Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April in Review

My Reading

# of books read: 15
Best(s):(In which I tell you all my favorite reads and make up categories so they each win something)
Best graphic novel: New Kid
Best intersectional work: The Memory of Light (Latina character with mental illness)
Best Audiobook: Two Can Keep a Secret
Best opening line that got me to read the entire book in one sitting: Heroine "When I wake up, all my friends are dead."
Best near-future novel: Internment
Best far-future novel: Mortal Coil

Look how dark these covers are!  And the bright, colorful one illustrates a human body exploding, so...there are all sorts of ways to be dark.

Bookish Events and Happenings

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon!  I always love those so much, and this was no exception. I had really good luck and loved all of the books I read.

I decided to start organizing a long-term Printz award project for myself. I found out what all the winners and honor books are and figured out which I've already read. I then came up with a convoluted method to decide which ones to prioritize first. This paragraph was much longer before I realized you didn't need to know the plan in that much detail.

I also had two (TWO!) authors reach out to me to ask if my students and I would want ARCs. Um, yes please! I know a lot of bloggers are all about the ARCs, but I am not up to the stress of requesting and reviewing. However, any time anyone at all sends books to my students, I am so delighted. (It was Paula Stokes and Donna Gephart, both of whom write terrific books, so yay, yay, yay!)

I've also decided to get involved in Project LIT, even though I'm still a little uncertain as to what that means. They're an online community of youth book clubs that promote diverse books and work to get books into areas that are "book deserts." (Which is different than a book dessert, which, obviously, would be a GOOD thing.) They have a fantastic list of books they're going to focus on, including two of my favorites from this month, and I'm trying to get copies of all of them for my classroom. *coughYouCanHelpcough* (My Goodreads list and wish list also have next year's OBOB books that I don't already own.)

On the Blog

After basically disappearing for two months, I came back again this month with 16 posts. I wrote four TTT posts (though I went off topic for two of them), two Sunday Salon posts, and two wordless Wednesday posts. I actually reviewed a book (weird, I know), and I created a tag. I blathered on about read-a-thon and I asked for advice about choosing a series or two to finish in May. I hosted a challenge as part of the read-a-thon, and it must not have been a very good one, because I got a (for me) huge number of views but only 3 entries. I even put up a discussion post. *so proud*


  • My youngest turned 13; oof. She had a good birthday and is still milking the relatives for presents. 
  • My husband and I bought our first ever brand new mattress, which is just Peak Middle Aged to be excited about. 
  • I taught a little evening class on setting up a bullet journal.
  • Last weekend my sister and I went on a "private retreat," meaning we rented a guest room in a retreat center up in the Columbia River Gorge and spent two days reading, napping, and journaling. 

Huge rainbow on my commute one evening.

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. Sounds like a wonderful month! I'm excited to see your class being offered ARC's from authors - super fun for them and you!

  2. Sounds like you had a successful blogging month!

  3. You and your sister are fabulous! I love that you rent a room and enjoy some you-time. Fantastic! A brand new mattress is an incredible thing, and it's a huge financial investment with the prices these days. Congratulations on your purchase. I hope you dream many dreams upon it. I am happy to see a Francisco Stork book featured. I think he's amazing. I heard him on a YallFest panel back in 2015, and I knew I had to read his books.


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