April Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Hello! Happy Almost-May! This month I actually read books, which is nice.


His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)This was a reread for me. This series is one of my all-time favorites, I’ve been a fan since I was fifteen years old, so over a decade now. But recently within the last year or two, it has finished up at nine books. And considering it’s been so long since I read it, I decided to reread the entire series. And lucky me, I found it on audiobook narrated by Simon Vance. I’m in heaven, it has been a wonderful experience. 27 year old me is enjoying everything just as much as 15 year old me did.

5/5 stars

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)I finally finished this one – it was wonderful! I think it’s probably my favorite Hobb book yet if not close to my favorite. This was a buddy read with Zezee, and the two of us were both melted by the end of the book. I’m very excited to pick up the third one. I think this series will get a blabber after the third book. There’s just so much to talk about!

5/5 stars


Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund

Halo: The Fall of ReachThis book was way, way way outside of my comfort zone but I ended up very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. My knowledge of the Halo universe extends to the first three seasons of Red vs Blue and running around for about an hour in multiplayer in Halo 2. I knew nothing of the plot or the lore or anything. My coworker talked me into reading this book and lent it to me to boot, so how could I say no? This book is the first in a trilogy that takes place before the first game, which was perfect for me. It had world building, it has set up, it has fantastic battle scenes (this author is really good at writing them). I just… really liked it, and it’s made me want to read at least the first trilogy if not pick up the game after. Who knows, maybe this is a window to a new love.

4/5 stars

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This was originally a buddy read with Ace but we kinda fell off the wagon, haha. This is the third and final book in the Remnant Chronicles and will definitely be getting a blabber from me. This book for me was really good and really subpar at the same time. So it got an average-ish rating, but by no means did I simply feel ‘meh’ about it. All the parts I either loved or hated so the review will likely be all over the place. Overall did I enjoy it though? Yes. Ish.

3.5/5 stars


Other Things

I saw Avengers: Infinity War yesterday. Somehow I managed to avoid spoilers during the two days it was out before I saw it, so don’t worry I won’t spoil you here. Needless to say though it was very worth going to see it, and seeing all the most recent Marvel movies before watching this one is a must.

I’m going to be a Dungeon Master. Do I know when? No. But! As soon as our current campaign is over, I’m going to DM the next one. Currently I’m reading up on how to do it and how to account for character actions, blah de blah. Wish me luck!

I’m thinking about doing board game related posts. Within the last two or three years, I and a bunch of my friends have gotten really into board games. Like, ‘playing them every single week’ into them. I’m thinking that I’ll right reviews or overviews of new ones, rate how easy they are to pick up for beginners, etc etc. It might be fun. 😀

My cousin had a baby. I’m now an almost-aunt to a little girl! She’s so sweet.

Reading Goals

Fantasy Bingo 2018

  • Participate in the Beat the Backlist Challenge
    • 4 book read towards the challenge this month: His Majesty’s Dragon, Golden Fool, Halo: Fall of Reach, The Beauty of Darkness

      • Total: 8 books
    • 0 photo challenge posts made this month
      • Total: 4 posts

Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Good so far

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

Right now it’s more like two posts per week

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Not done! :”D

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

3 out of the 11 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!

Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

Up to one time per week. Making progress.

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

Pretty good the last few days, need to catch up a bit though.

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

On it!

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

And that’s it! Happy reading!

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