April 2020 Wrap-Up: The Exponential Growth Phase

April Reading and Blogging 2020 Wrap-Up - Novels and Nebulas

The world has come to a standstill and the miraculous human temperament has adjusted to the confines of staying at home. April was also a month that dragged on, the definitions between days blurring together. However, it did give me a lot of free time to read and blog, so you will see a spike in my reading and blogging stats. It’s not a healthy boost because this was fuelled by the intense need to disconnect from the horrors of the new normal. Hoping that I can find healthier ways to carry this momentum into May, let me share with you my April 2020 wrap-up!

Reading

April 2020 Read Books (1)

I finished 11 books this month, which I think is the most I’ve read in a month since 2018! I participated in the O.W.Ls Readathon and also managed to make a dent in my physical TBR. I only had one ARC to review this month but I also got a headstart on my May ARCs. I completed all the prompts for the O.W.Ls and I’m one step closer to being a magical Librarian! Looking back, April has been an excellent reading month for me.

April 2020 Read Books (2)

April 2020 Reading Stats Wrap-Up

Books read: 11

Average rating: 4.2 stars

Pages read: 3,881

April 2020 Reading Stats 1

Favourite of the month: Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

April 2020 Reading Stats 2

SARC 2020: 0

YARC 2020: 3

StartOnYourShelfathon: 3

April 2020 Reading Stats 3

Blogging

I stuck to my blogging schedule and posted all of my content on time. Just being consistent helped increasing all the measurable stats and so did cross-posting on all my social media accounts. It’s made me really excited to put up better content for May and I hope that I can bring the same energy into this month.

April 2020 Novels and Nebulas Wrap-Up

Posts: 8

Views: 900+

Likes: 170+

April 2020 Blog Stats 1

Most popular post: Fantasy Book Recommendations Based on Your Zodiac Sign

April 2020 Blog Stats 2

Underrated post: 5 Reasons to Read the Aru Shah series

April 2020 Favourite Posts Wrap-Up

Projects

April was more relaxed for Stars and Sorcery as we picked an #OwnVoices Asian-inspired novella, The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang. We went down memory lane for SARC with the theme of ‘Itihasa’ for April. We had an amazing time collaborating with Vicky and Lili from Backlist Bookworms with a 24-hour Twitter and IG takeover as well as a fun Twitter chat!

Stars and Sorcery April 2020 Wrap-Up

Read by: 3 members

Average rating: 4 stars

April & May 2020 Stars and Sorcery BOTMs

May 2020 BOTM: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

SARC April 2020 Wrap-Up

Featured post: SARC Collaborates with Ramadan Readathon | Q&A

1. What pushed you to join the SARC hosts team?

When I saw Fanna and Nandini on Twitter talking about their new project the South Asian Reading Challenge and what it entailed I was immediately interested. I was passionate about the cause – to get more people aware about the vast variety of South Asian books out there and to help boost and support SA works and voices – so I knew I had to sign up! I was lucky enough to be accepted which I was really grateful for, I feel like being part of this team has really made me feel part of a community and I’ve made some new friends and done some things I’ve not done before like manage a social media account for the team, did some Twitter chats and so much more. To sum up, I was looking forward to doing something new and something which felt important and SARC was the perfect opportunity.

2. What kind of South Asian representation would you like to see more of in books?

Being South Asian and Muslim, as well as being born and raised in the UK, I feel like I exist in a lot of intersections of the community and I have to admit, I found it hard to know where exactly my ‘place’ was at times and this translates to the books I would read too. I didn’t always feel represented, but in recent years I feel like there has been such a positive shift towards more South Asian writers, notably women and also SA Muslim women being published and putting their stories out there. Such as S. K. Ali, as well as Sabaa Tahir, Samira Ahmed and Farah Naz Rishi, to name just a few.

While this is definitely so great and I’m so happy this is happening, I would love to see more stories about practicing Muslim women, who are happy to wear a hijab or follow their faith, without stereotypes or feeling restricted by their religion. All too often, we see the narrative of the oppressed Muslim woman or the ‘rebellious’ Muslim woman. I would just like to read more books that reflects the community of South Asian, Muslim women who practice their faith out of choice and love these choices, you know?

