Monthly Recap: April 2015

Reading 2

After two months of no recaps (I’m a bad blogger!), I’m bringing them back!

I feel like the term “monthly recap” is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case here’s my spiel! I’ll be recapping what I’ve read for the month and what reviews I’ve written, along with what I’m planning to read for next month. What’s been happening in my personal life may also be making an appearance from time to time (this of course depends on whether anything interesting happens!).

What I Read in April:

  1. Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle (UF western)
  2. Chase Me by Tessa Bailey (contemporary romance)
  3. Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (YA UF)
  4. Low, Vol. 1: Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini (graphic novel)
  5. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire (audiobook)

As you can probably see, April was a S-L-O-W reading month for me! Chalk it up to the last few weeks of my degree or the vicious reading slump that set in around mid-month, but either way I did not meet my reading goals. The good news is that I’m finally on top of my review pile: I’ve slowly been working my way back through the books I’ve read in 2015 because my goal for the year was to review every book I read for fun. Success is imminent!

What I Reviewed in January:

  1. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  2. Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison
  3. Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle
  4. Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Four reviews is pretty typical for me month to month. Lately I’d say that’s about as good as it’s gonna get, since I want to stock-pile reviews for what is undoubtedly going to be a very busy year. More about that later.

Reading & Blogging Updates:

I had been doing so well on my book buying challenge, and then I indulged in a little retail therapy and well…suffice it to say that I’ve fallen off the wagon. And maybe that’s okay? I figure if I’m working and I am fortunate enough to have the extra cash, why not spend it on books? I indulged and bought a slew of new books, including the latest Kelley Armstrong and Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman.

Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows of my love for Kelley Armstrong, and might be surprised that I haven’t EMPIRE OF NIGHT yet. But I’m buddy-reading this one with one of my best friends (another Kelley Armstrong fangirl) in May and I could not be more excited. Of course, I also desperately want to read Shadow Scale so I’m hoping to make that a reality in May as well. But I haven’t been doing too much reading, instead focusing on catching up with friends before I leave town. This photo may give you an idea of what I’ve been doing instead of reading. No regrets! ; )

Don’t mind if I do! #girlsnightout #bellini #milestones #treatyoself

A photo posted by Danya @ Fine Print (@danya_fineprint) on

School and Life Updates:

So much has happened since my last update, it’s insane. Presented at my first ever academic conference and killed it (if I do say so myself). Handed in my thesis projects for both majors: one was a paper on working class masculinity during the Great Depression and the other was my Chinese Canadian and Aboriginal literatures project. Finished my last classes and assignments of undergrad. Accepted an offer to grad school.

That’s right people. ACCEPTED AN OFFER TO GRAD SCHOOL. I’ll be pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Science starting in September, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve wanted to be a librarian for more than a decade now, so this is like a “major life dreams” moment. For a second there I was tempted by an offer to do an MA in English but I couldn’t resist the siren song of librarianship.

When this post goes live, I will be in the process of moving all my worldly possessions across the province to my new apartment! Gotta move for grad school and my lease was up anyway, so the stars kind of aligned on that one.

Wish me luck on my big move! Here’s hoping nothing gets horribly mangled, but if it does I’ll rally. What adventures are happening in your life these days?

Related Posts

  • Tammy Sparks

    Wow, big congrats on grad school! How exciting! And moving too. Lots of life changes, it seems:-) April was a slow reading month for me too, so don’t feel bad!

    • Thanks, Tammy! I’m pretty excited about it, but definitely glad I have a few months before I go back to school. I know, right?! I don’t even have internet at my apartment right now…sigh. Good to hear I wasn’t the only one slow-going! 🙂

  • Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Awesome! Congrats and best of luck with grad school 🙂 Exciting stuff! And I think 4 reviews a month is great! Single person blogs can’t possibly churn out as many reviews and multi-person blogs (or at least that’s what I tell myself to feel better. And discount the couple of super bloggers that manage it somehow. They obviously have super powers and we can’t possibly be expected the same output)

    • Thanks Lisa! I’m pretty psyched. I try not to feel too bad about the four review average since my reviews can get a little lengthy. Hahaha, yes, some people truly are super bloggers! We are mere mortals. 😉

  • Congrats on being accepted into grad school! Library Sciences is a Masters Degree I’ve dreamed about myself actually, even though I went into Occupational therapy after I graduated. Maybe one day when the kids are older and we’ve got some extra cash it’s still something I can still pursue! Anyway, good luck on the move! So excited for you 🙂

    ~Mogsy

    • Thank you! You know, I could totally see you as a librarian. Reference? Or would you be collections, hiding away in your office? Both definitely have their pros and cons, haha. 😉 Occupational therapy is very cool though! For some reason I thought you were a scientist? Or did you start out in biology?

      • My undergrad was an anthropological sciences/biology degree and OT was grad school, though nothing I do now relates to either anymore 😛

        ~Mogsy

  • Lynn Williams

    Well done – I’m so pleased for you. Good luck with your move too.
    I think you’re doing great squeezing in any books read simply for pleasure with what else you’ve got going on.
    And, cheers – that drink does look rather appealing!
    Lynn 😀

    • Thanks, Lynn! The move actually wasn’t too bad, as far as moves go. Although I have been bemoaning my lack of internet in my apartment. Can you believe that I’m going to be without it until this upcoming weekend?! HORROR! Haha, the drink was delish. I may indulge again soon. 😉

  • Congrats on the grad school news! And moving is always exciting, new places and new people!