April Wrap Up 2021

Breaking News!!!

This girl has FINALLY finished a novel. It’s only taken four months, but it’s done and what a book it is. The City of Brass was such a richly imaginative and immersive reading experience. It’s one of those books that has a constant simmering tension on the verge of explosion. When I got my teeth sunk into it, I found I was devouring every page at a rapid pace.

Beyond this achievement, April was a great month for me for many reasons and, I think I’ve come to ease the pressure I’ve been putting on myself to create a consistent stream of content and instead focus on quality content that I’m passionate about and proud of.

So here’s what I got up to in April.

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On The Blog

Ones to Watch: April Book Releases 2021
TV Talk: 5 Reasons to Watch It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
Book Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass is a tale of magical politics and conflict. Set in the ancient city of Daevabad, readers are introduced to a world built on history and violence. On the surface, it’s a vibrant city riddled with mesmerising magic, but underneath lies a fractured city. One divided by court politics, segregation, and discrimination among the various djinn tribes.

April Highlights

Books: As I mentioned earlier, I’ve finally managed to finish The City of Brass. As many of you know, I’ve been in quite the reading slump, and that’s why it’s taken me so long to finish this book. However, The City of Brass may be the first novel I’ve completed, but it’s not the only thing I’ve been reading. Since the start of the year, I’ve been slowly making my way through the Haikyuu! manga. I think I’m about halfway through the series and, it remains to be an uplifting and wholesome story. The attention our side characters get in understanding their motives and exploring their relationship with their teammates just shows the level of care that’s gone into this manga. It’s the kind of series that will make you cry when your team emerges victorious, but also cry when the opposing team loses.

TV & Film: Of course, The Falcon and Winter Soldier took over my life. I have so many thoughts about the show, but I loved how this show focused on the quieter moments connecting us to the men behind the heroes. It was also refreshing to take that step back and look at the complex history of the Captain America shield. Hopefully, following the films, we can still get a second season of the show, especially since we’ve now been introduced to a slew of new allies and enemies that will undoubtedly create an interesting dynamic with our leads.

So, what of Shadow and Bone? Well, 4 episodes in and I am very enjoying it. I love how they’ve been able to link the Dregs to the Shadow and Bone narrative. Now, I would have devoured the show from the get-go, but Part 3/4 of La Casa de Papel have gotten in the way. This second heist has raised the stakes even higher and the consequences are heartbreaking. There’s a lot at risk and my eyes are glued to the screen. As soon as I’m all caught up with La Casa I’ll get back to Shadow and Bone.

Music: This month’s musical highlight comes from British artist Tom Grennan. Grennan has had his fair share of hits over the last year or so, and I knew from the minute I listened to his debut album back in 2018, this guy would be dominating the charts. His latest single with Ella Henderson is proving to be yet another hit for this Brit.

Life: Two notable events happened in April. The first – my birthday, which was low-key, but nice, even if I got drenched by the rain. The second? Getting my first dose of the vaccine. I wasn’t expecting to get the vaccine so soon, but I would never have said no to the offer. Fortunately, the only side-effect is a very stiff arm in what was a quick and painless experience. Now, while we are fortunate to have this vaccine available to us, not everyone is in that same boat and many countries across the world don’t have access to the resources to combat Covid. The tweet below is a list of fundraising campaigns going towards the current crisis in India.

Favourite Posts in April

Once again, I’ve not been as active on the blogosphere, but there is always amazing content being produced by bloggers, and this is just a small selection of posts I read and loved in April

May Plans

Nothing concrete as of yet. I’ve got a couple of additional projects to work on at work this month, but I’m also planning on taking some days off so I can get in those day trips I keep talking about. One highlight of April was getting to catch up with some friends for the first time in months, and I’m hoping I can arrange a time to meet up with others later in the month.

I’d like to say I’ll read another novel, but there’s no guarantee. I will be continuing my manga readathon of Haikyuu! but that the only concrete commitment I have in May. Would you guys be interested in a manga review of the arcs within Haikyuu!?

What was your April highlight?
Got any book/TV/Film recommendations?
Any plans for May?
Let’s Talk

12 thoughts on “April Wrap Up 2021

  1. YAY for you finishing a novel!!! I know City of Brass is not short, so you really did well!!
    I can’t blame you for getting side-tracked with Casa de Papel, but I also can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Shadow and Bone once you are through. I’m always ready to talk about that show, because I’ve become the unofficial Grisha-source for plenty of my friends these past weeks hahaha
    Glad you had a good birthday, even if it was low-key ❀ and thanks for sharing my post! Now here's to a good May and hopefully you being able to go on some day trips!

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  2. I’m glad you finished the City of Brass and enjoyed it! I read it last year on audio and really liked it. We’re twinning with our TV shows at the moment, as I’ve ALSO been watching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Shadow & Boney. I’m enjoying both but have to say that TFATWS is edging it slightly for me right now. I have two episodes left of each so we’ll have to compare notes once I’m done πŸ˜€ That’s great news that you had your first dose of vaccine! Hope May is a lovely month for you and you can find some time to read if you’re feeling in the mood ❀

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    1. I think, overall, TFAWS gets that edge for me too. I just liked how that show celebrated those quiet moments that packed so much character growth. However, the casting for Shadow and Bone is brilliant in every possible way.
      Thank you. I hope May’s been kind to you so far. ❀

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  3. I’m SO glad you enjoyed City of Brass!! I have always wanted to buy the whole series because I have that feeling that I’ll love it and I’ll need the next book urgently lol, that you liked it just confirms that I should just do it, it will be fun! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»βœ¨ & Thank you SO much for mentioning my post, it means so much that you liked it, you’re the best. ❀️❀️ PS: I’m glad you like Shadow & Bone, I’m going for episode 6 and I’m not fine, I LOVE IT TOO MUCH, each episode makes me scream with excitement lol, I even like Mal, who am I? πŸ˜‚

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    1. I’ve found that I have a soft spot for a fantasy novel that delves into the politics of magic. It adds that layer of intrigue that’s fascinating. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do when you get to it. πŸ˜€
      Shadow and Bone was one of my most addictive TV watches of the year. I adore the cast and I love how the narratives intertwine.
      I hope May is being kind to you. πŸ˜€

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  4. I’m glad to hear about your reading journey. It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 books or 1 book, getting some reading done, especially a good book, is always great! πŸ˜€ I’m glad to also read such an optimistic wrap-up, especially now that you’ve settled with a new way to conceive your content and what not! Hope you’ll be able to make the most of your month of May too. Happy belated birthday and stay safe, Lois! πŸ˜€

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    1. I think I’ve just accepted that I have no time to stress about the little things and that’s given me such a freeing mindset. I’m just happy to be reading what I want when I want. Thank you so much. Hope you have a lovely May. πŸ˜€

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  5. ah, falcon and the winter soldier was too great and i really hope we get a season two soon. i loved how much we got to know the characters and their friendship development was chef’s kiss.

    i’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on shadow & bone. i personally loved it and am anticipating a season two of that one badly too, especially because i have a lot of theories on how they will continue to develop the dregs storyline.

    (and because i need more matthias/nina hahah)

    wishing you a fantastic may!

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    1. If we don’t get a second season of The Falcon and Winter Soldier, I will be so mad.

      I was really impressed with Shadow and Bone. I thought the way they wove the Crows narrative to the Grisha one was really well done, and the casting was on point. I’m excited to see the Six of Crow heist on the small screen now.

      Hope you’re having a lovely May. πŸ˜€

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