April Recap // Time Flew, I Read Books, Watched Gilmore Girls, & Now It’s May?

Not to be a broken record, but I don’t know how it’s already May.

Not only is it already May, but it’s already almost a week into May? I don’t understand where this month went exactly, but I’m very grateful that it went by faster than the year and a half that was March. I think almost every recap post I’ve read so far this month said the same, so I know I’m not alone in this feeling- but I still can’t believe we’re in the fifth month of 2020 already.

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I’m also very excited to be writing a recap post again, because upon looking in my archives, I realized I haven’t written a proper one of these since September! That is absurd, and it just shows how off on my blogging game I’ve been. I hope I never go that long without writing a recap post again, because I love them.

Anyway, now that we’re here (thank you for being here), I’m going to talk about what I read this month (more than March! unsurprisingly, it can’t be difficult to beat March), the little that I blogged, and the even littler that I did in real life, and some goals for May!

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To start off this recap on a positive note, I finally got back into my reading game! After many months of barely reading (basically since I started back at school), I’ve finally been reading a lot more. Even though I’m still extraordinarily behind on my Goodreads challenge, I have faith that things can be turned around.

In April I read 10 books, and only one of them was a reread! That’s fairly uncommon for me, as usually I’m much more into rereading- I think one factor was that I discovered I could use the app Overdrive to read online (since I can’t go to the library, of course) and this led to me searching for…about every book on my TBR.

The Book ThiefFrankly in Love (Frankly in Love, #1)Love From A to Z10 Blind DatesYou Asked for PerfectThe Rest of Us Just Live HereI Wish You All the BestCall Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy, #1)Serious MoonlightHolding Up the Universe

Since I haven’t written any reviews in forever, I might do a post soon with mini reviews of some of these! Especially since I definitely returned to my YA contemporary roots this month. My favorite read had to be Call Down the Hawk (will scream about it if prompted to do so), because my expectations were high and not only were they met, but they were exceeded.

I didn’t have too many disappointments this month, besides maybe feeling a little let down by The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Holding Up the Universe, but I didn’t have huge expectations for either of these going in, so the letdown wasn’t really that huge. Overall, I was very happy to get back into reading this month and discover so many amazing books!

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Reading Goals for May: ✨

  • Read 10 books
  • Read a classic (reread of Anne? P&P?)
  • Write at least one review on Goodreads
  • Finish Anna Karenina

I have high hopes for May being a good reading month! Even with the school things I have going on (which I will talk about more later in this post), I should have plenty of time to read as long as I don’t distract myself with TikTok to the point of it being unhealthy…which is only slightly a possibility.

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I mostly returned to the blog in April! Well, I returned to the blog in March, but then I mostly disappeared again until April, which wasn’t my best move. But we’re back now, I think? So that’s exciting.

Even though I wasn’t on top of my blogging game this month (only posting once, about comfort reads for quarantine), I tried my best to be more active on WordPress in general, and that’s something that’s been making me really happy. Even when I’m feeling a semi-lack of inspiration, nothing is better than reading blog posts and commenting and interacting! I actually even saved some posts I read in March and April that I loved, which is something I’m always striving to remember to do.

I know I read so many other amazing posts during the month, and I would love to read any that you enjoyed, so please feel free to link any in the comments! I can’t explain the joy it brings me to read blog posts written by all of you, each and every blogger out there, especially right now when comfort is needed by all. Not to be sappy, but it’s one of the things keeping me sane, so thank you. 🤍

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Blogging Goals for May: ✨

  • Post four times
  • Keep track of posts I enjoyed (maybe even get enough to organize them by topic next time)
  • Work on any blogging redesign I might want to do
  • Comment on posts regularly
  • Respond to comments within a week
  • Do a tag
  • Discussion post
  • Reviews (miniature ones)

I didn’t get off to the most auspicious start for blogging this month, due to the fact that this post is coming out almost a week after the start of May- but that was mostly due to a lack of inspiration, and since I’m feeling a little more motivated now, I hope that can be turned around in the future!

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I don’t even know where to start. Life is even more precious than it normally is this month, as is my health and the safety of my family, my community, and really the whole world. I didn’t want to dwell too much on the negative aspects of our current life situation, because I know everyone already knows, is going through similar struggles, and I want this post to be an escape rather than a reminder.

