APRIL WRAP UP: SURPASSING MY LEVEL FOR YARC 2019! MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS! AND A SURPRISE!

Happy End of April, my friends! As I write this I’m sitting in the coolest part of my house in hopes of escaping the sweltering heat that is summer. April has been both hectic and a fun month for me. In fact, I have a little surprise announcement at the end of this post, so let’s get to it!

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ON THE BLOG

🌺 I haven’t been posting as much on the blog as I would have liked. The lack of WiFi at my apartment has affected my blogging work, so I’m trying to set up a system where I set time aside to research at work, write my posts out at home, and then post them either during my work break or at an Internet cafe. Does anyone else have a problem like this?

🌺 I’ve been participating in Year of the Asian Reading Challenge – which I’ve been failing to update – but as of April, I’ve read a total of five books and seven manga volumes. So I’m hoping that this means I’ve surpassed my initial level of the Philippine Tarsier and I have no entered the Indian Cobra level!

🌺 Are you curious about what makes a book an instead pick up for me? In my post, Bait a Bookworm! I share the top ten things which make me pick up a book.

🌺 My favourite post of the month is my collaboration with eight bloggers who share the Asian books which changed their lives.

🌺 I talk about how I built up my little library in Books, Shelves, and All The Ways My Library Was Built!

🌺 Charvi from Not Just Fiction created a new discussion which I’ve joined in. The first prompt I wrote on is My Thoughts on Organizing Bookshelves.

🌺 I also want to share with you a heavily emotional book I read this month. All We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter explores PTSD in the aftermath of a family crime. I gave this book four stars on Goodreads and wrote, “I was completely mesmerized by Carter’s prose which seemed to jump out of the pages. There is so much to unfold in this story beginning with Lexi’s PTSD to people and what it means to hope.”

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BOOKS READ

THE POPPY WAR BY R.F. KUANG: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

THE WATERMIGHT THIEF BY JORDAN RIVET: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN BY T.E. CARTER: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

PERFECT CRIME BY HELEN FIEDLS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tokyo Ghoul re Vol 10 to 16

TOKYO GHOUL: RE (Vols 10 to 16) : ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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HOW WAS MY MONTH?

I’m a little late with announcing this but…

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YES, YES, YES! I got engaged, you guys! I wasn’t sure whether it was the right thing to announce it on here buuuuut I couldn’t just not tell you! This blog and my readers is a big part of my life, so I wanted to share this moment with you as well.

🌺 I presented my research paper at a conference last week. It was my first time talking about my study in public, aaaaah! I was so happy because last year although I had my paper accepted at a big conference I was unable to attend due to finances. So, I was overjoyed to find a nearby event. My paper is on the Family Dynamics of India-Filipino Families; it’s a study that’s very close to my heart, so I was a bit terrified but excited to have the opportunity to talk about it.

🌺 I know I don’t share much about cinema here but for those who love animation I want to recommend you watch Big Fish and Begonia. I cried my heart out watching this movie. Not only is the animation mouth dropping gorgeous but the storyline was very heart warming. It’s on Netflix, so do check it out and let me know what you think!

🌺 I also binge watched Mob Psycho 100! It was such a fun anime, especially since I was missing One Punch Man. Mob Psycho 100 is about a middle school boy who has powerful psychic powers. However, he has live his life isolated from his schoolmates and is under the tutelage of a con-man. It’s one of those shows that is just wholesome and fun to watch with friends.

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🌺 Having read through and self-reviewed the first draft of my novel Ghoul WIP, I’m now writing its second draft. As I work through it I’ll be looking for a critique partner who can help me be accountable and also someone I can talk to about writerly works. wedding3

LIKED POSTS

🌺 Malka and Chana from Paper Procrastinators share their own takes on whether they DNF or don’t DNF books.

🌺 Charvi @ Not Just Fiction celebrates her one year anniversary with a Q&A! Please head on over to their blog because I am absolutely sure you’re going to love their work!

🌺 Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads gives us a splendid and easy tutorial on adapting book covers into horizontal header.

🌺 Kristi @ YA and Wine shares some advice on building a platform in the book community which you can read alongside Beth @ Books Nest’s post on How to Get Visitors to Your Blog.

🌺 Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads wrote a hilarious discussion on the “prophecised one” trope and whether it’s really all it’s cracked up to be!

🌺 Kaleena @ Reader Voracious talks about why they’ve done away with star ratings for their book reviews.

