Hello dear readers,

April is over already – how time flies! This month was definitely better on bookish terms, but still not where I would like it to be. I finished six books and had aimed for ten, but this is also double the number of  my last reading month, so it’s fine for now. I actively made time for books, which definitely showed! I’m really proud of that, and it was so worth it.

BOOKS I READ

Von dieser Welt – James Baldwin – 317 pages – ☕☕☕☕
The Sun and her Flowers – Rupi Kaur – 250 pages – ☕☕☕☕
A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab – 385 pages – ☕☕☕☕☕
A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab – 508 pages – ☕☕☕☕☕⭐
A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab – 667 pages – ☕☕☕☕☕
Nichts ist Okay! – Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely – 320 pages – ☕☕☕☕½

BOOKS STARTED

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Unfortunately, this one can’t really draw me in. I read about one or two hundred pages and still dislike the main character, am slightly annoyed by cliche tendencies and don’t really feel connected to the plot. So far, not living up to the hype.

OPINIONS

Otherwise, April started out very well with my first James Baldwin book, which I appreciate more with every passing day. His grasp on human characters, stories and personalities is unique and incredibly impressive. Even if I don’t understand all the concepts he addressed, it was intriguing enough for me to accept it as a whole, and that says a lot! You can find my German review here, the translate button will help you read it in English.

Next up was The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, which I definitely read before but somehow didn’t track at all? It didn’t show up on my Goodreads or in my Bullet Journal, so I just read it again. The review is still in my drafts but will hopefully be out soon. I enjoyed it, but somehow less than when reading it for the first time.

And now, my absolute highlight, not only of the month but of the entire year! The Shades of Magic series. Just, wow. This is fantasy at its finest. While I had tiny misconceptions with the first book, the second blew me away and I ended up finishing it in only one day! Part three was equally perfect – and that’s what I ended up thinking about the series. It’s just perfect. And I don’t mean flawless, it has edges and bumps but they make it rough and beautiful. These books earned their place on my all-time favourite shelf and I’m so so happy that V.E. Schwab is writing more in our world of four Londons ♥

I finished the month with my second German book that still has to settle. Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely tell the story of a racist act of police violence from the perspective of a black and a white teenager in the US. I don’t need to mention how important books like this are and am working hard on a good review.

MARVEL

If you are a Marvel fan, you know what’s coming now. Avengers – Infinity War is finally here! And it definitely lives up to the buzz surrounding this movie. So much that I had to see it twice in the opening week! I won’t spoil anything here, but if you’ve seen it and need to talk about it, find my thoughts and a little comment-section-support-group here.

MISCELLANEOUS

Otherwise, there’s not much to tell. We got the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery app which is a lot of fun, I had to say goodbye to a good friend who moved to Australia (so far away!), celebrated quite a few birthdays, managed to get a third degree burn at a restaurant (don’t judge me please) and upped my Instagram game. I found my love for the ‘gram again, especially for our amazing bookstagram communitiy, so if you’re there come say hi! I’m always happy to get to know you all better. Tell me about your April, there or here in the comments!

For now I’ll say thank you for reading and wish you a marvellous May 

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