Monthly Wrap Up

April 2023: The Month of New Favorite Reads

2023 Wrap up - April

Hi everybody, and welcome to my April wrap up!

I feel like April was a great reading month for me. I discovered a new favorite series and continued some already known and beloved series. And there also was a highly anticipated debut that did not disappoint. So yes, I can’t complain. (Except maybe about the weather because hey spring, where are you?)

But without further ado, here’s everything I read, listened to and watched in April!

What I Read

Things We Hide From the Light by Lucy Score (Knockemout #2)

I loved Things We Never Got Over so much that I immediately dived into book two, Things We Hide From The Light. Definitely recommend if you love small town romances, opposites attract, charming good guys who talk very dirty, badass girls, adorable dogs and a whole cast of quirky yet loveable secondary characters.

Rating: 4 stars | Read full review

Stolen Sorcery and Other Misadventures by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen (The Guild Codex: Warped #4)

Ah, Kit, I missed you so, it’s good to have you back! As I mentioned in my previous reviews, I highly recommend this series! It has it all, a complex magical world, amazing characters and character development, humor and movie references, fast-paced adventure, nail-biting suspense and swoony, slow-burn romance.

Rating: 5 stars | Read full review

The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent (Crowns of Nyaxia #1)

You know those books that have you so entranced with the world and the characters that you just can’t stop reading, because you NEED to know what will happen next? That was this book for me. Overall, I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves romantic fantasy, brutal magical tournaments, a world of vampires and one fierce human girl, slow-burn romance with amazing chemistry, complicated relationships and edge-of-your seat action!

Rating: 5 stars | Full review coming soon

The Ashes and the Star-Cursed King by Carissa Broadbent (Crowns of Nyaxia #2)

I can’t go into too much detail about the sequel (and finale) to The Serpent and the Wings of Night because that might spoil too much, but rest assured that I adored this one too and felt like it was a great finale!

Rating: 4,5 stars

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop (The Others #3)

I love this series, I really do, and I want to continue with the series for sure! But I also thought this third installment was a bit slow for me. There was a lot of talking but not much actually happening and while I love the characters, it was a bit hard to keep my attention to the story, especially in the first half. The last part did do better and I am eager to read the next installment soon.

Rating: 3,5 stars

The Nanny by Lana Ferguson

The Nanny was one of my most highly anticipated releases for 2023 and it did not disappoint! I sped through this fun and steamy rom-com about a woman who starts nannying for a single dad and his daughter, until she finds out her new boss was actually her biggest OnlyFans fan and does not know that. I loved the fun and unique premise of this one, and the chemistry was sizzling. Only reason it’s not a 5-star read, is that I personally wanted a bit more slow burn.

Rating: 4 stars

Blog Features

Top Ten Tuesday

10 Book Covers That Feature Animals
Non-Bookish Top Ten: My 10 Favorite Kdramas
My 5 Favorite Audiobook Narrators

Can’t Wait Wednesday

The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston {Can’t Wait Wednesday}

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 12 April 2023

Quote It Wednesday

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score {Quote It Wednesday}

What I Listened To

Though I still listened to a lot of Daisy Jones and the Six and Fall Out Boy in April, there were also a few new releases on my playlist:

Diplo ft Johnny Blue Skies & Dove Cameron – Use Me

I’m loving every song Dove Cameron puts out, whether solo or collabs!

Against the Current – Good Guy

I love Against the Current and I’m so happy we have new music (and I’ll be able to see them live in November!)

Agust D ft IU – People Pt 2

My BTS bias featuring IU? That combination is guaranteed hit material.

What I Watched

I watched 3 shows this month (do love how these posters match together πŸ™‚ )

Carnival Row Season 2

I LOVED Carnival Row Season 1. And I had high hopes for season 2, I thought it started off very strong. But then it sizzled out. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I highly disliked the character of Vignette. She just annoyed me so much with her indecisiveness and selfishness. And the ending just felt rushed to me, even if they knew this would be the last season. A pity, because season one was really good.

Shadow and Bone Season 2

I finally watched the second season of Shadow and Bone! Though I’ve seen some mixed reviews for this season, I actually quite enjoyed it. Yes, it’s quite different from the books, but I thought the main vibes were still there and I enjoyed it. Though I also have to admit that I loved the scenes with the Crows more than the scenes with the Shadow and Bone crew. I did love Nikolai though! And I’m curious to see where a next season would take it.

The Mandalorian Season 3

This was such a fun season once again! I enjoyed the storyline with Bo-Katan and Mandalore and of course, Grogu once again steals the show. Those scenes in the last two episodes where he’s controlling the ‘robot suit’? Hilarious!

Life Update

April seems like it just flew by! We had a few long weekends, which I enjoyed.

Things that made me happy this month:

  • I went to the Facts exhibition early April, which is an event similar to Comic-Con. It’s always so much fun and I love watching all the cosplayers.
  • Went on a little weekend trip with family which was really nice. We did an adventurous hike, we visited a cave, played lots of games and I also read a lot, so overall it was a win πŸ™‚
  • Had another big family dinner with my grandparents, which I always love.
  • We had a few long weekends and I got to relax with some good TV and books.

THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

  • I have 2 weeks of holiday planned at the end of May and I am EXCITED! We’re not going anywhere, but have planned to do a lot of projects in and around the house. Mostly, I’m just so looking forward to a real break.
  • So many exciting book releases: Happy Place (reading right now and loving), Meet Me At The Lake, The True Love Experiment and Fake Dates and Mooncakes especially.
  • XO Kitty is releasing on Netflix and I’m so curious about that show.
  • I have a few family and friend dates planned and so excited for those!

How was your April? What did you read? What did you listen to and what did you watch? What are you looking forward to in May?

Lindsey xoxo

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10 Comments

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed The Nanny. I think the cutesy cover makes people think slow burn, but it’s not one at all. I wasn’t surprised because of the blurb. I expected them to end up together sooner rather than later. I hope you have a great May!

    1. Thanks! Yes, I knew it was gonna be a very steamy read and yet I somehow still wanted more slow burn, even if I know that’s a tad contradictory, haha πŸ™‚ Still loved it though!

  2. April was a great month for me too. I’m listening to Happy Place this week, so glad you’re enjoying it!

    1. I loved Happy Place, hope you will too!

  3. I’m watching The Mandalorian now… love it πŸ™‚

    1. The Mandalorian is such a fun show! πŸ™‚

  4. I think spring is here now, Lindsey. At least today… lol πŸ˜‚

    1. We indeed had a few days of spring finally, yay! πŸ™‚

  5. I’m really looking forward to The Nanny! It sounds like you had a great April that was a good mix of fun outings and relaxing times! Hope your staycation is a success in May!

    1. I really enjoyed The Nanny, hope you will too! Thanks, I’m really looking forward to our staycation πŸ™‚

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