Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2019

Happy April, friends!! It’s time for another ~monthly wrap-up~. 🌸 This month honestly flew by because it feels like I wrote my March wrap-up just last week. The school year is practically over, and now, it’s almost the start of summer vacation!

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TIFFANY’S LIFE 🌺

This sounds crazy for me to type, but I only have one more week left of school before summer break!! (Also, I realize my college ends really early, but it’s because we also start our school year very early.)I’m currently in the hustle and bustle of final exams, but after Saturday, my junior year of college will be officially over. 😱 I’ll be flying back home to Los Angeles to spend some time with family and friends before I start my summer internship. It almost feels unreal to me because I can’t wait have more free time to read and blog, but I also need to power through my last few exams. ✏

There were so many wonderful things happening this month including a banquet for my business fraternity (ft. pictures with my big and little!) and so many spontaneous ice cream trips. 🍦 I’m starting to feel a little sentimental because many of the upperclassmen that I look up to are graduating this year, but I’m also extremely excited to start my internship and almost start adulting?? One thing I’m extremely looking forward to next month in May is that I’m attending Maurene Goo’s LA launch party for Somewhere Only We Know with my favorite, Alexandra from Twirling Pages. πŸ‘―

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BOOKS I READ πŸ“š

I only read 5 books this month which is the least amount I’ve read in a month all year. I started to hit a reading slump in the middle of the month where I just couldn’t bring myself to read anything and audiobooks weren’t working either. 😭 I managed to get past it when I picked up If I’m Being Honest which as many of you know…I am obsessed with and it was such a fantastic read that I spend through it in two days. But now that I’ve finished it, I’m having some trouble again getting through the other books I was originally planning on reading.

I also mentioned that I started using Scribd last month, and…it’s not exactly the best. 🎧 I like that there’s more access to audiobooks than solely what’s offered at my library, but the 5 book limitation is honestly pretty annoying, especially when you’re just trying to listen to an audiobook for a few minutes to test out whether or not you like the narrator because those are also counted in the limited amount you have access to each month. If anyone has any other suggestions for audiobooks, please let a girl know!

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Blog Posts & Updates ✏

I don’t feel like I’ve written that much this month, but I was pretty excited to participate in another blog tour!! I partnered with Penguin Teen to be a tour stop on the If I’m Being Honest blog tour where I wrote a review and created a rainbow mood board. 🌈 These are honestly some of my favorite posts to make so hopefully we’ll see more in the future! Next month, I plan to do a lot more with rebranding and potentially going self hosted?? Keep your eyes open for more news on that!!

BOOK REVIEWS

BLOGGING

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Instagram πŸ“Έ

I received a finished copy of If I’m Being Honest for the blog tour in the middle of the month, and I also filled a reaction video for my unboxing. πŸ’Œ I also received a super nice surprise package of Serious Moonlight that my mom unboxed back home! I haven’t been the most active on Instagram lately, mainly because I don’t have many books with me at college, and I typically prefer to purchase eBooks over physical copies. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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Goals ✨

Whelp…I was basically pretty horrible this month with all my goals but #noragrets (okay…maybe some regrets) This just means we only have room for improvement!! Positive thinking, everyone.

  • read 6 books (including 2 ARCs) ❌Due to my reading shlump, I ended up reading only 5 books this month with 1 of them being an ARC.
  • write a discussion post ❌ Ahahaha…you see my posts in this wrap-up…none of them were discussed based…
  • get my netgalley ratio above 50% ❌ OH-KAY I actually managed to get my Netgalley ratio to 53% actually because I submitted 2 reviews this month. However, I also ended up getting approved for 2 more books so now we’re back to where we originally started.
  • walk to school once a week ❌ I did end up walking to school once this month, but April showers are a real thing!! The rain was too crazy and a little too spontaneous for me to walk to school.
  • do something adventurous βœ…I don’t think everyone will consider this as something adventurous, but I made a spontaneous decision to change my flight home so that I would arrive earlier to attend the Maurene Goo launch party.

This Month’s Goals:

  • create a monthly financial budget
  • rebrand my blog and go self-hosted
  • get my netgalley ratio above 50%
  • do something (actually) adventurous
  • try something completely new
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Favorite Posts In The Blogosphere πŸ’ž

How was April for you? How are you enjoying the Spring season? πŸ’•

31 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2019

    1. Thank you for your well wishes!! I actually finished reading SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW by Maurene Goo a few days ago, and it really helped me conquer my reading slump πŸ™‚

      I hope you also have a fantastic May too ❀ Happy reading!!

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  1. I’m so happy you loved If I’m Being Honest ahh it’s such a great read. ❀ You're so lucky you are on summer vacation soon already, this is so incredible, I miss being in college ahah. best of luck for your internship and I hope you will have a wonderful May, also I look forward to your rebranding, this sounds so exciting!!! πŸ˜€

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    1. I’ll have a month of summer vacation before actually starting work!! (or an internship). I already know I’m going to miss having more vacation time when I graduate college, but I’m also excited at the prospect of no homework πŸ˜‰ I hope you also have a wonderful May, Marie ❀ Happy Reading!!

