Bookish Breakdown

Bookish Breakdown No. 4: April 2019

Hello, lovelies!

I don’t always want to start off these monthly wrap-up posts by describing how quickly the month has flown by…but honestly, April just FLEW by and I am struggling with the fact that we are already in the fifth month of 2019. May is a weird in-between month for me, as we officially begin the moving countdown for our move in June, while transitioning for the summer semester as work.

April was a month of recovery, for me, as I battled and came to face some mental health issues that I’m still working on. But I also got to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday, see Endgame and spend some quality time with my family and a few friends, so that was pretty exciting, too! And although I didn’t read very much this month, I did get back into a writing groove, so I am very excited about that.

What I Read


Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe [review]
Seven Shades in Black by Sam Sykes [review]
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse [review]

Not the best reading month, considering…

What I Hauled



  • The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso: I am so, so, SO excited to read this one–especially as it’s the first one in the trilogy that I haven’t beta-read an early copy of, so I get to see what happens in this story for the first time completely during this first read through! I might just have to break my planned sci-fi binge to slip this one in…
  • Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell: The fifth installment of this series and I am SO EXCITED. I still have to read the fourth novel, but I have a feeling I’ll be binging both of them back-to-back here pretty soon.
  • Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky: I am very curious about this one! I’m roughly halfway through the first book at the time of actually writing this post and it’s been a really intriguing read so far.

Library Snags:

  • Blackwing by Ed McDonald: A series I’ve always been meaning to check out, but simply haven’t gotten around to, yet. Hopefully sooner rather than later!
  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, MPH: I am SO excited for this one, actually? Like, it might be one of my more anticipated reads, as it has finally come in from the library, after waiting for it for months? But I had to get an IUD inserted almost two years ago and it…hasn’t been the most enjoyable experience, hormonally. So I wanted to learn about some different options and I am very curious about the FAM tracking method, so I can’t wait to see what I learn here!

Received for Review:

  • Free Chocolate by Amber Royer: This was so neat! I signed up for TBRindr and then the author contacted me and asked if I wanted to read a copy of her book–one that was already on my To-Read list, so of course I agreed! Really stoked to start reading this.
  • Dragon’s Prince by Daniel Potter: Another author who found me thanks to TBRindr and honestly, this book sounds exactly right up my alley. Super excited to check it out.
  • Dreams of the Dark Sky and The Song of All by Tina LeCount Myers: Two books I received courtesy of Wunderkind and their press box for this series! Still seriously way too cool and I’m excited to give these a read.
  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher: I’m saving the story for how this one came into my hands for the review, but needless to say, it’s a fun one!

What I Posted

In this section, I like to share posts that I personally wrote this past month that I either really enjoyed writing, am really proud of or wish might have gotten a little more attention. Check them out:

Posts I Enjoyed

Curious what blog posts I really enjoyed around the blogsophere this month? Here’s a whole slew of them, listed below for your reading pleasure:

      → Destiny @ Howling Libraries describes how much reading slumps suck and generates some great tips in how to beat it in the comments of her post!
      → Chuck Wendig @ TerribleMinds announces that his upcoming novel, WANDERERS, just got optioned for TV! Then, he explains what exactly that means, in the most helpful how-books-become-cinema explanation I’ve read so far.
      → Jim @ Jim C. Hines offers some solid writing advice in bite-sized chunks!
      → Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads discusses outrageous things people have said to her for reading books and I was here for this rant-filled post.
      → Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares tips on how to deal with jealousy and comparison in the book blogging community.
      → Aline @ Fully Booked discusses the importance of not only supporting diverse books, but also realizing your own personal biases in what books you choose to uplift.
CW @ The Quiet Pond introduces the next topic in “The Pond Gets Loud” series, this time inviting bloggers to discuss the costs of book blogging.

Whelp and there’s a wrap on another Bookish Breakdown! I can’t really complain about April too much and, even though I know May is going to be ridiculously busy, I am also terribly excited for it, as well (mostly because, once we survive May, then we’ll get to move the second week in June and I AM SO READY even if I’m not even remotely packed yet).


13 thoughts on “Bookish Breakdown No. 4: April 2019”

  1. I’m glad you are slowly feeling better, mental-health wise and please take care of yourself, Nicole, I’m sending you all the positive vibes and love for May ❤
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, so happy you enjoyed it ❤

      1. Oh gosh, stop. I don’t mean to be creepy, but I’m seriously so thankful I stumbled across your blog because I love EVERY POST YOU WRITE. Even though I don’t read a lot of contemporary stuff, your advice, discussions and honesty are just so refreshing and wonderful to read, so I’m really glad I found your blog and want to make sure everyone else finds it, too. ❤ ❤ ❤

      2. Oh no you’re not creepy at all I’m just way too grateful and honored by your words, Nicole, this honestly means the world 😭😭😭😭

    1. That’s totally okay! Just gotta take it one day at a time. 🙂 Well, May hasn’t started out too great, but I know the good stuff is on the horizon, so I’m ready for it! I hope your month has started out well, though!

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