Summer’s halfway over. Can you belieeeeeeve? I’m kind of in a state of semi-stress because I feel like I haven’t really made the most of my summer. (I mean, I’ve only been to the beach twice – and trust and believe when I say for a Filipino, that’s not a lot!) But I also recognize that I’ve bought a massive crap ton of books (blame the National Bookstore Super Summer Sale) and also gone out of the country with Shealea (check out my recap of #KateLeaLumpur!), so that sort of might contribute to why I haven’t gotten to go to the beach yet…
Anyway, April was a pretty good month for me both reading and writing-wise, if not blog-wise. Although I did manage to get at least four posts out, which meant that I was blogging at least once a week. That’s acceptable, if not ideal. I hope to be able to step things up this month!
Books I Read
☕ The Fever King by Victoria Lee – A fast-paced, complex take on immigration that also features one of the best magic systems I’ve ever seen, plus a slow-burn m/m romance that curls the toes! 4/5.
☕ The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco – I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS TRILOGY ENDER FOR FOREVER IT SEEMS LIKE. Check out my video review here. 5/5.
☕ The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – A steamy romance with Vietnamese immigrant rep and autistic rep. I wanted very much to like this, but I have a ton of issues with the book that I just couldn’t get over. 2/5.
☕ With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – A wonderful coming-of-age story about being a teenaged mom and not giving up on your dreams, but also what it means to be truly Afro-Latina. 5/5.
☕ The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – The fast-paced, breathtakingly detailed sequel to The Poppy War. Thank you Edelweiss for coming through for me! 5/5.
May 2019 TBR
☕ Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi – So I was supposed to read this last month, but life got in the way. I’ve got exactly 5 days to read this before my stop on the book tour, so here goes nothing!
☕ An Anatomy of Beasts by Olivia A. Cole – I’ve had my ARC for the longest time now, but haven’t found the time to read it. Last night, while browsing Fully Booked (what a wonderful Friday night I had, eh?) I stumbled across a 50% off hardback copy of A Conspiracy of Stars (bought it, naturally) and took it as a sign to finally read my ARC.
☕ Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – I actually read this last year, but I think I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. Some book bloggers who I absolutely trust say that they enjoyed it (plus it was part of the National Bookstore Super Summer Sale and only cost Php100), so I’m giving it another chance!
☕ The Disasters by M.K. England – This book radiates all sorts of chaotic energy, and I am HERE for it!
☕ Stealing Luna by Carla de Guzman – I finally got around to starting this. Yay me!
☕ You, Me, U.S. by Brij Bautista – Same with this one!
☕ The Candle and The Flame by Nafiza Azad – Nafiza and her team were kind enough to send me an e-ARC on Edelweiss! I’m so excited to read it!
☕ We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – Yet another item from my NBS Super Summer Sale haul! (Should I do a haul post on the stuff I bought at this sale…?) You know I had to buy this. We gotta keep that Filipino-Latinx “we were colonized by Spain too!” solidarity alive!
☕ We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – I didn’t get to finish this last month, but everyone I know (and whose taste I trust) has been raving about this, so I’m absolutely determined to read this book!
In a nutshell, April was a mixed bag.
On the one hand, I did not have a great reading or blogging month. I didn’t get to read all of the books I’d planned when I wrote down my April 2019 TBR post, nor did I blog as much as I’d have liked to.
On the other, my real life plus my writing life has been pretty great! First of all, I got to go to Kuala Lumpur with Shealea, one of my closest bookish friends. (Read my recap here!) Plus, we met up with Kevin and Aradhna during said trip to Kuala Lumpur!
I made some pretty great strides in my WIP (as always, with help from the lovely Stef). I’m up to 6k words now, and aiming for 10k this weekend!
I also got to see a movie conclusion that was eleven years in the making (all hail Robert Downey, Jr., the godfather of the MCU), and which simultaneously managed to be both the best and worst movie in the franchise. I am, of course, talking about Avengers: Endgame. I have not stopped crying, just so you know.
A couple weeks ago, Shealea, Cara, and I launched the bookstagram and blog tour of My Fate According to the Butterfly! (Click their names to check out their posts to know more, or here to read mine.) We’re super excited for this because, aside from Gail Villanueva, the author, being an absolute treasure and a great friend, we’re happy to note that this book is own voices in the best way possible AND talks about Duterte’s drug war. If you didn’t get to sign up for the tour, here are links to pre-order this book on Amazon and Book Depository.
I also recently began taking my fitness a little bit more seriously. I was super physically fit and strong back in 2017, but that kind of fell by the wayside in 2018. I made a promise to myself to get back to that level of strength and muscle tone this year, and I’m happy to report that I’m fulfilling that promise. I’ve been going to the gym regularly, and a couple weeks ago I went on a hike with some friends in the Batangas mountains!
So, all in all, not actually a bad or idle month? I got quite a bit done in my real life and with writing, so yay me! I hope my blogging can catch up to my real life next month though!
I also have some more stuff planned for the coming month (I’ll give you a hint! It starts with a B! 😉) that I hope take off really well. Keep an eye out for it!
How was your April?
☕ What did you read? Did you have a good reading and/or blogging month?
☕ Go anyplace interesting or cool? Anyone here try their hand at travel blogging like I did?
☕ As always, link me your wrap-up posts. I’d love to read and leave a comment!