Books Bought:
Unabrow – Una LaMarche
Where All Light Tends To Go – David Joy
Them: Adventures with Extremists – Jon Ronson

Books Read:
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
Alex + Ada Volume 2 – Jonathan Luna + Sarah Vaughn
The Library at Mount Char – Scott Hawkins
Very Good Lives – J.K. Rowling (not counted toward Reading Challenge)


April was a crazy, crazy month. As I synced my cellphone pictures onto my computer, I realized just how much actually happened this month and am no longer surprised that my reading clearly reflects that. I set a ton of goals for myself and really followed none of them. It was definitely my most social month in ages and I’m looking forward to May being a pretty quiet month.

The month started off with my finishing Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I mostly listened to this on audiobook, but also read along with my physical copy. I had tried to read it ages ago, and just couldn’t get into it. That was before I fell in love with The Mindy Project and things changed drastically. I adored this. I laughed out loud so many times and I think listening to her narrate the story was a very smart choice.  Shortly after finishing, I had a really crappy day and decided to treat myself to Una LaMarche’s Unabrow which I assumed would be similar to Mindy’s book. That night, I began reading and just couldn’t get into it. A friend of mine was dying to read it so I chose to give it to her instead.

I dropped everything to read Alex + Ada Volume 2, which oddly, I didn’t love. It seems that everyone who has read the first one found the second one even better but the direction the plot took was both what I expected, and what I hoped wouldn’t happen. Sadly, I couldn’t tell you what I would have rather happened. However, I still love this series and I will now anxiously await the third instalment!

IMG_1373Next, my friend/coworker and I buddy-read an ARC of The Library at Mount Char; a new fantasy novel by debut author Scott Hawkins. The book has a beautiful cover, which I posted a picture of mid-read. A few friends of mine commented about how excited they were by the prospect of a book about a library and I realized my mistake. Warning! This is NOT a book about a library in the way you would think. This is a Joe-Hill meets Neil Gaiman horror with some seriously dark scenes and themes. There is indeed a library, but it is not a la Beauty and the Beast. Both my friend and I really enjoyed the read; it was so different, refreshing and fast-paced. I love large books that you forget are large because of how quickly you tear through them. This one was no different! If you are a Gaiman fan, add this to your to-read list!

I also read Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling which is a tiny book containing her commencement speech that she delivered to Harvard grads in 2008. Rowling writes so passionately about the necessities of failure and imagination. They say the right books find you at the right times and I had just been turned down for a job I had been pining after for 2 years when I sat down to read this. I was filled with hope and wonder. Sometimes it feels like there is nothing this woman can’t do. I highly, highly recommend it.

Then, there was my birthday. I used to downplay my birthday as much as I could because I didn’t want to be the person who pranced around announcing to every other person I saw that my birthday was coming up. But this year, I kind of did. I got VERY excited about it, for no particular reason. I had a lovely day. My fiancé and I ate at my favourite Mexican restaurant and then I stopped into Chapters to quickly grab myself the book I’d been pining over for months, Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy. I’d heard it called a country-noir version of Breaking Bad, and also the potential backstory of Daryl from Walking Dead. Two shows I adore. I’m halfway through right now and loving it!

We had an open house at my work on my birthday, so I begged my coworkers to forgo our usual eccentric desk decorating routine (which they did) only to discover that they had cleverly waited a day, and still decorated. I was instructed to wear a pink crown for a few hours and had a fairy wand which I used to knight my coworker. When I thought everything was over, I was surprised by the most lovely party that weekend which my best friend and fiancé had put together. I felt so unbelievably loved having all my friends in one room. The following day, I got to spend the day with my family. I had the most wonderful few days!

Since, I’ve been juggling a few books but haven’t finished anything. My coworker returned from a trip to London and brought me back a gorgeous copy of Jon Ronson’s Them: Adventures with Extremists which I cannot wait to read. I got to meet Jon Ronson this month while he was touring Canada for his new book. He is so humble, passionate and down-to-earth. I am dying to read more of his work. Lastly, on April 30th, Kate Bolick came to town. If you read my review of her book Spinster, you will know how much I enjoyed her book, and I was so looking forward to meeting her.


Kate Bolick in the middle, in front of a photo of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who plays a huge part in the book!

Like I said, what a month! It was action packed and so much fun, but I haven’t been out that much or seen as many friends as I have this month in ages. Now it’s time for some down-town. Some serious me time. I intend on having numerous baths and finishing that huge stack of partially read books beside my bed.

I hope you all had a wonderful month and I hope to get to speak to you more on the blog this month!


5 thoughts on “April in Review

  1. I see that your Monarchs calendar made an appearance in this post – I know you will understand when I tell you I was THRILLED that May is Marie Antoinette. I need to figure out a way to cut these down and frame my favourites when the year is over.

    You DID have a social month! Can I just say that there is nothing wrong with being the person to let everyone know about their birthday? Eventually, you don’t even have to do it because people KNOW. I LOVE my birthday. I’m glad you enjoyed your celebrations.

    But I really understand your need for down time after a month like that. It’s good that you recognize that you need that! Happy May!

    • Marie Antoinette month is definitely amazing! This calendar is just friggin fantastic.
      You’re totally right about the birthday stuff. I don’t know why I always tried to keep my excitement at bay. Who cares?! If I want to celebrate, I will! Thankfully, I had lots of people who helped :). But yes, totally looking forward to some down time haha. Though, the sun really makes me want to sit on a patio with sangria, so we’ll see how long that lasts.

  2. Yay! So glad to see that you had an awesome month! I’m like you in that I usually like to downplay my birthday haha! I love your work’s tradition of decorating your coworkers desk though! That sounds like a fun tradition ;) My work’s birthday tradition is that the birthday girl/boy has to bring in dessert for our coffee breaks….which has never really made sense to me lol! Maybe because the birthday person is getting spoiled all day long that it’s only fair for them to spoil their coworkers? Who knows!

    • YOU have to bring in the treats? No way! That does not seem fair to me lol. And yes, the desk decorating is definitely a fun tradition :). Although the goal is to be as extravagant as possible and sometimes people outdo themselves lol.
      Hope you had a great birthday too :)!

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