3. Can you recommend some SA books that you think everyone will love?

This is the hardest question for any book lover! I would definitely recommend anything by Kamila Shamsie; I’ve read a few of her books – Home Fire, Burnt Shadows and A God in Every Stone and her poetic prose and characters just blow me away every time!

Find Rumaanah on: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads

SARC May 2020 Graphic

May 2020 info: May 2020 Theme ‘Dua’ and Books Of The Month + Collaboration With Ramadan Readathon

How was your April 2020 reading month? Did you also feel like the month just zipped by? What are your plans for May? Let’s continue to stay safe and power through May. Have a stellar weekend, readers from Earth!

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21 thoughts on “April 2020 Wrap-Up: The Exponential Growth Phase”

    1. I keep track of my stats on Google Drive, so it’s quite easy to just input numbers and have them ready. 😅 That’s alright, I still think your posts are wonderful 😍 I really hope you enjoy Incendiary! Also, happy blogging and reading month in May! 💖

  1. Yaay! I’m so glad you read 11 books and they all seem to have stellar rating! Circe and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine have been on my TBR since SO long but I don’t know when I’ll really get to them…but I’m so excited to finally be reading the An Ember In Ashes series!

    1. Circe is amazing! I think you should check out The Song of Achilles too but I know it’s going to break my heart, so will look into it later on. But I’m 100% sure you’ll love it, both as a Rick Riordan fan and what you’re studying in college now. 😊
      Me too! I cannot wait to get started on it! 😍 Especially since the last one is coming out in December so it won’t be a long wait. I’m so glad you’re excited to read a series! 🥰

    1. I honestly didn’t think I would because I’ve been unmotivated to do other things but reading and blogging definitely improved! Hopefully I can find a way to make these a bit healthier for myself rather than doing it out of my need for perfectionism. 🙈 How did you go in April?

  2. I am glad that you are able to read so much, Nandini! That’s really amazing 🙂 And the best thing is you enjoyed most of these books too. I am so excited for Amber In the Ashes series (though I suck at the book club picks 🙁 )
    I hope you have an awesome May.

    1. I hope you have an awesome May too, Sim! 💖 I hope you can get back to blogging in whatever small way you can and I really hope you can read An Ember in the Ashes with us. I think it’s a very popular book and it’ll already be on a lot of people’s radars, which is why I’m very excited that it’s our BOTM. 💕

  3. Glad you had such a great month of reading, even if it was to get away from all the mess we’re in <3 Here's to hoping that May will bring good things to all of us.

  4. Great reading month!! I will eventually get to Circe, but I want to read Song of Achilles first since it’s been on my radar longer.

    1. I think that’s an excellent choice! I already had a copy of Circe and also I think The Song of Achilles is going to break my heart, so it’s not ideal quarantine reading for me. 😅 I really hope you enjoy both. ♥️

  5. Ahh what an amazing month!! I read 10 books and it was a good one for me too!! Also I really love these charts so much!! And all the yes to Circe 😍

    1. Thank you so much, Krisha! 💖 Yup, discussing books with you really gave me the motivation to read as well, so it’s super cool of you to listen to all my little rants and fangirling. 😅 I hope we can carry this energy into May as well! 💕

  6. Heyyyy you finished The Silmarillion!! :O That’s awesome! (I know we both post updates on Goodreads so maybe I should have known that already, but I think we go on that site opposites times of the day, lol.)

    1. No, that’s totally okay! I don’t get updates on Goodreads either, honestly. I rely on the cross-post to Twitter thing to see what my friends are reading. 🙈
      Yes, I FINALLY did it! 😍 I listened to the audiobook and that was the perfect way to consume it instead of trying to trudge through my physical copy and getting confused with all the names and places. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how little time it took me to get through it. It made me fall in love with Middle-Earth all over again. 🥰

  7. Those stats are amazing, oh my god!! And I’m happy you enjoyed Circe, it’s on my tbr!! And thank you so much for including me into your April wrap-ups!! This means a lot!!

    1. I loved the blog post so much! 😊 I had to include it. I’m very sorry I’m bad at commenting and blog hopping but I’m hoping that linking the posts I have read and loved will make up for that. 😅
      I really hope you enjoy Circe! If you’re a Greek mythology fan and a feminist, I’m sure you’ll love it. I wish you all the very best in your blogging journey (including stats and all the other good stuff). 💖

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