My (Late) April TBR + Mini Life Update!! // Books You’ll Probably Yell at Me to Read & Taking my O.W.L.s

Yes, I’m aware that we’re more than a week into April already.

But I have the ambitious goal of reading 20 books in April, and so far I’ve only read four. So here’s hoping that this post motivates me to read 16 more books this month! (Imagine how embarrassing it will be if I don’t read at least half of these books…)

I normally don’t do TBRs because I’m a mood reader. But since this list is so big, I think there’ll be a book here to fit any and all of my moods. I’m also participating in two readathons this month, and I’d love to share the books I plan on reading for them! Plus, I’ve been low on motivation to post lately (more on that below), and a TBR was the only post I felt like drafting. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Books I Started in March

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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The only reason I’m rereading this is so that I can read the Shadowhunter books I actually care about. I started the audiobook more than a month ago, and I have zero motivation to continue listening. 😭

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about The Scorpio Races, but everyone who’s read it seems to love it. I got about 20% into it before I set it aside. I was starting to feel slumpy, and I didn’t want to ruin my experience with this slow and atmospheric novel, just because I wasn’t in the mood for it. I’m actually in the mood for it now, but sadly, there are more pressing books that I have to get to. (T_T)

Books that Have Been on My TBR Since Forever

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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I’ve lost count of how many times a comment I’ve left on a blog post said something along the lines of “I need to read With the Fire On High; its cover is so pretty!”. But in my defense, its cover is even more beautiful in person!!! And not only that—its naked hardcover is pretty too!! My mom actually read this as per my recommendation, and she loved it! Look at me recommending books I haven’t even read and getting away with it. 😎

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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Whenever I mention Anne of Green Gables in a post, everyone immediately tells me that I have to read it—and I know!! I’m not big on classics, but this is one classic that I’m DYING to read. I asked my parents to buy me the gorgeous Puffin in Bloom version a long time ago—even before I started this book blog—and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. I also can’t wait to watch the TV show adaptation, Anne With an E, after I read this!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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The Starless Sea hasn’t been on my TBR for very long, but I couldn’t find another category to put it in, so here it is. I’m reading it because it’s part of my 5-star predictions TBR. I don’t know much about it—all I know is that it has beautiful writing and fits in the “books about books” genre—but I’m already in love with the main character’s name (the name Zachary Ezra Rawlins is ICONIC).

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Another book that’s on my 5-star predictions TBR! The mere fact that this is a 900-page adult fantasy novel makes me quiver in fear. But it features an f/f romance, dragons, and a matriarchal society, so I have to make the effort. Also, I follow Samantha Shannon on Twitter, and she’s such a cool and intelligent person!

O.W.L.s Magical Readathon

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the Magical Readathon already! It’s a readathon based on the O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) from the Harry Potter series, and since this readathon is pretty complex, I won’t be trying to explain it here. (Check out the host’s announcement video if you want more information!)

For my career path, I decided to go with Spellmaker, which requires seven O.W.L.s, meaning I have to read seven books. I’ve already completed three subjects, so here are the last four books I have to read!

Astronomy: Read the majority of a book while it’s dark outsideThe Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

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I’m reading a sequel a month after reading its first book—who am I?? The Well of Ascension is such a huge book—I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided that I’d read the majority of it at night. But there’s no backing out now! // Buddy read with Rukky (but she’s already finished it, because she’s a legend and I’m not)

Divination: Use a random number generator to select which book you’ll read Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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This is the last book I have to read before I can finally post the next Caitlin Reads!! I remember begging my parents to buy me a copy of Graceling years ago, only for me to… never read it. But hey, I’m reading it now. This was released before 2010, and I’m eager to see if it still holds up now! (From what I’ve read of it, it does. I love Katsa already.)

Ancient Runes: A book with heart in the title or coverA Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

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A Heart in a Body in the World has been on my physical TBR for almost a year, and it’s about time that I finally read it! I don’t know much about it, except that it’s about a girl who decides to go running? I also know it tackles an important topic—toxic masculinity, I believe, but don’t quote me on that.

History of Magic: A Book featuring witches/wizardsThe Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

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Another sequel!! Look at me go!! While I had some problems with The Bone Witch, I saw a lot of potential in its sequels, and I hope that I love this series as much as my fellow Asian bloggers do. I’m pumped to continue Tea’s journey and see her relationship with Kalen bloom in The Heart Forger!

Stay Home Reading Rush

I’ve wanted to participate in the Reading Rush (formerly called the Booktube-a-thon) for YEARS now. However, I’ve never been able to because it always takes place in July, when I’m busy with school.

