month in review

[2021] April Review

I didn’t actually get around to reading The Enchanted April in its titular month. Planned on it – even took photos – but see below for how the month actually went. 😛 Still, what better book to include in the April header?


April was a slow month with 6 books, including 1 short story and 2 novellas. I’m not unhappy with this number though, all things considered; work and home life were both chaotic last month.

  1. A Princess In Theory, Alyssa Cole
  2. Victories Greater than Death, Charlie Jane Anders
  3. Inconceivable: My Life-Altering, Eye-Opening Journey from Infertility to Motherhood, Alex Johnston
  4. A Dead Djinn in Cairo, P. Djèlí Clark
  5. The Haunting of Tram Car 015, P. Djèlí Clark
  6. Boyfriend Material, Alexis Hall


  • We Are Satellites, Sarah Pinsker *
  • A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark *
  • Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov

Two ARCs with publishing dates in mid-May, then a big break (July) before the next one. Pale Fire is my book for CC Spin #26. I have tentative plans for what to read beyond this but these three are the priority.


  • Our son turned 3 in April and our daughter will turn 6 next week… I’ve never appreciated the saying “the days are long but the years are short” so much as in the midst of this unending lockdown, where time is meaningless, but somehow my babies are growing up on schedule???
  • On top of April being exhaustively busy, we also discovered that kids go through a major sleep regression around their 3rd birthday. I legit cannot remember going through it with my daughter because her (at the time) 2-week-old brother was the most likely culprit for the whole family’s interrupted sleep. 😐
  • Moved around our offices once again so I have a new space set up for taking book photos. The bookshelves are set up neatly and the rest is a chaotic mess, which is on-brand at least.


Back on the goals train now that taxes are filed and workload has returned to normal. May will be a catch-up month:

  • Classics Club reviews for Beezus and Ramona and Pale Fire
  • ARC reviews for Winter’s Orbit, Inconceivable, We Are Satellites, and A Master of Djinn
  • Catch up on bookstagram photos for 2021 reads
  • Catch up on instastory reviews for 2021 reads

What are your reading goals for May? How was your April?

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