April was a slightly better reading month than the rest of this year, as I checked out physical books from the library for the first time (yay!) and took it easy on myself and got some graphic novels that I sped through. With the weather getting warmer, I’m looking forward more and more to easy days reading in the sun and I have several ongoing current reads I hope to finish up this month.
But here’s what I did last month! Thanks to Jenna @ Falling Letters for the inspiration for this feature and template!
- The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
- Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
- The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
- displacement by Kiku Hughes
- Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson
I’ve started donating to organizations each month (when I can) inspired by the books I’m reading, thanks to @reading_theend who shared this initiative a couple months back. See my Instagram post for more about it. My aim in posting about it is to encourage others to do the same if they’re able and highlight some organizations doing great work!
- Asian Solidarity Fund: (inspired by The Island of Sea Women): I talked more about this month’s actionable reads in a post with resources but inspired by the book and the increased hate crimes committed against Asian people around the world, I donated to this fund organized by Canada Helps. Donations will be split between many organizations that support Asian communities across Canada.
- Shared some of my favourite quotes that offer words of wisdom
- Talked about resources and organizations to donate to in support of Asian communities around the world
- Had a lot of fun creating new Crayola colours for Top Ten Tuesday!
- music monday haikus
- Recapped my week filled with bookish adventures
- Crowdsourced some ideas and celebrated my fifth blogiversary with some lists and celebratory plans!
- 0/13 books read from my 2021 Chosen TBR
- 0/4 read from my 2020 Chosen TBR
- 0/5+ read from books I own
- 6/10+ read from my TBR
- 233/150 books on my Goodreads TBR
In the book community:
- Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile talked with a friend about the joys of sending snail mail
- Kate @ Your Tita Kate wrote an excellent review covering the good and bad in the new adaptation of Shadow and Bone
- Paulina @ Bites of Books joined in the Bookish Memory Check challenge, where you see if you can remember books on your Goodreads read shelf. I’d never seen this one before and am excited to try after seeing Paulina’s post!
Upcoming in May:
- Many reviews (mini and lengthy)
- More musical poetry
- Some new-to-me bookish memes!
Clearly I have a lot of reviews to catch up on, as well as those challenges, though interestingly one of the graphic novels I read last month is by the same author as a book on my chosen TBR for the year. But I’ll have to be more deliberate when I reserve my next stack of books from the library.
What was your favourite read in April?
Screenshot from Canada Helps website.