So April is over, and May is here, and with it has finally come the nice weather. This past weekend in particular has been beautiful, so it was a shame I was mostly stuck in work!
On the whole, April has been a nice, productive month for me…but I’ve discussed the reasons why already in previous posts. To recap: I went on holiday with my boyfriend around the middle of the month to the Lake District, and had a really lovely time (and you can read all about it here).
I also took part in Camp NaNoWriMo (and was successful! Yay!), which I spoke about here.
It was also my birthday on the fifteenth, and I had a nice, relaxed day spent with my boyfriend and family. I got some lovely gifts, including an awesome jacket from my parents (a black varsity jacket with galaxy pattern sleeves!), £50 of Waterstones vouchers from my boyfriend (he knows me well!), a book from my friend, and vouchers off my brother and sister (as well as a crate of Diet Coke…they know me well too!).
This month has been an OK reading month, as I read 5 books, which has taken my Goodreads Challenge up to 25 out of 60. In terms of reading good books though, it’s been an amazing month!
After finishing up The Rose and the Dagger at the end of March I read The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien, which told the story of Joan of Kent, the young, and very beautiful cousin of Edward III. She wasn’t a historical figure I was overly familiar with, but her story was really interesting, and I really liked Joan as a character.
I then read Claire Kendal’s The Second Sister whilst I was on holiday, and although it wasn’t exactly the best thriller I’ve ever read, it was perfectly enjoyable, and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened at the end.
And that’s where I get to the two amazing books I finished off April with: Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I really don’t know what it is with me and space these days, but Defy the Stars gave me my fix of epic science fiction, with a super sweet friendship/love story woven into it.
Life After Life was completely different, but totally amazing, and was actually bought for me as a birthday gift by my friend Victoria. She has been telling me for ages how good the book was, and now I’ve read it I totally agree. It had such a unique format, and is definitely the kind of book that I know will stay with me for a long time.
I’ve now just finished A Court of Frost and Starlight and really enjoyed it. However, even though I was aware it was going to be a novella, it was much shorter than I had expected, so it didn’t fully satisfy my ACOTAR cravings! It was still nice catching up with all the characters though in the aftermath of the battle with Hybern in the previous book.
I also went on something of a Kindle spending spree when I got paid the other day, as there seemed to be so many bargains around this month. Therefore I have a lot of great books to look forward to reading in May!
My best bargain was probably getting To Kill A Kingdom for 99p, as I’ve had my eye on that one for ages! However, I also bought After I’ve Gone by Linda Green, Renegades by Marissa Meyer, Defy the Worlds by Claudia Grey, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, The Cows by Dawn O’Porter, The Virgin Widow by Anne O’Brien and Sabriel by Garth Nix.
As I’ve already said, this month was a great writing month for me, seen as I took part and completed Camp NaNoWriMo, adding 30,000 words to my WIP progress.
Thankfully, I’ve been managing to keep up the pace, and my WIP is finally nearing the end. I’m up to 94,000 words, so I figure I surely can’t be far off!
Whilst I’ve had a productive writing month this April, I haven’t been as on top of blogging as I would have liked. I still managed to post a few things though:
The past few days I’ve also been trying to resurrect my Bookstagram account (again). A while back I decided I hated my entire feed and deleted everything, so I’ve been starting from scratch, but so far I’m pretty pleased with my new colourful theme:
If you want to check it out, you can find me @Laurablogsbooks, and let me know in the comments if you have a bookstagram account too!
So how has your month been? What have you been reading/writing this month?