While it did get pretty crazy there for awhile, and I think I’ve probably only slept for half the necessary amount to keep a human being functioning properly, I don’t think I did half bad this month. Lets see what blogging looked like for me during April.

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I set a goal to read 8 books in April – which was probably crazy talk looking back on it. I really overestimated how much time I would have for reading and overestimated how quickly I thought I get school related stuff out of the way.

Also, what I actually read diverged a bit from the things I relayed in my {Planned Reads} April 2017 post because I ended up getting approved for a few ARCs through Netgalley unexpectedly and really wanted to bring my ratio back up closer to an 80%. I’m going to lay out my planned reads and discuss whether I actually got there or not, with my unexpected additions added below.

So all in all it wasn’t a terrible month – it just didn’t go exactly to plan. I still somehow managed to read and review 8 books, so I met my goal! I’m really elated about the prospects for next month and the future though. I’m technically not quite done with school yet. I have one remaining course to take starting next month – but one class instead of the 5 I’m just finishing right now will be amazing in terms of free time for reading!

other posts

This was another fun month for me in terms of expanding the scope of my blog a bit more. There was a week in the middle of April when I was really getting bogged down by schoolwork and unable to get much reading done, so it was fabulous that I got the opportunity to conduct and post my very first author interview during that time.

booksihauled

My book haul is way less impressive this month than it was last month, but that’s okay, because my wallet was screaming and now it’s resting peacefully. Plus, I’ve built up quite a backlog that I’m working through now! 🙂

  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Like Ash Ketchum, I have finally caught them all and I can begin reading this series in May!
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Hunted by Megan Spooner – currently reading and LOVING this! ❤
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
  • Clean Sweep by by Ilona Andrews
  • The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst – I didn’t relate this on the blog, but I ended up DNFing this around mid month. The story was just not grabbing me, and was too similar to a few other books I read recently that I did not enjoy, so I had to move on to other things.
  • Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell

Thoughts

Well that’s one crazy month down! I’m seriously breathing a sigh of relief right now, I don’t even know how to relate how glad I am to have made it out alive. My motivation levels to do anything near the end there were really starting to reach critical mass. Every time I would sit to write a paper for school, I would be left thinking how much I’d rather be chatting with all my new blogging buddies.

Thankfully, it’s almost over. I haven’t talked about this at all in my blog because I keep waiting for the floor to drop out from under me, or to be crushed by safe or something – as would be my luck… But I walk in Graduation next month and this guy is going to giving the commencement address for my graduating class:

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I could not possibly be more overjoyed. As a Vermont native – I absolutely adore Bernie Sanders!! For those of you who follow me from other countries and may not know, Bernie is a Vermont state senator who ran for president last year. It’s entirely likely that I will be struck completely speechless if I get anywhere within speaking distance of him. Still, I’m excited all the same.


Catch you all later, on May 1st. 🙂

xoxo

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  1. It’s so cool that you managed to have such a productive reading month with all that end of school craziness!! That’s awesome!

    And yay Bernie!!! You scored the commencement speaker jackpot. Did you go to the women’s march in Montpelier? It was pretty cool seeing him there. And he also does the 4th of July parade in my town most years 😂😂 he’s everywhere in this state of ours!

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    1. Haha, I really did score the jackpot! The only trouble with having an amazing speaker like Bernie Sanders is that everyone else in Vermont wants to go so tickets for family have been limited. 😦 Unfortunately I didn’t get to go to the Women’s March due to work, but I was there in spirit! He is everywhere here, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! (unless it was the White House he was everywhere in) 😛

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  2. Sounds like a hectic month! Glad things are calming down a bit.
    And that’s still an impressive book haul! I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’, it’s one of my favourite series 🙂

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  3. It sounds like you’ve had a great month. I’m in awe that you managed to read eight books and get so many posts up on your blog while also taking five classes! I’m not sure I’d have managed to run a blog back when I was at Uni. Hope you have a great reading and blogging month in May too! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Haley!! In retrospect, it probably would have been smarter to start this blog after I graduated, but I was feeling creatively stifled when I realized I’d all but given up reading and writing for pleasure because of school. This has been a great outlet these last few months to help me keep my head on straight. 🙂

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  4. Balancing school, work, reading and blogging is sooo tough! I started my blog when I was still on spring break and it was so easy and pretty chilled! But now that I’m back at uni I can already feel the stress that comes along with managing all these things and organising yourself!
    It’s great that you still managed to read 8 books though!
    And YAY for Ruin and Rising! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the Grisha trilogy because I loved it!
    And OMG Bernie Sanders??? How cool is that! 😍

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    1. Thank you Jackie!! It is definitely tougher running and maintaining a blog than I thought when I started it too. I had to kind of let my love for Netflix binges fall by the wayside a bit so I could get all my coursework done along with all of my reading and blog posting. It’s all about balancing I think. 🙂 And I am so excited to see Bernie in person!

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  5. BERNIE SANDERS!! That’s so cool!

    I don’t have school as an excuse and I didn’t get through 8 books in April – so I wouldn’t be so hard on yourself! Haha

    I’m a few chapters away from finishing Ruin and Rising and I can’t bring myself to finish it – I’m not ready to say goodbye yet!

    Here’s hoping you have a great May!

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