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  2. Excellent recap! πŸ™‚ I also hit a reading slump this month -_- I finally feel like I’m starting to come out of it, buuuut… we’ll see?! XD

    YAY for summer vacation, and I hope May is brilliant and your internship is fantastic πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Hannah!! AHH why must we both be cursed with a dreaded reading slump?? I’ve started to slowly come out of my reading slump too (I just finished SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW by Maurene Goo and it helped SO SO MUCH) I hope you’re able to conquer the reading slump too!!

      and YESSSS we love a summer vacation ❀ Thank you for your well wishes for my internship! I really hope that yours month is amazing as well~

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  3. Ahh good luck with your last few exams, mine are starting in less than two weeks now and they go on for a month then I’m finally free! Your blog looks so lovely btw, I love the graphics for the books you read xx

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    1. AWW THANK YOU SARIKA ❀ I hope that your May is going well πŸ™‚ Best of luck for your exams. I believe in you!! and ajkflsjdflka thank you for your sweet words about my blog. I love making graphics for them too so it makes me really happy to hear that you like them πŸ’–

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  4. seriously how do you manage to make your photos so aesthetic?? when i take photos of myself i look like a lump of fish against a pixelated background??? is this magic.

    I use Libby for audiobooks via my library and it’s honestly kind of amazing, and I literally now have two library cards from my local library and the nyc library (which is like 30 minutes away from me). It can vary depending on how well stocked your library is?

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    1. UM THANK YOU??? BUT ALSO ajfkldsfjalkfj iphone quality makes everything look better πŸ˜‰

      I LOVE using Libby and Overdrive!! but my library doesn’t have that many books so I’ve been trying to find other resources (NYC library is probably amazing tho!!)

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    1. It’s definitely not summer yet!! (still Spring) but my school ends so early that I’m now on summer vacation πŸ’–

      i actually just finished SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW by Maurene Goo which was amazing and helped me get out of my slump!!

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  5. AAAAHHH YOU LOOK SO CUTE TIFFANY YOUR SMILE IS SO CONTAGIOUS!!!! anyways so proud of you for deciding to go self-hosted (what a big step!) and I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like πŸ’– and I feel you on the April showers thing, it pretty much rained for a few days every week (thankfully not as severe as predicted) and I was not for it!! hope you have a great May!!

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    1. MAY!!! I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO SO MUCH πŸ’–

      and aahhahh the whole self-hosted thing is something I’ve thought about for a while, but I’m still too chicken to make a final decision. I totally feel you about rain. I love it when I’m indoors, but sometimes, I need to go out and about and it just really puts a downer on my day then!

      I hope you have a great May!! (I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YOUUUU) Happy Reading!! ❀ πŸ™‚

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  6. TIFFANY YOU’RE SO ADORABLE!! I love all the pictures omg. I wish you luck with the rest of the school year and with your summer internship ahhh you’re going to do amazingπŸ’• I’m sorry to hear about the reading slump though – that’s the worst! I actually joined Scribd last month too and I was disappointed to find out that it’s not as unlimited as they claim it is. I haven’t been prevented from reading anything on there yet but I’m thinking I will soon, ugh. I wish there were better options for audiobook listening. But ANYWAY this was a lovely wrap up!! I hope your May is better and that you have a wonderful summer aheadπŸ™‚

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    1. BRIANNA I LOVE YOU πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– afjsklfslkfj you make me so so happy and i’m so lucky to be your friend!! i hope your school stuff is going well~

      and i just finished SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW by Maurene Goo and it was super helpful for beating my reading slump! and right?? we seriously need more options for audiobooks. i thought that scribd would have so much more for some reason.

      i hope you have an AMAZING may!! happy reading and lots of love ❀ πŸ™‚

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  7. Omg, congrats on finishing up your semester! I wish you the best of luck with all your exams and marks! I still have 2 and a half weeks left, pray for me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…

    If I’m Being Honest looks so cute, and I’m looking forward to reading it. So glad to see that you enjoyed it!

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    1. Thanks so much Chana!! I’m sending you all the best thoguhts as you finish up for last 2 weeks and a half ❀

      If I'm Being Honest is SO SO great!! I really can't wait for you to read it πŸ™‚ I hope you have a great May!!

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  8. Aah I’m so happy you’ll be free soon! I mean you probably are since I’m so laye here(I bookmarked the post and forgot 😬).

    Anyway, I hope you have a better month and wohooo for going self-hosted! You also reminded me that even I need to rebrand this month hehe, let’s see how that goes 😝

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    1. NO OMG it’s totally ok!! but YES!! I’m on break now πŸ™‚ I finished finals last week, and it feels so free~

      I hope you have a great May of reading, and I’m so so excited to see you rebrand. I don’t know if going self-hosted will 100% be a thing, but I’m kinda interested in trying ❀

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