My Goings On in April:
- Our homeschool co-op performed their end of the year performances, including a performance of a play that I wrote! I thought it turned out great – the kids did a fantastic job with it, and I plan to do more writing for our co-op in the future!
- Our family signed up to host a teenage girl from Spain for three works during the summer. We did this five years ago with a girl from France, and it was a great experience for our whole family, so we’re looking forward to sharing our home again this year!
- My daughter tentatively joined an Excel team for gymnastics. She had gotten really burned out with 12 hours of practice a week year-round. The Excel team is only 6 hours per week (only two nights), so it’s much more doable. Hopefully this will be better for all of us.
- I finished a first edit for Jayden Abello of her debut book, Breaking the Band. I also completed two proofreads for Booktrope, but the company is now going out of business, so I won’t actually make any money on pretty much any of the projects I’ve worked on for them. Sigh. (Things weren’t going well with that little experiment anyway, and I was ready to call it quits, so I’m not all that upset that the company is closing its doors – still a little frustrating, but such is life!)
- My husband and I binge watched the whole first season of Jessica Jones, which we both really loved! We also continued our bingeing of Chuck and I finally made it into the current season of Once Upon a Time (the show I watch while I’m on the elliptical – which I try to do at least every other day).
- I participated in ARC April and read six books toward the challenge (click here if you want to see what they were).
- My guest post about hosting a successful meme or challenge was posted over at 125 Pages as part of Laura’s blogoversary celebration. If you haven’t read it, go check it out! (There’s a giveaway involved!)
Most Popular Posts:
The April Discussion Challenge Link-Up and Giveaway – This challenge is still going strong!!
A Change in Focus – Let’s Discuss – This was my April Fools’ joke here on the blog. I love April Fools’, so I’m really glad that lots of people visited it!
Other Features & Discussions:
A Completely Useless (but kind of fun) Bookish Infographic – A silly discussion about my love of fiction over non-fiction cloaked in a pretty infographic!
BEA is Coming Soon! What You Need to Know. (BEA Tips) – I’ve been updating this regularly with new links, so check it out if you’re attending!
Meet My Mom! – I finally convinced my mom to join me here on the blog, so this is an introduction to her.
My 2016 Reading Progress:
As you can see, my books tend to fall mostly in the four and five star zone (this includes 3.5 stars, though). I’m having a good reading year!
April 2016 Reviews
I got caught up on reviews in April and did quite a bit of reading. Reviews of 21 books went up!
Here’s a recap:
- Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor | Review | Rating: 3/5
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt | Review | Rating: 5/5
- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows | Review | Rating: 5/5
- Gods of Anthem by Logan Keys | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Daydreamer Detective by S.J. Pajonas | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Rice Cooker Revenge, Washing Statue Wanderlust and Mamachari Matchmaker by S.J. Pajonas | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Forever Summer by CJ Duggan| Review | Rating: 5/5
- Paradise Road by CJ Duggan| Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Soundless by Richelle Mead | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Review | Rating: 5/5
- Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie | Review | Rating: 2/5
- A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins | Review | Rating: 4/5
My Favorite April Read:
There were three books that I LOVED this month and marked as all-time favorites (The Mirror King, Ready Player One, and Forever Summer), so it was tough to choose. I kept going back and forth, but I finally landed on Ready Player One because it’s so unique and I feel like it’s going to have a much more lasting impression than the other two.
Status: 15/49 Discussions posted
I had a little bit of a harder time deciding which posts to count as part of the discussion challenge this month because some of my posts were sort of borderline discussions. In the end, I decided to include my infographic (since it has LOTS of text) and my BEA tips post, but not include my intro to my mom. I think it works – I’m going with it.
Do Author Bios Ever Make You Want to Read a Book?
BEA is Coming Soon! What You Need to Know. (BEA Tips)
A Completely Useless (but kind of fun) Bookish Infographic
The Series Dilemma – Let’s Discuss
Sometimes You Just Need to Disappear for a Little While
How Much Do You Read?
The Fine Line Between “Inspired By” and “Copycat”
Can Book Blogging Lead to a Job
Some Books Just Aren’t All That Memorable
Books that Intimidate Us
2015 End of Year Book Survey
Replying to Comments on Older Posts
What Blogging Has Done to My Bookshelves
What Type of YA MC Would You Be?
Culling the TBR
Status: 1/5 Books Read
Yeah, none of the books I read this month really fit this challenge. Sigh. I need to be more deliberate and read something specifically geared toward the challenge in May!
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Shooting Stars Mag
Status: 7/12 Books Read
Four books I reviewed this month DEFINITELY fit this challenge!
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell featured Native American culture and main characters.
The Daydreamer Detective by S.J. Pajonas was set in Japan and featured Japanese main characters (and the three short stories I reviewed did as well, but I didn’t count those toward the goal!)
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto featured a very diverse cast of characters!
Soundless by Richelle Mead featured characters of Chinese descent and a fantasy culture based on Chinese culture
In addition to these, I read two books that I didn’t count toward the challenge because it wasn’t the MC or main love interest who represented diversity (which was a criteria I set for myself when I went into this challenge), but I still want to point these out for people who are looking for diverse reads:
Ready Player One would be considered a diverse read because two of the major secondary characters are Japanese. Then there are some details you find out about another one of the major characters. I don’t want to reveal them to people who haven’t read the book, but click the spoiler tag if you’ve read it or you don’t mind being spoiled. View Spoiler »You find out that the main character’s best friend is a black lesbian – though you don’t know this until the end of the book because she’s posing as a white male within the game « Hide Spoiler.
Sophie’s best friend in the Hex Hall series is gay.
Status: 7/21-30 Books Read
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Paradise Road by CJ Duggan – I’m breaking a personally-set rule with this one because I wasn’t planning on counting ebooks, but in this case I’m counting it because it’s a book by a beloved author that I’ve been meaning to read and I purchased the book last year.
Status: 3/12 Series Finished
I listened to all three books in the Hex Hall series this month!
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Love at First Page
Status: 1/6 New Series
I joined a new challenge!! This challenge is perfect for me because I’m trying to catch up on some series that I’ve been hearing about for a long time, but I haven’t jumped on board yet. Since I just joined now, I’m only officially counting the series I just finished and reviewed the day before yesterday (Hex Hall).
But for my own curiosity’s sake, I went back and checked what other books would fall into this challenge as well – and here are the two I found!
The Others Series by Anne Bishop
Air Awakens by Elise Kova (I definitely plan to continue this series!)
A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Lisa Loves Literature