April Wrap Up & May TBR // A better month

MONTHLY wrap up

I know everyone said this, but after the loooooong March, April felt like it was over in a week!

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! The end of April means that I have been staying home for 1.5 months and let’s just say, I found April was a better month for my mental health. In some aspects, there are things that worried me, but it wasn’t as bad as it was in March. Keeping myself busy and having time to unplug also helps!

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πŸ”ͺ = mystery/thriller; 🏰 = fantasy; 🎨 = graphic novel/illustrated books

  1. DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas πŸ”ͺ // ✰✰✰
  2. A GOOD DAY TO BE A DOG by Lee Hey {webtoon} // ✰✰✰✰✰
  3. MERMAID MOON by Susann Cokal {eARC} 🏰 // ✰✰✰
  4. THE GOOD SON by You-Jeong Jeong πŸ”ͺ // ✰✰✰✰
  5. WORLD’S POOREST PRESIDENT SPEAKS UP by Yoshimi Kusaba {eARC} 🎨 // ✰✰✰✰✰
  6. RUTHLESS GODS by Emily Duncan {eARC} 🏰 // ✰✰
  7. THE ANGEL OF EVIL by Kenneth B. Andersen {eARC} // ✰✰✰
  8. MY HEART, EVER HIS: PRAYERS FOR WOMEN by Barbara Rainey {eARC} // ✰✰

All links will lead you to my reviews.

I’m happy to report that I’ve read more this month! I read a total of 8 books this month, including 1 illustrated book and 1 webtoon. Out of all the books I’m reading, I have to say THE GOOD SON is my favorite. It’s more of a WHY done it instead of a who done it type of story and it was super uncomfortable to read, but I guess that’s what makes me like it. I know it sounds weird and counterproductive, but it’s been a while since I read anything that makes me feel so strongly. Oh, and the twists are brilliant!

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  1. HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: FIXING HEALTHCARE FROM THE INSIDE OUT
  2. EVERNIGHT by Claudia Gray
  3. THE FALLEN ANGEL by Kenneth B. Andersen {eARC}
  4. SAINTS AND SCOUNDRELS IN THE STORY OF JESUS by Nancy Guthrie {eARC}
  5. HAPPILY EVER AFTER & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Debbie Tung {eARC} 🎨

I don’t have a lot of books stacked up for next month, except a couple of eARCS that I need to read, but I’m still not sure which one I’ll read first which is why I don’t write them here. I also still need to finish leftover from April, HEIR TO THE UNDERWORLD. As part of the Asian Pasific Heritage Month, I want to tackle some books by Indonesian authors on my TBR but I’m not sure which ones I’ll read yet.

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With a lot of people spending time at home, I noticed there are also more post than usual on my dashboard! Which, makes me really happy as a) I got more post to read and b) I see some of my old favorites making a comeback to the blogosphere 😁 I notice some themes this month:

Other post I loved this month:

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April was definitely a busy month! I admit it was my own making, for signing up on so many free online courses available because of the pandemic. I really enjoyed them all though, and they are all confirms what post-graduate degrees and career path I want to take, so I can’t really complaint, can I? πŸ˜…

Please don’t feel pressured with what I’m doing! After all, we’re in a middle of the pandemic and you shouldn’t feel pressured to be “productive”. I did those stuff because I have nothing to do and I am genuinely interested in all the courses offered, especially since I know they will help me to decide my career path in the future. I did mentioned that I started to feel the effect of quarantine and it’s true. I started to feel burned out because I was doing nothing, which was what prompted me to check out the courses.

Not a lot of other things happened. I started Bumble BFF because I miss meeting new people. I watched movies and shows. And I also been playing a lot of games, there is the old faithful Crossy Road, as well as new games: Boo and Brain Out! I love Boo the most as it is so cute and relaxing, but still got you thinking.

Boo. Credit goes to the game developers.

 

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As you can see, despite the current pandemic, my blogging schedule is mostly the same- Monday and Friday. This is due to the aforementioned business, but also because I want to prioritize writing reviews and therefore spend my free time reading and writing reviews. I have some discussion posts lined-up for May, but we’ll see!

That’s all for my monthly wrap up! Tell me, how did you spend your time last month? Any new hobbies or skills you learned? Any favorite books?

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tasya


37 thoughts on “April Wrap Up & May TBR // A better month

  1. Reading eight books is awesome! I definitely did more Netflix and YouTube watching than reading this month (unfortunately). I love how you mentioned that none of us should feel pressured to be productive right now. I certainly am NOT being super productive. And that’s okay! I hope you have a wonderful May!

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  2. I completely agree with you about how April flew past.. what is with that!?
    The Good Son sounds awesome and I really hope I get around to reading it soon.
    Thanks for including our Reading Rush TBR post πŸ˜€
    I really need to see if I can take some free online courses! It sounds like a great opportunity to learn things without too much pressure.
    Hope you have a great May Tasya!

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  3. Looks like you had a good reading month, and I am def intrigued by The Good Son — WHY dun it sounds so interesting!!! I’m glad April was a bit better for your mental health and hope that May will be good to you.

    Thanks for linking to a couple of my posts!

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  4. I’m so happy to hear you had a good April!πŸ’–That’s awesome that you read so many books and were able to get things done that you wanted to- and I also love what you said about productivity. It’s so true that while productive days during this time are nice, it’s completely normal and okay to have off days or to just let ourselves be during this insanity. Thank you so much for linking to my post as well, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Hope you have a safe, healthy, and wonderful May. xx

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  5. Yay, I am glad you had a good reading month!
    I’m one of those bloggers who’s come back into the blogosphere – the increased amount of time I have at home makes it so much easier for me to blog again! ❀
    What kinds of online courses have you been doing?

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  6. I’m really happy you had a good reading month, that’s so great! ❀
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, it means a lot ❀ I hope that May will be kind to you, take care of yourself! ❀

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