THE MONTH OF APRIL
April has been a whirlwind of a month, one full of adventures. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get much reading or writing done in April, being that there was so much going on. I had a multitude of events, work, and a couple of jobs along the side. It was a successful month, I would say, but for a variety of reasons. For example:
I EXPLORED THE DESERT
And oh my, was it beautiful. I didn’t think the desert would be something I would enjoy before, but it was like exploring a painting. It was bold and colorful, overflowing with these textures and patterns. It was incredibly inspiring as both a writer and photographer.
I FOUND THIS DOG
LOOK AT THOSE EYES.
THIS NEON SIGN
Neon signs are my #aesthetic, so this was a very exciting moment for me.
I FELL EIGHT BOOKS BEHIND SCHEDULE
This obviously isn’t an accomplishment. I thought I’d just let you all know how much I’m drowning in adulthood and unread books.
I ONLY READ FOUR BOOKS
So you can see why I fell so very far behind on my reading schedule. BUT DO NOT FEAR, for I have been known to surpass my reading goals before, and I plan to do so again. Goodreads will not defeat me.
I DID A LOT OF OTHER LITTLE THINGS BUT I DON’T HAVE PICTURES OF IT
So, yeah. Let’s just move onto the books.
THE BOOKS OF APRIL
ON THE EDGE OF GONE BY CORINNE DUYVIS
On the Edge of Gone was a beautifully diverse book featuring an autistic, biracial girl named Iris and her sister Denise, who is transgender. These two powerful girls, along with several other diverse characters brought a lot of dimension to this in-depth dystopian world.
As we all know, post-apocalyptic novels tend to be quite redundant and predictable. But On the Edge of Gone kept me in wonder, continually trying to guess what was going to happen next.
I really enjoyed this novel, however, it did feel much too long and slow. By the end of the book, I felt as though not much had really befell throughout the entirety of the novel.
For my full review of this diverse dystopian, click here.
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was such a fun, lighthearted read, while at the same time dealing with important topics. This novel discusses homosexuality, how people can feel like an outcast from it. But most importantly, I think this book discusses homosexuality with such ease and normality, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay.
Simon was a wonderful protagonist. He was funny and caring with a deep love for Oreos and waffles, and honestly, I can relate.
I also loved the way Albertalli told about half of the story through Simon and Blue. (And no, unfortunately, we are not talking about Blue Sargent, but we WILL be later this month. *wink*)
If you’re in the mood for something soft and cute and diverse, I recommend giving this a go. I’m sure it will pull you right out of any slump or rough patch. And, next year, Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is coming to the big screen starring Nick Robinson as our beloved Simon and I’m SUPER excited.
Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
As I’ve said before, I’m trying to incorporate more poetry into my usual reading habits. In the late of night, I picked up Salt from my digital library against the wishes of my TBR jar. Why? I don’t remember. But I’m glad I did so.
Salt explores everything from racism to sexism to sexuality, and my goodness, was this a gorgeous piece of work. Waheed has this lyrical tone in her writing that is both pungent and fragile. In only a few sentences, I felt her pain and sorrow. All the emotions she has felt through the roller coaster of her life.
I read the entire thing in one sitting, staying up until midnight to finish. (Which, by the way, is late for me because I’m basically an old lady.) And it wasn’t until I reached the end of the book that I realized Nayyirah Waheed is the author of one of my favorite poems, “I am mine. Before I am ever anyone else’s.” The same poem I have tattooed on my arm. So this felt special reading further work of Waheed’s.
MY DIARY FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD BY JODI LYNN ANDERSON
If you’re not already familiar, Jodi Lynn Anderson is one of my all-time favorite authors. She has made me smile and laugh and cry. (Mainly cry.) She is known to weave beautiful stories that are both beautiful and dark; characters that are honest and raw to the bone.
Despite not being a fan of middle-grade novels, I had a feeling My Diary to the Edge of the World would be one I would enjoy. And thankfully, I was right.
This novel took a fun, magical approach to the world while still keeping it realistic. Among that, the characters were complicated and intriguing. And to my surprise, the parents were alive and involved. How refreshing is that?
For my full review of this family oriented fantasy that left me in a pool of my own tears, click here.
How many books did you read in the month of April? Any good books you would like to share? I’m always open to recommendations! Because I mean, it’s not like I have too many books to read or anything. Just 115 or so. NBD.
I also want to apologize for being so inactive lately. Photography has been taking over my life, and though I’m extremely thankful for that, I miss my blog and my writing. I’ve been stuck in the 30k range of my WIP for the last two months, and that’s upsetting. I’m really trying to manage my time now, because I refuse to let my other dreams fade in the background. This is all very important to me.
So I’m back with more bookish and writerly things coming your way!