April Wrap-Up

HOW. DID. THIS. HAPPEN.

I literally blinked and suddenly it’s the end of April! Time is just going CRAZY!

Anyway, this will be a long one so let’s not talk too much! Please enjoy my April Wrap-Up 🙂

What I Read/A Very ARC-ish Readathon

This month I read a total of 8 books! Having this book blog is helping me read a lot more than I used to which is amazing!!!

This month I was participating in the A Very ARC-ish Readathon which was hosted by Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks. The first 7 books I read this month were ARCs from NetGalley!

I made a promise to myself to not request any ARCs on Netgalley until my ratio was at least at the precious 80% (except if it’s a book that I’ve been HIGHLY anticipating). I am currently at 62% which I’m very proud of because I’ve caught up quite a bit! I still have a few books pending but I am hoping to read more of them in May and hopefully get to 80% next month! :’)

ARCS I READ

   

 

 

 

 

  • The Castaways – Jessika Fleck: This was an okay read. I had a few issues with it but overall it was a solid read! I have a review of The Castaways up on my blog and I also got the chance to participate in the Castaways blog tour and interview the author Jessica Fleck!
  • Unknown Horizons – CJ Birch: The premise of this book had so much potential but I ended up being disappointed because the whole thing just felt underdeveloped! Here is my review of Unknown Horizons.
  • The Magician’s Lie – Greer Macallister: This was described as ‘Water for the Elephants’ meets ‘The Night Circus’ and it was an overall enjoyable read! Full review is on Goodreads.
  • Slow Boat – Hideo Furukawa: I don’t know if I just didn’t understand what this book was trying to convey but I did not like this AT ALL! It was a genuinely MESSY book – letters were missing, the narrator jumped from one place to the next and I almost DNFed it! Full review is on Goodreads.

  

 

 

 

 

  • The Song of the Stork – Stephan Collishaw: This was a 4 star read for me. This was a story set during WW2 and I like reading those stories if they’re done well! And this one definitely was! Full review is on Goodreads.
  • The Space Between the Stars – Anne Corlett: This was a story set in space where a group of survivors go on an adventurous journey through space, dreaming of a new beginning. This was another 4 star read for me! A review of The Space Between the Stars will be up closer to publication (end of May). 
  • 180 Seconds – Jessica Park: This was one of my most recent reads and I’ll just link you to my blog review if you haven’t seen it yet! 😉

OTHER BOOKS I READ (that weren’t ARCs lol)

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas: AHHHHH!!! What a LOVELY read. I wasn’t too invested in the romance because I knew how that would go in Book 2 lol but it was still amazing. I LOVED Feyre as a character – she’s so smart, sassy and just fabulous ❤

By the way, I won’t be reviewing this one anywhere because most of you have probably already read it lol. But if you HAVEN’T, I can 100% recommend it!!!!!!

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Persuasion – Jane Austen: As you may know, I am attempting to read one classic every month. I am about halfway through Persuasion but it’s been difficult to get through – whenever I was reading it, my thoughts were wandering. I think I am putting this on hold for now.
  • Heartborn – Terry Maggert: Another Netgalley ARC – I’ve been reading this one during my 20-minute train journeys on my way to uni and it’s alright so far!
  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY – SJM: I didn’t get very far yet BUT IM ALREADY SCREAMING AND CRYING AND BREAKING DOWN SOOOOOO :’)

BOOKS I’VE STARTED/ATTEMPTED TO READ BUT ARE ON HOLD FOR NOW

 PLEASE DON’T ASK ME WHY I’VE PUT BOTH OF THESE ON HOLD BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW!!! I wasn’t ready for the feels that hit me when I started Six of Crows and I was VERY ashamed when I put it back on my shelf 😦 Same with Simon Vs!!! I’ll return to SOC when I’m emotionally ready for the feels and have recovered from ACOMAF!!!

 

What I Watched

Pets

I’ve been meaning to watch Pets for a while! One morning I saw that it was on TV and since I had nothing better to do I watched the whole thing! It was soooooo hilarious, funny and just adorable!!! 10/10 would recommend! ❤

 

 

 

 

13 Reasons Why

I started 13 Reasons Why at the beginning of the month. Originally, I hadn’t planned to watch the series AT ALL – I wasn’t interested because the teaser trailers didn’t convince me and I felt like I wouldn’t like it. But ever since it came out, there’s just been a lot of talk and hype surrounding it and so I gave in and started it.