Well, the gods have smiled down upon me, because the hosts decided to hold the Stay Home Reading Rush this month! I can’t pass up the chance to finally participate in the Reading Rush (even if it’s not the ~official~ Reading Rush).

(You can find out more about the Stay Home Reading Rush, which will take place from April 16th to April 19th, by checking out the Reading Rush Twitter page!)

Read a book that’ll make you smile & Read a book while in the same room the whole timeThe Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

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I’m finally gonna read The Boy Who Steals Houses AHHHH!! Despite the fact that I should’ve read it a long time ago, I think it’s the perfect time to read it in April, which is Autism Acceptance Month (the author is autistic, and I believe one of the main characters is too). This is a Goldilocks retelling featuring a found family, and I have high hopes that it’ll make me smile. C.G. Drews is also an icon within the bookish community (I’m sure you’ve visited her book blog, book twitter, and/or Bookstagram at least once).

Read a book with a house on the cover & Read a book set somewhere you wish you could goThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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I’ve wanted to read The Bear and the Nightingale for so long, and I’m finally getting to it, because it’s the only book on my TBR with a house on the cover!! I haven’t heard the best things about this particular book, but I have heard amazing things about its sequels. Also, I’d love to go to Russia at least once in my life. 🥺

For CAITLIN READS

Not revealing the theme of next month’s Caitlin Reads in the interest of it being a surprise, but feel free to guess!!

(Covers link to Goodreads.)

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A Mini Life Update…

So, I’ve have had no motivation to do anything blogging related lately. I think I’m burnt out on interacting with people on the Internet—which sounds super mean, I know! Please don’t take it the wrong way I love you all. 🥺 But my brain is weird, and it regularly decides that I no longer want to engage with people.

I’ve also been putting a lot of pressure on myself to schedule tons of post before my summer break ends, and I think it’s backfiring, since I now have zero inclination to write posts. As a matter of fact, I’ve been trying to cram all of my hobbies (blogging, reading, watching shows, even writing) into my summer break, and I don’t think it’s working.

2gether (2020) - MyDramaList Subscene - Money Heist (La Casa de Papel / The Paper House ...

However, I’ve recently been watching a lot of things, something I do when I no longer have any brain cells (which is always, to be honest). I recently became obsessed with a Thai drama called 2gether: the Series thanks to Chaima! It’s a romance between two boys who start fake dating, and it’s so freakin’ cute! 2gether is the ultimate show to watch if you’re feeling down—I’m 99% sure you’ll be at least a little bit happier after you watch it!! And you can watch all the episodes (with English subs) on YouTube. 💖

Also, I’m currently making my way through the the first season of a Spanish TV show called Money Heist. Sadly, I haven’t fallen head over heels with it yet like the rest of the world, but I really want a red jumpsuit and Dali mask now. 😗✌🏻

How’s quarantine going for you? Which books do you plan to read in April? Are you Participating in any readathons this month? Have you watched 2gether or Money Heist? Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy this post? (Haha, weird question, I know, but TBRs aren’t my thing, and i feel like this post was a bit of a mess.)

64 thoughts on “My (Late) April TBR + Mini Life Update!! // Books You’ll Probably Yell at Me to Read & Taking my O.W.L.s

  1. My March was a bit like this Caitlin when I couldn’t concentrate on reading. But the OWLs readathon has definitely helped me read more this month. Hope it works out for you too 😊😊

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  2. With the Fire On High’s cover is so beautiful it could definitely step on me any time. Also, I hope you complete your TBR and the reading challenges you’re doing – lately there have been so many good readathons but I can’t join any of them because I know I wouldn’t be able to read the books on my TBR lmaoo but one day I hope 😭😭 Hope your April goes well!! 💖

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    1. OMG YES!! the pretty girl, the fruits, the illustrations… step. on. me. thank you!! I used to feel this way about readathons, but because of summer and quarantine, I now have a lot of time on my hands, and I figure it’s time to finally put it to good use! I hope your April goes well too, Faith!!

