monthly wrap up: april, ’19

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Hello, friends!

April is over and I think I should start by apologizing for my lack of interaction this month. College is kicking my ass and I haven’t been able to keep up with everything. I have still been reading a lot, though, which is great, but I will make an effort to be more active here next month.

As for you all that still comment on my posts even though I haven’t been blog hopping in a couple weeks: thank you so much. I appreciate the heck out of you! 💛

HIGHLIGHTS

  • I have now (kind-of) a side job? It’s a little bit hard to explain what it is about, but basically, I’m sort of a monitor for my former high-school teachers and it’s been a very good experience so far. I do want to be a teacher one day, so it’s been helpful with that too. It’s not as overwhelming of a job, which is great, since college has been a mess lately.
  • I also went through a social media detox week. Okay, it wasn’t exactly an overall social media detox; more like a five-day week where I didn’t open Instagram or Twitter and only allowed myself 30min on YouTube. It was very important for me, because I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of social media and especially digital influencers in my life. I was actually discussing that the other day with my friends. We disagree with the fact that stupid people are ruling our countries, but we let stupid people, that we’ve made famous ourselves, rule our lives – what products we buy, what makeup we use, what shows we watch. Since that detox, I’ve become more conscious of what I actually want to consume on social media and it was pretty important to shift my focus to more important things.
  • And I watched Avengers: Endgame! I’ve always side-eyed people who would go through the LONGEST lines in the world just to watch a movie during release date (in my city’s largest cinema, 4,000 people were waiting on line to watch the movie), and yet, look at me: watching it during release week, lol. Even though so much about this movie was still a mess, it was pretty epic too. It’s kinda sad to think this really is the end of an era.

WHAT I READ

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My re-read for the month of April (I’m trying to re-read a book a month) was the amazing Lola & The Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins. This is a very popular YA contemporary and one of my favorite books of all times. The funny thing about it is I was actually reading some negative reviews for this book prior to my re-read, and most of the things people had issues with are the exact things that make me *love* this book. I adore how querky and unique the characters are. How Lola dresses for Halloween every day. Her two gay dads. Cricket & Calliope. Étienne being shorter than Anna. I don’t care that this book is not relatable at all, because fiction sometimes is exactly about being the odd one out.

 

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April was Autism Acceptance Month and I decided to finally pick up The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang that got a lot of hype last year. It is an adult romance novel, following an autistic main character who hires an escort to help her feel better about intimacy. There’s a lot of great rep in this. First and foremost, our autistic protagonist, and also the love interest who was half Vietnamese. Besides that, though, there isn’t much I enjoyed about this. I feel like it was way too similar to The Wedding Date, in which I was exhausted of the banter by page 5. Because this is a dual perspective novel, you know that these characters have *real* feelings for each other, but they lack on communication and take forever to understand that. I needed a nap by the end of it.

 

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I finally read the most hyped book of last yearSeven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Now, honestly, the reason why I didn’t like this book that much isn’t even because I consider it to be a bad book. It’s because EVERYONE ELSE had told me it’s a 5 stars read. Throughout my read, I kept telling myself: “okay, when is it going to get really good?“. The part ultimately came, but it was in the 70th out of 74 chapters (for the audiobook). I spent more time wanting for the book to get good than actually enjoying it when it did, so I couldn’t appreciate it all that much. I still enjoy the discussions that Taylor Jenkins-Reid was able to bring, such as identity, media’s pressure, sexuality, etc. The final quote is badass and probably why this was so worth reading after all – and the reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 3.

 

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Heretics Anonymous was one of the most delightful surprises of my 2019 so far. I didn’t expect to adore this book as much as I did and I’m just so glad I gave this one a shot. Following our protagonist Michael, Heretics Anonymous is able to talk about religion in a way that felt so natural and not disrespectful at all. I identified with him a lot, growing up surrounded by Catholic traditions myself. The supportive cast of characters was also hilarious and incredibly diverse and I loved following them as they tried to fight, in the best way they could, the hypocrisy of their catholic school. The narration was so smart and funny and I appreciate the narrator for the audiobook a lot as well. But my favorite thing is for sure Lucy, because she’s a Colombian girl (South-American rep!!!!!), who is actually very religious, but also a badass feminist. I loved her so much and I just really wish I could have a best friend Lucy as well.

 

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Then I picked up this super short novella by Sandhya Menon, following the same characters from When Dimple Met Rishi. Now, even though this novella was way too short to even appreciate it fully, it made me INCREDIBLY hyped for There’s Something About Sweetie – the upcoming compannion novel. Sweetie is introduced in this novella and we’re also able to read the first two chapters of the next book. I’m so hyped and I really think I’m going to love it even more than I loved When Dimple Met Rishi – which is a statement.