Right now, I am only about halfway through. Partly, because I’ve been a busy bee – visiting Munich, going away for Easter, going back to university – but also because it’s a show with very dark and heavy topics that sometimes trigger my anxiety. I could never binge-watch the show in like a day or two like some people do – I can barely get through an episode sometimes! So far I am liking it though.

SkamAlso Skam is back again! If you don’t know it (umm, have you been living under a rock???!!?!), it’s a Norwegian TV show and each season is about a different teen who struggles with certain things. It addresses very relevant topics and has some incredible characters! GO WATCH IT NOWWW!

Unfortunately, this is the last season of Skam :((((((( I’m so SAD! But they’ve made Sana the main character for this one and I’M GLAD because that’s what I’ve been hoping for! Sana is just ICONIC and A QUEEN! I didn’t really get the chance to actually watch a full episode – cue my busy life – but I hear that it’s great!

I also really need to rewatch Season 2 because I miss Noorhelm and I need to delve back into the FEELS. My sweet children. ❤

What I Listened To

To start off, I’d just like to mention my Top 3 songs of the month. I literally did not go a day without listening to at least one of these songs (if not all of them).

THE THREE MASTERPIECES OF APRIL:

            

 

PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND LISTEN TO ALL THREE OF THESE ❤ They’re all incredible songs and I don’t think I’ll stop listening to them anytime soon.

Blackbear’s do re mi gives me the greatest vibes! He has also released his new album – if you’re into that R&B-ish type of music, give it a listen – it’S DOPE!!!!

Also…….. Harry Styles – Sign of the Times. GO LISTEN TO THE SONG OF THE YEAR, ARTIST OF THE YEAR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR, BEST-SELLING TOUR OF THE YEAR. HARRY IS SNATCHING EVERYONE’S WEAVES LEFT AND RIGHT!!!!!!!!

If you don’t know about Banks, stop what you’re doing and check out her music. She is just incredible. I love her sooooo incredibly much and Crowded Places is just so gorgeous – a love song to all the introverts out there ❤

OTHER SONGS I’VE ENJOYED THIS MONTH:

  • Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee (I am a SUCKER for spanish songs!!!)
  • Slide – Frank Ocean, Calvin Harris, Migos
  • Good Life – Kehlani ft. G-Eazy
  • I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd (this has sneaked it’s way back into the playlist because it’s all over the radioooo and it gives me great vibes)
  • Love Galore – SZA ft. Travis Scott (this only just came out and it’s DOPE)

Achievements

It’s my two month anniversary here on Too Much of a Book Nerd – or toomuchofabooknerd? – I still don’t know whether to space it out or leave it all together! UGHHH. Anyway.

In these two months I managed to reach 200 freakin’ followers!?!?!!!?!?!??! WHAAAAT? I am honestly in shock and in awe and amazed and just… Shook.

Thank you guys so much – everyone who has ever followed, liked, commented, shared etc. I love you to the moon and back ❤

I know everyone always says this when reaching a milestone but I HONESTLY never ever ever expected to even reach like 50 followers and now there’s 200 of you guys and this is just NUTS! I appreciate every single one of you sooooo much and I love talking to you guys ❤

I don’t really have anyone in real-life who loves books as much as me so this blog and this whole community is PERFECT to share all my thoughts and feelings! And I made some incredible friends in these 2 months and I looove you guys! So much!

I will hopefully be able to give something back to you guys in the near future *cough* a giveaway? *cough* maybe? *cough* lol but yeah. That will probablymaybehopefully be happening soon-ish!

Thanks again to each and every single one of you ❤

here’s a Gif of my FAVVVVE to show my love and gratitude :’)

GOODREADS CHALLENGE

My original goal for 2017 was to read 30 books. I reached that goal in April and so I decided to set a new goal! I have settled on 50 books for now since uni has started again and I won’t have as much time to read as before!