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  3. chaima sounds so good?! the fake dating trope can have my soul. hope you read all the books you want to and good luck with your reading challenges! yesss The Boy Who Steals Houses and Anne of Green Gables are so good!! tell me what you think of them!! hope april’s going well for you! x

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    1. ah, yes, Chaima truly did the lord’s work when she introduced a bunch of people to 2gether! the fake dating trope is god-tier 🥺 thank you, kerys! I’ve already read TBWSH, and WOW, I loved it! so glad I finally read it 😭😭 Hopefully I can get to Anne this month too! I hope April is going well for you too ❤

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    1. thank you, evelyn!! I hope I can finally, finally get to Anne this month. it’s been on my priority TBR for ages. and ahhh, i’m currently reading The Well of Ascension, and it’s so readable!! I just wanna binge read it, but sadly, I decided to use it for the “read the majority of a book when it’s dark outside prompt”, so I have to wait for the sun to set before I can read it :((

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  4. HOW DARE YOU?????? I am not a legend. YOU are a legend. Okay??? Or we are both legends (though honestly I’m not), DEFINITELY NOT just me!!! Take it back!!
    I just…saw that sentence and had to, ahem, make some corrections 😅 (and take it back? please? I’ve never really demanded something of someone as much as I’m demanding you to take that statement back lol)
    And I didn’t actually finish the book, because I got to 91 percent, and it got returned 😭 So no legend here. I’m going to reply to your GR message right after this, and maybe you could spoil the last bit for me? (I was typing the msg, and then I saw this and well, you know…)

    Okay, I’ll try to sound more like a normal person now 😂
    I feel you with the trying to force yourself to schedule posts and cramming everything. There’s nothing that zaps my motivation more than the simple phrase of “i have to do this now”. I’ll instantly dread doing it and I think it’s better if you don’t think of it as something that you have to do right now, but as something that you want to do, but if you don’t, it’s okay (even though secretly, you know it’s not necessarily okay lol).
    For Caitlin Reads, hmm, I’m guessing that it has to do with popular books you haven’t read yet? But I have no idea what Jellicoe Road is so, idk…

    Anyways, I hope you’re able to reach your goal, and don’t pressure yourself about the posting! It’s better to not write anything now, and pour your love into each post even if it takes you a month to write, than to try and write several right now and them not being your best 🙂 Enjoy your summer break and good luck ❤✨

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    1. No, you are a legend, Rukky—what are you talking about?? you are so on top of your reading and write some of the best blog posts out there!! ❤ you're definitely a legend in my eyes 🥺
      ah, sorry i haven't replied to your message yet! I'm waiting until I'm further or even finished with the book, so that I can reply 😭 it's so unfortunate that you were only able to get to 91% yet :(( I'll try my best to finish the book and tell you how the ending went!
      OMG YES!! i always tell myself "do this; just do this any way you can", which sucks my motivation out immediately. I really need to stop biting off more than I can do–there’s only so much time in the day 😅 Ahhh, good guess!! We’ll see 😉 but yeah, I have zero clue what Jellicoe Road is about either–like, zero. I can’t even tell you a vague synopsis
      thank you!! that’s so reassuring 🥺 I really, really wanna post something soon, but I don’t know what to dedicate my time to—replying to comments, reading, brainstorming my WIP? Ahhhh. right now, i’m behind on my TBR, but maybe a miracle will happen, and I’ll be able to finish all of them! I hope you’re doing well, and good luck with your reading for the month ❤ ❤

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    1. Ahh, I’ve already read Graceling and The Bear and the Nightingale, and they were both good! I hope you enjoy them when you pick them up! Don’t worry, I’m a mood reader too, and I already wanna stray from my TBR.. :(( right now it’s uncertain that I’ll read 20 books in April, but we’ll see. Thank you!!

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  5. omgomgomg i have a good feeling that you’ll like with the fire on high!! ❤ the audiobook is also *mwah chef's kiss* because it's narrated by the author! also i would recommend if city of bones is not going well (bc her writing back then was *barf* you should just wikipedia or look for a spoilery plot of the mortal instruments series then just skip straight to the infernal devices and the dark artifices 😉

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    1. me too!! contemporary isn’t my usual genre, but I just have a good feeling about WTFOH ❤ and, ahhh, really? I know Elizabeth Acevedo read The Poet X herself, but I didn't know that she also read her first book in prose! thank you so much for telling me–I'll definitely read at least part of the book on audio now! OMG I'm so excited to finally be done with TMI, so I can read TDA 😭 I'm gonna try to read City of Bones one last time, but if it doesn't go well, I'll be looking up those spoilery synopses!

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  6. I can’t believe you want to read 20 books this month. :O Good luck!! You can do it!! I love The Scorpio Races, and I’m pretty sure I chose it for my “reread my favorites of the decade” post so I SHOULD pick it up soon. (I posted that so long age that I don’t even remember what I put in it, help. This is why I don’t do TBR posts. 😂)

    The Well of Ascension is so damn good, I hope you’ll love it! I’ve just been thinking about rereading Graceling, because a blogger discussed how the hero is an incredible character, and I remember liking everyone, but that’s it. There’re so many books and series I’d like to reread. 😩

    I’ve never done the Reading Rush, but maybe it’s time!? The last two weeks I barely read anything, and it was only in the last two-three days when I picked up and finished a few books. I’m doing a read-a-thon called ReadALittleRomance on twitter, and I *need* to hurry up with my TBR for that, this would be a good opportunity. I just need to find books that fit both. Okay, I’ve decided, I’m doing it!