 

 

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And, finally, the last book I read this month was Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. I still can’t believe I’ve finally read this, as it’s been on my TBR since 2015. This book was so interesting & captivating. It wasn’t perfect, but still, it was one of the best written books I’ve read in a looooong time. I’ll admit: I’m a skim-reader sometimes and it’s pretty frequent that I’ll skip long paragraphs and just read the dialogues. But with this book, I wanted to savour every single line. It felt like I was reading a Netflix show sometimes; it was giving me a lot of The End of The F***ing World vibes, though a much better version of it. I also adore the characters: Sydney and Victor are my favorites. Even Eli was interesting as heck, especially when we start to learn the motivations behind his actions. Apparently I love psycopaths, and I’m not mad about it. I don’t know when I’ll be picking up Vengeful yet, but hopefully soon!

ON THE BLOG

MONTHLY PLAYLIST

April was a good month music-wise. I listened to *a lot* of The Smiths this month, and I’m very happy I did so, because it fit the mood for the month perfectly.

But, truly, if I can recommend anything for you to listen/watch to, it has to be this amazing cover. I’m not the biggest fan of Billie Eilish or Khalid, but this song is beautiful. What NCT did to it in this dancing cover made me speechless and I cried – real tears – watching it. (I get very emotional with dance, okay? It’s an issue).

LOOKING FORWARD

May is going to be an exciting month, because as Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ll try my best to read only books that deal with mental health issues of any kind. It’s very likely it will be a contemporary filled month, and I’m excited already.

What about you? How was your month of April and what are you’re looking forward to in May? Also: have you watched Avengers: Endgame? And do you have any songs you recommend for my May playlist? Let me know in the comments!

26 comentários sobre “monthly wrap up: april, ’19

  1. Emily 1 de maio de 2019 / 17:53

    I got an ARC of There’s Something About Sweetie and I really liked it! I want to read some of the other novellas because I am curious about the other characters in this world. I have seen The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo around the book community too many times to count. But it honestly doesn’t look too appealing to me!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 3 de maio de 2019 / 12:19

      That’s sooooo amazing you got an ARC! I saw your Goodreads review and it made me 10x more excited to pick it up.
      I wasn’t that interested in Seven Husbands either, but I picked it up because it got a lot of buzz and I thought perhaps I would love it as much as everyone else. It clearly wasn’t the case, but I’m still glad I read it, nonetheless.
      Thanks for stopping by, Em! 💞

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  2. Lauren @ twenty-seven letters 1 de maio de 2019 / 18:49

    Congratulations on your side job! It definitely sounds like it’s giving you some great experience for teaching in the future! And I really loved your small discussion on your social media detox – I too have started taking note of just how much we choose to consume and how much is presented to us without our own choice. It’s awesome to hear that even just a week away from social media helped you better understand what you want to see online.

    I was so excited to see that you’ve read The Kiss Quotient! I’ve been wanting to read that title for a little while now. And your thoughts on Evelyn Hugo really interested me – I’ve yet to read it, but I totally understand what it feels like to read a super-hyped book but the book doesn’t meet all of your expectations.

    I’m immediately adding Heretics Anonymous to my TBR! It sounds so incredible, and this is the first I;m seeing of it! Also, I’m SUPER pumped to look through your playlist and listen to it. The Smiths are a band that I’ve tried to get into before, but I’ve realized that I like their music better when I listen to other people’s favorites of theirs rather than just attempting to listen to their whole discography, if that makes any sense.

    This was such a lovely post, and I’m glad that April went well for you!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 3 de maio de 2019 / 12:46

      Thank you so much, Lauren! I feel like spending time away was a turning point for me, because it made me realize just how much social media consumes out of my life and how little I actually get from it. During this week, I watched some documentaries and movies, and I learned a lot from it. I definitely want to use this time off of my phone to be more productive & learn more. I don’t think social media is an awful thing and no one should use it, but I find important to be more conscious about what you’re actually consuming and why.
      I’m soooo happy you’ve added Heretics Anonymous to your TBR! I haven’t heard many people talking about this book before, but it was an amazing experience, so I hope you like it as well.
      I completely agree with what you said. It can be overwhelming to dive into an entire discography, especially when it’s a band like The Smiths and they have such an extensive one. I only added my top favorites to the playlist – otherwise I wouldn’t have the chance to add any other artist, hahah – so I hope you enjoy them!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Lauren! 💛

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  3. El 2 de maio de 2019 / 03:14