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Jackie has
read 31 books toward
her goal of
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Some awesome posts by fellow bloggers

SORRY THAT THIS GOT SO LONG BUT APRIL WAS A GREAT MONTH FOR MEEEE 😀

Once again, thank you guys sooooooOOO much! For everything ❤

Alllll the love,

Jackie x

NOW! How was your April? Successful? Or not so much? How many books did you read? What was your favourite read of the month? What movies/TV series did you watch this month and can you recommend anything? Which SONGS did you particularly enjoy? (Feel free to rec me as many as possible lol I love music) Are there any posts that you published this month that you’re particularly proud of? Feel free to leave a link down below and I might highlight them in a future post! Let’s chat in the comments below :’)

38 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up

  1. Bentley ★ BookBastion.net says:

    Congratulations on reaching 200 followers Jackie! You deserve it! Your blog is great 🙂 My April was pretty good. I read 8 books too, and am writing my blog post at the moment. Just took a break to read yours. I really put off listening to much music this month because I can’t handle lyrics when I’m trying to study or write a paper. This is super nerdy of me to admit, but I play OSTs of movies and shows I loved when I study instead. I’m super into the Tangerine Dream soundtrack to Legend for some reason. I just love the synth sounds.

    I did make an exception to my “no spoken music” rule when I heard Lady Gaga dropped her new single though. I enjoyed that quite a bit actually.

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    • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

      Thank you sooo much!!! 🙂
      And that’s good to hear! I only listen to music when I’m out or I’m just checking the internet – I can never listen to music while studying unless it’s only instrumental! Lyrics are just too distracting! And that sounds great, I’ll make sure to check that one out 🙂
      Ohhh RIGHT! I’ve only heard Gaga’s new single on the radio once but I definitely need to listen to it again because I really liked it! Thanks for sharing 😊

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  2. Zuky the BookBum says:

    Congratulations on reaching 200 followers!! You deserve each and every one of them. Also this post is awesome, so in depth and fun to read and well done on your yearly book goal!! 😋 thank you so much for the shoutout to my Greek Gods tag as 💟
    My April wrap up post will be up at 12pm 😊

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  3. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks says:

    Congrats on reaching 200 followers! 🙂 I find I read more since starting my blog too as I just want to keep having books to write about and share with others. Well done on reading so many ARCs this month too – I need to catch up on some of my NetGalley reads so I need to try and focus more in May. I did manage to get to 80% on NG eventually and now it keeps me focused on not requesting too many books at once as I don’t want to get below that again. It took me about a year to catch up as I got too request-happy when I first signed up! Hope you enjoy your books in May 🙂

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    • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

      Thank you so much ❤️ and I’m glad to hear that you feel the same way!
      May will be a busy month for me but I am also hoping to tackle more of the ARCs! And yay for reaching the precious 80%! I can’t wait to get there and I hope it’ll keep me from requesting too many books as well!
      And I CAN TOTALLY RELATE! When I first signed up a few months ago I went on this overly eager requesting-spree and I still have a lot of those ARCs pending!
      Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you enjoy yours too! 💞

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  4. Anj @ seaweed books says:

    I love reading long wrap ups and I’m so glad that you had an exceptional month, Jackie! Oh and congratulations on making it to 200 followers! That’s so crazy! *you know what, EXPECTO PAPAAPARTAY* (aka Anj’s most overused gush word) This month I listened to a lot of mixed stuff (I dot that every month), but your recommendations sound really good, so I’m going to go on a spree right now. Music spree. AND, I’m trying to read 50 books this year, like you! I’ve finished 16 and goodreads says that I’m on track, so I don’t want to force myself into reading excessively because it just drives the fun outta reading. Once again, DON’T HESITATE TO POST LONG POSTS, I LOVE THEM, THEY’RE DELICIOUS. *someone is hungry right now*

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    • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

      Awww thank you so much!!! ❤️
      My music taste is a big mix of everything – you might see me listen to some classic rock anthem and then the next song will be like an old Hannah Montana song 😂 and yay, I’m all for music sprees!!! Feel free to let me know which songs you loved this month, I’d be more than happy to check them out 🙂
      Woo we have the same goal!! And it’s great that you don’t want to force yourself – that is so important (and I need to be reminded of that every once in a while :p).
      AND ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU ANJ, YOU’RE SO LOVELY 💞💞

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      • Anj @ seaweed books says:

        I loved Desperado by Rihanna. In fact, the song makes you feel so Damon badass that you’ll be listening to that song om repeat. Seriously. Also, Green Light by Lorde. IT’S CATCHY AND SO SO GOOD. PLUS, MY FAV BAND IMAGINE DRAGONS RELEASED TWO SINGLES, ONE IF FRBRUARY AND ONE IN APRIL: Believer and Thunder respectively. As you keep listening to them, you’ll get addicted. SO GOOD. SO DELICIOUS. 😛

