Monthly Memories : April 2017

Posted May 13, 2017 by Nick/ 25 Comments

Hey everyone!

So I’m a little late with this monthly recap, but I had a bunch of posts scheduled and got behind. My April wasn’t very eventful, unfortunately, but it was a great reading month!

Here are my updates:

  • I started a new quarter at school. Classes are going okay this quarter, though I’m not a big fan of one of my classes. The professor is very smart, but his teaching skills are rough. I spend most of my time being distracted in that class because I have the hardest time listening to him. I started sitting in the back, and have been catching up on my sleep in the class. I’m usually very attentive in class, so I don’t know what it is about this one. Thankfully, it’s a coding class, so even if I don’t follow in class, I’m able to find good notes online.
  • The rest of my classes are okay and I manage to stay wide awake. I do have a group project in one of my classes that’s about 40% of my grade. So far, I’m not 100% loving my group. I wind up doing most of the work and it’s a little frustrating.
  • I also work more hours now, which means I’m super exhausted all the time. I reserve most of my weekends for naps and catching up on homework.
  • I did meet Katie again last month, which was a highlight! We went to eat rolled-ice-cream. It was yummy, but there was too much ice-cream!
  • One of my roommates and I have also been bonding this past month. We’ve gotten quite close, and hang out a lot. We went on a shopping spree at King of Prussia and we made a stop at Barnes & Noble, of course. She’s a reader too, and she reads a lot of YA and romance, so I’ve been having fun recommending books to her and seeing her enjoy them is even better!
  • I haven’t really tried any recipes this month. I’ve actually been eating out way more than I would like, but how do I resist Grub Hub coupons??

I read 23 books this month! This is the most I’ve read in a month this whole year, so that was exciting. And a lot of the books I read were great too. Here’s a full list of books I read this month.

Highest Rating

The Names They Gave Us Seeker (Riders #2)

4.5-5 stars

The Names They Gave Us was easily a 5 stars read for me! I adored every word of this story, and it made me so emotional. I think one of the main reasons I loved it so much was because of how much I related to Lucy and her relationship with faith. I also loved Seeker! Veronica Rossi is a favorite author, but she still managed to impress me with this sequel.

Lowest Rating

Things I Should Have Known

3 stars

I feel terrible for even including this here, but this wasn’t a bad book. It just was my least favorite book of the month, relatively speaking. I found myself being more invested in the secondary characters than the main cast, but it was a decent look at autism.

Book Which Surprised Me The Most

Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1)

I’m not a fan of books with motorcycle clubs, but I decided to give Ride Hard a try, and it was really good. I especially enjoyed the romance and the hero!

Book Boyfriends of the Month

Seeker (Riders #2) The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat #4)

I adored Gideon from Seeker! The boy is a total charmer, and has some seriously swoony lines in Seeker. Also, I’m OBSESSED with Dominique from The Chocolate Touch. I mean he’s a grumpy, broody, guy who makes chocolate for a living. What’s not to love??

Most Exciting Books on Deck For Next Month

Under Her Skin (Blank Canvas, #1) The Evaporation of Sofi Snow The Fallen Kingdom (The Falconer, #3)

Image result for chicago justice

I’ve been watching Chicago Justice this past month. It’s a law-procedural, and I know those tend to be cliched, but I’ve been enjoying this one so far. They have some really interesting topics and cases that they explore – some of them quite shocking!

Image result for trial and error tv show

I’ve also been watching Trial & Error, which was a riot! It was funny, and engaging, and super quirky. If you like Parks & Rec, I highly recommend it! I’m really hoping NBC will renew this one for next year too.

Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity asks how you feature books you’ve already reviewed.

Danya @ Fine Print talks about book recommendations gone wrong!

Renee @ Addicted to Romance has a list of summer books to forward to.

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit has a fun post about books that made her hungry.

What was your April like? What was your favorite book of the month? What are some movies you watched?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Wendy

    Group projects are THE WORST. Hate ’em. Also NICK. I am sooo excited for the Fallen Kingdom I can’t even wait omg. I need to reread the first two to truly prepare myself for the finale!!

    • They are terrible! >.<
      YESS! So excited for Fallen Kingdom! I hope it's epic! 🙂

  • Holy cow, 23 books! You’re a reading rockstar! lol! I didn’t read anywhere near that many. I’ve been meaning to check out Trial & Error because it looks so funny but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I may have to change that this week! I’ve been looking for a new series to binge watch on Netflix. Hope you are having a great month!

    • Believe it or not, that’s actually low for me. Last year, I averaged 30 a month!
      You should give Trial & Error a try. It’s so funny and wacky.

