Hi and welcome to my April wrap up!
April has been a little weird and off in a few ways…
Unfortunately my reading slump, which started in March, continued in April and as such, I only read 3 books. On the bright side, two of those books were five-star reads… I’m hoping they will have helped shake off this slump and I’m back on track for May.
My blogging slump has also continued so I am sorry for the reduced number of posts and huge delays in commenting and job hopping. On the bright side, I did get a few posts up I loved working on, like my top ten fandoms or the pros and cons of telling people about your blog.
So without further ado, let’s get into my April!
IMMORTAL FIRE BY ANNETTE MARIE
I ADORE THIS SERIES. It is hands down my favorite discovery this year and I already know it will go down as one of my favorite series of 2017, and probably of all-time. Japanese mythology, an action-filled plot, lovable characters and a super swoony romance, I LOVE IT. Oh, and not to forget, absolutely gorgeous illustrations. This final part in the series was everything I could have hoped for. ALL THE STARS.
Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
Wintersong was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, but sadly it didn’t quite live up to my expectations… though to be fair, this may be because I read it during the worst of my reading slump and it took me 4 weeks to finish. I did adore the beautiful writing, the big focus on music and the family bonds, but had a harder time with the main characters and the romance. Still eager to read book two though!
Rating: 3,5 stars | Check out my full review here.
ILLUMINAE BY AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
This is where I go “WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS SOONER? WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY LIFE CHOICES?” I put off on reading this book for the longest time. Mostly because I was afraid of the hype – what if I didn’t like it? Also, I was worried the unique format would make me unable to connect with the characters. But I shouldn’t have worried, because this book was just mindblowingly amazing! I loved it so much and can’t wait to read Gemina now.
Rating: 5 stars | Full review to follow
Top Ten Tuesday
- 25 April 2017: Top Ten Bookish Turn-Offs
- 18 April 2017: What Makes Me Pick Up A Book? My Top Ten Bookish Buzzwords
- 11 April 2017: Ten Books To Read If You’re Looking For Something Unique
- 4 April 2017: Ten Fandoms That Have Been Prominent In My Life
- The Pros & Cons of Telling People About Your Blog (read)
You may recall from my March wrap-up that I had been introduced to kpop and found that I quite enjoyed it. Well, in April, I’ve been basically been living in a kpop-obsessed kind of headspace. As you can see, my playlist for this month is 98% kpop. I still love Xia, the artist who introduced me to kpop, and I’ve been listening to a few other artists this month. BUT… I have become obsessed with two bands in particular. And when I say obsessed, I mean OBSESSED. I spend all my free time watching their music videos, live videos, dance practice videos, interviews and more. I have learned every members’ name. I can recognize their voices in their songs. Their bantering and bickering makes me smile. I’m basically 12 years old again, ready to keep a binder with everything I can find about them (I won’t go that far though… I think)
This kpop boy band has been dominating my playlist for the past month. And more than just their music, I actually really adore all 5 boys, their personalities and their brotherhood. I can’t stop watching their music videos, live performances and interviews. Just my luck that I discovered them just when they are on a hiatus as a group at the moment but okay, at least I still have solo albums to look forward to. My favorite songs include Fantastic Baby, Bang Bang Bang, Fxxk It, We Like 2 Party, Monster, Last Dance and Blue.
These guys. Truthfully I fell in love because I watched their dance practice videos and they are ON FIRE! I can’t take my eyes off of them. If you love dancing and choreography, I’d highly encourage you to look up some of their dance practices on Youtube, because they are amazing. Also, they are very active on social media and post a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and they are pretty much hilarious. My favorite songs right now are Blood, Sweat and Tears, Spring Day, Not Today, Save Me, Boy In Luv, Fire and Dope.
Well, April has been pretty amazing because not one, but THREE of my all-time favorite bands have released new music. There is The Violence by Rise Against, Hard Times by Paramore and Young and Menace by Fall Out Boy. But… I’m not in love with any of them. I like them fine (better with each listen), but I don’t have the urge to play the songs on repeat all day, which I did have with their earlier music. Maybe they just need to grow on me a bit more though.
My very first kdrama was about a nun-in-training who helps out her twin brother when he’s in trouble by pretending to be him and joining a popular kpop boy band. GENIUS, if you ask me. I absolutely adored this drama and am already itching to watch it again. My only nitpick would be that I would have loved a little more focus on the boys and their friendship. Other than that, this was gold.
This was a very action-filled kdrama in which a young man is out for revenge on the corrupt politicians who are responsible for the death of his father. So he becomes a city hunter to expose their corruption and get them to pay for their crimes. This was my first kdrama featuring Lee Min Ho, who has immediately become my favorite kdrama actor. I adored this series as well and my only nitpick would be that the ending was a little rushed.
You Who Came From The Stars
Another kdrama, another hit in my eyes. This one’s about a 400-year old alien who lives on earth pretending to be a regular human. But just three months before he’s supposed to return to his planet, he meets and falls in love with a popular actress. He then not only becomes her manager, but he also get caught up in a murder mystery. Seriously, where do they come up with these genius ideas?
Because I was in need of more Lee Min Ho, I then proceeded to watch Personal Taste. In this one, a man pretends to be gay so he can move in with a woman who could help him win an important work-related project, but of course ends up falling for her. The premise is a little weird, but I ended up loving it anyway. Up to my next Lee Min Ho drama soon!
13 Reasons Why
This has been the most-talked about series of the month, and even though I wanted to read the book first, I just couldn’t stop myself and started watching the show. Because of the heavy subject matter, I couldn’t binge-watch it and instead spread it out over the entire month. I know this has some extremely mixed reviews, with people either loving and praising it, or hating it because of problematic content. I personally loved the show, but I also completely understand the people who dislike it and call it problematic. I think it is definitely triggering, has some big issues and can actually be harmful for some people, but on the other hand, I also think it has some great positive messages as well, so it could also be helpful for others. So I’d suggest to be super cautious if you want to watch it, definitely read up on some opinions, both good and bad, and decide based on that information whether or not you’re up to watching this. One thing I can say is that the acting in this was absolutely amazing and the cast was just super talented. Also, it helps open up the discussion on some big and important topics.
- Well, it’s getting incredibly frustrating to have to repeat myself here, but: I continued my job hunt with no luck so far. Just disappointment. I had an interview for a job I was super excited for and got selected to go to the final rounds of interviews. For this, I had to prepare a short presentation. I put all my time and effort into this and wasn’t able to think about or focus on anything else for days. Then I did the presentation, was told it was outstanding and was told I’d hear back from them soon… which I did, when they informed me they decided to go with another candidate who fit the job just a bit more. I know it happens and I shouldn’t let it get to me, but it’s still unbelievably frustrating. I need a job and I need it soon. Sitting around alone all day is getting me down, and that’s coming from someone who usually LOVES alone-time.
- On the bright side: I had a fun trip to the zoo, lots of great dance practices, a movie-night with my BFF and a sushi-date with my husband, all things to help lift my spirits 🙂