79 books in march and april 2021: bingeing TV shows, reaching Goodreads goal | wrap up

Hey everyone! Now that April is over, we’re back with a bi-monthly wrap up. As usual, I spent a lot of time reading books, watching shows and just chilling these two months. I’m living my best life. In March, the number of books that I read is 44 while in April, I read 35 books. With the total of 154 books, I reached my Goodreads goal. Yay! 🎉🥂 Achieved this way before I did last year since I’m pretty much doing nothing other than reading for the most of 2021.

Shows I’m recently obsessed with: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) season 2 part 1 and Tian Guan Ci Fu (Heavenly’s Official Blessing). Because both are animated adaptations of written works, I had an overwhelming desire to read the manga/manhua and the light novels which I’ll be doing for the subsequent months. Thankfully, Slime season 2 part 2 will be out in June/July this year so I’m not totally left hanging. Though it’s confirmed that season 2 of Heavenly’s Officially Blessing will be happening, it probably won’t be out until early 2022. 😭😭

By the same author, Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, there are the animated and live adaptations of Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation/The Untamed which I binged within just under a week. Due to censorship, the web series didn’t necessarily portray the lovers’ relationship explicitly but from the actors’ body languages and facial expressions, you can see how much they care for one another. I’ll probably be reading this novel after I’m done with Heaven Official’s Blessing. Season 3 for Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation will be out soon too!

Since May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I’ll be focusing on reading and reviewing Asian-authored books only. You can look forward to all the posts coming up soon and here’s my TBR for May.

This will be a long post so buckle up.

Table of Content
🐚 March
🐚 April

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year-long reading challenges:
popsugar (🐋) beat the backlist (🌹) year of the asian (🏮) around the year in 52 books (✈️)

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march

Most of the books I read in March are in adult contemporary romance, young adult fantasy and adult historical romance genres which isn’t a surprise since these types of books are my favorites anyway. Best books this month are Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi, The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He and You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao.

ARCs read:
🐚 The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He (May 4, 2021) ➙ epic and freaking amazing. I’m in awe with the author’s mind.
🐚 The Tangleroot Palace: Stories by Marjorie M. Liu (June 15, 2021) ➙ each short story has a unique setting and a diverse set of characters in terms of races and sexual identities
🐚 You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (November 2, 2021) ➙ dang, I sobbed from page one and couldn’t stop.

Unfortunate disappointments:
🐚 Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney ➙ i got bored. the author doesn’t use quotation marks when a character is speaking. sadly, not for me.
🐚 Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward ➙ the twist at the end was a huge no from me. Most of the books by this author duo, I love but not this.
🐚 The Siren by Kiera Cass ➙ dnf this in February but reread just so that I can finish it. Didn’t like the execution of the plot despite the originality of the idea. Couldn’t be bothered with the romance either.
🐚 Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi ➙ wanted the second trilogy to be amazing but nope. I gradually lost interest.

Backlisted books ticked off:
🐚 How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black ➙ with this, I’m done with The Cruel Prince series. It’s nice to read about Jude and Cardan again.
🐚 From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout ➙ i’ve always enjoyed JLA’s paranormal books. Heard quite a bit of mixed review about this but was entertained nonetheless.
🐚 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ➙ magical, amazing, and absolutely enchanting. I wanted to buy the hardcover but it was too expensive and I couldn’t wait anymore.
🐚 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han ➙ would like this more if I read this years ago. It would appeal to the younger me but I’m not super attached to any character nor am I super invested in the romance.

🐚 books read 🐚

readathon:
popculture (mini edition), ’tis the damn (taylor swift), trope-ical

year-long readathonbook & authorstar rating
  • hollywood playboy – natasha madison
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🐋
  • tuesdays with morrie – mitch albom
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🐋🌹
  • how the king of elfhame learned to hate stories – holly black
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the hot mess and the heartthrob – pippa grant
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🏮
  • the ones we’re meant to find – joan he
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • four nights with the duke – eloisa james
  • ⭐⭐⭐
    🌹
  • from blood and ash – jennifer l. armentrout
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • a court of silver flames – sarah j. maas
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    ✈️
  • peril at end house – agatha christie
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    ✈️
  • the unhoneymooners – christina lauren
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  • my beautiful neighbor – piper rayne
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    ✈️
  • act your age, eve brown – talia hibbert
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    🐋
  • shadow kiss – richelle mead
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  • conversations with friends – sally rooney
  • dnf @ 50%
    🏮
  • accidentally engaged – farah heron
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the mystery of mrs. christie – marie benedict
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  • bridge of souls – victoria schwab
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    ✈️
  • concrete rose – angie thomas
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  • the mirror season – anna-marie mclemore
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • scandal in spring – lisa kleypas
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  • mister moneybags – vi keeland & penelope ward
  • ⭐⭐
  • city of the plague god – sarwat chadda
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🐋🌹
  • the siren – kiera cass
  • ⭐⭐
    🐋🏮
  • yolk – mary h.k. choi
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
    🐋🏮
  • imagine me – tahereh mafi
  • ⭐⭐
    🌹
  • burned – p.c. cast & kristin cast
  • ⭐⭐⭐
    🐋🌹✈️
  • the night circus – erin morgenstern
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🌹🏮
  • p.s. i still love you – jenny han
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    non-readathon

    year-long readathon book & authorstar rating
  • hollywood princess – natasha madison
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  • the heiress hunt – joanna shupe
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  • my one week husband – lauren blakely
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  • home to you – kaylee ryan & lacey black
  • ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • the stud next door – kendall ryan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • to have and to hate – r.s. grey
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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  • devil in winter – lisa kleypas
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  • mr. pink – tessa layne
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  • the tangleroot palace: stories – marjorie m. liu
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  • a night to surrender – tessa dare
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  • how the dukes stole christmas – tessa dare, et. al
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  • taming of the beast – christi caldwell
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    🏮
  • you’ve reached sam – dustin thao
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • say yes to the marquess – tessa dare
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  • loathe thy neighbor – teagan hunter
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  • love thy neighbor – teagan hunter
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    🐚 blog posts 🐚