    I’ve been interested in Money Heist, mostly because of the hype 😅, but I’m very unsure about it, so I’m looking forward to hearing more about it. Hope you’ll start to enjoy it more. 🙂

    PS: Caitlin Reads might be books with flowery writing?? I’ve read exactly one of those books – did not like it so I’m curious to see your opinion – but I think at least two others are said to have beautiful writing, idk.

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    1. I know, I’m always setting impossible expectations for myself 😭 I probably won’t read 20 this month, but it’s okay!! Ah, so many people love The Scorpio Races, I’m so excited to pick it back up! i hope you enjoy it if you get around to rereading it!

      I know!! It’s so weird because right now, nothing is happening, yet I’m flying through the book anyway! I’m so sad that I decided to use it for the “read a book when it’s dark outside” prompt, because if not, I would binge read it the whole day 😭 OMG, yes!! Prince Po is *superior*. there are so many books I’d love to reread too–hopefully we can get to them in our lifetimes! :((

      Ah, as I’m replying to your comment, the Reading Rush has already passed, but I saw you and Sabrina’s TBR post! I hope you two did well in the readathon! lol I completed every prompt except the “same room” one because I feel asleep while listening to the audiobook of A Heart in a Body in the World. I hope Read a Little Romance went well for you too ❤

      Ahhh, I've finished the first season of Money Heist already, and one thing I will say is that it's *very* stressful–not the ideal show to watch during these already stressful times. I was quite literally on the edge of my seat, clutching my face in worry sometimes. I think I get the hype now, but I wouldn't recommend if you don't want to get stressed, because I can almost guarantee you will.

      Ahhh, good guess! We'll see 😉

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  7. Ahh I love love love The Scorpio Races, Graceling and TBWSH are amazing too!! I hope your April reading goes well and I understand about your feeling of online interaction burnout? I always try to cram my hobbies into summer as well but I guess it’s just finding a balance and not overdoing it, but I believe in you and you got this!

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    1. Ahh, so many people The Scorpio Races, I’m very excited to pick it back up! I’ve already read Graceling and TBWSH, and I enjoyed both of them, especially TBWSH, ahhh ❤ thank you!! I'm so happy that someone else gets it 😭 online interaction burnout is the perfect term for it. i'm starting to feel like I'll never be able to accomplish all I want to this summer, but we'll see ❤ thank you for the advice–I hope you're having a lovely April, Cas!

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  8. caitlin, i believe in you! my goal is to read 12 books this month, which is also ambitious AF to me, but i’m going to my sixth book, so maybe there is hope for both of us!
    good luck with city of bones! there are a couple series i believe you can read without having read this one, but i’m not 100% sure. this universe is so huge and complex, i find incredibly intimidating, but i know you can do it!
    i have had the opportunity to take a close look at the naked hardback of with the fire on high and it is really stunning! it’s not a book i’m particularly interested in, but i know a lot of people love it, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it as well!
    spellmaker is such a great career for the owls! you’re aiming for a lot of fantasy, which i’m also here to clap you for, because i could never, hahah.
    i was sad i ended up not finding a perfect spot for the boy who steals houses on my TBR for april, since it is the perfect month to be reading it! i am excited to hear your thoughts on it, as i know you’re not the biggest contemporary fan, but hopefully this one will be good. and bear town as well!!! i’ve heard so many interesting things about this book; i can’t wait to know what you think of it.
    la casa de papel is SO popular in brazil, i’m probably one of the few people that haven’t watched it around here, lol. i am not super interested, as things like that make me anxious and i watch shows mostly for soothing/comforting purposes (hahah), and i think the hype doesn’t help either.

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    1. ahhh, Lais, I’m so proud that you’re on track with your goal!! haha, I’m definitely not, but at least one of us is gonna meet theirs!
      there are just so many other books I’d like to read besides City of Bones 😭 i know I don’t *have* to read it to read the rest of the Shadowhunter books, but I really want the full experience!
      I know right? so beautiful! I hope I can finally read With the Fire on High this month!
      lol, fantasy is my fave genre, so I didn’t even notice that the majority of my TBR was fantasy 😅
      Ahh, I really liked The Boy Who Steals Houses!! I’m not a contemporary fan, but that book was really well-crafted, and I think everyone, regardless of their preference, has a high chance of enjoying it! I’ve heard so many interesting things about Beartown as well! I feel like it’ll be a hard-hitting read–hopefully I’ll love it.
      as of writing this comment, I’ve already finished the first season, and you’re right–it’ll most definitely make you anxious. I think you made the right call choosing not to watch it!

