Let’s Rewind: April 2021

This whole time, I thought this year was taking its time to sidle along. But now that April has passed, it suddenly seems as if time is speeding up. Smh. I think my perspective of reality is a bit off now that the season has officially flipped to spring. I blame my allergies.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


Ahh… April. Not much happened except planning for things to come. One year cooped up in the house has made this homebody restless, so I’ve put plans in motion to visit NYC in the coming months. I can’t remember when last I’ve gone this long without a quick trip to that big, busy city.

I also managed to get my first corona vaccination shot and boy was I paranoid, lol! It actually wasn’t bad, went faster than I expected, and the sore arm wasn’t horrible or lasted long. BUT my dramatic self was convinced I could feel the damn thing coursing through my veins making my head hurt and my stomach rubble and putting me in a bad mood until I realized that I was just hungry, smh. I blame my allergies.

It was the Jinster’s (the cat) birthday as well. Since he’s not my cat, I didn’t know this. My brother (the owner) informed me and I dutifully gave the Jinster extra petting that day, but he didn’t care. I don’t think he even noticed. I could blame this on his catitude, but I’m gonna blame it on my allergies, my awful seasonal allergies.

Anyway, other than all that, I just linked up with friends a few times, attended a virtual conference (am SO ready to get out the house and go somewhere… just… not back to the office) and didn’t do anything else. It was a chill April.


(Boy am I behind on reviews!) I keep thinking I read less than I actually did every month. For example, I was pretty convinced that I didn’t finish any books this month. I blame my allergies.

I buddy-read The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner with Millie at Milliebot Reads and we both enjoyed it. It’s Waggoner’s second novel set in the same world as her first, Unnatural Magic. I really liked the protagonist. It’s a fantasy novel featuring a female-female romance about a young woman who leads a hard life and gets the chance to do something different, albeit dangerous. …It’s so hard to summarize this in a few words.

Next, I completed Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, which I buddy-read with Emily from Embuhleeliest. It’s a fantasy novel set in a world with floating lands so dragons or dragonships are needed to get around. The story follows Hugh the Hand, a notorious assassin who’s hired to murder a prince, and a dwarf named Limbeck, a dreamer who sparks a revolution among his people when he begins to question their beliefs. The story started out good but became a twinge inconsistent toward the end.

Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst was next. It’s contemporary romance about a woman who’s a romance author working on the last book in a series but doesn’t have the motivation to continue with it. She goes off to Paris with her agent and finds inspiration there. The beginning of the story turned me off, so I was surprised that I liked the story by its end.

I wanted more romance after Ernst’s book, so I borrowed The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn, narr. by Rosalyn Landor, from the library. It’s the second novel in the Bridgerton series and it focuses on the eldest Bridgerton brother, Anthony, who believes he will die at a young age like his father did, and Kate, a young woman from less wealthy background who’s often overlooked because her little sister’s beauty is dazzling. I enjoyed the story because I liked Kate’s character. I didn’t like Anthony much.

After rewatching the Deadpool movies, I read Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1: Millionaire With a Mouth by Gerry Duggan, illus. by Mike Hawthorne. In this volume, Deadpool is financing the Avengers and has created “Deadpool for Hire,” which is exactly as it sounds except that he got a couple guys to act as him so he can hire them out. The story was entertaining but wasn’t what I was looking for in my first Deadpool read.


(I didn’t read any noteworthy articles this month.)


AROUND THE BLOG-O-VERSE

Welcome to Wyrd and Wonder (onemore.org)

— Wyrd & Wonder, that amazing event held each year to celebrate all things fantasy all month long, has begun. Check out this post to see who’s participating and to get more info about it.

Discussion Post: Should We Be Supporting New Releases over Backlist/Older Titles? (eustaciatan.com)

— I can always find an interesting discussion post over on Eustea Reads. In this one, she talks about whether to prioritize new release books over backlist ones, and what reading diversely means for her.

How to Run a Book Blog… Seriously (Not Serious) (theorangutanlibrarian.wordpress.com)

— I always enjoy reading the Orangutan Librarian’s sarcastic posts. This is seriously a good one about book blogging.

2021 R/Fantasy Book Bingo Reading Challenge (waytoofantasy.com)

— Lisa shares this year’s r/fantasy book bingo reading card.

Bibliophile Tips: Websites to Buy New & Used Books (lifeofafemalebibliophile.com)

— Check out Rachel’s post on where to buy new and used books.

SOME STUFF I PUBBED

Wyrd & Wonder Is Coming | Here’s My TBR

— My fantasy-filled TBR for May

Top 5 Tuesday #52: Graphic Novels Not Often Mentioned

— A couple graphic novels I don’t often see mentioned on bookish social media

Weekend Reads #119: Why Do I Procrastinate on Books I WANT to Read

— I explore why I do this.

2021 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

— My wrap-up post of this year’s first quarter


Big Sky

— The new episodes are out and I’m really liking it so far. I don’t watch much TV other than this, Big Bang Theory, and the news.

Deadpool (1 & 2)

— I watched and enjoyed them and wanted more, which is why I read that Deadpool comic book I mentioned above. I want to try another comic book. (Really like Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool)

The Punisher

— I can’t believe I waited this damn long to watch it! Oh man! WHY did I do that??!! I’m hooked. I love the Punisher TV show. I love it even more that Daredevil, which is damn near blasphemous for me to say because I fucking LOVED Daredevil. But, man, the Punisher season 1 was so good!

