April Monthly Recap + May TBR // we crossed 100 followers!!

April was considerably better than the previous months. I had a lot more time to read than usual, and got quite a bit of work done too! I had quite a lot of ARCs to finish (and still do), so I’m glad I could get some of them off my plate. My new academic year started too, which was fun, I guess, if you leave out the abundance of homework we’re piled up with everyday. Anyway, let’s wrap up this month, shall we?

Books I Read

  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: I did finish the trilogy this month, and I think I probably liked this one the most out of all. There could be a tiny chance that it’s because of Nikolai, but you never know. It was a little slow in the beginning but definitely started picking up after some time. And no, I still don’t like the Darkling. You can check out my review here.
  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He: This is first ARC I read this month, and I liked it a lot. I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned this on my blog, but I’m not a big fan of science fiction. I’m trying to gain interest by reading more books in that genre, and so far, it’s working. This book was so much more emotional than I expected, and I still can’t quite get over that ending.
  • Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton: I don’t remember the last time I read a book that was less than 300 pages, but regardless, this book was such a fun journey. The friendships were something I really loved about it, and everything about is was just so warm and fluffy. It was fast-paced, and it did touch a few sensitive topics, but it was done in an amazing way and I’m definitely looking forward to more books by this author.

  • These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden: Despite the fact that this book took me a little more than a week to finish, I liked it all the same. It was a bit confusing at times and I couldn’t keep track of whose children were who for the life of me, but the plot and worldbuilding was very unique and I had a lot of fun diving into a world of immortals again. You can read my review here.
  • Made in Korea by Sarah Suk: THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE. I absolutely loved the Asian representation, and being one myself, I could relate to these characters so much and it was such an uplifting experience. It had the cutest romance and was filled with amazing stakes and banter.
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: As I mentioned before, I did finish the Shadow and Bone trilogy this month, and well, I was sorely disappointed by the final book. I went on a whole rant which you can check out here, but in short, the ending was just so underwhelming. Honestly, I was expecting a great sacrifice or maybe even some action-packed battle scene, but this book just failed to deliver. And please don’t get characters back from the dead. Please.

  • The Immortal Game by Talia Rothschild and A. C. Harvey: This was literally just a young adult and darker version of Percy Jackson and I LOVED IT. The friendships and relationships were so heartwarming and there was also a really annoying love triangle, but we’re not going to talk about that. I adored the Greek mythology interpretation and the plot was so intriguing and refreshing. And thank the gods I didn’t have to go through another cliffhanger. Fantasy books seem to be stocked with them.
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune: I’m chiding myself over the fact of not picking this marvelous book before. I admired this book and its characters so freaking much. Everything about it was just so sweet and fluffy, and it left me on the verge of tears. The romance was amazing, though it did feel a bit rushed. You can read my full thoughts on this book here.
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: After finishing the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I immediately picked up King of Scars. Of course I’m reading the duology with Nikolai and Zoya as the main characters in it. Oh and our waffle queen too, of course. I had already spoiled myself for the ending (it’s a bad habit, I know), and at first, I was pissed. If y’all know my biggest bookish pet peeve, you know what I’m talking about. Now, I kind of (?) understand why it happened. I’m not sure yet. I still need time to process it.


I haven’t been doing TBRs for the past few months, because I tend to get sidetracked and end up reading totally different books than I planned. The struggles of an indecisive reader, am I right? So I’m going to keep a fairly shorter TBR (is six books short? I don’t really know) than usual and then I guess we’ll see if I actually stick to it for once in my life.

  • Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo: Do I really need to explain this one? It has Zoya and Nikolai. End of story. Oh and I also need to know how they resolve the problem that occurred at the end of the last book.
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang: I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long, and now that I’ve finally got my copy, I’m excited to dive into it. I’ve read a lot of reviews and also know that it has a lot of triggering content. I’d like to think that I’ve prepared myself for what’s to come, but I can’t really be sure, can I? The synopsis is just so intriguing and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me!
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson: I’ve never read any of Brandon Sanderson’s books, nor have I ever felt inclined to, but I’ve been reading so many positive reviews for Skyward, that I can’t resist any longer. I am trying to read more science fiction and ease into it, so this book feels perfect to help me.

  • Constellations of Scars by Melissa Eskue Ousley: The synopsis of this book sucked me in from the first line. Maybe it’s because the protagonist’s journey sounds similar to Hazel Levesque’s from Heroes of Olympus. It also sounds like there’s going to be a found family situation going on and I’m excited for it. Fingers crossed it lives up to its expectations!
  • The Endless Skies by Shannon Price: Fantasy? Check. Standalone? Check. Shapeshifting warriors? Check. Honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything more. I am ready to devour this story.
  • Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune: I’m probably the most excited for this ARC out of all the others. As I previously mentioned, I loved TJ Klune’s writing in The House in the Cerulean Sea, and I expect nothing less from this one. I’m also expecting quite a lot of tears because it has a romance between a spirit that doesn’t want to cross over, and his ferryman, and we all know that’s going to end up being very emotional.

