April is over, which means we are into May now, which means it is the official start of exam month to me. The end of April also means it is time to do a reading wrap up and I actually have some books to talk about this month and I can’t tell you how happy I am about it! I really fell of reading at the start of the year because I was ill several times and I have been so busy with coursework and studyng that I didn’t have the space in my life to read, but I have finished a few exams now and handed in all of my coursework, so I have already finished some of my subjects, which means I have had some more space in my life to read again. I only read 3 books this month, which is a smaller wrap-up for me, but I’m proud of the 3 books I read because that is almost half of the total number of books I have read this year, so I did good in April! Let’s just get into them though…!
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck by Sarah Knight
I actually started reading this book all the way back in February, but I read the bulk of it and finished it in April, so it took me a good long while to finish it because of how busy it was, but I enjoyed it none the less. I have been reading more non-fiction this year because I find them less taxing to read and it helps with the guilt I feel when I’m not studying. I always feel like I have to be working when I have exams coming up, but reading non-fiction is close enough to work to ease my nerves, so I have been leaning towards it more and more. I bought all 3 of Sarah Knight’s books earlier this year (although I think she has another one out now) and this is the second one I have read. I don’t know if I talked about the first one or not, but I read ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’ in February and then read ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck’. I know I gave GYST 5/5 stars, but I gave this one 4/5 stars. I found both of her books really helpful and I even took notes and everything, but I enjoyed reading GYST more. This doesn’t particularly surprise me though because I know ‘Life-Changing Magic’ is her first book and not everyone has completely showstopping first novels.
Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper was a first for me. I have never read a graphic novel/comic in my life and I haven’t every read an Alice Oseman book, although I have heard a lot of good things about them. I was starting to feel the need to read again and I had the time to do it, but I wanted to start with something easy that wouldn’t send me right back into the deep end, so I chose a graphic novel because it was new and exciting and also not too taxing. AND I LOVED IT!!!! I was expecting to struggle with the format of it and maybe like it, but not love it, but no…. I was invested the second I opened it and I read the whole thing in one sitting. It took me about 40 minutes! I can’t believe I have to wait until July to get the next volume, but trust me when I say I will be reading it as soon as i get my hands on it!
Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill
I was riding a high after finishing Heartstopper and wanted to dive right into another book, but I knew it wouldn’t be wise to go with something too heavy, so i went with ‘Fierce Fairytales’ by Nikita Gill. It is a poetry book that I picked up recently and I thought it would be a good transition between an easy going graphic novel and a full novel. I expected to love it because I have read a lot of Nikita Gill’s work online and love all of it, but what really hooked me was the first line of the blurb that reads: ‘Feminist Fairytales For Young And Old.’ That lines sold the book to me and motivated me to pick it up and I mean what isn’t to love about feminist fariytales?
Those are the 3 books that I read in April and I am really proud of them despite it not being many. I am also currently half way through Turtles all the way Down by Jon Green, but I didn’t finish it in time to include it in this wrap-up, so you’ll have to wait until the end of May to find out what I thought of it! What did you read in April? How is your year going? I’d love to know, so leave a comment down below or come and chat to me on my Instagram (@theoriginalbookdragon)!
Goodbye for now
Over and Out