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  9. AHHH I’m so glad you loved The Priory of the Orange Tree! I just bought it on my kindle. I’m a little scared to read such a large book on my kindle (don’t know why) but I’m also beyond excited. I’m even more excited knowing you gave it 5 stars! 😀

    -Amber

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  10. Ahhhhhh The Boy Who Steals Houses is so good!! I hope you like it!! And I loooooved Priory of the Orange Tree too ahhh

    I also very much need to read With the Fire on High (and it’s cover really is gorgeous) but I just have soooo many books on my tbr…

    (also omg I’m watching 2gether rn and I’m OBSESSED ahhhhHHHHHH it’s so CUTE so far and jkhgfdgkhjfg)

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    1. YES IT IS!! i’m so happy I finally picked up TBWSH 💕💕 I’m currently reading Priory! the worldbuilding is a little hard to grasp, but I think I’m slowly starting to acclimate myself to the story!!

      I know, its cover could step on me! I have so many books on my TBR too, and WTFOH is like, *right* at the top. idk why I haven’t picked it up yet 😭

      I KNOW!! 2gether is serotonin in a single show ❤ ❤ one of the few reasons why I still have happiness in my life 😌😌

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  11. Yay new Caitlin post MAKING MY DAY!!

    Okay first off I SPAT OUT MY MILK when I saw City of Bones. Truly plot twist of the year!! But I mean go you because The Infernal Devices is where’s it’s at man. No pressure to read my fave series of all time or anything… whoops

    Omg so every book you’ve had on your tbr for ages is also on my tbr… go us?? I need to read WTFOH so bad ohmygosh. It is SO STUNNING. Dude let’s buddy read!! (psssttt we still need to get to S&B btw). Also I KNOW ANNE!! I freaking adore the tv show to shreds and I’ve been dying to read the book in its entirety for ages. I’ve only skim read it when I was in deep obsession mode haha. My heart lies with children’s classics and I just KNOW I’ll adore it.

    The Starless Sea ahh I know it’s going to be AMAZING but she big and I also still need to get to The Night Circus. I feel like a bad person ya know.

    yes i am HERE for you when you read TBWSH. Get yo tissues out and ready. Have fun *evil laughter*

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    1. Ahhhh, I’m soft 🥺🥺 thank you, ruby!!!

      lol i’ve already read TID, but I don’t remember everything about it 😂 the only reason I know what happened in it is because spoilers for the series are unavoidable :”)) omg, yes! I’ll message you when I start WTFOH! it has been on my TBR for literal *ages* I will feel so accomplished when I finally get to it! hopefully, we can both get to the books on our priority TBR 🥺

      ah, i know! The Starless Sea is so big–I don’t know why I’m planning to read 20 books this month yet I still picked it for my TBR 😭 also i read the night circus on audio, but i spaced out so much while listening that i might as well have never listened to it

      haha, i didn’t cry while reading The Boy Who Steals Houses, but I definitely see how someone with a soul might! I’m so happy I finally read it, because I enjoyed it so much ❤ ❤

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  12. Good luck with reading all of these books, Caitlin. I love that you recommended With The Fire On High to your mum 😅, I’m convinced you’ll end up loving it too!
    The Bear and the Nightingale is a good read too – it is so atmospheric and sets up the rest of the series very well.
    Take your time with blogging and interacting, I often feel pressure to do this as well. Take care and happy reading! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Stephen! I’m so happy that she enjoyed With the Fire On High, and I have high hopes that I’ll enjoy it too! I’ve already read The Bear and the Nightingale, and I enjoyed it so much! I agree that it’s very atmospheric–perfect for the wintertime–and I’m so excited to continue Vasya’s story.

      Ah, I’m sorry you’ve been feeling pressure as well! I hope we can both take it more easy, and find a balance ❤ I hope you're doing well and enjoying your reading!

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      1. That’s wonderful, I’m so happy you really enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale! And the best thing is that the trilogy gets even better. I absolutely loved The Girl in the Tower, and Vasya became one of my favourite characters after reading that. 😍
        Happy reading!

