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April Wrap-Up

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.

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What’s New? 

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!!


Blogging Life

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!

Oh, and we now have reunited 1,000 lovers of chocolate and waffles! 😀

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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 

73 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up”

  1. Sounds like you had a really good month, full of important milestones! Well done and good luck with your application, it’s such an important first step that you are a winner anyway.


    1. April was a very good month, the good days outnumbered the bad ones, and so much was done I’m having a hard time believing I’ve been through all of this! 🙂 Thank you so so much! I keep thinking the application itself is not the goal, the big thing is to keep going and see what happens, but I can’t say I wouldn’t be happy to see it happen! Have a great May!

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  2. I’m so very happy and proud of you Donna, you’re right April has been good to you. But you did all the hard work yourself. Whether or not you get into the course, you had the confidence and “can do” attitude that says more about you than whether you get in or not, you are already a success. I wish you you lots of luck that your confidence continues to rise. (I see now the link with the congratulating question on Suntag 😉 )
    The books you have to read this month sound good, and as always I look forward to your reviews. I particularly look forward to hearing about the translation part. I have never read a review where the book has been read in both languages.
    I am off to read your 5 star review now of Exquisite.
    Happy reading Donna, and really well done.


    1. Your comments never fail to make me smile and feel appreciated and supported ❤ Thank you so much Amanda 🙂 It is true that I have taken up the habit of congratulating me for little things, or what others might consider little things, and I wish everyone would do the same because it feels good to recognize our good work, whatever tiny thing it might be.
      It is the first time that I read in English, then French, to try and compare my reading experience. I think I haven't even read in French at all this year yet, haha!
      I wish May brings you happiness, relaxing days and all you need and deserve. Thank you so much

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      1. Congratulating myself is something that I do too. Even the small things as I think it helps keep my confidence and makes me remember small and sometimes bigger successes. I wish May brings you happiness too. Thank you. xx


  3. I’m so proud of you! You’re taking big steps here and the fact that you’re applying at the university for this course is so amazing. I hope you get a chance to start this new challenge! You’re calling adding 17 books behaving? Right ;-).


    1. THANK YOU MY LOVELY FRIEND ❤ Some days I wouldn't find the strength to do anything at all without the amazing support I get and you're always so encouraging 🙂 Whatever happens, I'm happy to have you around 🙂 I'm a bit nervous because if I'm eligible to the degree, there are tests and my knowledge of French lit is awful xD
      17 IS behaving! Last month it was over 30!!!!!

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  4. What a great month you had Donna! Good for you on your applications, I wish you the best of luck getting accepted for the publishing degrees! Congrats on all the progress you’ve made in dealing with your anxiety and agoraphobia:)


  5. First of all a big round of applause: congrats girl, I’m so proud of you!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I'll be keeping fingers and toes crossed for you to get in. Also I love your haul (The Millionaire's Wife; The Missing Ones!!) I'm so intrigued by Block 46… It's been calling my name ever since I first heard about it.


    1. I love the applause 😎😂😂 Thank you so so so so so much! Whenever I have a bad day, the blog, and its people, including you, are always here to make me feel better, and it has contributed to me being able to make such big steps 🙂
      Block 46… I’m reading it and… Wow!!!!

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      1. Awww so great to hear that!! ❤ ❤ You know I'll always send good vibes, hugs and chocolate your way whenever you need it. 😉 And you made me want to get a copy of Block 46 ASAP by the way, enjoy!


  6. I am so proud of you – you’re doing incredibly well and I hope you’re proud of yourself. I was smiling reading about all the things you’ve achieved this month as I know how hard and stressful some of it has been so you really are amazing.
    Congrats on reaching 1000 subscribers to your blog! I’m in awe of you – you absolutely deserve it. 🙂
    I hope you enjoy reading all of your new books in May, I’ll be eagerly anticipating your reviews as always. xxx


    1. Your words mean a lot to me. You have become someone I truly care about and look up to so thank you so much for this ❤ I hadn't realized so much had happened until I wrote it all down, and I am slowly taking it all in. I'm a bit nervous about the tests, if I'm eligible to take them, but I'm a bit lost about what to do. Happy to be better, lost at how things will turn out, but relieved to have proven myself there's a path waiting for me, no matter where it leads.
      Thank you! I was like" really?? 1,000??? There must be a mistake!!!" It was nice and all; but I prefer the lower numbers of interactions I have to the big following thing. Still, it's nice to see your baby blog grow!
      I wish you a relaxing May, I hope you can have the best of reads and quiet days xxxx

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      1. That’s so lovely of you to say. I’m so glad we’ve got to be friends through blogging 🙂
        I can understand you being nervous about what comes next, I think all you can do is try and take each bit as it comes. And know you have options now – you did so well with your Orenda month and you have contacts etc so there are lots of paths you could choose to follow. Maybe try and take some time just to unwind a little so you can take it all in. You know you can always talk to me.
        I know what you mean about blogging – it’s nicer to have interactions and get to know people but it’s lovely to know your blog is growing at the same time. It does get harder to keep up as a blog grows.
        Thank you. Wishing you a lovely May too xxx


        1. Me too! 🙂 Days are lighter when you know there are some people, no matter how far, who are here for you ❤
          I'm trying to take things slow but the waiting and the not knowing is a new challenge! But you are right, I feel so comfortable now in my work so I just have to hope it leads somewhere.
          OMG don't tell me about it! I now have to choose which blog to visit! I had to make a "favorite list" for busy days and can only visit newer followers or simply regular I don't talk much with from time to time, I can't keep up with all the posts! Some days all I do is blogging, and I can't keep doing this!