    1. 75 books in january and february 2021: mostly new releases and standalone | wrap up
    2. tropes, taylor swift and r u afraid of the dark? | march readathon tbr
    3. queen of air and darkness – cassandra clare | review + spoiler section
    4. a darker shade of magic – v. e. schwab | review
    5. king of scars – leigh bardugo | review
    6. the cruel prince – holly black | review
    7. the red scrolls of magic – cassandra clare & wesley chu | review + discussion

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    april

    This was the month I fell in love with Heaven Official’s Blessing and proceeded to only focus on reading the web novel. I savoured every word and every detail between Hua Cheng and Xie Lian. This romance that spanned over 800 years warmed my heart despite all of the obstacles they both went through.

    ARCs read:
    🐚 Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart (April 20, 2021) ➙ witches and magic that you don’t want to miss.
    🐚 The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity (May 4, 2021) ➙ middle grade Norse mythology of a young girl training to be an Aesir.

    Completed series:
    🐚 Girl Online by Zoe Sugg ➙ would’ve liked this better if I were younger.
    🐚 Want by Cindy Pon ➙ sci-fi dystopian setting with a group of teens trying to destroy a corporation

    Started series:
    🐚 Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin ➙ this was okay. I’m not invested in the characters but the overall plot is interesting. Will be continuing this trilogy.
    🐚 The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows ➙ one of the longest duology in my TBR. Not entirely sold on the main character but still expecting her to showcase her powers in the next book.

    🐚 books read 🐚

    readathon:
    mythothon, bts pt. 2

    year-long readathonbook & author star rating
  • a marquess for christmas – christi caldwell
  • ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • wilde child – eloisa james
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the alchemist – paulo coelho
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🌹✈️
  • serpent & dove – shelby mahurin
  • ⭐⭐⭐
    🏮✈️
  • tokyo ueno station – miri yu
  • ⭐⭐⭐.5
    🌹
  • the orphan queen – jodi meadows
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  • soul lanterns – shaw kuzki
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  • my almost ex – piper rayne
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  • pride and premeditation – tirzah price
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  • leah on the offbeat – becky albertalli
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  • aru shah and the city of gold – roshani chokshi
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    🐋🌹
  • going solo – zoe sugg
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    🌹🏮
  • ruse – cindy pon
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    🐋
  • second first impressions – sally thorne
  • ⭐⭐⭐.5
    🌹
  • legendary – stephanie garber
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🌹
  • clockwork prince – cassandra clare
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    🌹
  • the vanishing half – brit bennett
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  • the tyrant’s tomb – rick riordan
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  • the last shadow warrior – sam subity
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    🏮
  • dial a for aunties – jesse q. sutanto
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    non-readathon

    year-long readathonbook & author star rating
  • the stopover – t.l. swan
  • ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • sweethand – n.g. peltier
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🏮
  • tensei shitara slime datta ken #1 (web novel) – fuse
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • crave thy neighbor – teagan hunter
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🏮
  • tensei shitara slime datta ken #2 (web novel) – fuse
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • witches steeped in gold – ciannon smart
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🏮
  • tensei shitara slime datta ken #3 (web novel) – fuse
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🏮
  • tensei shitara slime datta ken #4 (web novel) – fuse
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the duke undone – joanna lowell
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • not pretending anymore – vi keeland & penelope ward
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the virgin rule book – lauren blakely
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • seduction on a snowy night – various authors
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🏮
  • crimson rain sought flower – mo xiang tongxiu
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🏮
  • the god-pleasing crown prince – mo xiang tongxiu
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • where dreams begin – lisa kleypas
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    🐚 blog posts 🐚

    1. mythothon + BTS: just the right amount of backlisted and new releases | april TBR
    2. all the stars and teeth & all the tides of fate – adalyn grace | duology review
    3. the inheritance games – jennifer lynn barnes | review
    4. the ten thousand doors of january – alix e. harrow | review
    5. the mirror season – anna-marie mclemore | review
    6. celebrating AAPI heritage month: asian readathon, armydathon, desertathon | may tbr

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    let’s chat:
    how was your march and april? which book was your favorite or disappointed you the most? any 2021 releases that you’ve read and loved?

    8 thoughts on “79 books in march and april 2021: bingeing TV shows, reaching Goodreads goal | wrap up”

    1. omg belle! how do you always manage to read so much!? it looks like you had a super productive month, and loved *most* of your reads! also the FORMATTING of this post is so?? good?? 🤩 i’m in love! how do you insert the posts, it looks amazing! lovely post 💓

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    2. Wow, congratulations on finishing your reading challenge so soon! You’ve read so much! And so many good books, too. Kudos to you! I’m glad that you’re having a great time.

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      1. thank you, lais! it took quite a bit of time for me to decide the formatting. i hear that a lot of bloggers aren’t that happy with this block-style formats but i actually love experimenting with them. hehe

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