🌺 Dani @ Perspective of a Writer shares some advice on how we can bookstagram without getting discouraged.

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How do you work with your blog when there is a lack of WiFi?

What movies did you watch last month?

Have you joined any reading challenges?

What’s your favourite read from April?

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34 thoughts on “APRIL WRAP UP: SURPASSING MY LEVEL FOR YARC 2019! MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS! AND A SURPRISE!

  1. Belle says:

    Congrats on your engagement and research paper presentation!! I’d love to read more about your research (I come from an Indian-Filipino family as well 😮). Maybe you can share your findings in a post one of these days 😊?

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  2. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    Ahh congratulations Camillea! I’m happy for both your engagement and your presentation ❤ I'm really behind with my reading this year, I joined some challenges and yet didn't managed to finished them so far 😣 I watched The Umbrella Academy, Avengers Endgame, and of course, Game of Thrones this month- really enjoyed them all!

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    • Cam @ Camillea Reads says:

      Thank you! And that’s alright. Take all the time you need with reading. It should be enjoyable not pressuring. ❤️ I haven’t watched Endgame yet. I want to catch up on Captain Marvel first hehe I’ve been recommended Umbrella Academy so many times but I don’t have WiFi to enjoy Netflix. GoT is amazing! I love seeing my Sansa again hehe How are you finding it?

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  3. Charvi says:

    Omg Cam congratulations on the engagement and the paper presentation too!
    Oh and I think I’ve read about 5 books for YARC too but hopefully I’ll ne able to read a lot more in May thanks to the two Asian readathons I’m participating in 😊 Thanks a lot for sharing my posts, lovely 😘

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  4. Veronika Éles says:

    Congratulations on your engagement and on presenting your research paper! My April was stressful due to uni, and so I wasn’t able to read as much as I wanted to. 😦 I don’t even think I read any books that TRULY stood out for me. As for movies, my friend won tickets to Shazam, and so even though we weren’t very excited we decided to check it out, and it was a lot of fun! Honestly surprised by how genuinely enjoyable it was. I also went to see The Curse of La Llorona, but that was a less pleasant experience. Hope your May will be fantastic!
    Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical

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    • Cam @ Camillea Reads says:

      Thank you!! Aaw, that’s alright 😊 at least you have the summer holidays coming up! Oh wow! I’ve heard about that movie but haven’t checked it out yet. Have you watched Captain Marvel? I’m hoping to watch with my family soon. I hope May is wonderful to you too!

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      • Veronika Éles says:

        Yes, I saw Captain Marvel shortly after it came out, and I really enjoyed it! Hope you’ll love it too. 🙂

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  5. Lais @ The Bookish Skies says:

    Cami, congrats on your engagement! And presenting your research paper! I’m so glad you had a great April, both reading-wise and life-wise.
    I haven’t joined any reading challenges this year yet, but I’m excited to be having some “themed-read” months. For May, I’ll only be reading books centered around mental health issues, since it is Mental Health Awareness Month. I’m hoping to do the same in the following months, so I can pick up more diverse reads too.
    Wishing you an amazing May! 😊

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  6. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    Congratulations on your engagement Cam!! I hope you are so happy! ❤ And its so neat you got to talk about your paper! The live action Mob 100 is so good!! We watched it too and it wa crazy but fun. I totally need to watch Big Fish and Begonia though. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing that and my post!! I hope it inspires you to pick up bookstagram again Cam . Your photos were so impressive to me.

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    • Cam @ Camillea Reads says:

      Thank you, Dani! I am actually giddy with joy hahaha it isssss omg you’ve watched One Punch Man, right? Season 2 is out already. Have you caught up on it!

      Oh, do watch Big Fish and Begonia. Will you let me know what you think once you have?

      Aaaaw thank you. I do want to get back to it but I don’t think I can be as creative as I used to due to the lack of space and proper lighting in my apartment.

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  7. Nandini Bharadwaj says:

    My Wi-Fi connection is pretty good here – if I don’t get it where I stay (either at home or the room close to work), I just use my phone’s hotspot because it’s fast enough most of the times. I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with that! I hope May is better. 😊

    It looks like you had a really good reading month! I’m so glad you finally read The Poppy War and loved it as much as everyone else. It is such a masterpiece, TBH! 😍 Now I’m off to check out all your posts and the ones you mentioned from around the blogosphere. Happy reading, Cam!

    Congrats on getting engaged! So very happy for you! 💖

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