Friday, May 4, 2018

April in Review

My Reading

# of books read: 21

Best(s):  With categories selected solely to highlight my favorites of the month
Best re-read: The Hunger Games
Best Graphic Novel: The Silence of Our Friends
Best hyped book: Turtles All the Way Down
Best debut: Saints and Misfits (and favorite of the month)
Funniest: Evil Librarian

Mt. TBR progress:
Well, all 21 were backlist books, so I'm KILLING IT on that one. Which is kind of why I chose that challenge--much like setting my Goodreads challenge to 52, which I passed sometime last month. SETTING MYSELF UP TO SUCCEED.

15 of them were also Library Love eligible. Because I do, I do! I love my library!

And I've read 21 of the 52 Popsugar categories. Mostly by accident. Pretty soon I'm going to have to start picking books intentionally to fit the categories.

Bookish Events and Happenings

Not much. Sorry folks. I spent a nice afternoon at a library clear across town. I didn't participate in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon for the first time since I discovered it, and I missed out on going to see Kwame Alexander speak when he was in town. Do either of those count?

On the Blog

Also not much. I posted five times, which is two more than April, so yay! I wrote about the ridiculously specific list of things one needs to check off to be considered "normal" instead of "exotic" or "diverse," and then I wrote a sort of non-explanation of why I'm not posting very much these days.


My daughter's birthday was fun. I made her annually requested cheesecake, and this year I remembered the night before to start it BEFORE 10 pm. She had a slumber party, and they played outside until dark, then we made food-based facials and they did their nails. Twelve. Sigh.

All right, people. We're in the final count down for school, and if you haven't seen Jen Hatmaker's column on what that's like, go read that.

May the fourth be with you. (And also with you.)

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction, along with many other terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole usually puts together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!


  1. Glad you like Turtles. It was getting so many meh reviews when it first came out, but I loved it! I liked Saints and Misfits very much as well. I wish it got more hype.

  2. Happy birthday to your daughter! Congrats on reading 21 books! That’s better than the 2 I read last month. I’ve also been succeeding at the PopSugar challenge by accident. I guess that’s what happens when you have a zillion books on your TBR. Some of them accidentally fit into the categories.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. Happy Birthday to your daughter! This is the first year, my little ones have been in school so I'm already anticipating what summer is going to be like. 21 books is absolutely amazing! I hope May is just as good for you.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

  4. It looks like you read some great books in April! Awesome that you've already surpassed your Goodreads goal. Loved your post on What's Normal To You Might Not Be Normal For Me - great, thoughtful discussion.


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