Another month has elapsed as this year continues to rattle along at what feels like a blistering pace. However, it is one that I shall look back on for a long time to come as April for the most part was eventful, exciting, and full of new experiences.
Among other things, in April I started taking driving lessons, edited a magazine for the first time, had some nice days out, spent a wonderful week on holiday, all alongside one of the busiest months at work I have ever had.
I shall talk about some of those other things later in the post, but in the midst of all that I was still able to read five books! I enjoyed most of them and in general I am really into my reading at the moment, although I seem to have fallen into an unusual pattern of giving out a lot of 3.5 star ratings. As always, they have come from a wide assortment of genres.
Here are the five books I read during April:
A History Of Wild Places ⭐⭐⭐.5
MaddAddam (audiobook) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Night She Disappeared ⭐⭐⭐.5
Bone China ⭐⭐⭐.5
Man Down ⭐⭐⭐
All of these books were very different. It was great to read another by Lisa Jewell as she is one of my favourite authors, and here she delivered an addictive slow-burn mystery with The Night She Disappeared. It also took a long time for the story to unravel in the extremely atmospheric A History Of Wild Places, which was intriguing and also included a paranormal element.
Indeed, there was a lot of the paranormal in my April reads as Bone China contained a spooky concept with talk of supernatural beings, and Man Down used it as a literary device in a story that was otherwise full of hard-hitting themes. And then we have the final part of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, a sci-fi dystopia which is full of entertaining and outlandish ideas.
Looking ahead to my TBR for May, I am continuing with The Gilded Ones and also starting The Hawthorne Legacy, the sequel to The Inheritance Games, a young adult mystery I read and enjoyed in 2020. My latest audiobook is Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, while further down the line I aim to pick up The Woman In The Photograph, a book that I borrowed from the library many moons ago, and also Elektra, which has just been released and is one of my most anticipated reads.
Speaking of Elektra, I am going to be seeing the author Jennifer Saint at the Bath Literary Festival later this month, and having loved Ariadne that is an event I am very much looking forward to. It should an amazing bookish day, as on the same evening I am also seeing Susan Stokes-Chapman, the author of Pandora, at a separate event.
Away from my blog, the only other writing I have done recently has been for the Soccer 360 magazine, and the latest edition was my first since taking on the role of editor. It was a very interesting experience to see the work of all the other writers and how they wrote their articles based on the ideas I came up with. The magazine is soon to be released and I am excited for when my free copy arrives.
It was a very busy month at work, which included two ‘away days’, training sessions for a long-awaited new system that is being launched today, and numerous other meetings, as I am leading a website redesigning project. It is a relief to be involved in that project, after many months of not having the opportunity to work on the things I most enjoy doing.
The best day of the month at work was the delayed graduation for the students at the University of Bristol for those students who completed heir degrees in 2020 in the wake of lockdown. It was so wonderful to see some of those students again and celebrate with them.
However, the absolute highlight of April was undoubtedly the week I spent on holiday in Edinburgh just after Easter. It was my first ever visit to the Scottish capital and…wow, it is so beautiful. I fell in love with the city very quickly and did so much over the four days I was there, including the obligatory tour of the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
It was a very special week and anyone who follows me on Twitter may have seen my regular updates that are full of the photographs I took. I shall write all about it in a blog post for next week, so stay tuned for that!
Amid all the excitement of April, it was hard to find time for blog hopping, but before I finish this wrap-up I would like to give a quick shout out to my dear friend Alexia, who stood as a political candidate in the Maltese elections and wrote about her experiences in a blog post.
How was April for you? Did you read any amazing books? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you all have a fantastic May, and happy reading! 🙂