Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2020

Hello everyone! I was a reading fiend this month, and I ended up with a total of 13 books! I read a ton this month to gear up for next month, when my reading life is going to drastically change…

I’m going to try to do things slightly differently this year. I am going to keep y’all updated on how my various book challenges are going in each of my monthly wrap-ups.

Let’s get into it!

Books I Read:


Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics); When Are You Reading? Challenge (1980-1999); Read Harder Challenge (Read a graphic memoir); A to Z Challenge (A)

Girl at Heart by Kelly Oram (4 Stars) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a pink cover); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Pink cover)

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a bird on the cover); On the Cover Challenge (Wings); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Purple cover); Little Inklings Challenge (A debut novel)

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (3 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book published the month of your birthday); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with character(s) on a quest)

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo (5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book on a subject you know nothing about); Read Harder Challenge (Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried);

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (3 Stars) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (A book with a one-word title)

The Library Book by Susan Orlean (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book recommended by a favorite blog, vlog, or podcast); On the Cover Challenge (Fire)

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Various (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (An anthology); A to Z Challenge (M)

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (4.5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge (Read a book that takes place in a rural setting)

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings (3 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book by a trans/non-binary author); Read Harder Challenge (Read a YA non-fiction book)

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (A book recommended by a friend)

The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans (4 Stars) (review coming soon) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (A swoon-worthy book)

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (A book with a cover you don’t like)



Format:                                                    Reading Challenges:

Physical Books: 5                                  PopSugar Challenge: 34/50

E-Books: 3                                              Read Harder Challenge: 11/24

Audiobooks: 5                                       When Are You Reading?: 8/12

Non-fiction: 3                                        Modern Mrs. Darcy: 7/10

.                                                                On The Cover: 9/10

.                                                                Reading Rainbow: 10/12

.                                                                Little Inklings Challenge: 34/40

.                                                                A to Z Challenge: 11/26

.                                                               Goodreads Challenge: 45/65


Things I Posted:

Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2020 ~ I Have 500 Followers! Thank You! (+ A Giveaway!!) ~ Books That Deserve More Attention ~ Books I Love That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

I read a ton this month, but didn’t post as often as I meant to. This might be a new trend, because of something I’m going to announce in the next section…


Getting Personal:

This month has been interesting, difficult, and actually kind of nice. In a way, it has been nice to be forced to slow down. To not feel like I have to constantly be on the go. To feel like I have time to really see and be with my family. To pursue the things that give me joy. At the same time, I am definitely starting to go a little stir crazy, and I can feel my fuse getting shorter and shorter.

In really exciting news, I was accepted into graduate school to get my Masters in Library and Information Science!! I actually start classes on Tuesday 😳

I’m a little bit worried that I will have a hard time balancing classes and being a stay-at-home mom. Hopefully my husband and I can find a good balance of responsibilities.

Also, because I am starting school so much sooner than I thought I would, it will mean that things will look a little different here on the blog. I won’t be posting as much (not that I’m posting a ton now!), and I probably won’t be able to get as much reading done each month. This is the main thing I am already mourning haha

Apart from that, there really isn’t a lot going on in our world. Quarantining is going to look a little different soon, so we will see what May has in store.


My May TBR Pile:


Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan (re-read!)

Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I’m not sure how much time I will have for pleasure reading this month, with me starting grad school. But, here is my hopeful lineup!


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? Are you participating in any reading challenges? What about the books on my TBR for May? Let me know down in the comments! 

Interested in last month’s wrap-up? Check it out here


Love and happy reading,

9 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2020

  1. Wow, 13 books, that is such an amazing amount of books! Out of these books I read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli and really enjoyed it! My main priority book of May is The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. I hope your May is awesome!

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    1. Yeah, I really wasn’t expecting to read so many! I’m pretty sure May is going to look very different for me.
      I’ve been very curious about The Glass Hotel. I look forward to hearing what you think!

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