*Looks behind bookcase* Where in the world did April go?!?!?! It seemed as though March lasted approximately 5 years, while April sped forward at full speed. It feels like just yesterday that it was April Fools Day, and now here we are in the month of May. What did I get up to in April? Let’s see!!
I’m so pleased with my reading this month!! It seems like my unintentional reading theme for April was “finally finish books I’ve been meaning to read for ages” because I got around to so many of my most anticipated titles. The Library Book, The Last Lecture, and Sourdough were all audiobooks that I had started months ago but never finished because I didn’t have time, The Falconer was given to me as a birthday gift in November, and I bought As You Like It two years ago after seeing the play performed at the Globe when I was studying abroad. I’m thrilled that I finally got around to reading them all!
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
- Sourdough by Robin Sloan
- Conversations with RBG by Jeffrey Rosen
- The Falconer by Dana Czapnik
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- As You Like It by William Shakespeare
As per usual, it’s time to pick a favorite book of the month. The books I read in April all seemed to speak to me in particularly poignant ways, but the one that really struck a chord was Sourdough by Robin Sloan. I wasn’t expecting to adore this book as much as I did, and I certainly didn’t expect it to become a new favorite… but I think it has?! I highly recommend reading this one, and especially recommend listening to the audiobook version. It’s fantastic!
So much happened in April!! I guess I didn’t realize it as it was happening, but it was actually such a busy month (by quarantine standards, anyways). From a law school perspective, I finished up my online classes for the semester and got about halfway through my exam period (a few more exams to go!). It’s crazy to think that I’m just a week away from finishing my first year of law school… eek!!!!
Towards the beginning of the month I finished the journal I’ve been writing in for nearly a year and started a new one, which was so exciting. I adore journaling, especially the scrapbooking-ish kind that I do in these journals. Updating my journal every day while stuck in quarantine has been such a breath of fresh air–it’s so nice to get all the thoughts whirring around in my head down on paper. Besides, I got to decorate my new one with a fresh batch of stickers, which was a blast.
I organized an Easter egg hunt using markers for my family on Easter because we didn’t have plastic eggs. I ordered some classics that I’ve been wanting to read for a while from my local bookstore. I talked to so many lovely friends on Zoom and went for some lovely walks on the few gorgeous sunny days we’ve had in the past few weeks. It’s the little things that have made this quarantine a little brighter ❤
Some of my favorite posts from other bloggers this month:
- Bookending Spring 2020: My Very Own DIY Shelving System @ The Book Wanderer
- 5 Books I Loved When I First Became A Reader @ Curly Hair Bibliophile
- Mood Reading | Super specific environments that make me want to read a certain genre @ Reading with Rendz
- Five books with beautifully written atmospheres that will sweep you away @ Books Nest
- Horrible Bosses in Books I Read @ Books Teacup and Reviews
- 12 of the Best Books of Literary Criticism Everyone Should Read @ Interesting Literature
- Weekly Tarot Recommendations @ Paperbacks and Planners
- Why Book Recaps Need to be a Thing @ Hollie Blog
- 25 Books I’m Going to Read Before I’m 25 @ The Bumbling Blogger
- How to Write SEO Friendly Blog Posts in 5 Easy Steps @ Novels & Waffles
On this blog:
This month I participated in the #stayhomereadingrush, which was so much fun! Although I didn’t get to read as much as I would’ve liked because I had a lot of law school work, it was still so fun to see everyone reading together. (My TBR and Stay Home Reading Tag)
Some other posts I enjoyed sharing were:
- The Bookish Bucket List Tag
- 5 Classics for April
- I started a bookish recommendations/advice bookstagram?!
- #escapril book recommendations (30 books!)
How was your month of April? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? How are you doing generally with all that is going on? Let me know in the comments section below!