Monthly Wrap Up: April 2018

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Me in April

I went to the cinema quite a bit in April. The best film I saw was A Quiet Place. It was incredible. I loved the tension, and the unique monsters, and I loved that John Krasinski and Emily Blunt did this together. The acting was fantastic. And the deaf character was played by a deaf actress! I also saw Ready Player One, which was enjoyable, and Infinity War, which broke me. I have a lot to say about the latter, but I won’t talk about my theories or reactions because it has only been out a week. BUT THOR.

At the beginning of the month we had a family gathering for Easter, which is always tiring because my family is LOUD, but it was also fun. And the food was great. I ate a lot of Easter eggs on the run up to Easter, and I also stopped going to the gym so regularly because of reasons, so I need to work hard in May to tone my body back up.

We did a day trip to Bath, which I loved. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, but we got to see the Roman Baths and the cathedral and the markets, and we just kind of strolled around. I’d definitely want to go back in the future.

Books Read

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1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ★★★
2. Time Bomb by Joelle Charboneau ★★★
3. People Like Us by Dana Mele ★★★★
4. The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips ★★★★
5. The Radium Girls by Kate Moore ★★★★
6. The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross ★★★
7. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry ★★★
8. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell ★★
9. Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki ★★★
10. Planetfall by Emma Newman ★★★
11. You by Caroline Kepnes ★★★
12. Devils Unto Dust by Emma Bequist ★★★★
13. The Dry by Jane Harper ★★★★
14. Force of Nature by Jane Harper ★★★

Book of the Month

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Reading Stats

As you can see, April was a pretty incredible reading month for me. I read 14 books in total, which added up to 4306 pages and 1813 minutes. My average rating went up (YAY) to 3.4, and I think it helped that I DNF’d two books (From Twinkle With Love and The May Queen Murders) instead of trying to power through them. I read 3 audiobooks, 8 ebooks, and 1 paperback. Obviously, ebooks are my new thing. I seem to read them faster than physical books.

I read 5 review copies, 3 new releases, and 6 backlist books, which I’m incredibly happy with because BALANCE. I’d like to keep this up, if possible. And I have a tonne of review copies to read so I need to get a move on.

Out of the ones I read, were adult books, 7 were YA, and was middle grade. Again, I’m happy with this, and it seems like balancing my reading makes me read more.

As for the genres that I read, they fell into categories as follows: 2 sci-fi, 3 contemporary, 2 fantasy, 1 non-fiction, 5 thrillers, & 1 horror. I’m obviously in the mood for thrillers at the moment, and they do tend to go faster, which might explain the high number of books that I read. I bought two books, and spent about £11 on those. Not bad!

You can see my totals in the image below.

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Looking Forward

Again, I don’t have too much planned in May, which is nice. The biggest thing that’s happening is our trip to Edinburgh. We’re leaving on the train later tonight, and we won’t be back until Sunday evening. I went to Edinburgh two years ago and I fell in love with the city, so I’m very excited to be going back. We’re planning on seeing the underground streets (again), and walking up to Arthur’s Seat (again), and all sorts of other exciting things. We’ve got a day trip to the highlands on Saturday, which is a different trip to the one I went on before but it’s with the same company. I cannot wait!

I’m also taking part in a 5K Fun Run, which I haven’t prepared for at all, so that should be hilarious. I’ve got 19 days to practise though so I should be able to at least job very slowly?

Hopefully if the weather picks up we’ll be able to do some more picnics in the park or something, but I expect the weather to stay awful. It’s currently FREEZING. I woke up this morning to find ice on my car. In May.

There are also a few films that I’m looking forward to, the most important ones being Deadpool 2 and Solo.

What do you have planned for May?

4 comments on “Monthly Wrap Up: April 2018

  1. Vee @ Under The Mountain May 2, 2018 4:40 pm

    I really wat to visit Edinburgh but just haven’t managed to yet! I’ve been all over England but not much of Scotland. It should start getting warmer this month so you planned your trip perfectly. We’re heading to Longleat for my daughter’s birthday this month, it’s some sort of safari park. All I know is, it has cool animals and it costs an arm, a leg and an eye to get in. I hope she enjoys it…

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

    • Amber June 3, 2018 8:06 pm

      What did you think of Longleat? I went there last year (and once before, when I was much younger) and I loved it. I managed to get a good deal on the ticket price, which helped haha. We weren’t able to see much of the tigers or the wolves, unfortunately, but we did get to see one of the lions try to escape the enclosure, and one of the keepers was trying to stop it in one of the jeeps haha.

  2. Sana May 22, 2018 6:10 pm

    I’m super interested in watching A Quiet Place but definitely too much of a chicken to watch it in a cinema so I didn’t, heee.

    Thor was so great in Infinity War and is now my FAVE

    Oh my god, it’s definitely still way too cold during the night here, but I’m not really complaining because it’s pleasant and I hate hot weather.

    5K Fun Run sounds fun! Hope you actually do have fun =D

    • Amber June 3, 2018 8:09 pm

      THOR IS THE BEST AVENGER NO ONE CAN TELL ME DIFFERENT <3

      The Fun Run actually went quite well haha. I did it in 30 minutes and I didn't die!

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