This month’s posts

Posts by other bloggers I enjoyed

Quote of the Month

“Na razrusha’ya. E’ya razrushost.” I am not ruined. I am ruination.

Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo (we all need some Genya supremacy in our lives ;))

Life Updates!

  • My summer holidays have finally commenced (thank the gods), so I’m hoping I get more time to read than usual. Right now, I’m just trying to finish all my holiday homework at one go so I can have the whole month of May free, but I still have a long way to go. I also enrolled for a psychology course towards the end of May, so that’s fun!
  • Yes, of course I watched Shadow and Bone! I binge watched it all in one night and I LOVED IT. I’m going to be honest, I was only watching for the crows, but when we got so much more of their content than I expected, I was on top of the world. Those Kanej moments live rent-free in my heart now. Also, Milo is the star of the show and no one is convincing me otherwise (iykyk).
  • The covid cases have been increasing rapidly in India, along with a decrease in the oxygen supply, so all my plans for the summer went down the drain. I’m not complaining, though. I like staying at home cuddled up in my blanket with Netflix and a book. It’s bliss, really.

One last thing…

WE CROSSED A HUNDRED FOLLOWERS!!! Oh my god I simply cannot believe it! It feels so surreal! Thank you all so much for the support and love you give me, I’m incredibly grateful for each and every one of you!! So, in celebration, I want to do a fun ‘assumptions about me’ post, where you tell me what you think about me, and I’ll tell you if it’s true or not! It’s an amazing way for all of you to get to know me better! Make sure to put down your assumptions in the comments!

And that’s all for today’s post! I’m sorry if this was too long for your liking, I’ll definitely make it shorter next time! What did you think? Have you watched Shadow and Bone yet? What are some books you want to read in May? Let me know in the comments!

39 thoughts on “April Monthly Recap + May TBR // we crossed 100 followers!!

  1. AHH congrats on this milestone love! I’m so proud of you and you absolutely deserve it!! I also really enjoyed The ones we’re meant to find as a scifi-newbie, lol! I’m trying to get into the genre as well and though it was confusing at times, that twist BLEW me away. I’m still shocked…lovely post Rania!!

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  2. I love Nikolai so much! I gave Siege and Storm a 4/5 and in my opinion it’s ONLY because Nikolai exists! I am currently reading Ruin and Rising, and for the first 5 chapters I was literally sitting and waiting for Nikolai to appear. I can’t wait to start the King of Scars duology; a whole book with Nikolai as protagonist? Yes, please!

    Great post, Rania!

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  3. OMG Thank you so much for the feature! I’m really glad that you loved my recommendations, and I do apologize that your TBR has gotten longer lol.

    I have Rule of Wolves and Skyward in my May TBR as well, and good luck on your The Poppy War journey! Better brace yourself for it.

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  4. Congratulations on 100 followers!!!
    Did I hear Percy Jackson?????? I am definitely adding The Immortal Game to my TBR!

    I also watched Shadow and Bone and it was so amazing! All the characters were so good! I also need to read all of Leigh Bardugo’s books! I need to find out who is this Nikolai guy that everyone is talking about!

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  5. Congrats on 100 followers!!!! That’s so awesome!! Also I’M SO EXCITED for you to read The Poppy War!! I highly recommend reading up briefly on the Rape of Nanking before going into it, it really puts it into perspective (and probably prepare you for the triggers) since it is based off of that. 🙂 I CAN’T WAIT to see what you think!

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  6. Congratulations on the milestone, Rania! You deserve it! I hope you and your family keep safe. I hate that Covid is a constant fear for all of us still even a year later. 😔 Made in Korea and The Ones We’re Meant to Find are some of my most anticipated releases for this coming month so I’m even more excited to jump into them now. Great wrap-up. 💕

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  7. Great post!! I read your review of Ruin and Rising, and I totally get your point, but at that stage all I wanted was Alina and Mal to live happily ever after (I know its cliche but they’ve gone through so much they deserve a break) so the ‘bringing the dead back to life didnt bother me as much as it did to you.
    And congrats on a hundred followers, you deserve it💕💕🤗
    Here are my assumptions!
    You like to read fantasy
    You’ve got long hair
    Your favourite character in the s&b show is Kaz
    You’re an only child

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  8. Congrats on 100 followers!! I am so jealous, both because of the followers, and because you were able to watch all of Shadow and Bone in one night?!!??! My parents won’t let me, so I’ve been watching a episode every alternate day!
    Hope you have a great a vacation, for me, the vacation will unfortunately mean more studying :/

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  9. Loved your post Rania! Of course I watched S&B!!! Didn’t binge it though, I finished the last episode just yesterday. Hi-five EVEN I WAS WATCHING FOR MY CROWS!! I haven’t read the Grisha trilogy yet, but I found your thoughts on the books interesting. And finally, congratulations on 100 followers!

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