March and April 2021 Wrap-Up


It’s been a crazy two months, and I’m ready for the semester to be over. I need to get back to writing my paper and finishing my video project so let’s just jump into things.

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Books Read

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Category/Genre: adult LGBTQ+ romance
Short summary: President’s son loves England’s prince
Quick thoughts: Perfect blend of romance and politics
Rating: 4.5 stars
Links: review, Goodreads

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Category/Genre: YA thriller
Short summary: Ojibwe culture meets Nancy Drew
Quick thoughts: A must-read for everyone!
Rating: 5 stars
Links: review, Goodreads

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
(A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)

Category/Genre: adult fantasy romance
Short summary: Nesta’s journey after the war
Quick thoughts: liked it, touched on mental health issues
Rating: 4.5 stars
Links: review, Goodreads

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix

Sabriel by Garth Nix
(The Old Kingdom, #1)

Category/Genre: YA fantasy
Short summary: magical girl tries to find missing dad
Quick thoughts: good, interesting magic system
Rating: 3.5 stars
Links: review, Goodreads

Temple of Ice by Christian Cura

Temple of Ice by Christian Cura

Category/Genre: YA/new adult fantasy
Short summary: water/air benders vs corruption
Quick thoughts: very fast paced, okay story
Rating: 3.5 stars
Links: (review to come), Goodreads

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
(The Beautiful, #1)

Category/Genre: YA paranormal
Short summary: 1920s New Orleans paranormal murder mystery
Quick thoughts: both pretty good and disappointing
Rating: 3.5 stars
Links: review, Goodreads

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
(These Violent Delights, #1)

Category/Genre: YA historical fantasy
Short summary: Romeo & Juliet retelling but with gangs
Quick thoughts: Amazing! I need the next book, stat!
Rating: 4.5 stars
Links: (review to come), Goodreads

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I noticed that I’m falling behind on my “get-my-physical-TBR-down-to-zero-by-2022” resolution, so in April, I decided to start setting monthly goals for myself. Hopefully doing this will get me back on track, because I’m super determined to read all the books on my shelf before getting new ones. So… how did I do this month?

April Goals:

❌ read 3 physical books
✅ finish These Violent Delights
✅ finish reading Sabriel
✅ finish reading Temple of Ice

# of books left in my physical TBR: 19

I finished a few of the books I’ve been meaning to read, but I only read one book from my physical TBR. Hopefully with summer break coming up, I’ll have more time to catch up on reading. I’m not super behind on my reading schedule, so I have confidence that I’ll get back on track soon.

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Currently Reading

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m only three chapters in and already so much has happened. I’m excited to see where JLA takes this series, because the cliffhanger from the second book was too much for me to handle.

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Monthly Posts

Bookish Posts

Let’s Talk: Diversity and Representation in YA books
These books are a LIE
Kindle Paperwhite review [1.5 years later]
Reading is like potatoes, a short essay


Heartstopper, Volume One by Alice Oseman
A Dance with Fire by Aleera Anaya Ceres
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh


The Women’s History book tag
The Medieval Queens book tag

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Life Update

Life has been… busy. Midterms have passed and finals are coming up. I also took up an internship during this semester, and it really pushed me. I’m super glad I did it, though, because I met some really amazing people. That being said, I can’t wait for this semester to be over so I can laze around and do nothing.

I’m not a huge TV show watcher, but I started the Netflix adaptation of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I don’t know how you guys do it. I swear not even 24 hours passed since the show released, and I saw people on Instagram saying they finished it and needed a second season. I’ve watched the first couple episodes so far, and it’s pretty good! I don’t remember a lot about the Shadow and Bone series, but I really like how they combined the Six of Crows plot with Alina’s story.

Now that the semester is almost over, I want to spend more time catching up on books. I also want to reread the Shadow and Bone trilogy (I’m not sure I ever finished it tbh). I read a L O N G time ago, and I don’t remember a single thing that happened. It feels weird to watch a book adaptation without reading the book first, so I might reread it to refresh myself.

[Author’s note: Turns out, I only read the first book back in 2014 and never continued the series after that.]

Other than that, nothing much has been happening. I’m slowly preparing to move back to campus for the next school year, which is both exciting and terrifying. I hope everyone has had a good couple months, and hopefully things will only look up from here on out!

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Stay awkward and amazing!

13 thoughts on “March and April 2021 Wrap-Up

  1. Ashmita | thefictionaljournal 05/01/2021 / 1:37 pm

    I am so so so so happy that you enjoyed red white and royal blue and these violent delights and acosf!!!!!! I loved this books!!!! Great wrap up and good luck with the tbr! ❤️

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    • Jessica 05/01/2021 / 3:33 pm

      Yes! All of those books were amazing in their own ways. Thank you for the luck! I’m going to need it lol ❤


  2. minimallyhan 05/01/2021 / 1:56 pm

    What a great selection of books! I’m trying to reduce my TBR so am on a strict no book buying ban!

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    • Jessica 05/01/2021 / 3:35 pm

      That’s great! I have to say that you’re much stronger than I am because I’m on a book buying “ban,” but I break it from time to time. Best of luck on reducing your TBR! ❤

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  3. storiesandsidequests 05/01/2021 / 6:28 pm

    You had some great reads this month! I’m also trying to reduce my physical TBR. I’ve been really good about not buying any new books and just using my library, but lately I’ve been reading only library books and none from my own shelves 😂 Good luck with finals!

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    • Jessica 05/02/2021 / 4:43 pm

      Ah yes… the woes of reducing the physical TBR XD Best of luck on your goals!

      (also thank you for the luck… I’m going to need it this finals season) ❤


  4. Maya Rajesh 05/02/2021 / 2:40 am

    Seems like you had a really good month! I’ve been meaning to read ACOSF for so long (like ever since it released) but I’ve been putting it off for some reason! I’m going to pick it up soon! I now only get books on my Kindle; it took me a while to put off buying physical books, too!

    Great post, Jessica!

    —Maya (

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    • Jessica 05/02/2021 / 4:47 pm

      ACOSF is pretty good (but really long)! Hope you enjoy it! ❤

      Oooh buying e-books instead of physical copies is a good idea… I always like having a physical copy, but I struggle with borrowing from the library because I'm a slow reader and my loan always ends before I finish a story. Thanks for the tip!

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      • Maya Rajesh 05/02/2021 / 10:10 pm

        Yes, I just realised how long it is! Hopefully it’s worth it!

        I love having physical copies, too. Nothing beats the smell of a new book! But if only there was more space on my shelves!

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  5. wordswithdestiny 05/03/2021 / 6:27 pm

    Good luck on finals! Mine ended last week, so I’ve been catching up on books. I thought the Firekeeper’s Daughter was really good! I can’t wait to see its Netflix adaptation

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    • Jessica 05/05/2021 / 8:13 am

      Firekeeper’s Daughter is so good! I didn’t know they were adapting it!


    • Jessica 05/06/2021 / 4:37 pm

      It truly is! I can’t wait for the sequel because that ending killed me!


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