    You’ve convinced me to want to read Vicious now – I’ve heard a lot about it but never been that interesting but your description of it sounds great!
    And *eek* I just got tickets to see this music show and THE JONAS BROTHERS ARE GOING!! I’m actually going to see them live & I’m so excited!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 3 de maio de 2019 / 12:48

      YAYYY! I’m so glad I’ve convinced you to read Vicious! It was an amazing book and I genuinely think you’ll love it!
      And that is soooo amazing! I’m so excited for you! They released the dates for their upcoming tour, but so far, they haven’t released any international dates. I hope they do so! Late in May, it will complete 10 years since my first ever JoBros concert; I hope I can celebrate it by attending another one, hahah.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, El! 💞

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      • El 3 de maio de 2019 / 18:02

        I really hope you get to see them (and mark your JoBros anniversary!) 💕

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  4. Sophie @ Me and Ink 2 de maio de 2019 / 07:13

    I definitely think Social Media is one of those things you need to balance and it can be quite hard to do that as it is very addictive really.
    I am going to see Endgame tomorrow and I am very excited— and I can relax as I no longer have to avoid spoilers!! But I definitely think it is kind of weird and emotional for it to be the end of an era.
    You got some good reading done as well— I agree that the way Evelyn Hugo discussed media, sexuality and identity was really my favourite thing about it. I really liked Reid’s writing. And the last line was epic!!
    I read vicious quite a well ago (maybe 2 years ago) and I think I was a different reader then because I remember not loving it. It was still a good book and I read it really fast but I want to reread it because I think I will enjoy it much more now.
    I hope you have a great May!! <3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 3 de maio de 2019 / 12:51

      I completely agree! I realized that my relationship wasn’t as balanced as I wanted to; and I was spending more time in social media than I’d like, so the detox was important for me to get my priorities straight.
      I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Endgame! Please, let me know what you thought of it and what was your favorite scene! I already want to re-watch it, though I don’t think I’ll have the money to do so, hahah.
      I do hope you give Vicious another chance! I was super hooked in the story from beginning to end, so I completely agree that it was a fast read. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it more the second time around.
      Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great May too! ❣️

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      • Sophie @ Me and Ink 4 de maio de 2019 / 05:33

        Yes it can be very refreshing to use it less and focus on other things!! 😊
        Yes the cinema is quite expensive– I will have to wait for the DVD. I really enjoyed Endgame– it definitely didn’t feel like 3 hours. It was certainly emotional but I think it was well put together. I think my favourite scene was when they went back to 2012 Avengers because of nostalgia and the scene where captain america was alone then everyone came back because it was so epic!! What was your favourite scene?? 😊
        I think I will and it will be good to reread before I read vengeful as I can’t remember vicious that well!!
        Thank you 💛

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      • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 7 de maio de 2019 / 16:35

        Ahhhhh, totally! I barely felt like I had just spent 3 hours sitting in a theatre chair, honestly. And the scene when they went back to 2012 Avengers really was very emotional; I still have memories of going to the cinema to watch that one! I think my favorite scene was the moment in which Captain America got Thor’s Hammer; it was so unexpected and mindblowing! Definitely an epic and memorable moment!

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      • Sophie @ Me and Ink 9 de maio de 2019 / 06:22

        Yes it was kind of insane how quick the time went!! Yes it gave me all the 2012 feels!!
        Yes that was a surprise and I loved it too!! It was so epic and I loved the build up to seeing who was wielding it!! :-)

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  5. Marie 2 de maio de 2019 / 14:21

    I feel like you’ve read a whole lot despite being busy, Lais, this is so great! I haven’t read Evelyn Hugo just yet, and… if I’m looking forward to reading it, I’m also a little nervous because everyone keeps on saying it’s a 5-star read and… well that’s a lot of pressure haha :)
    I hope you will have a lovely May <3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 3 de maio de 2019 / 12:52

      I did, which was surprising! I definitely have audiobooks to be thankful for. Even though I was busy with a lot of things, I do spend two hours on commute on a daily basis, so I can get some reading done there, which is great!
      It is a lot of pressure! I definitely felt that when reading the book myself and was even a bit hesitant in sharing my review & thoughts. But hopefully you’ll have a better experience than me!
      Thanks for the comment, Marie! 💛

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  6. Julianna @ Paper Blots 3 de maio de 2019 / 23:40

    I agree!! Endgame was a mess but also so very epic. [spoilers in this comment] I think that the time travel theories used within it were REALLY REALLY REALLY TERRIBLE AND STUPID and the Russo Brothers used a cop-out so they could do whatever they want and mess around with the past, and like, we are just letting them do that. Whatever, I guEsS. I’M nOt tHAT inVESTED (yes I am). Anyways, I’m so excited for Phase 4 of the Avengers and seeing Peter Parker and THOR as hopefully the newest Guardian of the Galaxy AAAAH!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 7 de maio de 2019 / 16:29

      Oh my God, Julianna, YOU’VE SUMMED UP MY THOUGHTS. Like, they do not even understand how time travel work and were creating their own rules just to make it convenient? Lol. Sounds stupid. But I’m sure I’ll still watch all the movies as they keep coming! (though it’s kinda funny how so conveniently everyone in spiderman’s class had disappeared so even though 5 years passed they’re all still freshmen? uhhhh i see…..)

