April Wrap-Up

I read __ books this month, which is still way below what I wanted to read. I’m hoping to up this count in May. I think I may tackle the Septimus Heap series just to give me something to look forward to with a definitive number of books to finish.

  • Broken by Jenny Lawson
  • Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton (and I pre-ordered the second book in the series!)
  • The Conductors by Nicole Glover
  • A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

I DNF’d 1 book this month

  • The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. I’ve been wanting to read this book because I live in Birmingham, the city where this is placed, and holy crap, the first two pages make me feel a little uncomfortable. I don’t know why seeing the author use names of places multiple times makes me feel weird, because they do it in literally every other book I’ve ever read, but is this different because I know these places? It also feels wrong. I know that Jane is from Arizona and therefore isn’t from Birmingham, and I get the disdain for the Brookies (what we call the Mountain Brook people), but man, Jane is a dirty thief and she deserves everything that’s probably coming to her in this book. Just because someone is richer than you are doesn’t mean you have free reign to take their jewelry when they’re not looking! I got eight chapters in and called it quits. What a disappointment. Terribly written, terrible plot, nothing that made me want to read more of it.

What else did I do this month?

~I got my vaccine doses! Steven and I both got two shots of Moderna, on April 1 and April 29, and in two weeks we’ll be considered “fully protected,” so we’re going to celebrate six months of marriage at a local fancy restaurant! (Our first restaurant visit since the honeymoon!)

~I got a new fitness tracker! My Garmin Vivosmart 4’s bezel fell off, and I couldn’t get it to go back on (superglue didn’t hold like it should have), so I bit the bullet and bought a Vivoactive 4S (it was on sale for $100 off!), and I’ve hit my step goal every single day I’ve had it. I’ve also been drinking more water (at least one 64-ounce water bottle a day!) I’ve been using the app FitOn every day since March 1 (I have missed a few here and there due to not feeling well) and I’ve been doing 10 miles a day on my stationary bike for almost a month now. I’m feeling better overall, and I’m hoping that I can keep this streak going.

~I declared this to be a no-spend month. And while I completed this for the most part, I did buy a few things that were not necessities, such as more scents for my candle-making hobby, one more cross-stitch pattern, and six books from the San Antonio Book Festival (thanks, Nowhere Bookshop!). I think I’m going to try this again in May. I feel like I’ve got a good amount of candle scents now so I won’t have to buy any more of those for a while (until the site comes out with their winter fragrance collection this summer!), and I may buy one or two more cross stitch patterns (they’re all under $5) but I won’t have to buy any more thread because my MIL gave me a giant bag of it. I’m really trying to pay off most of my student loans and then we can save for a house. If I can get my loans down to $10k, then maybe Congress will forgive at least that $10k and I can breathe easier again. We’re getting there, it’s just taking a while.

~I made more candles! My friend Heather came over and we spent a whole afternoon at the local Asian supermarket and then we went back to my apartment and spent like five hours making candles. She absolutely loved it, and we’re already planning another craft day in the future! I’ve been contemplating selling my candles somehow, but I think it would have to be only in person because I’m not dealing with Etsy customers/online shipping, so maybe I’ll get a booth at the next craft show that pops up? Who knows?

How did your April go? What are you looking forward to the most in May? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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