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Maypril Read-In 📚 + Discount code!

I had to shorten the title. Use less words. Sound familiar?

Okay, so an outline for this post has sat in my Drafts folder for quite a bit now. In fact, this was originally supposed to be a Spring Break Wrap up which was more than a month ago. Talk about procrastinating.

Anyhow, I’m going to compile some books that I read in March and April and a current read from this month. Mapril? No, complicated. Here goes:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

young elites

Easily my favorite read from Spring Break. Damn, this book was dark! I could forecast that  early on in the book, by how the main character Adelina, was treated by her father. Such cruelness. But that didn’t stop her or the book from being epic. No sirree, it did not.

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney


This one’s meant for ages 10 and up. Or so it says.

The writing of this book did feel like it was targeted towards Middle Grade, but the story itself has some very creepy scenes, especially the second half of it. Maybe it’s because I stay far (faaaaaar) away from Horror books, and so if you’re anything like me, I would suggest that you approach it with caution. 

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston


Messy plot, fun world, great characters, and wonderful writing style. Siobhan is the storyteller, and her narration made me me like her even before her character was introduced. 

Enter April.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu



Of course I had to pick up the second book. Of course it’s dark too. And of course, Adelina remains disastrous. The Midnight Star, I await your release.


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Good stuff. I mean to read it’s Prequel, The Assassin’s Blade soon. 

Aaand, curently reading: Sanyare: The Last Descendant by Megan Haskell

Going alright so far, expect a review  on it soon!


It was an okay kind of Mapril. Some good, some fine. I have a ton of other books to read, so I’m excited to get to those.

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Dementia 🌹

Several years ago, my uncle held a party at his house to which a lot of relatives came. The guest that especially stands out in my memory of the event is an old lady, who was accompanied by her daughter. As I listened to the adults conversing, I learnt that the mother was a victim of dementia. Her daughter was talking about how she remembered barely anything, and after a while said, ‘I tell her that along with the others, one day, I’ll vanish away from her memory too.’ How naïve I was at the time, for I comprehended her sad smile as one for a joke, and found it funny.

This recollection of this incident was reawakened when I read Still Alice a while ago, which is the journey of a woman with Alzheimer’s. Reading this book has made me realize how much there truly is behind everything. It was only the mother who had the disease, but it was her entire family who suffered. The pain to watch the person you love forget who you are cannot be understood by anyone but those who go through it.

(image by Amazon)