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      • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

        Ahhh yes I love Rihanna! I haven’t listened to Desperado in AGES but I need to put it in my May playlist and channel my inner badass 😂
        And I love Lorde’s new song! I can’t wait for her new album to come out – it’s been way too long!
        OMG! Imagine Dragons! I’ve been listening to Believer non-stop but I didn’t know they released another single! That’s awesome I’ll have to check it out ASAP!!! Thanks for your recs 😜❤️

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  5. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    WHAAAAAT HOW WHY SIMON VS AND SOC ARE CALLING FOR YOU JACKIE??? HOW DARE YOU??? I would’ve gobbled those up first thing. 😄 And I don’t like Harry Styles but omgggggggg SIGN OF THE TIMES IS AMAZING. And 200 followers in 2 months??? JUST LIKE MEEE JACKIE DEAR. You’ll be at 300 and 500 and 1000 in no time. 😉

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  6. ravenblake99 says:

    Congratulations on reaching 200 followers! It seems like you had a great month. I’m glad you loved ACOTAR and enjoying ACOMAF. I’m super excited for ACOWAR! I can’t wait to get it in my hands! Six of Crows is an amazing book I hope you get to it soon.

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  7. Book Princess Review (@_bookprincess_) says:

    There was so much goodness in this post, I don’t know where to begin, Jackie. D: Okay, I totally understand the feels being too much – especially while you were on the ACOTAR feels. You sometimes can just handle only one set of feels at once. It’s very true. D: And CONGRATS ON 200!! You deserve them alllllllllllllll and so much more. And I’ve been debating about whether or not to try Blackbear’s new album, but I shall have to now that you mentioned! And you are so lovely for including me on this post – I appreciate it so much. Blog hug time? Wonderful post!! 😀

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    • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

      Ahhh Mandy, thank youuu! 💞
      And it’s true, right now I am focusing on the ACOTAR feels but once that is over I’ll definitely dive into Six of Crows! I’ll have to be brave and just face it!!! 😂
      Blackbear’s album is really good! Some songs aren’t anything special but then there’s the others that I’m really loving! 😄
      And you’re more than welcome 😋 YAYYYY BLOG HUG TIME FOR SURE!!! *here’s a virtual hug* 🤗

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  8. Analee @ Book Snacks says:

    Yay for making progress with your Netgalley ARCs! 🎉 And double YAYYYY for reaching 200 followers and your two month blogiversary!! I can’t believe it’s only been 2 months since you started, it feels like forever ahah. ❤❤❤ Noooooooooo Six of Crows and Simonnnnn MY TWO LOVES from my two favourite genres have been abandoned by one of my favourite bloggers??! 😂 I totally get being in the right mindset though haha after feels-inducing books like ACOTAR and ACOMAF it can be difficult to jump right into SoC or Simon, but it will be SO WORTH IT when you do. 😍 YAYY for having such a good month!!

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    • Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd says:

      Thank you so much my dear!!! ❤️❤️ you are so so sooo sweet! Sometimes it feels like I’ve only started blogging yesterday and other times it’s like I’ve been blogging for years! 😂
      Ahh I feel so honoured to hear you say the words favourite blogger omg 😍😍 did I ever tell you that you’re one of my favourites too? No? Well, I hereby tell you that you’re also one of my favvvves 💞
      I can’t wait to finish ACOMAF and then dive into the new book! And I really hope I’ll get to SOC and Simon Vs. this month!!! Thanks again Analeeeee 💞

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      • Analee @ Book Snacks says:

        😘❤ Ahah sameee though, I’ve been blogging for 2 years but it sill doesn’t feel that long sometimes and other times I’m blown away that I stuck with blogging for so long haha.
        Ahhh of course!! You are such a lovely person to talk to and Inlove your blog. Aww thank you so much Jackie!! 💞💞
        Ohhh so many feels coming with those two! 🙈

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  9. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books says:

    Congratulaaaations on reaching 200 followers!! Ana thank you so much for the shout out!!
    I still haven’t read Six of Crows yet but Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was just adorable.

    It’s for the same reason I’m afraid to watch 13 Reasons Why. Anyway, I hope you love ACOMAF and I’m sooo excited for book 3! Happy reading!

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