MONTHLY WRAP-UP #15 | April 2020

Yeesh, this month was…something. I didn’t really read any physical books. Out of the six books I read, only one was a physical book from the library. The rest were audiobooks. I actually listened to more music: I’ve listened to nine albums vs. reading six books. But honestly? With everything going on, reading was a lot harder this month than listening to music. But anyway, here’s everything that I’ve done throughout the month!

BOOKS COMPLETED/DNF’D

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

  • spoopy mystery about a young woman learning about what happened to her aunt
  • it was more mystery than horror, but I still enjoyed it
  • the romance was super lackluster for me though, lol
  • 4.5/5⭐

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

  • a non-fiction book about the history of Western indigenous people and how the United States fucked them over continuously
  • it makes it clear that much of what people learn about the relations between indigenous people and the US government is often glossed over
  • I think if I read the physical book, it’d be a bit better, but I found myself lost as to who and where the author was talking about
  • 3.5/5⭐

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

  • a book about vampires, where it spreads similar to a disease
  • should I have read this during an actual pandemic? Probs not, but here we are
  • it was okay — it wasn’t horrible, but it was nothing groundbreaking either
  • however, there’s literally no thought out, well-written characters that are women. Like. The only one we get is a woman who only serves as the MC’s possible love interest, and she isn’t even in the final battle scene because she ~has to take care of the MC’s son~
  • 3.5/5⭐

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

  • a pretty light contemporary about a Muslim girl trying to get back in touch with her faith
  • it was alright, but the LI was…super bland? I don’t think he had that much depth at all, which made me not care for the romance, lol
  • I’m not going to say anything about how Islam and different inter-community discussions were portrayed because I’m an atheist and have no personal connection to Islam, but I will say that I enjoyed the MC’s journey throughout the novel
  • But also, I will point out that the book makes it sound like there are no exceptions to fasting when it comes to Ramadan, and I know for sure that’s not true. Just wanted to point that out
  • 3.5/5⭐

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

  • I got through about three chapters and the prologue of the audiobook, and I ended up DNFing
  • it wasn’t bad, necessarily, but it wasn’t what I thought it was; it’s, like, this weird fusion of fantasy and sci-fi, and I wasn’t expecting that
  • it just wasn’t a book for me
  • no rating

Middle School’s a Drag by Greg Howard

  • this was a cute contemporary MG book about a boy running his own “talent agency” while also trying to figure out how to be more confident with his gay identity
  • I really enjoyed the discussion the MC had with himself about if he’s “gay enough” because he doesn’t act like a “stereotypical” gay boy
  • however, I’m not a huge fan of the bully being let off the hook for…basically no reason?
  • it was nice to see the amount of diversity in the book, though

BOOKS STARTED BUT NOT YET COMPLETED OR DNF’D

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

  • 68/561 pages (at the end of April — now, at the time of writing, I’m a lot further along)
  • who was going to tell me that there’s FAKE DATING?
  • I’m so excited for the rest of this series

TV SHOWS/MOVIES WATCHED

Bob’s Burgers, season 2 and part of season 3

  • I’ve been casually watching it as I work on my book journal and/or blog at night
  • I still love the humor
  • maybe I can get through another couple seasons this month
  • 10/10, probably going to watch again once I’m caught up

Detective Pikachu

  • I FINALLY GOT AROUND TO WATCHING THIS
  • I can die happy now
  • seriously, the Pokemon looked so good, I loved it
  • will definitely re-watch when I need a pick-me-up

MUSIC LISTENED TO

We Are Not Your Kind by Slipknot

  • *pretends to be shocked*
  • anyway, still a banger

Feathers & Flesh by Avatar

  • I believe I listened to this back in February, but I wanted to listen to it again, so I know if I want to put it into my general playlist
  • it’s still a good album, and I’m glad to be getting back into the band

Hail the Apocalypse by Avatar

  • every single song on this album sounds like it was made for pirates, and you can’t tell me otherwise
  • it’s just a snazzy group of songs

Blood Mountain ; Crack the Skye ; The Hunter ; Once More ‘Round the Sun; Emperor of Sand by Mastodon

  • these are five different albums, but they’re all by the same band, so I figured I would group them all together
  • another one of those “used to listen to them a lot, stopped for a few years, and I’m now back to listening them” things
  • highly recommend

The Nothing by Korn

  • me? liking every song of a Korn album? I know, I’m surprised, too
  • seriously, though, good stuff

VIDEO GAMES PLAYED

Pokemon Sword

  • my boyfriend got it for me for my birthday!!!
  • I haven’t played a ton of it, but I’m having a lot of fun
  • my team has two normal types, and no, I am not getting rid of the them. Wooloo and Skwovet are staying forever

Untitled Goose Game

  • a relaxing game to play when you’re trying not to think about the state of the world rn
  • honk honk, motherfucker

And that’s it for the month of April! Let me know what you did during April, whether it was reading or another hobby/activity, in the comments! 🙂

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