However, please know that I am thinking and praying for each one of you, and I urge you to do all you can to keep yourself and those around you safe. Stay home as much as you are able to, wash your hands, spend time with your family- I’m thinking of all of you and I truly hope you are doing well. My contact page and comments are always open if you need someone to talk to during this time (or ever)!🤍

On that note, life has been more than a little crazy during this time. In the midst of cancellations of my dance recitals, school, plans- there have been some positive parts, so here are a few positive notes from my April~

  • I’ve been listening to even more music. I’ve always been an avid music listener, so this is nothing new, but now that I have even more free time, I’ve been listening to music nonstop, and it’s amazing. Below are screenshots of my April playlist- some songs are ones I discovered in April (ILYSB, Quite Miss Home, and Sometimes are a few of my favorites) and others are ones that were applicable to the situation (I Don’t Miss You At All, Six Feet Apart, If the World Was Ending).

Please disregard the fact that I took these screenshots past 1 am, I am a night owl and I don’t know how to control it. I also got on the roll of writing this post in the 11s, and now I cannot bring myself to stop so close to the finish.

  • I started a rewatch of Gilmore Girls. I really couldn’t love this show more, so even though I’m in the midst of multiple other shows that I’m watching for the first time, I’m still taking time to watch…Gilmore Girls. Again. Because, you know, Lorelai and Rory and coffee are the most iconic trio.
  • Bike rides, walks, and workouts. It’s become a Thing that I go on daily family walks, as well as daily (usually twice daily) bike rides with my sister. She also convinced me to do a workout challenge with her, which is proving to be difficult because she is much more in shape than me…but it’s a good challenge. One of my favorite parts about our evening bike rides is the inevitable sunset we always see- here are a few of my favorites.

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  • Online school and Zoom dance is the new norm. Catch me every day spending most of my time on the laptop, doing my online assignments and spending my nights on Zoom calls with my dance teachers, doing dance to the best of my abilities in our game room. I can’t express how much I wish we could be back to normal, but as far as online school and dance go, it isn’t completely horrible!
  • Many Facetimes with friends. I’ve been calling friends constantly to check up on them, have conversations, and try to keep up my social interaction even when it isn’t socially acceptable to see people in person. Thank goodness for Facetime, because it’s been a true lifesaver.

May is going to be a very interesting month! We have (online) AP exams coming up much sooner than I was prepared for, an online dance recital to figure out, the end of school, and the beginning of summer- I truly can’t believe time is going by this fast. I need to get started on my playlist for May 2020 as soon as possible!

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Well, that’s all I have- thank you very much for reading my continued ramblings on my month! Like I said at the beginning of this post, it’s been much too long since I last wrote a recap, and this was very much needed.

Again, I wish you all the best, and I hope you are all doing well and taking time for yourself during this time! Thinking of all of you, please stay safe out there, and have the best May possible amidst the circumstances. Until next time!✨

How was your April? Any good books read, music listened to, or shows watched? I would love to hear all the recommendations and talk with you in the comments.

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56 thoughts on “April Recap // Time Flew, I Read Books, Watched Gilmore Girls, & Now It’s May?

    • It’s so worth the reread! The Book Thief is unmatched in its greatness. I’m sorry you didn’t love The Rest of Us Just Live Here either- it was good, but just didn’t intrigue me too much. Thank you for reading, Kim, I hope you have a safe and healthy May! xx💛

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  1. The books you read look so good! I love “Holding up the universe” but I remember there being some parts I didn’t enjoy that didn’t flow well. I picked up “10 blind dates” in a store and I wish I’d just got it 😂 Best of luck with all of your goals! 🙌✨ Hope you have a great May ❤️

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    • It was definitely a good reading month!! Yes, for sure, I had mixed feelings about Holding Up the Universe, but I ultimately mostly enjoyed it. I hope you can read 10 Blind Dates soon! Thank you so much, Elsie, I hope you have a wonderful May too💛

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  2. Lovely post, Olivia!! ❤ It sounds like you had a good April; I had a good one as well!!

    Those books look great; I'll definitely have to check them out! I read a lot of books this month, but most of them were pretty boring since I had read all of them before. I'm missing the library!!

