April Wrap-up & May TBR

April was a weird month, but like, I’m not sure that I’m ready for May, so I’mma just sit here quietly and bask in the weird spring months that I’m having. Shall we get into the recap?

I read 11 books this month, and they are:

Books Read


✔️ The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 1 👑
✔️ Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick, Alexis Deacon – 3 👑
✔️ Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige,  Stephen Bryne  – 2 👑
✔️ Much Ado about Mean Girls by Ian Doescher – 4 👑
✔️  If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka – 4 👑
✔️ Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019-) #1 – 4 👑
✔️ Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News that Matters to Cats
✔️ Nancy Drew: the Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson, Jenn St. Onge  – 2 👑
✔️ Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova – 2 👑
✔️ Reflection by Elizabeth Lim-  3 👑
✔️ Safely Endangered Comics by Chris McCoy  👑
✔️ Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan – 2  👑


Well, honestly, this month was kind of a downer. I thought I was having an okay month, but honestly, it’s been pretty eh. I only had 3 books that ended up being 4 crowns, which isn’t even full greatness. WHAT IS LIFE. Let’s just call this month a wash and hope May may bring the goodness.

The Highs

42060068Well, I only had three 4 crown reads. The highest for me was If I’m Being Honest. It was such a fun story, and it had so many feels and cuteness and summer vibes. I am ready to get back in the contemporary zone, if books like this await me. Much Ado About Mean Girls was a really fun adaptation of Mean Girls + Shakespeare, and I was down with it. Both had a few minor problems, but were totally bringing the enjoyment. The Sabrina comic had some fantastic art, and I was definitely enjoying it.

The Lows

27969081Um, there was like a lot, so I mean. Where do I even begin? I would say one of the biggest disappointments was Labyrinth Lost. This has been such a highly anticipated books for a while, but I found it majorly lacking. Everything just was super meh except for a highly intriguing world. The Red Pyramid was pretty disappointing as well. I never connected with the two main characters, and the pacing honestly made me feel like I was getting nowhere and going at a turtle’s pace. Definitely not what I was expecting with the usual RR goodness. Reflection also wasn’t a super solid and fun jam. And everything else? SO MEH.

Other BPR Activities

I participated in a super fun readathon this month created by Laura @ The Book Corps. I totally kind of failed with the readathon, but it really was a ton of fun. I might have to try it again next year and totally go for the win. Five of my books that I read this month were for it, and it totally got me reading a few books that I had been postponing for. Apparently I’m not meant for the Shane life. Time to go back to the Ryan methods. *wheeze*


Sha went on hiatus this month, and she’s going Down Under! Read more about her epic announcement here. I’m not crying about the time difference YOU ARE. *sniffles* Okay, it’s probs just me.

You can also read about our Book Hauls here. Since it’s going to be a monthly post now, I’ve decided to take them out of my wrap up posts.

My obsessions this month:

  • um, B99. I’ve been binging so much this month. It has gotten SO SO SO good, and I’m so hooked and Sha told me it’s about to get more dramatic and it’s alll so much.
  • Game of Thrones. Yes, I’m in the deepness, and counting down the days until it all ends in sadness. I’m not entirely sure they will be able to make it all work before it ends, but I am in deep with it until the end.
  • Blog tours, apparently, since I did like three. WHO AM I.



Sha and I officially agreed that May we are taking a break on the readathons – and I’m totally 100% keeping with this decision. We have been doing one each month this year, and plan on creating a specific themed one for June, so this girl is feeling a bit burned out and in need of a break. I’m ready to go back to sporadic for the month, and see where it takes me. However, I’m going to start with some of the books that I didn’t get to with last month’s readathon and more unread books from my bookshelf. These are a few of the books that I’m looking to get to this month (I clearly know that I won’t get to all of them, but they are the ones I’m trying to make my decisions with)!

Physical Books



What do you think? What books did you read last month? Did we share any of the same? What do you plan for May? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


16 thoughts on “April Wrap-up & May TBR

  1. I just saw that Mean Girls/Shakespeare mash-up for the first time pretty recently and I am sooo intrigued. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Here’s to a great May!!

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  2. Man your month as all over the place Mandy! I’m sad you didn’t love girl who drank the moon and now I want to read it more and see why. I had many similar feelings to labyrinth lost and I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series. But I hope you find more favorites this month 😀

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    1. Ahahaha it really was, Amanda! I thought it was going okay but there are so many all over the place reviews. And it was just so strange. I will definitely be so intrigued to see what you think of it. And yes! I’m doubting my want to continue with the series as well. And you too, Amanda!! 🙂

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      1. Don’t you just love it when it’s all over the place? LOL :p I decided that I didn’t care enough with labyrinth lost that I won’t continue the series. The author has had some questionable thoughts/behavior towards bloggers and that turned me off :/

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      2. Oh gosh, I didn’t hear about that. I definitely think I’ll be passing on it then. XD I totally skimmed the end too so I don’t think I could even tell you how it ended, lol. XD But good to know that it’s not worth the while.

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  3. Despite the not so high ratings it always seems like you have had a successful month, Mandy!!! I’m so disappointed to see that Labyrinth Lost didn’t live up to your hopes! 😦 Maybe the sequels will be better if you plan on reading them(?) I’ve been meaning to get to my ARC of Unclaimed Baggage for a while….let me know if it is any good and I hope we can get to our Spin the Dawn buddy read!
    And I didn’t know you were into GoT! I just like to read the spoilers after each episode and want to know how it ends despite knowing the bare bare minimum.

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    1. I definitely managed to get a few things accomplished!! And Ikkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. I was so ready for it, and it ended up being far messier than I wanted. And perhaps!! I’m definitely going to research since I haven’t seen many reviews for it. And ooooh yessssssssss I’ll definitely have to let you know and yes, fingers crossed we shall have the time – if not, JUNE!
      And yessssss. XD I bet the spoilers were really good for last episode, lol. SO MANY THINGS.

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