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  13. Wow 20 books, you go girl!! I hope you enjoy all of them and believe you can do it!!
    Also this “Look at me recommending books I haven’t even read and getting away with it”, yes I do this too. From book blogger I just know a few recommendations and pretend I know everything ahah!!
    I loved The Starless Sea, I see it as one of those books people are either going to like or not but I read it at the perfect time and ahh.. I’m obsessed!! His name is iconic, how I wish for a name as iconic!!
    Good luck with priory, I love how you challenged yourself to read 20 books and then pick up the biggest book !! haha!!
    Oohh… I hope you love The Boy Who Steals House, I’ll be interested to read your thoughts!!
    And the same with We Hunt The Flame as there seems to be a lot of divide on this book but I loved it, such a classic YA fantasy feel and I loved it (yep I said it twice)!! I’m excited to see the theme of your next Caitlin Reads!!
    I get what you mean about feeling tired about talking to people on the internet because technically you are having 30 conversations a day in a way and that does sound exhausting so please take a long as want replying or have a break!! ❤
    Happy reading and I hope you are well!! ❤

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    1. I know, I’m just setting myself up for failure at this point 😭😭 I don’t think I’ll reach 20, but maybe I will by some miracle!
      I know right!! even though I haven’t read every book in existence, if I’ve seen a blogger talk about it, I can probably recommend it to people already 😂
      Ah, hopefully I’m one of those people who like The Starless Sea! I really hope my prediction comes true, and I rate it 5 stars 🥺 And yeah, my name is so lame compared to Zachary Ezra Rawlins’. 😞
      Shhhhh, don’t expose me! I knew I should’ve picked shorter books when I’m planning to read 20 books, but I’m always biting more than I can chew, haha. I’m currently reading Priory, and I’m enjoying it! The wordbuilding is vast, but I think Samantha Shannon does a great job easing you into it and making sure you understand everything without info dumping too much.
      I already read TBWSH, and I enjoyed it so much, ahhhh. I definitely would’ve cried if I weren’t soulless 🥺
      I’m so excited to read We Hunt the Flame, ahh! I read part of it a while ago, and I really enjoyed it. I know that the reviews are mixed, but I’m cautiously hoping that I’ll be one of the people who enjoyed it.
      Ah, I’m so happy you understand 😭💕 i think i should just accept that this is just the way I am—I’ll never be that blogger who’s on top of comments, blog hopping, and posting, haha.
      I hope you’re having a great April and enjoying all your reading ❤ ❤

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  14. okay FIRST OF ALL your caitlin reads section…… i could be wrong/it could be a coincidence but those are all may @ my 1st chapter’s faves (of which i have only read 1 like the disappointment i am lmao) soooo 👀👀

    second of all, 2gether!!! i’m literally listening to scrubb songs as i write this comment… we don’t talk about it. but i’m very happy to see that you enjoyed it! chaima really saved all of our lives with her tweets about it.

    good luck with the owls and reading rush! i’m not participating in either because i SUCK at readathons but it looks like a lot of fun. and ahh two books on your tbr that stood out to me were the starless sea and graceling! i really want to pick TSS back up soon, because it’s also a 5-star prediction for me, but i’m waiting for when i’m in the mood haha. and i saw your gr review for graceling about po being the only man who deserves rights (or something along those lines) and now you’re making me miss that book 🥺🥺

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    1. Ahh, we’ll see if it’s just a coincidence or not!! But yeah they’re all May’s faves & I’m gonna be sad if I dislike them 😔😔

      Yesss, Scrubb!! I’ve been listening to theme song & ending song of 2gether on repeat, so I get it. Chaima really did save our lives… 2gether is literally one of my only sources of happiness 😔✊🏼

      Thank you!! I’m glad that you decided to last-minute participate in the Reading Rush—I saw your post, hehe. I hope that the Reading Rush went well for you, and that you’re in the mood for TSS soon!! Lol, my gr reviews are so cringey, I feel very bad for all those who read them, but yes, Prince Po is one of the few men who deserve rights..

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  15. I don’t know what’s wrong with April, but she needs to slow down 😩. I really enjoyed reading your TBR, and this post wasn’t a mess at all! That’s so funny that you got your mom to read The Fire On High before you 🤣. Also, I’m really glad that you decided to put Scorpio Races on hold because I feel like most people would just DNF it hahaha. Good luck with your, O.W.L.s! (20 books @_@, Godspeed 😂.)
    And I can get where you’re coming from, Caitlin! There’s so much time to do /everything/ rn, but there’s also *not* enough time /because/ we’re trying to do everything 🙃. I legit can’t multitask, so I’ll go days just reading or just blog-hopping or just watching TV 😅. Blog-hopping/interacting with people online can be particularly time-consuming AND tiring 😕, especially if you want to take the time to really listen to what everyone is saying and give genuine responses. Even though it’s all online, it’s still all *social* media, and everyone needs a breather from the socializing 😅. Do whatever you need to do for yourself, Caitlin 😄💛.