    I've never watched the Gilmore Girls, but it sounds good! And YES, I've been taking lots of walks and bike rides. We participated along with an exercise video yesterday too; it was actually fun to get out there, stretch your muscles, and get your heart really pumping. 😉

    I'd need to go now, but have a wonderful week! ❤

    ~Esther

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    • Thank you, Esther! I’m glad to hear you had a nice month and I hope May treats you just as well.🤗

      I miss the library too! I think I’ll be doing a lot of rereading in the months to come. XD I hope you can find a way to get some new books for this next month!!

      Gilmore Girls is so cute! I would definitely recommend. Aww, that sounds really fun- I’ve been doing some exercise videos with my sister, and it’s a really great way to stay active during this time.

      Thank you again for this sweet comment! I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. xx

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  3. Hi Olivia! 🌸 April was pretty similar to me. I had a lot of video conferences for school, worked out, spent my time reading (my best reading month so far) and even baked + finally watched Sherlock (!!). 🍪 I also can’t believe that it’s already May because it means that I have 1 month until my final oral exams (which are supposed to take place despite the current situation). 🙈 Anyways, I hope that it will be a good reading month. Happy reading!

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    • Hi Linda! Aww, this made me so happy- I’m glad you had a nice reading month and a good month in general.💛I can’t believe it’s May either! Good luck on your exams! I have exams coming up these next couple of weeks, and then I’m mostly done. Thank you so so much, I hope you have a safe, healthy, and lovely May! xx

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  4. Call Down the Hawk was so great!! Glad to hear you enjoyed it, too. I can’t wait to check out some of the songs you mention in this post. Best of luck on your AP exams!! ❤

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  5. April was honestly a slow month for me, but everyone else seems to feel like it flew by! I had a lot of time to read more than I normally do too, like for one I finished King of Scars for the first time and LOVED IT ❤ Nikolai has my heart, haha! Zoya too now! Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows of all time too. It's SO relaxing and never fails to bring a smile to my face. I've been meaning to rewatch it soon myself! It sounds like you're keeping busy, 😀 Sending healthy and good vibes your way Olivia!

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    • I’m happy to hear you had more reading time, too! I’ve heard so much about King of Scars, but I’ve never read it since I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy- maybe I should check it out soon, I’m glad you loved it. 🥰Yes yes yes, Gilmore Girls is the ultimate adorable + comfort show! Very perfect for quarantine. Thank you, Jai Lynn, sending you all the positive vibes as well! xx

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  6. i’ve also been getting back into YA contemporary and its really nice! i recently finished foolish hearts by Emma mills and it was really enjoyable and i’m starting everything leads to you by Nina lacour and its good so far! i didn’t like holding up the universe i found it boring and the romance cringey (and i hated how at the end. the boy mc is like omg i can remember libby’s face!! like love shouldn’t be able to CURE his condition, it was so stupid (i read this ages ago so i don’t know if i’m remembering it correctly) i REALLY need to read call down the hawk!! and what did you think of love from A to Z i still don’t know whether to add it to my TBR or not? and oh my god bike rides and sunsets? that sounds SO amazing and fun!! i hope you have an awesome may!! (and u saying that its is the 5th month of year…I JUMPED OUT OF MY SKIN. 2020 is going so fast, soon it will be JUNE *panic*)

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    • Contemporaries are so comforting!! I love both Foolish Hearts and Everything Leads to You.🥺Haha, you’re right, that’s basically what happens at the end of Holding Up the Universe?? I don’t know, I was confused by that which is why I ended up being disappointed by it. ILSA, Call Down the Hawk is so so good!! I really enjoyed it and I hope you will too. I also loved Love From A to Z! I thought it was super cute and had a nice balance of the romance and deeper messages, also it was told from dual perspectives which is really worked!! Thank you so much, I hope you have an amazing May too!❤️(But yes I agree this year is going really fast, but I also just want it to be over so I guess I’m all right with that…)

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  7. i totally agree with you – April flew by and it’s crazy to think that we’re almost halfway through 2020. 😳 but i’m so happy for you having a good reading month!! i’m so close to finishing The Raven King and it’s lovely to see that your expectations were exceeded for CDTH, because that’s next up on my tbr. i’ve been listening to music nonstop too, i’ve literally had my favorites playlist on repeat these past days haha.

