April Wrap Up and May TBR

I said this last month but what happened to April? This month has once again been a whirlwind and I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up! I had so many plans for April but in typical Amy fashion everything ended up being bit chaotic and pushed aside.

As many of you know already, I’m one of thousands of publishing hopefuls who are trying their hardest to break into a highly competitive industry and the constant rejection or lack of response is heartbreaking. I like to think of myself as an optimistic and positive person but recently it’s been a struggle trying to remain hopeful and confident in my abilities. It’s been almost two years now since I graduated from University with a degree in English Literature, and although this past year has had its set backs, I’m still at square one and just a little less optimistic than before. At this moment in time I’m fortunate enough to have a job working in retail with wonderful group of ladies who I absolutely adore, however I hoped for more. I don’t plan on giving up on my dreams anytime soon, and I hope that the universe has something epic in store for me soon!

Last month was emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting but I’ve started this month with a new mindset and goal orientated attitude and I’m confident that I’m going to make it a memorable one! My personal aim for May is to find a routine and get myself a little more organised. I’ve been juggling so many different things that I’ve lost track of what’s on my to-do list and what day it is, whoops!

April finally saw the re-opening of lots of non-essential shops including bookshops (I’d argue that books are essential) and I’ve never been so excited to experience a bit of retail-therapy. My poor bank account has taken a bit of a beating this month, but if you can’t treat yourself now, when can you?

The highlight of my month was hands-down the Shadow and Bone adaptation, IT WAS PERFECT! I’m currently on my third re-watch and I think I fall in love with it a little more every time I watch it! I’ve got a dedicated post going up next week where I gush about all of my feelings and how wonderful the entire show was, I can’t stop raving about it and if Netflix doesn’t renew it for more seasons then I quit!

What You Might Have Missed Last Month:

My Favourite Books With Pink Covers | Spring Edition

7 Thing I Want to See in the Shadow and Bone TV Show

Book Recommendations Based Off Your Star Sign

This or That: Book Lovers Edition

April Wrap Up

As for reading, it’s no surprise that I only managed to read ONE book this month! Luckily I’m on track with my reading goals and I hope to have a really productive May.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Nikolai is one of my all-time favourite characters so the chance to spend more time with him and join him on another adventure with some other great characters was perfect! AND that ending, it’s a good thing that I’ve got Rule of Wolves ready and waiting on my bookshelf!


When it comes to reading, I’m the bookworm of the family but occasionally my sister will fall into the magical world of reading and go into full-on reader mode! Seriously that girl can read, she managed to read the first two books in the Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L Armentrout in TWO days and I’ve never been prouder! So I thought I’d take advantage of her whilst she’s on this reading sprint and get her to choose my TBR for next month! I’ve brought so many new books recently and I don’t know what to read next, so it’s been great getting an outsiders opinion!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – This is my sisters all time favourite series and I’ve lost track at how many times I’ve promised her that I’ll read. I really enjoy reading about the vast Shadowhunter world and I’m excited to see what all the fuss is about!

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout – As I mentioned previously, my sister managed to read the first two books in two days and now she needs someone who she can talk about it with and I’m more than happy to fill that role. Everyone has been raving about this series and I feel little bit left out so it’s about time I jumped on the bandwagon!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – My sister knows me far too well and told me to pick the book that’s been sitting on my TBR pile for the longest! I received an excerpt of this book years ago and loved it so excited to continue with the rest of the story!

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve been going on about this book for weeks so there was no way that I wasn’t going to put this book on my TBR for May.


17 thoughts on “April Wrap Up and May TBR

  1. I remember when I graduated from uni. It was so hard finding a job in an industry I wanted to work in (I still don’t really know what industry I want to work in!) but something will pop up. I suppose the pandemic doesn’t help the finding a job situation but just keep being hopeful and don’t give up! Any publishing company would be lucky to have you ✨

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  2. I’m sorry that the last few months have been tough and I know that the pandemic doesn’t make anything easier. From everything I’ve heard the publishing industry is brutal, but I hope things start to take a turn for the better for you soon! Retail therapy is definitely necessary sometimes and from experience it can do wonders for your mood!

    Love your TBR for May. Clockwork angel and that entire series is one of my absolute favorites. I was so excited when Cassandra Clare decided to include some of those characters in her Chain of Gold series.

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    1. Thank you! ❤️ Retail therapy always helps and I’ve got lots of lovely new books to keep me happy! I purposely haven’t read Chain of Gold because I want to read the Clockwork series first! My poor sister has been telling me to read it for ages and I think it’s about time that see what all the fuss is about! 🥰✨

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  3. Good luck with finding a job in publishing, it is difficult but you definitely have the talent and enthusiasm. My bank account is taking a hit too at the moment as I’m moving – and also buying lots of books!!! Have a lovely May 🥰

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    1. Thank you so much Stephen, your comment means the world! 🥰 Everyone has been so kind and supportive, it’s so lovely!

      RIP to our bank accounts! 😅 So many amazing books have hit the shelves this month, I need more time to read all of them! I hope you have a wonderful May too! ✨

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  4. Just keep striving for those dreams, and I’m sure you’ll find that publishing job eventually! And company would be lucky to have you, Amy!
    Also, I am beyond excited for that Shadow and Bone review! Seriously, I am obsessed 🤣 I was so apprehensive that they would mess things up, but the adaptation ended up surpassing all my expectations! 🥰
    And I love that you’ve decided to focus on some of your sister’s recommendations! My sister and I are always swapping books as well, and it’s so nice to have someone to gush (or rant 😁) about them with!

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    1. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment! ❤️ I’m glad I’m not alone in my Shadow and Bone obsession!! I’m so in love with this adaptation and the entire cast, bring on season 2!!

      My sister has always loved reading and it’s been so much fun introducing her to all the wonderful books on my bookshelves! 🥰✨

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