Daredevil

— Since I’d only watched season 1, I went back to rewatch that and then move on to season 2. And, OH MAN! Punisher versus Daredevil was SO dope! Those were my favorite parts and, so far, the only things I liked because the developing romance confuses me because it’s so different from what was set up in the first season.

Friends With Benefits

— I liked this back when it came out in… 2011 and now I don’t.

Mortal Kombat

— I was disappointed by this. I didn’t have high expectations going in and largely avoided the previews. I like how it begins, which, to me, promised a show that would be good with interesting plot and characters with depth, but I got none of that. It was overall quite uninteresting except for the fight scenes between Scorpion and Sub-Zero. After the beginning (the prologue, I guess), the show gave me the impression that the Cole character would be the protagonist, but he didn’t stand out as such. I was disappointed.


That was April for me.

What have you been up to lately?

21 thoughts on “Let’s Rewind: April 2021

  1. I’ll have to keep Maggie Finds Her Muse on my radar since I always like to read about bookish characters within books. And season allergies are hitting me hard too, so I feel your pain. Love the warm weather, hate allergies. Thanks for sharing my post! 🙂

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  2. I… just realized I never watched The Punisher and I have no good reason for it! I will correct that right away! Also, I did not like Anthony in the first book (The Duke and I), haven’t read the second book but good to know he’s still unlikable in the second one!

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  3. All sorts of oils acrylic, water colour. Prints, on canvas, cotton, board, paper.
    Mostly landscape
    Object subject
    A dragon called wen
    Short for wenchang with his/her counterpart the phoenix in a yin yang spiral next to some Chinese calligraphy and stamps, which Google lens translates as “the best blessing in the world”
    It’s plastic front scratched (maybe they fight!)
    A plastic frame too.
    i thought it at first to do with martial arts,
    Almost right, haha.
    Frames, buy nice frames
    Frames to make a set.
    Rugs, three magic carpets,
    One for each of me.

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      1. That would be pretty fly!
        Actually they tried to fly without me
        that’s what convinced me of their magitude!!
        I took them out of the car and placed them in the sun
        Then gusts of hurricane from nowhere had them going this way and that.
        Surely a sign of an eager magic carpet!!!

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        1. I’m thinking the heavy something to be the cat!
          Heavy heavy cat!
          Not fat, all muscle
          Or heavy bones!

          Are you going to drive to NYC?
          Traffic would be crazy driving from DC to and around NY?
          I think I’d take the carpet!
          Trying not to be proud like Solomon
          40 thousand fell to their deaths from his flying carpet, or so the story goes.

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        2. Lol traffic is going to be crazy since things are opening back up. I’d prefer the flying carpet. It’d be faster.

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        3. More stylish too, imo
          Broomsticks like “witchy” poo and all, and you’ve mentioned you only have the wond!
          Which ever way you fly I’m sure they’ll be a ton of happy people enjoining their out and abouts.

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  4. Punisher s01 was amazing!!! 😀 And Daredevil s03 – soo good! I’m bummed Disney/Marvel took it from Netflix… Good luck with Deadpool comics – after reading a good few I must say I prefer the movie version, but maybe I just didn’t find a really good comic 😉

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    1. YASS!! Oh my gosh! I’m so hooked on Punisher right now. Am currently working through Daredevil s02 and, oh man! It’s so interesting to see how different the Punisher was back then. He calmed down quite a bit by Punisher s01.
      I have a feeling that’ll be my reaction to the Deadpool comics, but I plan to try one more before giving up.

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  5. We’re so lucky here, travel only ceased at the beginning of covid so it’s been business as usual mostly,
    Not where I live that’s gone ghost, but travelling,
    I got to do a bit in april,
    Racing round the country buying art
    Checking out the country’s side’s
    architecture and such,
    Just in and out wham bam.
    Then back to the goastly coast to perform my sisyphian task,
    Feeding a savage river rock’s
    Pushing it’s watery grasp back, back, back,
    Up the hill,
    Ha ha ha!

    The cat says hello,
    purridly.

    Stone has been replaced with wood,
    another savage to fend, a wood devouring beast named winter,
    the biting beast bites, reminds me that wood was running low, a frosty growl
    I’ll blame your allergies too,
    Since you offer.
    Cut wood, split wood, stack wood,
    Gather and clean it first,
    Gravel-sand needs to be removed as much as possible
    Driftwood eats gravel on it’s journey from mountain to sea
    Sparks fly when steel meet stone, then smoke, then
    Fuck, fuck, FUCK!
    72 teeth
    All edgy and dull ” as the boss might say.

    I saw coulpla episodes of the news, but i swear the acting gets worse all the time.
    A great way to direct the masses tho.
    Such an easy animal to farm us humans, the way we build our own fences, an acceptance to proceed through a directed gate.

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    1. Hope your ghostly coast will be revived later. What kind of art did you buy on your travels?
      Lol I’d blame low wood when it’s getting cold on my allergies too. Horrible allergies.
      lol about the news. We do build our own fences indeed. I guess it gives us a feeling of insurance.

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