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          1. That is so true 🙂
            I’m sure it will lead somewhere – you have talent and enthusiasm and those two things together make a great prospect for an employer/university. I wish you all the luck in the world.
            I need to make a favourite list too as I struggle to keep up. I can’t keep up with everything anymore – I end up sharing a few blogs and commenting on a few others but I know I must miss people out. I just hope that because everyone must be in the same boat that we all understand. xxx


            1. I only need the patience now 🙂 That’s a big problem cos I don’t know what that word means, haha! I was a bit down because I’m missing an even in paris with Ragnar Jonasson this week, but it’s still too soon… So frustrating!
              Yeah, like this morning, I started blogging at 9.20am, it’s now 11.15am and I’m not done. I can’t keep going and I feel lots of people like but don’t read and comment anymore. xxx


              1. I know how hard it is to be patient, I struggle with that too! Haha! I’m sorry you missed the event – it’s horrible missing out on things you really want to do. I keep trying to remind myself that there’ll be other times and other chances but I know how tough it is.
                I know, I feel like I could be blogging all day and still not keep up. I’m guilty of liking and not commenting at the moment on a lot of blogs as I just can’t manage it all. It makes me sad cos I love commenting and chatting about books. xxx


  7. How bad is it that I swoon over the very mention of David Tennant? ❤ You have had an incredible month Twin Pea, but truth be told I just know things are about to get even better. So I hope you are ready! We will catch up soon. I am squeezing in a few hops between work and my appointment today. Love you!


  8. It seems like you had a great month Donna, and that’s definitely something to celebrate! 🙂
    Congratulations on reaching 1000 followers, that’s such an amazing goal to achieve, also I’m glad your medication is working on your anxiety and good luck with the university degree. I hope that ends up going really well for you. 🙂
    I hope May is as good a month for you as April was, and I’m looking forwards to seeing all your reviews as well! 😀 ❤


    1. I did celebrate 🙂 I have this habit now of congratulating me for every little step and celebrating small victories 🙂 It’s so important!
      I can’t believe I reached 1,000 followers! Obviously, you don’t see so many interactions, but it feels good that the blog is growing 🙂 My anxiety is more under control because I stopped fighting it and thinking I would cure myself. I accepted I was gonna live with it, and find ways to handle it, it makes things easier.
      I wish you a very very good May!! ❤ ❤

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      1. That’s a very good habit to have. I’m trying to get in that mindset as well, I think I just let the setbacks set me back too much you know.
        As long as your happy with your blog and how it’s growing that’s the important thing isn’t it?
        Sounds like a good mindset to have, and if it’s helping you get your anxiety under control then that’s all the better.
        Thanks Donna! 😀 ❤


  9. So happy for you Donna and your visit to the mall ❤ And I hope you're lucky with the degree!

    So many books, can't wait to read Exquisite !!!


  10. So many good things happened to you in April. Congratulations on all the milestones and also on submitting the applications. Crossing my fingers for you Donna. It shall be well. Congrats on the followers. Wow.

    Your books all look great. I can’t wait to read your review of Darkest Lies. I plan to read it in the next week. Missing Ones is really good so I hope that you will enjoy it. I also liked Love You to Death and I have a copy of Big Little Lies.

    I hope May presents you with more reasons to celebrate. Happy new month and enjoy your books ❤


    1. Thank you so much for your support, it means a lot! (I feel I’m repeating myself but I love telling people I care about just how important their presence is 🙂 )
      I am gonna try and write my review of Darkest Lies today, but if it doesn’t happen, it won’t be online before next week. I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble writing about it!!!
      I wish you a wonderful and happy May xxxx


    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I DONT KNOW HOW IT HAPPENED!!!! It’s like my baby is an adult now! But I don’t take it seriously enough for it to pressure me, thankfully!
      Awwww, this is so sweet, you have no idea how I rely on those cute messages to go through some days ❤ Lots of love xxxxx

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  11. Congratulations on a successful month- you truly are kicking asses and that’s wonderful. No regrets and what a sense od accomplishment,.. it feels like a high, doesn’t it?! 🙂
    I have my fingers crossed for you with the degree!!! 🙂

    Sooo many books.. I see you have The Last Thing I Remember on one of the lists. I read&reviewed it last year, if I remember correctly… look forward to your thoughts in it 🙂


    1. I love kicking asses and apparently I’m good at it 😀 Thank you so much for your encouragement and support ❤ I wouldn't be able to find my path without all the little lights created by my online friends ❤
      I'll try and check your review! I lose track what I read so trying to remember who reviewed what… xD xxxxx

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  12. Super fabulous proud of you, Donna!! The shallow is not shallow at all! It is also how I feel these days, too. The anxiety of just thinking of those things sometimes prohibits me from doing them. I am glad you are taking risks and moving forward. Congrats on pushing for the steps toward your degree. You are doing awesome!


  13. Ahoy there matey! Yer “shallow” paragraph was super inspiring. Small concrete steps towards goals. Actual results from yer hard work. Of course ye should be proud. Add in 1000 followers and university and all that reading! I think it’s amazing!
    x The Captain


  14. Aw, Donna I’m so happy things are going well for you in regards to your mental health!! I know how hard anxiety, panic and agoraphobia can be and how much it can hold you back. It’s so great that you’ve managed to found a therapist/medication that works! My meds used to cause my insomnia to be worse, so I took Valerian with them (it’s all natural) and it definitely helped a little! Sending you all the good vibes for the publishing degree. The fact that you tried is amazing and you should be super proud of yourself ♥


    1. Thank you so much dear Lauren! Things are not so good in May but I’m keeping my head high and keep trying! 🙂 As long as I try to stay positive, things should be alright! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m eagerly waiting for the degree eligibility results but no matter what happens, I’m proud to have tried 🙂 ❤ Thank you for your support!


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