Monthly Wrap-Up – April 2020


Hello everyone,

Well, it is fair to say that April was another unusual month. For me, as I am sure is the case for all of you, it was spent almost exclusively at home. All the days seemed to merge into one, not to mention go very quickly.

The best thing for me in this difficult time is to try and stay busy and keep my brain as active as possible, so I have aimed to do a number of different things since the lockdown begun in order to ensure that.

It has of course, given me more time to read! April was my most prolific reading month of 2020 so far, with a total of seven books, including what I think will end up being the best the best book I read all year. Here they are!


The Escape ⭐⭐⭐.5
Where The Crawdads Sing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Shadow And Bone ⭐⭐⭐.5
In The Absence Of Miracles ⭐⭐⭐
The Family Secret ⭐⭐⭐
The Glass Woman ⭐⭐⭐
The Lies We Told ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stay tuned for my review of Where The Crawdads Sing next weekend. It deserved every sparkle of those five stars! I actually went through a bit of a book review slump at the start of the month, where I was finding so difficult to put my thoughts into words, but after my last two reviews I seem to be back on track.

I began working on my new WIP on 22nd March, and so far I have made it to around 11,500 words. I try to write a little bit of it every day, even if it is just a small amount. It keeps me consumed in the story, and the self-doubt hasn’t arrived yet! It contains two POVs, one of which is much easier to write than the other.

In more disappointing writing news, I was passed up by another agency for my previous non-fiction WIP. I am beginning to feel pessimistic that it will ever be accepted, despite having what I think is a strong submission. But I shall keep trying!

Also in April, I started an university run online course it forensics. It is extremely interesting and interactive, and I have learned a lot. I have held in interest in forensics and anthropology for a little while now, and four weeks into the course has taught me so much.

My other activities during lockdown have included jigsaw puzzles (I have completed five to date), watching shows on Netflix and BBC iPlayer, listening to podcasts, and of course blogging!

Speaking of which, here are some of my favourite blog posts from the month of April:

  • Lili wrote about five of the most popular books that were released in 2019 that she may or may not choose to read.
  • Darina wrote an excellent discussion post about the importance of pace in thrillers.
  • Elysia asked a very interesting and relevant question in her post, How Many Books Make A Book Blogger?
  • What would it be like if Hufflepuffs ruled the world? Beth gave us some amazing ideas.
  • In the second instalment of her post series, Caitlin read several books recommended by other bloggers, and posted her reactions.

That’s everything for April! Have a nice May, and happy reading 🙂

25 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up – April 2020

  1. Yay!! You’ve read plenty of books this month. I’ve heard a lot of praise for Where The Crawdads Sing so I’m glad you enjoyed that one !!
    Best of luck with both your writing projects, you can do this !!
    Thank you so much for sharing Beth’s post, I’m so glad you enjoyed it !!
    Have a great May!!

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  2. Best of luck with your writing! I know how hard it is to submit over and over and not seem to be able to connect with anyone, I hope you don’t give up and keep trying 🙂

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  3. I’m sorry to hear about your WIP – it might be especially tough for agents at this time too since the economy is not doing well at all 😞 Fingers crossed for you though! Hoping you can get your work out there 🙂 Looking forward to your review of Crawdads. I have to admit, I read a sample and was not hooked, so I am still on the fence about it.

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    1. Thank you for the supportive words, Gilana! That is a good point about the economy, it might be a consideration for agents 🤔 but I’ll keep trying. Crawdads was unbelievably good, especially once it gets going!

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  4. Thank you so much for mentioning my post, Stephen! I’m so glad you liked it 😭❤ I relate to the days blurring together! I’m super happy with the free time, but it’s also sad that it’s passing by so fast, haha. Also, congrats on your WIP progress! And I’m super excited to see what you thought of Where the Crawdads Sing because I’ve heard such good things ❤

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    1. You’re welcome, Caitlin! It was a great post and I had to include it 😊. Where The Crawdads Sing is a really special book and I loved it so much, definitely my favourite read of 2020 so far. Thank you, and I hope you’re having a wonderful May. 🙂

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  5. Thanks so much for featuring my post, Stephen! Good luck with the agencies and keep pushing through! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing as it’s a truly special book. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

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    1. You’re welcome, Darina! Thank you, I’ll definitely keep going with the agencies. And yes, it is hard to find the words for just how brilliant Where The Crawdads Sing was. 😊

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  6. Great wrap-up, Stephen! The only book I’ve read is Shadow and Bone and I wasn’t the biggest fan, though I did read it years ago. I can’t wait for your 5-star review of “Where the Crawdads Sing” as I’ve heard great things about it!

    So sorry to hear about your WIP, but definitely keep trying! I really wish you all the best. I hope you’re having a good May so far 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! I have just started the next book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy, so I’m interested to see how much I like that. Crawdads was just incredible, a really special book. 🙂
      Thank you for the supportive words, and I hope you are having a great May!

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  7. Whilst the circumstances aren’t great, it sounds like April was a good reading month for – a potential best of the year in April; that’s great! Also, I have Where The Crawdads Sing on my unread pile for a while now, and definitely hope to get to it soon – perhaps I should bump it up a little?!

    Sorry to hear about your nonfiction WIP being passed over, but wonderful that you are making progress on your current one.

    I have been enjoying your puzzle updates on Twitter.

    Happy reading & writing in the month of May.

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    1. Thank you, Jade! Where The Crawdads Sing was such a special book that I would be surprised if another one tops that this year. I really hope you love it when you get around to it.
      I am glad you have enjoyed my jigsaw puzzles. Have a wonderful May.

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