It’s finally May and I’M SO HAPPY! I’ve finished college FOREVER!! (not that it’s fully hit me–and probs won’t for another month or even till the fall).
This also means I now have time to ACTUALLY blog and read! So I’m announcing that my semi-hiatus has officially ended! From now on, I will regularly be posting (which will be about every 3 days or twice a week), actually responding to comments in a timely manner, and (hopefully) improving my blog hopping!
Despite finishing up the semester, I actually accomplished a decent amount of reading again! I finished a total of 6 books in April. Though half of them were for school, and the other half were erotic romances from Kindle Unlimited, but ya know, I’m okay with that. 😅
(Also, please be impressed that I’m posting this wrap-up during the first half of the month, lol)
1. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Rating: 4.5 stars
This was such as unique and genre-defying novel! All of the characters are SO AMAZING and incredibly fleshed out and individualistic. Tho it’s sci-fi and involves space exploration/alien contact, it also deals with a lot of intense subjects like grief, depression, suicidal thoughts, and questioning faith (which I know is a turn off for many—including myself tbh—but so many of the characters hold unique & unexpected perspectives on faith and it was super fascinating). Simply incredible! (Sad that I’ve heard iffy things about the sequel tho)
2. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 4.5 stars
Y’all already what these books are about and how great they are, so I won’t linger. I loved diving deeper into the action in the 2nd volume, tho I still found it a bit slow at times. Totally here for all the bromances (that really should be romances, smh). Samwise Gamgee is my hero.
3. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
Rating: 4.5 stars
Why does Tolkien write such INCREDIBLE BUT BITTERSWEET ENDINGS?!?
Now for the smutty romance section of my monthly wrap-up…
4. Tangled Vows by Anna Stone
Rating: 3 stars
Have I mentioned I’m a hardcore Anna Stone fan now? I love the whole fake marriage leading to romance trope. (psst, how can I get paid to be someone’s stay-at-home fake wife???) But while I loved the dynamic, it definitely felt rushed; I kept expecting there to be a lot more to the story. Honestly, I thought these characters deserved a whole other book to flesh out their romance.
5. Smut by Karina Halle
Rating: 3.75 stars
I’ve waited so long to read this hate-to-love romance between two creative writing college students (who write their own smut together)! This story definitely worked up to the romance–nothing happened between the two characters until the second half. It was a super fun read and I also adored how Halle used the book to address the judgement that both (self-published) romance writers and romance readers face. Definitely gonna have to look into more books by this author.
6. Before You Say I Do by Clare Lydon
Rating: 3.5 stars
I was immediately struck by Lydon’s fleshed-out and confident writing style. I adored seeing the connection between Abby and Jordan. The ending was a total breezed-over HEA, but I adored it nonetheless. This book seemed to lean more towards romance than erotic romance. Will also be looking into more books by this author!
Additionally (and ambitiously), I’m hoping to finish up some of those books that have been sitting on my currently reading shelf for the longest time, but we’ll see. 😆
RANDOM LIFE UPDATES:
- On April 30th, I finished the remainder of my final projects and officially FINISHED COLLEGE!!
- Holy crap guys, I’m now like an adult adult and need to do things like find a job and ahhhhhhh (tho I don’t know how likely that is during quarantine, but I’m still gonna try)
- My college’s English Department hosted a reading for senior creative writing students over Zoom and even though it was nerve-wrecking and awkward, I’m glad I got the chance to see the faces of my profs again and celebrate a bit with them ❤
- On Easter, my housemates and I celebrated together by eating lots of yummy food–each of us made a different meal. I was in charge of dessert (yes, that’s a meal, and one that should be given greater importance), and I made individual chocolate cakes with gooey peanut butter centers. Under-baked them a bit, but they were still super rich & yummy!
- I dyed my hair pink! Well, it’s more like I gave it a pink-ish tint, but still exciting nonetheless!
- Yeah, as you can see by the pic below, not wearing gloves at first was a mistake
- For anyone curious, I used Overtone‘s color-depositing conditioner (for brown hair), so it’s like a semi-permanent dye. You’re suppose to replenish it with their color-infused conditioners after washings, but I’m kinda bad at it so my hair has been fading a bit 😅
- Managed to sneak away from my studies long enough to take some nice, meandering walks (and listen to an audiobook!). And I even remembered to document them with (cute?) selfies!