Hi it’s me here and I know I’m quite late with my April Wrap Up and May TBR but better late than never, right?
I decided to split my wrap ups for this month into two so it is easier to see which ones I read for the O.W.L.’s readathon and book that I just read in April so let’s get into it!
O.W.L.’s Wrap Up – HERE
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
Sorrow – for that is all she brings us.
A people laid low by grief and darkness.
A cut-throat race for power and victory.
A girl with everything and nothing to lose…
By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father, who has turned their once celebrated land into a living monument for the brother who died before she was born.
By night, she seeks solace in the arms of the boy she’s loved since childhood. But one ghost won’t stop haunting her, and when enemies old and new close ranks against her, Sorrow must decide how far she’s willing to go to win…
Be swept away by the dark and dangerous new world from Melinda Salisbury, bestselling author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy.
I feel like this is the perfect read for anyone who wants a political fantasy that isn’t as heavy or complicated as adult fantasy novels are as that is one of the main reasons why I loved it. I never knew what to expect and I was just so sucked in my this world’s politics that I had a hard time putting this book down.
I can’t wait to pick up the sequel as that ending has left me wanting more. I need to know what happens next and how the story is going to wrap up. Melinda Salisbury’s writing was captivating and so descriptive, I loved it! The characters were great and Sorrow is a great female protagonist. I really need to know what happens in a certain romance, if it even happens in the next book as I enjoyed reading the little hints that there is a spark between the two characters. 🙂
How To Be Yourself by Ellen Hendriksen
Picking up where Quiet ended, How to Be Yourself is the best book you’ll ever read about how to conquer social anxiety.
“This book is also a groundbreaking road map to finally being your true, authentic self.” –Susan Cain, New York Times, USA Today and nationally bestselling author of Quiet
Up to 40% of people consider themselves shy. You might say you’re introverted or awkward, or that you’re fine around friends but just can’t speak up in a meeting or at a party. Maybe you’re usually confident but have recently moved or started a new job, only to feel isolated and unsure.
If you get nervous in social situations–meeting your partner’s friends, public speaking, standing awkwardly in the elevator with your boss–you’ve probably been told, “Just be yourself!” But that’s easier said than done–especially if you’re prone to social anxiety.
Weaving together cutting-edge science, concrete tips, and the compelling stories of real people who have risen above their social anxiety, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen proposes a groundbreaking idea: you already have everything you need to succeed in any unfamiliar social situation. As someone who lives with social anxiety, Dr. Hendriksen has devoted her career to helping her clients overcome the same obstacles she has. With familiarity, humor, and authority, Dr. Hendriksen takes the reader through the roots of social anxiety and why it endures, how we can rewire our brains through our behavior, and–at long last–exactly how to quiet your Inner Critic, the pesky voice that whispers, “Everyone will judge you.” Using her techniques to develop confidence, think through the buzz of anxiety, and feel comfortable in any situation, you can finally be your true, authentic self.
I really enjoyed my time listening to the audiobook. It was insightful and very comforting as it made me feel less alone. Many of the chapters were super interesting to listen to, however sometimes I would zone during a particular story as the author does use real-life cases to demonstrate some of her points. Still, it is a very useful read if you get social anxiety and I have definitely learned some new exercises to apply to my life. I wish I had the physical copy to reference back to it.
How To Bullet Plan: Everything You Need to Know About Journaling with Bullet Points by Rachel Wilkerson Miller
So what is a bullet journal? It’s a planner, to-do list and diary that will help you get your life together!
This fun, practical guide shows you how to start and keep a bullet journal: a single notebook in which you write down all the things that you want to remember, or need to do, or you’ve already done – from every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships and hobbies.
With colourful illustrations and easy tips to get you started, early adopter Rachel Wilkerson Miller explains how to make a bullet journal work for you – whether you want to create something simple or elaborate. Ideas for content include:
– Lists of your to-dos and to-don’ts
– Symbols that will make your lists efficient and effective
– Calendars to plan your day, week, month or year
– Trackers for your habits and goals (think health, money, travel)
– Stationery such as washi tape, book darts and more!
The phenomenon that is bullet journaling has led to thousands of journalers sharing their work on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. In How To Bullet Plan, Buzzfeed editor Rachel Wilkerson Miller tells you everything you need to know to start your own.
An amazing book I’m glad to have in my collection as now I will never forget to include anything in my bullet journal. I really like all the prompts that I will now include in my bullet journal, I found this book in Waterstones and spent my time going through it and reading it then and there as I wanted to see if it would be for me and it definitely was. I have found so many new things to add to my bullet journal and I feel like in a weird way this has inspired me to be even more creative. So glad to have added this to my collection.
So that is for this months reading wrap up. In total, with the books I read for the readathon, I read 11 books which is amazing as this month was filled with revising for my actual university exams which hopefully went well. We will get our grades back in a month and I am kind of nervous…
Hope you all enjoyed this blog post and tell me down below what was your favourite book you read in April?
See you in my next post 🙂
Natalia aka Bookish Vegan