monthly wrap up: april, ’21


Hello, friends!

2021 is going by so fast is ridiculous. Like, how come we’re already in April? I am relieved, cause I can not wait to get vaccinated and for things to get back to normal. At the same time, I have no idea where time is going and it’s pretty weird.


  1. I have a new job! On one hand, it is pretty exciting, because I’m teaching English to young kids. On the other, it is incredibly overwhelming. I have made so many mistakes during my first week is not even funny and I have no idea how I haven’t been fired yet, lmao. I’m just trying to get by and adjust already, so hopefully I can be a better teacher too.



I started out the month by picking up Going Off Script. I liked this one a lot. It’s Jen Wilde, so the writing is a bit juvenile, and this one felt like a particularly badly-researched view on the media industry (or simply what is like to have a job lol pls don’t talk back to your boss because you want to show him how badass you are), but the characters were so great and overall it was a really entertaining time.


I was excited to read To Love and to Loathe and I really enjoyed it. The characters had a lot of chemistry,and it was well paced. I was also obsessed with the writing – it felt historical, but it was witty and hilarious as well. However, the representation of a lesbian side character was pretty insensitive in my opinion and made me take a star for the final rating.


Considering April was Autism Acceptance Month, I wanted to read an own-voices autistic book and Please Don’t Hug Me was very interesting. I’m not used to books entirely written in letters, so I struggled a bit with the writing. Still, I loved the humor, the family relationship is A+ and most importantly: the protagonist finds comfort in sharing her experiences in A BLOG!!!! The way this book made me remember everything I love about blogging was beautiful. 


I also got an unsolicited ARC of Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun which was such a pleasant surprise! This book was adorable, though I wish it had gone deeper in some aspects at times. Nonetheless, it made me smile so much and saying goodbye to these characters – especially because the found family aspect is so big in this story – actually made me tear up. 


Ace by Angela Chen was such an eye-opening read. It’s one of those books that I encourage everyone to read, as I feel like its descriptions of sexual attraction, sexual desire, compulsory sexuality, queerplatonic partners, as well as how the author develops the intersectionality of asexuality and race and disability to be extremely important and not enough talked about.


And, finally, I picked up The Tyrant’s Tomb, the fourth book in the Trials of Apollo series. I enjoyed this installment so much, and the more and more we read about Apollo, the more I fall in love with his character. He’s grown so much since book one is ridiculous. I was also happy to see again my favorite Camp Jupiter campers – Reyna, Hazel and Frank – and am looking forward to conclude this series soon.


Fearless (Taylor’s Version) pretty much dominated my month. Out of The Vault tracks, Mr. Perfectly Fine has got to be my favorite, but I love That’s When a lot too. I also watched Billie Eilish’s documentary and found out there are actually a couple more songs by her I really enjoy.


So many exciting things come out this May, including the second season of HSMTMTS, Olivia Rodrigo’s new album and a couple of my most anticipated releases, including May The Best Man Win and Counting Down With You. I hope May is as much of a good month as I am anticipating it to be!

What are you excited about in May? Which songs you loved hearing this past month? Let’s chat in the comments!

15 comentários sobre “monthly wrap up: april, ’21

  1. ahh i loved reading this wrap-up of your April, Lais! :)) omg ikr, i actually canNOT believe that it’s already May, like how are we almost halfway through 2021 ?!!!??!??? time is actually fake lol. anyway, i’m glad to hear that Ace by Angela Chen was an eye-opening read for you – i’m looking forward to reading it !! and omg you’re reminding me to continue the Trials of Apollo series (although at this point, i’ll have to reread the first book bc i’ve completely forgotten allll about it haha :’)). i’m super excited for Olivia Rodrigo’s new album, her voice and music is INCREDIBLE.

    good luck with your new job, i’m sure you’ll learn a lot and pick up new skills in no time, i believe in you <3 i hope May treats you well and brings you a lot of great books and music 😊

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    • It’s so weird it’s May, I swear. I literally think we just left January???? What’s even time anymore, hahah.

      I think the Trials of Apollo series is 10/10 worth reading and I hope you do carry on with it!

      Thank you so much for the words of encouragement, Dezzy. Some days I am just so exhausted and mentally drained, it means a lot to hear “i believe in you!”

      Thank you for all the kind wishes & I hope you have a great May! ❤️

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  2. I cannot believe it’s already May now, time goes by too fast 😱 Good luck with your job Lais, I hope everything goes well 🙏 I’m very happy to see that you liked Please Don’t Hug Me, as I just checked it out from my library and it might become my first read of the year ❤

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  3. Congrats on the new JOB! That sounds super fun! I love to teach people but I could never teach English because I suck at it! I am more of a math girl. But you will be great at it!
    I am so happy that you enjoyed Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun!
    OMG I need to finish the Trials of Apollo Series! I am at the second book (I think) and I just forgot about it.
    I am also very excited for Sour and HSMTMTS! Beauty and the beast is one of my favourite disney musicals so I am so excited to see all of the covers of the songs!
    I hope you have a fantastic month!

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    • Thank you! I didn’t expect I would be already teaching them, I thought I’d just be helping out their actual teacher, but things turned out the other way, hahah.
      Ah, I think they’ll do Beauty and the Beast so well! It will definitely have a modern take, I think, and I’m looking forward to it.
      Thank you so much for reading, Kayla!

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  4. I hope you get to get your vaccine soon! I just got my second shot, and I’m so happy. I’m going to see my grandparents for the first time in years, and I think I’m probably just going to burst into tears the second I get off the plane and see them.

    I’m trying to wrap up a few huge fantasy tomes this month before Pride begins in June because I’ve got an insane TBR scheduled, and I’m so hyped about it. That means not a lot of actual books, but a heck ton of reading this month, which, honestly, is what I’m vibing, so I can’t wait!

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    • thank you so much! ah, this must be so exciting and i’m so happy for you! thankfully, i live with my grandparents, so i was able to keep in touch with them during this time. i hope your meeting goes well!

      hahah, my TBR for june is also so ambitious! i have to remember myself that june is *not* the only month i have to read queer books, hahah. yay! i hope you have a great reading month & overall an amazing may! 💕

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