Hi and welcome to my first ever monthly diary! You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a blogpost in over half a year, the last one was posted October 12th 2018 (which is crazy. How is it 2019 already?), but now I’m finally back! With a new series: Charlotte’s Monthly Diary, in which I’ll make a blogpost every month, telling you about last month’s events, my book haul and more.
So you’re probably wondering why I haven’t been active for so long – you might even have noticed that I wasn’t posting anything on my Bookstagram as well (for the past couple of months or so). I honestly also thought about quitting with both my blog and Bookstagram, but then I realised how much I’ve missed it. I’ve missed sharing my bookish thoughts with you on my blog and taking pictures for my Instagram. So I’m back, and let me tell you: it feels so good to be back!
If you know me well, you probably know that 2018 was a very hard year for me. I’ve lost my cat, Poppy, very suddenly in February, had to study very hard to pass my exams and graduate high school, then I took an unexpected gap year because I realised that the studies I had chosen wasn’t the right one. It was a very stressful and hard year, but I just tried to cope with it and keep my head high. But just when I thought things were starting to get better, my grandma, whom I love very dearly, suffered from a stroke. She passed away the day after Christmas and it was a really difficult time for me and my family. I still miss her so much.
Social media – and particularly Instagram – became something I had to do everyday, but I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I felt the pressure of having to post several times a week, lacking inspiration for captions and photos. So after a while of thinking, I decided to take a break. It felt really good to be away, I really needed this time to work on myself, to work on feeling better. I’m still learning every day and some days I still feel awful, but it’s getting better.
I’m so happy to be back, but this time I’m going to do it slightly different: I don’t want the pressure of social media to get to me. I don’t want to stress because I have to take pictures, or because Instagram’s algorithm is being horrible and I’m not getting a lot of response. So I’m going to take photos when I feel like it, post photos and write blogposts when I want to, and I’m going to try not to focus too much on the amount of comments I get, or the amount of likes a photo has, or how many followers I’ve got.
I also want to talk more about my life and show you that my life is not perfect – I don’t sit in bed all day, reading books and drinking coffee, or watching Netflix. That’s why I’ve thought of this new blog series: Charlotte’s Monthly Diary. Here I will talk to you about at least five things: some life events of the past month, my book haul of the month, what books have I read the past month, Bookstagrammers in the Spotlight (where I will share three Bookstagrammers with you that I’ve been loving for the past month), and the last one: an overview of last month’s blogpost.
I’m super excited to start this series! Let’s start with last month: April. I haven’t written any blogposts and I’ve just given you a bit of a life update, so I’m just going to skip the first and the last one, but I’m pretty sure I can tell you about the others.
April’s book haul
I’ve only bought two books this month and I know that two books aren’t really a lot, but these two books where on my most anticipated book-list for 2019. That counts for something, right? The first book I’ve bought in April is Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m planning on reading it after I’ve finished my current read (which is P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han). I’m so excited to read what happens next in Juliette’s life, since the fourth book in the series (Restore Me) ended with a huge cliffhanger.
The second book I bought in April is a Dutch fantasy book called De Zwendelprins, written by a friend of mine, Rima Orie. I’m so incredibly proud of Rima and her book, it’s an amazing fantasy book about seventeen-year-old Simran, a kitchen maid who unexpectedly gets thrown into a huge adventure (and I’m not going to say anything else, you’ll just have to read the book). I know it’s a Dutch book, but I’m really hoping for it to be translated into English as well, so that you can all read it!
Books I’ve read in April
As for the books I’ve read in April, I’ve read a total of three books. I’ve been in a reading slump since forever now, so I’m really proud of finishing three books! The first book I’ve read is Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, which I gave 4 stars. I first saw the trailer of the movie and discovered that it was based on the book, and I really wanted to read it before I saw the movie.
The second book I’ve read in April is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. It was such a cute read! I also gave this one 4 stars. I’m currently reading the second book in the series and I’m super excited for the sequel to the movie as well!
The third and final book I’ve read in April is, of course, De Zwendelprins by Rima Orie. I loved it so much and gave it 5 stars!
Bookstagrammers in the Spotlight
To spread some love, I thought it would be fun to share three of my favourite Bookstagrammers each month! They’re not in any particular order, they all have such beautiful accounts and deserve your follow!
- @blogaboutalatte: I’ve been a fan of Tara’s page for a while now and think she really deserves some more love. She discribes her account in her bio as ‘books-hygge-cozy’ and I think those three words describe her account perfectly.
- @whisperingchapters: I’ve recently discovered Genesis’ gorgeous Bookstagram account. Her photos are so cozy and instantly want to make me curl up in bed with a book and read!
- @lvurenlvuise: Lauren’s photos inspire me so much. She’s got beautiful flatlays as well as outdoor photos from North England. Looking at her feed really calms me, the photos are so soft and cozy and definitely worth a follow!
I hope you enjoyed reading my very first Charlotte’s Monthly Diary! I’m so happy to be back and I’ve got plenty more ideas, so stay tuned.