April, my dear April. I never thought I’d have any other reason than David Tennant’s birthday to make me like you. Before 2017, you were only a month among others, preferably bringing a bit of sun. You kinda failed on this point, but you, my friend, has been very very good to me.
So many things I don’t know where to start! First of all, my therapy for anxiety and agoraphobia is going well, the medication is helping with the panic attacks, a bit less with the insomnia but we can’t have it all!
Now is time for the “shallow paragraph”: I spent so many hours at the mall I cannot believe it myself. Malls are one of those places where agoraphobia-sufferers or people with anxiety tend not to go. Guess what? I redid my entire spring wardrobe, surrounded by so many people (why do they all have to come too???). Also, we finally got my perfect hair color. Women know how important that is! I needed my hair to reflect the redhead I am inside! But there were also so many other important steps taken: driving alone to the pharmacy, walking longer with the dogs, going to bank appointments. I am proud of myself. Careful not to go too fast, but proud!
Back to important stuff! If you follow me on Twitter, you might know I went AWOL for a week to fill in application files for two Publishing degrees. At first, I regretted talking about it online because I felt it added a pressure on my shoulders. What if it failed? What if I didn’t get in? But then I received the most amazing support from all of you, my friends, the ones who know me better than my family (they have no idea about the degrees….) and I decided it did not matter. The steps matter. The girl who used to run away because failure was a fear she couldn’t overcome so she preferred to not try at all is gone. I went, I filled in the papers, I harassed the university for compulsory paperwork I did not have, and I even handed in the files myself on Tuesday morning. Five minutes later, I received an email saying my applications had been added to the list. Now I have to wait to know if I made it to the list of eligible students to take the admission tests. But the point is not the tests, or even the degrees. The point is I am doing it. No matter what happens, I won’t have any regrets, and I’ll try again until I make it happen. The old me would never have said that. She would never have believed she could do it. But she’s gone, and this 2017 Donna is kicking asses! (my therapist says I need to compliment myself.)
This being said, I can feel the anxiety creep in again as I slowly realize what I’ve done…
Books I Read
10 books! I finally reached 10 books again! Okay, one was a DNF but I still went 14% in! I’m fairly happy with my reading. Some books were okay, others were amazing, and I did mix things a little!
Books I reviewed
I am utterly late with the reviews but with everything happening and my focusing on having enough relaxing time with reading, it was inevitable. It only means May will be filled with reviews 😀 They’re ready for you!
Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett #blogtour @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr
4 Stars for my first meeting with Kay Hunter!
The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto @OrendaBooks @HiekkapeltoKati @countertenorist
4 stars for another Orenda Books I truly loved and find very special!
Lots of Ex- | Book Review of Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @OrendaBooks @Sarahlovescrime
5 stars for the amazing Exquisite by Orenda Books, who managed to leave me speechless!
New Books (purchased, received for review, gifts…)
I behaved, I swear.
Yes, Block 46 was also on my list last month, but I was luck to get the French version this month, which means my review will definitely discuss the translation!!
The Book of the Month Award
Okay, there is no suspense here. Exquisite wins on every level. The writing, the story, the characters, it becomes a drug you can’t get enough of!!
It is clear from the few posts below that I put blogging on the back burner and gave all I had to what was happening in my life and in reading. Still, I’m happy I came up with a discussion post, it was really interesting to hear what everyone had to say about the “best” way to review!
- The Pub Corner: The Art of Reviewing (discussion post)
- Hello Stranger…
- This Week in Books (April 12th 2017)
- This Week in Books (April 19th 2017)
Oh, and we now have reunited 1,000 lovers of chocolate and waffles! 😀
That’s a wrap on April! What were you up to this month? Let me know, I’m nosy but I can keep secrets :p