April 2019 Wrap Up

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Happy new month everyone. I don’t know about you but April was such a stressful month for me. Doing school work, working on my final year project and blogging on my blog as well as Book Riot has really not been easy.

But am I going to stop blogging? Nope. I love it too much to stop.

Sometimes I just get a bit discouraged because you can put so much time and effort into blogging and some times you just don’t really get much back. That’s why I loved reading CW @ The Quiet Pond’s post about the time book bloggers spend curating their content and how they balance blogging with their lives. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. It’s really an insightful read.

Anyways back to the wrap up. This is my first wrap up post of the year and the first one since I went self-hosted.💃💃

 

BLOGGING

I launched the African Book Reviewers Directory 🎊 🎊. I got inspired by Shealea and Kelly to create one for African book reviewers.

It’s currently 40+ members strong and I’m so happy people are signing up and I have a lot of plans on making this into a community and increasing the visibility of African reviewers in the book community. If you want to support us, please follow the twitter account @AfriReviewers and help boost the voices of African book reviewers.

Also I got a new blog logo and header created by Vicky @ Vickyreads and I love it so much. I’ve put it up since march but every time I see it, I blush a little 😂. It’s a perfect representation of me, my heritage and my interests. What do you think about it? Would you be interested in reading a post where I talk about what inspired it and what the little things in it mean?

Shameless self plug here but I’m so proud of this post I wrote about diverse anthologies. There are several anthologies here that aren’t getting any hype even though they feature stories by amazing authors.

Diverse Anthologies you should read in 2019 | uwadis.com

 

BOOKS READ IN APRIL

April was a bad reading month for me and I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll keep having bad reading months as long as I’m back to school. I finished one book and started like three others that I still haven’t finished reading yet. I’m going to cheat and add them all under books read in March 😈. Here they are.

Books Read in April _ uwadis.com

  • Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle: I got a review copy cause I was part of the blog tour and I enjoyed reading it though there were parts that made me cringe so hard. Full review to come. I rated it 3 stars
  • The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey: Why did I wait so long to start reading this? It’s so good and I’m halfway done. I mean Fanna @ Fannatality loved this book and she has great taste so I should have started it sooner but no I just didn’t listen 😂.
  • Imposter Alert by Uduak Akpabio Umoren : I featured this book in my post, Books by Nigerian Authors coming out in 2019, so I was glad when the publisher reached out to me and sent me a review copy. I’m about three chapters in but the print is so small, it’s making my eyes hurt. So I’m reading it slowly.
  • Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup: Self help novel about conquering your fears and doing things even if they scare you. I got an early copy of this as well but I’m not done reading it.

 

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LIFE

Well I’m back to school for my final year, which is great but this also means there is even more work load but I’m putting my all into it.

In my quest to reduce some of the stress I’m feeling, I started illustrated journaling, which is basically like making doodles of events that happened to you in a month or week or a particular period. I watched this class on Skillshare called Draw Your Life: Introduction to Illustrated Journaling by Mimi Chao and got started on it. I’m really shy about sharing this here but ta da here’s my first attempt (p.s: picture quality isn’t so good, ill upload a clearer one when it gets brighter).

First attempt at Illustrated Journaling | April Wrap Up Uwadis.com

 

I really enjoyed drawing this and I’m going to keep at it as it’s a great stress reliever for me and its fun as well. If you are interested in learning more about this, watch the class. It’s really easy to follow and it’s crafted for beginners, even if all you can draw is a stick figure.

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p.s: If you use my link, you get two free months of Premium Skillshare so you can watch this class and many others.

 

GREAT POSTS FROM AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

Chat time! How was April for you?. If you’re a college student like me, how do you handle the stress from school? Which books did you read in April? Let me know in the comments. Wishing you a great and stress-free May.

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10 Comments

    1. Thanks. Apparently, I died in the battle of Winterfell by being trampled by a Dothraki Horse. Isn’t that just the lamest way to die?

  1. I love your drawing! Better than mine for a mile and I love the posts that you shared for this month. Off to read some good blog posts x

  2. I love your new blog design! Make that post and I promise to read the heck out of it. 😊 I’m so proud of you for becoming a contributor for Book Riot. I love that website and their podcasts a lot! I’m also really happy you started the African Book Blogger Directory. I hope all your plans regarding it come to fruition soon. 💖

    1. Aww thank you Nandini. I promise I’m not crying, someone must be cutting onions somewhere 😭. I am so going to write the post, thanks for the encouragement. Have a great month dear

  3. Your new self-hosted blog looks great! And it’s so inspiring that you’re making an African book reviewers directory – I feel like lately there’s been more appreciation for Asian and Latin literature but not really for African lit.

  4. I really love the illustrated journaling idea but I can’t even draw a circle right 😭😭.
    I’ve been seeing Imposter Alert everywhere. I’d like to hear your thoughts when you’re done.

    1. Even if you can’t really draw, just try it out and check out the skillshare class if you need help. I can basically draw only stick figures lol but it was fun. Thanks for stopping by my blog dear.

  5. I miss being in college! I’m busy in a completely different way now – work and raising a kid, lol. My daughter does start preschool this coming week though, so I’m hoping to get more time for blogging and work stuff and books. But we’ll see how it goes.

    I hope May is a wonderful month for you! Don’t stress too much if you can <3

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