April 2018 Wrap-Up

I usually do my wrap-ups on the last day of the month, but I wanted to see if I could finish one more book because I am behind two reads on my Goodreads challenge … but, it didn’t happen because I fell asleep. So, that’s that! Here are the books I got to:

Dear Martin  To Kill a Kingdom  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  Famous in Love (Famous in Love, #1)

Just like always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

Where January was super slow, I feel like every month since has just been passing faster each time. I wish I had some really exciting tales to tell, but it’s pretty much all same old same old for me.

I hit a bit of a motivational low this month, so my blog posts and Arcadia updates weren’t exactly regular. I also wanted to draw and paint a lot, but had to struggle with the same creative low as I did with blogging. However, I am taking part in a contest to win the role as an extra for the German TV show Sankt Maik. It’s this fun story about a con man who poses as a priest to avoid getting arrested and then falls in love with the local police woman as well as the village he is stationed at. All you have to do to enter is create some sort of fan art and here is my take:

I would love for you to like it (or even comment) on my instagram here, because even though the number of likes and such doesn’t count towards you getting the role, it shows the people who host the contest how invested I am and maybe gives me a slight advantage? Even if I don’t win, some of the runner ups get the first season on DVD and I’d love that as well.


I have been overwhelmed with love for this community during the past month because so many of you lovely people have nominated me for the 2nd annual book blogger award and I have no words for how much that meant to me. I feel infinitely guilty for not putting up a nomination post myself and just want you to know that I really appreciate each and every one of you.

  • Marta has once again made an excellent point as to why trigger warnings are important even if they don’t concern you personally (I have to do so much better on that front myself).
  • Marie has hit home with yet another fantastic discussion post, this time about feeling validation as a blogger. So many people underestimate how helpful just a little recognition is, but how much it also matters to give yourself the credit you deserve.
  • Avery finally posted one of my most anticipated features – What’s on the Box! As a TV fanatic, I encourage everyone to venture out into that area if it’s something you’re interested in.
  • The Orang-Utan Librarian loved reading a book I recommended and I feel proud for spreading the love (and tears) that come with Words In Deep Blue.
  • Hannah had me all jealous about her unboxings for Fairyloot and the Wizarding World box!
  • Michelle is back home and I cannot believe how quickly time passed and how fortunate she was to have seen Love, Simon since it will take forever to come out in most of the other European countries.
  • Beth talked about how there’s pressure for book bloggers to have all the new releases and asked us how we felt about it.






That’s it from my side in terms of April! How was your month? What’s happening in May? Let’s talk!

51 thoughts on “April 2018 Wrap-Up

  1. It seems April was good and I hope May is even better! To be honest I have missed you mentioning Arcadia but it seems so interesting! I will try to read it (hopefully this century – bookworm problems).

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  2. You had such a great reading month…. except for Famous in Love, seeing that rating makes me so sad hahaha, but…. I guess we’re happy to have the show and that it’s great, right? 😛
    I hope that your creativity will come back full force this May! And that fan art looks amazing, I will keep my fingers crossed for you, it’s such an amazing contest!! ❤ (and I really want to watch that show. I have you to blame for that one)
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post and I am thrilled you are getting so many nominations, you deserve every single one ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. Oh good luck for the contest Kat, your art looks amazing so I’ll be keeping my fingers tightly crossed for you. 🙂 Also I’m still a little behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year, so I hope you manage to catch up (I’m sure we both will, there are still plenty of months left to the year).
    Seems like you had a decent reading month too (with the exception of Famous in love, but they can’t all be amazing reads can they?) I really need to pick up Dear Martin one day so I’m glad that was a great read for you. 🙂
    Thanks so much for featuring my discussion, it really means a lot to me you enjoyed it enough to feature it, and I hope you have an incredible May as well. Great recap! 😀 ❤

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    • Thanks so much, Beth!
      I am happy enough with my reading last month haha how couldn’t I be? But I just wish I could have gotten in more. But I guess one book per week isn’t too bad either.
      I hope you’ll get to read Dear Martin soon 🙂 It’s really impactful.
      You’re welcome ❤ have a great May as well!

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  4. Good luck in the contest. I’m sending you all my lucky vibes. When will you find out the results of the contest?
    To Kill a Kingdom is on my to-read list now, especially since it’s at a bargain price on kindle haha. I can’t wait to get started. With the exception of Famous in Love, you’ve had a stellar reading month.
    I hope the slump doesn’t hit you too hard and that you can get your creative mojo flowing again. 😀

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    • Thanks, Lois! ❤ I'll definitely let you know about the results but I am not sure when exactly. The contest runs until May 8th, but I have no idea if they'll let people know right away or not.
      To Kill a Kingdom is so awesome! I hope you'll love reading it too.
      I wish I could have read more, but the reading month could have definitely been worse 🙂

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  5. I feel you on each month passing by so quickly once January was finally over. I mean,, it’s May already?? I’ve been home for a little over two weeks?? HOW. It still feels a bit unreal and so weird to be home again haha. Thank you so much for sharing my post btw ❤️
    Also seems like you had a great reading month except for Famous in Love! I definitely need to pick up Dear Martin and To Kill a Kingdom at some point but,, money. One day soon though!
    also that contest sounds so exciting?? Hope you win, or at least get the DVD! I’m not familiar with the show but your art looks wonderful ❤️

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    • Right!?!?! It’s like wooooosh, and another month is gone.
      I knoooow! Money is an issue with me as well. I was lucky enough to get to pick some books because I won a giveaway.
      I really hope I will win something in that contest. I know that some people had some really creative ideas, so I just hope what I did is enough.

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    • Thanks so much! I have some really strong competitors, but at this point I am just hoping to get a DVD haha
      And I was SO lucky with my books! Usually the ratings are way more varied at the end of the month. 🙂

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  6. I so want to read Dear Martin and To Kill a Kingdom as well, because I’ve been eyeing them for a while now – it’s great to see that you ennjoyed them so much! 🙂
    It’s also super exciting that you are taking part in a contest to win a role as an extra – good luck with that! 💕

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  7. Looks like you did well with books this month 🙂 And that sounds like a fun show- good luck! I like your painting as well! (I’m sorry I don’t have instagram!) And thank you again for spreading the love for Words in Deep Blue- I’m so glad I read that!! Great post!

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    • Yeah, for the most part reading was good 🙂 even though not as much as I would have liked it to be.
      It IS a really fun show. I always like con stories haha but the competition is super tough. There were so many creative entries. I doubt I will win, but entering was really fun. It makes me want to enter in more art-related contests.

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    • I am sure you are not! But I hope you get around to it at some, because it was a reeeeally awesome book 🙂

      Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun to come up with a picture idea. I saw a lot more creative entries than mine, so my hopes have dwindled a little bit, but you never know 😀

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  8. Very nice wrap-up! I’m glad you enjoyed To Kill A Kingdom and Words in Deep Blue (both are quite high on my TBR as I’d been hearing terrific things about both of them) and ooh, Potato Pie Society is on my shelf right now! Haven’t read it, but my mom gave it to me. 😉 Great post!

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