April Wrap: The month of failed readathons!

May 2, 2019

April was a weird month, in that I totally, epically failed at my readathon goals. OWLs? Nope. 25inFive? Not a chance. Even the two readathons I HOSTED in my own Goodreads group were a sham! ?

I decided at the end of April that I think I’m not cut out for readathons. The ones that I host myself are usually fine, but I can’t remember the last time signing up for someone else’s readathon went well for me! *sigh*

Click the titles for links to reviews wherever available!


✨ = review copy
? = backlist title
? = monthly TBR
? = reread
? = graphic novel/manga/comics
? = POC rep
? = LGBTQ+ rep
? = disability and/or MI rep
? = audiobook
? = Kindle Unlimited
❌ = DNF/set aside
? = ContemporApril

  • Wicked Saints ✨? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Wayward Sisters ✨???? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane ✨?❌? — DNF; not bad, I was just bored.
  • Hotel Dare ✨??? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Devouring Gray ✨❌ — set aside for later

  • Descendant of the Crane ✨❌ — set aside for later
  • Girls on the Verge ✨? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Doctor’s Discretion ???? — ⭐⭐
  • Criminal Intentions S1E1: The Cardigans ???? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Beast’s Heart ✨?❌ — set aside for later

  • Star Collector, Vol. 2 ✨???? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • In the Neighborhood of True ✨?❌? — DNF; I sadly hated this almost immediately.
  • Dream Daddy ✨???? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Dark Game ✨?? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • You Must Not Miss ✨?? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • The Fortune Box ? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Monstress, Vol. 1 ????? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Fence, Vol. 2 ????? — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


In progress & predicted ratings:

  • Sorcery of Thorns
    • prediction: 5/5 stars
  • Dead Until Dark (REREAD)
    • prediction: 3.5/5 stars
  • Godsgrave
    • prediction: 5/5 stars
  • In Darkness, Delight
    • prediction: 4/5 stars
  • New Orleans Rush
    • prediction: 4/5 stars
  • The Name of the Wind
    • prediction: 5/5 stars
  • The Right Swipe
    • prediction: 4.5/5 stars
  • Decluttering at the Speed of Life
    • prediction: 5/5 stars
  • The Foxhole Court
    • prediction: 3.5/5 stars
  • A Girl Like Her (REREAD)
    • prediction: 5/5 stars


Movies & TV Watched this Month:

Toni Collette and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)

  • Hereditary — 4 ⭐
    • I finally watched this! I really loved it until the last 5-10 minutes, when everything got really… weird and nonsensical?


Music I Loved This Month:

Image result for flora cash
Sorry, still just obsessing over flora cash.


My Favorite Non-Review Posts of the Month:


My Favorite Posts from OTHER Bloggers This Month:

This is really awful, and I feel so bad, but I have to leave this space blank this month because… well, writing this post made me realize I have done SO POORLY at blog hopping in April, I haven’t even saved any posts to link here! (I typically bookmark posts throughout the month and then compile them all in this list when the month ends.)
I feel absolutely awful, and I thought about just erasing this whole section from this month’s wrap-up and hoping nobody would notice, but I realized that this was actually extremely eye-opening for me to make sure that I don’t let myself fall into the habit of just posting without actually interacting. ♥
If you’re still reading this, please drop a link in the comments of a recent post YOU made on YOUR blog that you’re proud of, and I’ll check it out!


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

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    1. I just discovered Flora Cash in April! their music is so great.

    1. I’m right there with you! I totally wanted to do OWLs, but I just couldn’t make the time.

    1. This year has been a total reading flop for me apart from a few gems I’ve read. I actually have to work up the enthusiasm to read…..but when I do, it’s all good. I think I’m a bit broken ?

        1. A bit. I seem to have changed to bunge reading on weekends and then during the week I’m meh!
          It is really strange as a lot of people seem to be going through ot this year, I’m hoping it goes away soon!

    1. Still it looks like you had an awesome wrap up! I’m curious of what you’ll think of the Devouring Gray when you get back to it. I finally bought it on Kindle lol 😛

    1. I get quickly overwhelmed if I sign up for too many reading challenges or readathons. I end up spending more time tracking what book was for what readathon etc than actually reading, lol.

    1. I’m terrible at readathons as well! I think it has to do with being a mood reader. I never seem to have the book on hand that I’m both interested in, and that fits the prompts/challenges. Plus, I find that I’m always busiest the week of readathons. I hope you have a wonderful May!

    1. I barely finished the OWL readathons and totally bombed the Buzzfeed Unsolved one ? But hey April was a really busy month that I barely read anything- at least you’ve been reading a lot! 😀 I hope May would be a better month for you!

    1. I really want to read Wicked Saints soonish. I’ve heard mixed things but it just sounds so much like my thing that I really have this feeling I’ll like it! The cover of Wayward Sisters is very cool and I’m totally in love with the color scheme. I need to watch Hereditary as soon as possible because it’s supposed to be atmospheric and psychological and that totally sounds like something I’d enjoy. I wrote two posts that I really loved in the last two months: The Pancake Book Tag and Characters that are just so Hufflepuff: <3 https://softheartswarmeyes.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/t5w-tv-movie-literature-characters-that-are-just-so-hufflepuff/

    1. I feel like April was tough for a lot of people this time around! Here’s to hoping May will be better :]

    1. We all have those months where blog hopping is just at a low. <3 Don't worry too much about it.
      Monstress! I'm getting it for Mother's Day and I really hope I love it too.

    1. I have definitely fallen into the trap of not interacting as much as I should, so I totally understand that (I’m just now trying to get caught up on reading the past two weeks of posts!). But don’t beat yourself up about it!! Life happens and it’s totally understandable that sometimes, you aren’t able to do all of the things you want and it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to do them all in the future, either. <3
      One post I was (strangely) proud of was a music/book tag I did! It's here: https://thoughtsstainedwithink.com/2019/04/24/the-omg-that-song-tag/

    1. Omg girl I had a similar issue in April — I did nooo blog hopping and had to leave out my links section! As you can see, I’m making an effort to get caught up now. I’ve just been too distracted and tired to do anything weh.

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