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    1. This is me EVERY month, honestly 😂 Every month passes by in a *snap* for me, which is why I feel like I’m always short on time! Aww, thank you 😭😭 I’m so happy that you liked this post, because it was a pain in the butt to edit, & I pretty much just gave up & just schedule this post 😂 Ah, I really thought that I’d love The Scorpio Races, so that’s why I simply decided to put it on hold! And I know right.. what was I thinking, planning to read 20 books? 🤦🏻‍♀️ I probably won’t reach it, but I hope I’m at least close!
      Ugh, yes! That’s the perfect way to describe it!! There’s so much time, but there’s also not enough time because I’m trying to do so many things with my time 😭 I suck at multitasking too! Ideally, in one day I’d have time allotted to reading, time allotted to blogging, time allotted to watching shows, etc., but that’s definitely *not* how I’m spending my days. And yes!! I feel really bad admitting that because I genuinely love interacting, but replying to comments & blog hopping is SO time consuming—I find it hard to motivate myself to do it sometimes 😭 I also try to give thorough replies to my comments & write paragraph-long comments, so everything becomes more time consuming.. I’m so glad that you understand!! I feel bad that I always feel like I have to take a breather, so this comment made me so happy 🥺💖 I hope you’re having a great April, Belle!! Best of luck with your BookTube channel 🖤🖤

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      1. I feel, I feel 😩. I literally tried to plan my day today, but I’m too go-with-the-flow (aka undisciplined) to follow through with a schedule 😂💩. Thank you so much, Caitlin 🥺, I hope your April is showering you with good books and tv 💛🖤!!

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      2. AHH I’M REPLYING SO LATE TO YOU, BELLE, I’M SORRY! :(((
        omg yeah!!! idk if you know myers-briggs, it’s a very popular personality test that’s actually very accurate. but anyways there’s this one aspect of it, where you’re either P or J. J means that you’re very Type A, organized, like making plans and following through with them, etc., while P means that you’re more a spontaneous kind of person. AND I AM SUCH A P OKAY!! i absolutely suck at following through with plans or to-do lists 😭 i always have to be “”in the mood”” before i do something idk why

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      3. lololol you’re good, Caitlin 😂!
        Yeah, I’ve heard of that!! Oh no hahaha, that really sucks. But at least you’re kinda always doing things you want to do? That’s a good thing I guess 😅.
        I’ve actually retaken the test a few times, and I always seem to flip-flop between P and J, but I think that just makes more P then??? Idk, we get things done eventually so 🤷🏻‍♀️😅.
        Don’t worry about replying to me late or anything, Caitlin, there’s so many conversations happening online 😂

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  16. I can understand feeling burnt out! I spend a lot more time on my computer now that I am taking online classes, and having to be online so much makes me a lot more reluctant to spend my free time on the internet (even if it’s for book blogging, sometimes). Take as much time as you need and no need to feel guilty about it :))

    I read Miracle Creek earlier this year, and it was one of my favorite reads of 2020! I hope you enjoy reading it 🙂

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. I’m so glad you understand, Claire! I hope everything is going well with your online classes 💙 Take as much time as you need too!

      Ah, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! I can’t wait to get to it—it seems like such an interesting read.

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  17. I hope you feel more motivated to read now!! Even though it’s totally okay if you don’t and don’t reach your goal ❤
    I really, really wanna read Anne of Green Gables! That edition is gorgeous and it's also the one I'll get (soon-ish, eventually, hopefully) and Anne with an E is so lovely, I'm sure you'll love it! I hope your readathons are going well 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Marta!! 😭💖 I’ve been trying my best to dedicate more time to reading lately, but I don’t think I’ll reach 20 books, haha.
      Same!!! It’s been on my priority TBR for *ages*, it’ll be historic once I finally read it. I hope you can get the puffin in bloom one—it’s so beautiful 😍 I’ll for sure watch Anne with an E once I read Anne of Green Gables.
      Thank you! The Reading Rush went well even though I sadly wasn’t able to complete one prompt.. & I’m on track to finish m TBR for the OWLs!

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  18. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books ever — it’s an annual autumn event for me — so I hope you love it! The movies are also spectacular, and it fills me with such joy and nostalgia 😭😍 You are so on top of your TBR it’s impressive! I started re-reading The Hunger Games for my birthday and am headlong in the whole series… They’re my favorite books ever so I’m really loving what I’m reading right now. 🙂 I wish you all the best this month!

