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Monthly Wrap || April 2020

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April 2020

I both can and can’t believe we’re at the end of April already. Why did March last a thousand years but April is already over? I need an expert to explain this. Please. Help me make sense of the passage of time, or I’ll be forced to do it through highly personal wrap posts.

Oh wait. That’s what we’re already here for.

Life Beyond the Blog

Given how quickly April has flown by, it feels like I’m at a loss, trying to remember what I’ve done. At the front of my mind is that fact that I’ve gone back to work, and that sewing face masks is the biggest dose of minor frustration I’ve experienced in a while, but what else have I done? Did I do anything? Was this month just an illusion?

I know I didn’t blog as much as I wanted, or read, or write. On the other hand, I’ve played an outstanding amount of Animal Crossing and unlocked terraforming, which is far too much power to trust me with. Sorry, dear villagers. I’m uprooting you and aggressively building an entire lake community, so you have to sit in a messy cluster until it’s done.

And come to think of it, I started watching Leverage this month too! As I write this, I’m fresh off the finale of the fourth season, and likely to finish the fifth season by early next week at the latest. It’s been a balm on my soul, combining found family, anti-capitalist thievery, and what’s shaping up to be the most superb OT3 I’ve ever laid my eyes on. And not only is this gold on its own, but there’s going to be a revival with almost all of the original cast, some of the original writers, and the addition of Noah Wyle of Syfy’s The Librarians (and the delightfully cheesy Librarian movies that came before the show)! The TV gods are smiling on me right now, and I can hardly believe my luck.

Other than that, however, it’s not been a month for anything especially notable. I’m working in small things right now, because that’s what’s manageable. Or is supposed to be manageable.

Books Read and Reviewed

I told myself I’d read five books this month, but I only managed to get through four. C’est la vie and all that, I suppose? Anyhow, you can read my reviews for Fractured TideGideon the Ninth, and The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea already. And next week, you’ll be able to read my review of Lobizona!

Next Month’s Reads

May is for ARCs, honestly. I’ve got a lot that are still on to be published in May/June, or were scheduled for then, and I want to get them out of the way so I can start cracking on my physical TBR. At the top of the list are The Girl of Hawthorn and GlassThe Sullivan SistersWhere Dreams Descend, and The Court of Miracles. That said, I’ve not really been smashing my reading goals lately, so we’ll see how it actually shakes out.

My Top 3 Posts

Truth be told, I didn’t write as many posts as I meant to. A lot of them were put off until next month, just to spare my already fried brain cells. Turns out you can only do so much at once, even when you suddenly have more free time than you thought.

Still! Posts did happen this month, and these are the three I’ve had the most fun working on.

1. Welcome to Snail and Well Read!

2. Gideon the Ninth Review

3. Animal Crossing New Horizons Review

Favorites From Around the Blogging World

While I didn’t do much this month, you all sure did! These are some of the best posts I found this month, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

Kate @ Your Tita Kate boosts some of her favorite Muslim voices, both bloggers and authors!

Lottie @ Lottie is Writing shares five reasons why you should use a blogging notebook to organize your blog!

Lauren @ Northern Plunder offers advice on how not to use Feedly for your blog hopping needs!

May @ Forever and Everly recommends twenty books by authors of color, so that you don’t keep reading just white authors!

Kat @ Novels and Waffles reveals all the secrets of SEO for building up your blog!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight makes some recommendations for free or cheap software that’s useful for blogging, organization, and more!

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books walks us through how to deal with a blogging slump!

 

So there you have it, April in a tidy little nutshell. I hope you’re doing well right now, and I wish you all the best in May. See you around! 💛

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