That Was The Month That Was… April 2021!

Well, I can’t believe that April is over already! I really don’t know where the time is going these days. April was an okay month here. It was my husband’s birthday so we had a lovely day for that – we had a takeaway from our favourite Indian restaurant (our first takeaway in 14 months!) so that was a fabulous treat!

My weight loss is continuing, which I’m very happy about. I’ve now lost a total of 4 stone 8lb since September last year. It’s been pretty consistent although it’s now closer to 1lb a week rather than the 2lb it was in the first few months but I’m just happy that it’s still coming off. I’m calorie counting and while I never thought I’d be someone who calorie counted, it’s working perfectly for me so I’m sticking with it.

The main thing that happened in April was my reading mojo finally came back! It’s been a bumpy time with my reading ever since the first lockdown happened last year and I really miss books when I can’t read at my normal level. It’s been wonderful to finally get lost in one book after another. I’ve also discovered that having a set TBR seems to be the way to go at the moment, which is bizarre for me having always been a mood reader but I don’t care as long as I’m reading again! My plan at the moment is to read my way through my NetGalley shelf and it’s working. I now have twelve books on there (I got approved for a couple this week so had been down to ten) and my ratio is 98%. All of the books still to be read are published this year so I’m almost up to date!

Here are the books that I read in April:

Like a House on Fire by Caroline Hulse

Dead Head by C.J. Skuse

Truth be Told by Kia Abdullah

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi

The Split by Sharon Bolton

Her Last Holiday by C. L. Taylor

Boy Queen by George Lester

The Gin O’Clock Club by Rosie Blake

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Mountain Road, Late at Night by Alan Rossi

Space Hopper by Helen Fisher

Five Hundred Miles from You by Jenny Colgan

When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins

Hush Little Baby by Jane Isaac

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould

Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten

The Appeal by Janice Hallett

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves

That Night by Gillian McAllister

West of Jim Crow by Lynn M. Hudson

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

How was your April? I’d love to know what you’ve been reading over the last month or so. 🙂

27 thoughts on “That Was The Month That Was… April 2021!

  1. It seems like you had a great month! I’m so happy your weight loss is working so well! And also, you read so much! I wish i had that strength too! Keep going you are doing AMAZING!

    • Thank you so much! April was a much better month for me. I’m really happy about my weight loss, it’s been something I needed to do and I’m feeling so much better in myself. My reading mojo has been missing for a while but it seems to have fully come back in April so I was reading every spare minute that I had. I think it’ll slow down but it was lovely to be reading so much again and enjoying it. 🙂

    • Thank you, it’s such a relief as it’s been a while since I was reading at my normal pace. I’m sorry that you’re in the middle of a slump too, it’s horrible so I feel for you. My tip is to try books in a different format and also to do other things. I watched some boxsets and started playing board games with my husband. I kept picking up books and then one day I found one I couldn’t put down and it seemed to bring back my ability to concentrate and just read. I hope your slump ends soon. x

  2. Sounds like you had a great April Hayley. Congratulations on your continued weight loss. It must feel wonderful to get healthier.

  3. Wow, well you’ve certainly bounced back in style. So three reasons to celebrate the month – weight loss (what a great achievement), birthday and return of reading love.

  4. Congratz on your partners birthday! Indian food is delicious, and after 14 months of no take-out it truly sounds like a party.
    Your book list looks great too! I’m glad you found a way to get into your reading mojo again. Not being able to read is sure something to miss!

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