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    1. I hope I can finally get to it 😭 It’s been on my TBR for literally *ages*. & I’ll be sure to check out the movies now!
      Nooo, I’m so bad at reading the books on my TBR 😭 I probably won’t get to a lot of books on this post. But I wish you all the luck with your reread of THG! Wishing you all the best this month too ❤️❤️

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  19. I honestly love reading TBR posts and I’m mentally cheering you on, you can do it! 🥰 I’m so happy to see that you’re participating in the OWL’s as well, Spellmaker sounds like such an interesting, cool career ✨ I hope to read Graceling as well, I have heard such amazing things about it and I really want to read some backlist books 😊 I hope you had a great time during the #stayhomereadingrush, it was a lovely weekend of reading for me 🌸💕

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    1. Thank you, Caro!! I doubt I’ll actually be able to read all of these books, but hopefully I can get to the majority of them 😅 Ah, I’ve read Graceling already, and I enjoyed it a lot! And yes, I had a great Reading Rush! Though I wasn’t able to complete the “same room” prompt, I was able to complete all two of the books on my TBR. I hope you’re doing well in the OWLs!

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  20. Good luck with all of these books on your TBR! The Scorpio Races is one of my faves, but it definitely is one that you have to be in the mood for. If you don’t feel like reading it, I would recommend the audiobook, which I really loved!
    Ahhh The Starless Sea and The Priory of the Orange Tree are also some of my faves! 😀 I’m sure you’ll love them!! I’m doing the OWLs this month too – good luck to both of us!
    I’m glad to hear you’re taking some time for yourself and watching things that make you happy. 2gether sounds freaking amazing, I need to check it out asap!! I hope the rest of your April goes well! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Margaret!! Ah, I have such high hopes for The Scorpio Races, and I’ll be super sad if I don’t love it :(( Sadly, I’ve had to put it on hold, because there are so many other books that I have to get to, but I’ll definitely be going back to it! I’ll for sure make use of the audiobook—I want to read 20 books this month & audiobooks are *much* quicker to get through than physical books 😂
      I’m so happy that you love The Starless Sea and The Priory of the Orange Tree! I’ve already started Priory and I’m liking it so much ❤ I hope you love all the books you read for the OWLs ❤
      Ah, yes. I feel a little bad because I neglect reading and blogging sometimes, but watching things has been a great method of stress relief. Please watch 2gether 🥺🥺 It's almost guaranteed that you'll get a burst of serotonin from watching it ❤❤ I hope the rest of your April goes well too!!

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  21. I hope you’ll feel more motivated to read and it’s okay to take a step back from interacting, we’ll still and forever love you because you’re an incredible human being and I adore you okay.🥺🥺
    There are so many great books on here! I’ve heard amazing things about With the Fire on High and I’m a little bit in love with that book cover, I hope you’ll love it! I’m also so curious to hear your thoughts on The Boy Who Steals Houses, I’ve been meaning to read that one for a little while now and I can’t wait! ❤

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    1. Marie!!! 😭💖💖 thank you so much ❤ i'm genuinely so glad that the blogosphere is filled with amazing and understanding people like you 🥺💖💖💖💖
      ah, the book cover for With the Fire On High is really god-tier! i've read a few pages of it, and i really wanna continue, but sadly i'm reading too many books right now 😅 and I really liked The Boy Who Steals Houses!! it's a book that i think everyone can get something out of ❤ the story and writing really hit you in the feels, and the autism rep is so good!

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  22. I admire you so much. I try to stick or even create a list, but… let’s say that I fail terribly. I wish you the best of luck with your reads.
    For a moment I took into consideration the chance of taking part in a read a thon, but I would end up falling behind in a way or another. I’m already five books behind my goodreads. I don’t want to add more “behind” to my list.

    And yes, I read two of them! One is The Scorpio Race and the other is With The Fire On High. I’ve a pleseant memory of the first one, while the second one, I finished it just recently! I’m not sure what to say, because I like it but I can’t exactly to point my finger at what and do a coherent analysis. Maybe I’ll manage something with my review 😂

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    1. ah, thank you!! but i honestly think that your admiration is misplaced :”””) i only read 12 books in April, falling woefully short of my goal, hehe.
      oh, same! i usually fail at readathons too! it’s just that i have a lot of free time lately, what with quarantine and all, so i thought that i could put it to good news. but ahhh, i’m sorry that you’re behind on your gr challenge! i think it’s important to remember that the gr challenge isn’t everything though. i get too caught up in it too, but there’s no shame in not completing it or lowering your goal. you’re a reader no matter what ❤
      the scorpio races is one of the books that i was able to complete, and i really like it! i read like, 40 pages of With the Fire On High, and i really like it, but i'm not really spending time on reading right now :/ i'll definitely be continuing it though. looking forward to reading your review if you post it!

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