CW: this post will briefly discuss intrusive thoughts/OCD
April was.... a month. There were a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but I've made it to the end! And that's all that counts.
What I Read:
Rain is Not My Indian Name by: Cynthia Leitich Smith: 4/5 stars
Happily Ever Afters by: Elise Bryant: 5/5 stars
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by: Suzanne Collins: 3.5/5 stars
Loveboat, Taipei by: Abigail Hing Wen: 4/5 stars
The Tower of Nero by: Rick Riordan: 3/5 stars
The Moonflower Murders by: Anthony Horowitz: 4/5 stars
The Left Hand of Darkness by: Ursula K. Le Guin: 2.5/5 stars
Anne of Green Gables Books 2, 3, and 4 by: Lucy Maud Montgomery: Avg. rating: 3/5 stars
Lore by: Alexandra Bracken: 2/5 stars
Favourite book: It obviously has to be Happily Ever Afters by: Elise Bryant! I got this recommendation from booktube and I loved it. It's about a bi-racial girl who writes fluffy rom-coms, but struggles to finds her words when she moves to a prestigious art school. It had great representation, the love story was so well developed, and it just made me feel validated as well.
Side note, but I did expect The Tower of Nero to be my favourite of this month, as it was my most anticipated read of this year. I was so hyped to see where the Camp Half Blood series would end after loving it for more than ten years. But, it fell flat. Review to come :(
What I Blogged:
I really loved sharing a recommendation list for My Favourite Romantic Books by Asian Authors. Most of the rom-coms I love are from Asian authors as I feel like I can relate to them, so it was nice to share some of my faves.
Favourite Blog Posts of the Month:
Veronika shares her Thoughts on the Shadow and Bone Adaptation
Sabrina gets Personalized Recommendations from The Storygraph
Greg rants a bit in Sunday Post (but it was a very well thought out and I think a necessary rant)
Life was rough this month! I had a few days of quite intense panic attacks brought on by my harm intrusive thoughts, which was unexpected and also I hadn't experienced them this bad since I first got diagnosed with OCD over a year ago. I talked with my therapist and she suggested readjusting medication. Long story short I am now on an anti-psychotic drug which I think is helping, but it also makes me really sleepy so that is something to contend with. I do think there is a stigma around medication and especially around anti-psychotics, but I am willing to change the narrative. I do think for my OCD anti-psychotics could be very helpful, and I hate that some people are so anti-medication. Do what makes you get better! But speaking of getting better, I am getting better. Haven't had a panic attack in about a week. Like I said before, I am pretty tired now, but I think I just need to get used to the medication so we are pushing on!
This month wasn't all bad. I got a job at a freelance writing agency which is fun. It's nice that I can pick my projects depending on how busy I am, so I am in control. I am happy that I'll have something to occupy me during the summer, especially since my sister who I usually hang out with also got a job with the government!! That is major good news because it is right in the field she is interested in, so that was also nice to celebrate this month.
I watched the whole of the Shadow and Bone tv show in about 24 hours, and I l LOVED it. It has definitely inspired me to re-read Six of Crows. The characters, the acting, the costumes, everything was just so well done. Now I'm setting my eyes on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
I'm also starting to work on my upcoming MA degree now that I'm done undergrad. Exciting changes are coming!
In random news, I'm getting my wisdom teeth out on Wednesday. I've never had to be sedated before so I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, but it should be fine. They have been hurting me so I just want them out at this point. But this is also to say that I'm not sure if I'll post next week, depending on how I'm feeling.
Anyways, that was my month! The good, the bad, and the in-betweens. I'm hoping for more sunshine and some more wisdom (see what I did there?) in May.
How was your April?
Emily @ Paperback Princess