April & May Wrap-Up

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This year, I’ve decided to start doing monthly wrap-ups. You can look forward to these posts on the first of every month, with the previous month being discussed.

Deciding what I wanted to include in these posts was hard, but in each of these, you’ll find: books I’ve read this month, posts published, as well as news (be it personal or public). Enjoy!


So. If you hadn’t noticed, posting has been very sporadic these past few months. So little that I decided to skip my wrap-up post for April, and do a joint one for April and May. I made a small post sometime in April (I think) that apologized about the random posting, and I did say in that one that this blog will not be shutting down. That is still true.

I’ll be graduating tomorrow (June 2nd), so my schedule is being freed up majorly. I have a lot of reviews to write, so I can guarantee that reviews will be the majority of my posts for a while, but I will be posting again. I’m very excited to start this blog back up to what it once was, and be back to talking to y’all. Thanks for understanding!

Books I’ve Read:

Honestly, I’ve started reading much faster when I started listening to audiobooks. If you read my post Audiobooks, Ableism, & KnittingI talked about how knitting helped with anxiety as well as my infrequent reading habits. Including audiobooks and required reading for classes, I’ve read The Atrocities by Jeremy C Shipp, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, The House of Power by Patrick Carman, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, 1984 by George Orwell, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerris Maniscalco, Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carman, The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud, and, last but not least, The Dark Planet by Patrick Carman, since the beginning of April. It’s thanks to audiobooks that I managed that many with my schedule, so you can say that I’m a very happy camper.

A Little Life

My required reads were Ethan Frome, The Hate U Give, Orlando, 1984, and A Little Life, and I had to write an essay for A Little Life, which I didn’t enjoy as much as I was hoping. No review yet (I’m so behind) but I will explain my thoughts much more eloquently in that one.

Either way, most of my required reading wasn’t too good. Thankfully, I’m done with all of that now, at least for the summer. I have a feeling that, being an English major, I’ll be having many more required reading assignments than I did before.


Published Posts:

I recently decided to stick to publishing reviews until I get my life under control, and that hasn’t happened recently. It takes a while to even write a review for this blog, though, so my posting has been all over the place. However, here are the reviews (and one discussion post) that I was able to post.

Apr 1st: March Wrap-Up
Apr 4th: Review #159 // The Atrocities – Jeremy C Shipp
Apr 13th: Blog Update: Sporadic Posting
Apr 28th: Review #160 // All Systems Red – Martha Wells
May 1st: Audiobooks, Ableism, and Knitting
May 4th: Review #161 // Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
May 7th: Review #162 // Failure to Communicate – Kaia Sønderby
May 15thReview #163 // Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
May 24th: Review #164 // The Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud
May 27th: Review #165 // The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
May 30th: Review #166 // The Whispering Skull – Jonathan Stroud

Misc. News:


So like I said earlier, I’m graduating tomorrow! Graduating from high school, but graduating all the same! I’ll be attending a branch of a state university in the fall, with an English major, and publishing emphasis.

I will also be working a part time job over the summer, but I’ve been working there for over a year now, so I know how to balance my time around that. I will definitely be trying to vamp this website up over the summer, make it a bit more accessible and clean. Otherwise, I’m done with high school and will be getting back into the community more now. I’m excited!!

6 thoughts on “April & May Wrap-Up

  1. CONGRATULATIONS FRIEND! So proud of you for graduating – it’s a big deal so male sure you celebrate for all of your hard work.

    I’m super happy you’ll be returning to blogging as well 💚

  2. Congratulations on graduating!!!! Welcome to the university life, fellow English major 🙂 I’m thinking of starting to listen to audiobooks when I do other things. I’ve heard that it really expedites the reading process and takes advantage of otherwise dead time. I do a lot of crocheting (I’m working on a blanket right now!) so that could be the perfect time. I’ve been wary to try them as I remember things much better if I read them physically rather than hear them but maybe it’ll work for contemporaries and such where there isn’t as much world-building involved.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    • Thank you!!!! I have problems with concentrating on audiobooks, so I usually just knit while listening to them. It keeps me occupied and knitting is a fairly mindless task, except for following patterns. Otherwise I get distracted.

      So maybe audiobooks could work for you and your crocheting! The way I tried before subscribing to Audible is that I checked them out from my digital library, through Overdrive. It’s definitely worth a try!