    those sunset pictures are BEAUTIFUL oh my gosh!! 😍😍 and aww, it made my day to see you enjoyed my post, thank you so much! good luck with your goals for May, i hope you have a beautiful month ❤💖

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    • I know!! What is this sorcery.👀Aww, thank you! Eep, I love The Raven King so much, I think it’s my favorite of the series. I really hope you love CDTH just as much!! It’s so nice to meet more characters and get to know the Lynch brothers better. I also love that you’ve been listening to a lot of music, let me know if you have any song or artist recs!!

      Thank you so much!! And of course, I loved your post and I always enjoy reading your blog. Thank you again Ash, and I hope your May has been going wonderfully!💗xx

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  8. Hope you stay safe too! I really need to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here, I love Patrick Ness’s other books and I need to catch up! Also same goes with Maggie Stiefvater 🙂

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  9. I loved reading this! I’ve been wanting to read The Book Thief and Call Down the Hawk, so doing mini reviews of them would be awesome! 😉 I love your playlists–I’ve also been listening to Six Feet Apart by Alec Benjamin a lot during this time. XD

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  10. this is such a fun post!! how’d you feel about the book ten blind dates?

    also THANK you for putting in the Goodreads links for the books you mention. XD It’s something I try to do and I find when other bloggers do it too it makes finding the books so much more convenient!

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    • Thank you so much, Lilian!💓Oh my goodness I loved 10 Blind Dates- it was definitely one of my favorite books I’ve read in a while. I really want to do a review on it because I enjoyed it so much!!

      Haha, of course! I agree, I know when I read blogs I like the convenience of it too. XD

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  11. Hooray for getting back into reading! I know what you mean about April passing in a heartbeat, but at least you were able to find time for something you love 😀

    I’m so happy that you loved Call Down the Hawk!! I felt exactly the same way – I didn’t know quite what to expect going in, and it was still even better than I could have imagined.

    Rewatching Gilmore Girls sounds like a fantastic use of time 😀 I hope your reading is going/continues to go well in May! Oh, and thanks so much for sharing my post! 😊

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    • Aww, thank you, Margaret! That’s definitely very true. ❤️

      Exactly! I was scared that my expectations would be too high because of the Raven Boys, but then once I realized it was kind of a whole new vibe with new characters, I was able to read it without any comparison to the Raven Boys and it was SO good.

      Oh yes! I’m still on season one but it’s going slowly and surely, haha. Thank you so much, I hope you’re having a great May! xx

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  12. ah i’m so excited to see your thoughts on love from a to z and i wish you all the best if you end up doing a mini review post for them!! i just finished love from a to z and it was so cute, i loved it 🥺 i’m glad you read more in april than before though! that’s one good thing about lockdown i suppose haha

    bike rides with your sister sound so lovely omg, you make me want to do that with my sister! (i don’t think she’d be very willing, though, after watching too many criminal minds episodes with me 😭) and ah i relate a lot to listening to more music! i’m very bad at making playlists, and also listening to new songs in general, but cage the elephant has been my comfort music lately

    i hope you have a great may! excited to see what you post ❤

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    • I definitely think I want to do a mini reviews post because there’s just so much I have to say about a lot of the books I read! I will most definitely include those in it~ and yes, I thought Love From A to Z was really cute as well💗that’s true, it is a positive I’ve noticed!

      Aww, they’re so fun! Maybe you can convince her, I promise it’s very therapeutic after a day of quarantine. Haha, I’m guilty of listening to the same song literally all day and then abandoning everything else, so I get that. I will listen to Cage the Elephant, thank you for the rec!!

      Thank you so much, May! I hope your month has been going amazingly and that you’re doing well xx

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  13. First off, best of luck with your AP exams!! It’s insane how off-kilter everything is right now, school especially. I spend so much time on my laptop that I now have to charge it at least once a day, which may not sound super crazy, but I only used to charge it every few days in the past! All this screen time is probably going to mess something up, but oh well.