  • Braine Supie

    You’re living a full life, Nick and the upside of having a blog is it’ll always be here as an out let for you and we’ll always be here to read whatever you want to share. May I suggest that in lieu of books you share your food adventures instead? I’m sure a lot of us are food porn addicts 😀

    • Haha! I should think of doing that, but I’m mostly preoccupied with eating the food so I always forget! 🙂

  • You seem very busy Nick, I hope you won’t get too exhausted 😀 I love chicago justice! It’s not that different with other law drama but the mc has a very strong moral code it’s really interesting to watch.

    • Ha! I’m always exhausted, but I’m pushing because only a few weeks left. Yay! I’m glad you like Justice. Do you watch any of the other Chicagos?

      • Sadly no. I was interested in Chicago Fire (shows about firefighters were very rare) and Chicago PD, but I lost interest over time.

  • Wow a busy month with school and work and still so many books!! Trial and Error is on my to get to list. Glad you are bonding with your roommate. That is always a nice thing when you live with people you like. Good luck with that group project . They are always the worst!!!

    • Books helps me maintain my sanity in the middle of all that school. Yeah that’s true. I like one of my roommates, but the other one not so much.

  • Happy May!

    • Thank you and wishing you the same! 🙂

  • Karen

    The Chocolate Touch :-))))))

    I’ll have to check out that Kaye novel. I don’t usually like motorcycle club books either but I do like that author.

    For What It’s Worth

    • This was my first by her and I loved it!

  • Sounds like university is a massive slog at the moment Nick, glad you’ve been getting more hours but the group project sound like a bunch of lazy assholes. I hope they start pulling their weight soon. I have an eARC of The Names They Gave Us and can’t wait to read it now. usually you loving a book is a guarantee that I’ll love it too. Porn Lord never steers me wrong. Stunning graphics too Nick, I love the colours of those flowers. I have some massive heart eyes going on <3 <3

    • It is. I’m so tired of having to chase after them to do stuff. I don’t want their nonsense affecting my grade.
      I hope you love Names, Kelly! Aww thanks but I can’t take any credit! Got them off The Hungry JPEG! 🙂

  • I noticed that the smartest professors can sometimes be the worst teachers! haha. My college had a lot of people who were adjunct professors who spent their days actually working in the field (since its a business school), so my accounting or finance professor knew the content like the back of their hand, but couldn’t TEACH for the life of them.

    It’s awesome that you’ve gotten close to your roommates 🙂 That makes a huge difference!

    EEEP I can’t wait for The Fallen Kingdom!! I have it preordered and ready to go. I’m really thinking of trying to reread the first two beforehand.

    Oooh thanks for reminding me about Trial & Error! I haven’t been watching nearly as much TV lately, so I’ll have to keep it in mind for when I’m in the mood for TV again haha.

    • Yeah my grad program has a couple of those two. I always feel bad because they clearly know their stuff, they just don’t know how to relate the knowledge.
      I’m so excited for The Fallen Kingdom! I hope we both love it.
      Definitely watch Trial & Error. I have a feeling it will be cancelled, but season 1 ended the main storyline.

  • Rummanah Aasi

    Your coding class reminded me one of my American Lit English classes. I had to be caffeinated if I was going to survive that class because the professor had a horrible monotone voice. There was a guy in my class that always sat in the first row and within 5 min like clockwork would sleep and snore. It was so embarrassing.

    • Oh man that does not sound like a fun class! Yeah, that’s how most people in our class are too in this class. We just sleep or do other homework.

  • I’m really enjoying Chicago Justice and NBC needs to stop playing around and renew it already. I love this addition to the Chicago shows. Do you watch any of the other Chicago shows?

    • Wait, it hasn’t been renewed yet???? Oh no …
      And no! This was the first I tried. I want to try PD though!

  • 23 books in a month is insanity Nick! Hang in there with school, not all professors are likable or even know how to teach (I had a few of those). Enjoy yourself and remember to rest.

    I need to get The Names they Gave Us since everyone is raving about it.

  • Ok, confession, I forgot I hadn’t commented on this until I saw it as part of my ‘to comment’ bookmarks… oops? Yay, thanks for the link and now on to life stuff. It sounds like you’ve been busy but having a good time. It’s great you’ve bonded a bit with one of your roommates, it’s so fun discovering you have common interests and just hanging out, especially since it’s books (I feel like it’s so hard to find fellow readers as we are often quieter folks). But yeah, school sounds crazy. It’ll go by so fast and you’ll get through that class you’re not loving, I’m sure.

    I’m off to watch those shows, though, they’re new on my radar, why have I not been watching?