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  7. Janina @ love letters 5 de maio de 2019 / 15:32

    April definitely kicked my ass, too!!! I FEEL YOUUU. Social media detox week sounds like a really good idea for me, too. Maybe I should try that soonish. Okay, not maybe. For sure should try that. Congrats on your side job — may it be always not overwhelming for you! I hope you have a great month of May! :)

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 9 de maio de 2019 / 11:42

      Why was April so hard like honestlyyyyy. It’s not even halfway through the year yet and I’m exhausted, ugh. I highly recommend trying out a social media detox for a week. It’s kinda crazy how much our cellphones have control over our lives and it was a great experience knowing that I still hold that control myself.
      Thank you so much! Wishing you a great May too! 😌

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  8. Zoie @ Whisked Away By Words 7 de maio de 2019 / 10:55

    Social media detoxes are a necessary thing every once in a while, even if it’s just for a few days 😊 And congrats on getting a new job! Is it interesting to step foot back into your old high school after you’ve graduated? When I go back to my former schools I always feel so old compared to the students there!

    I hope you have a wonderful month of May, Lais! Good luck with college!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 9 de maio de 2019 / 11:49

      Hahah, it is an interesting experience, indeed! I didn’t have the best of the times in high school, so it’s always a bit uncomfortable walking through the same hallways, and I always feel a bit nervous about the younger students, but it’s also fun to see some of my favorite teachers again and talk to them.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Zoie! Wishing you a wonderful May too! 💞

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  9. Hannah @ But First, Fiction 13 de maio de 2019 / 08:42

    Lais! First things first, I’ve just discovered your blog, and:
    1) Your name is gorgeous; and,
    2) I, too, am probably crying over Peter Kavinsky.

    OK, now that we’ve established those two points ;)

    Your new part-time job sounds really cool and worth your while! My older sister is a high school teacher and also actually worked for two years at our old high school. She said it was quite strange adjusting to being employed at a place that she used to study at, but she got used to it and it was a really valuable experience for her!

    I’m glad you managed to read a lot last month! I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump recently so I’m trying to get back on track at the moment. I so appreciate all your reviews of the books you read! I’ve been wanting to read Evelyn Hugo and Vicious for a while now :)

    I also watched Endgame and aaaaaah, the time travel stuff had a lot of plot holes but I still massively enjoyed it XD It is sad to see this whole era come to an end, but I’m excited for the new stories!

    I hope you’re having a lovely May so far :)

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de maio de 2019 / 15:21

      Hannah! Thank you soooooo muchhhh! I don’t like my name that much, so everytime someone compliments it I’m overwhelmed with gratitude, hahah. (We can cry about Peter Kavinsky together, no worries).
      I completely agree it’s a bit weird! I still see a lot of my teacher as teachers and not really co-workers and I don’t know how to get past that and treat them more friendly now, hahah.
      I hope you get through this slump soon! I hope you enjoy Evelyn Hugo & Vicious if you get around to them. I think the best part when in a slump is to pick up exciting & fast-paced reads, so these two will be great choices for that!
      I rewatched Endgame recently (took my mom to watch it as her Mother’s Day gift, which was more a gift for me, lol) and the time travel stuff really was messy, hahah. But it’s still so much fun!
      Wishing you a fantastic May as well! Thank you so so so much for the lovely comment! 💛

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      • Hannah @ But First, Fiction 15 de maio de 2019 / 04:48

        Ahhhh, well I think it’s a stunning name ^_^

        It’s a process but I know you’ll get there! :D Teaching is an awesome job – what subject do you want to teach?

        Yessss, I definitely agree; fast-paced books are the way to go when in a slump! I think I’m heading out of it – I’ve gotten through a couple shorter books this week :)

        Oh dear, I don’t know if I can rewatch it and not critique all the plot holes! 😂😬

        You’re very welcome :) <3

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      • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 17 de maio de 2019 / 17:08

        I want to be a pre-school teacher, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to teach all subjects! My favorite ones would probably be Math and History, because these were my favorite ones to learn back in school! 😍

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