    Yayy, it looks like you have some great reads this month! I loved You Asked for Perfect, The Book Theif, and I definitely need to read Call Down the Hawk. Hmm, a Gilmore Girls rewatch actually sounds like a great idea. I could go for some witty dialogue and coffee 😍

    I hope you have a great May, Olivia! 💕💕

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    • Thank you so much!! I’ve done about half of them so far, and it’s going all right, considering the circumstances. Yes, my screen time has skyrocketed too!! I hope your school is going well and hopefully coming to a close soon.💗

      Ohh, Call Down the Hawk is amazing, you definitely have a great read in front of you!! And yes, the Gilmore Girls rewatch is definitely going well and it’s so cozy.

      Thank you again! I hope your May has been going well and that you’re staying healthy and safe✨

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  14. I also can’t believe it’s May??? I feel like March lasted 293048204823 years and then April lasted one day so who knows. Thanks so much for mentioning my post ❤ ❤ Online AP tests sound like a yIKES hope those go well, and I'm glad you're still able to have some zoom dance classes and facetimes with friends ❤

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    • That was a very accurate sentence, I agree. And now May is actually flying by way faster than I thought it would?? It’s wack. Of course, I loved your post!!💛And thank you, online AP exams are so weird, thankfully I’m almost done now. I hope your May has been going well! xx

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  15. Thank you so much Olivia for sharing my post! ❤ I'm really happy you got to read a lot this month and rewatched Gilmore Girls ahhhhhh I adore that show so much. I started rewatching it (along with some other old shows) too and I love it more and more every day ❤

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  16. EEP GIRL I started watched GG for the first time and LOVE IT! I’m halfway through the first season and aghhh 😍😍

    Honestly I can’t believe it’s May but partly because it’s freezing here? I want the sunshine, but it’s mostly been raining or chilly or both. I’m excited for all this month has in store, especially since things are starting to back up. I hope you have a wonderful month!

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    • That makes me so happy to hear! It’s genuinely the coziest and sweetest show ever, I’m glad you’re enjoying it.🥳

      Haha, it’s the opposite where I live, most days it feels like it’s already June! I hope you get some warmer weather soon and that your May has been going amazing. Stay safe! xx

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  17. Hi Olivia! Glad to hear you had lots of time to read in April. Even though there is a lot going on in the world, it’s great that you’re staying positive. Also, thanks for linking my blog post! Stay well and take care 🙂

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  18. i hope you’re having the best May, Olivia!! ❤ i'm so lucky to be on summer break right now—i really can't imagine what it's like to suddenly have online school, online dance classes, etc. it must be a bit hard to deal with, but i'm happy that you're mostly coping well! also, YAY for getting back into the reading game! (Can't relate though. lately, things have been slow for me when it comes to reading 😅) 10 books is a lot, and i'm very glad that Call Down the Hawk wasn't a disappoint for you ❤ i have confidence that you'll be on top of your reading game in no time!

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    • Thank you so much, Caitlin!💛Oh, I’m so glad you’re on summer break right now~ thankfully mine is in just a couple of weeks, so I hope once I’m on break there will be less readjusting. Thank you so much for the confidence!! I say the same to you, I have no doubt your reading will pick back up soon, but I hope you’re getting lots of time to relax and do what makes you happy. I hope you’re doing well, staying safe, and that your May is going wonderfully!! xx

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  19. I watched Community during April, and I enjoyed it so much–it’s hilarious! Omg re-read both Anne AND P&P 😉 I’m gonna reread S&S either this month or next, and I’m so looking forward to it as it’s actually been a few years. Good luck with your AP tests!! My sister took her first one yesterday, and she’s got a couple left. Praying for you too ❤

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    • I’ll have to check it out! I just looked it up and the synopsis looks funny, I love a good sitcom. You’re absolutely right, both Anne and P&P deserve a reread from me!🥰I haven’t read Sense and Sensibility but I do own a copy of it so maybe that should be on my list too. Thank you so much Macey, you’re the kindest!! I’ve done a little over half of them so we’re almost there. Thank you again, I hope your May is going very well and that you’re doing well! xx

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  20. I also love the Gilmore Girls!!! I’ve been doing a lot of zoom dance classes as well also, which are interesting. It was fun to read this recap! I hope that you have an amazing rest of your May!

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