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[Monthly wrapup] April Stats Fever! 2018 Nope, I'm Not Posting Late... Well, I *May* be... May? Get It..? No..?

So. I am posting late. Because it was Mother’s Day and I was also way too tired to post one last Sunday. But it’s my blog, right? So who cares 😀 I still want to share my monthly stats with you all, even if it’s a bit late – it was a pretty exciting month.

What have I accomplished in April?

  • Well… to begin with, I read more books than I hauled!
  • And like, I mean, WAY MORE. I read 19 and hauled 7!
  • 19 is also the biggest number of books I’ve ever read in a month IN MY LIFE. I mean it. I know some of them were really short, but that was like 4. It would still be my record even if I took them out or aggregated them into one. Plus two of those were 600 pages, so I think it evens out?
  • I also received actual print ARCs as an international reader. 3 in one month! It’s beyond exciting.
  • I was also nominated for the book blogger awards SIX TIMES. The part where I got placed in the same category as Marie and Cait is by far the most exciting part of it:

book blogger awards 2018 me Marie Cait

  • now when I’m sharing this, you can’t vote on this poll anymore, but I’m sharing nonetheless, cause it’s simply the coolest.
  • I *sort of* participated in Dewey’s, but sort of failed as well. I did read close to 7 hours though! But I was pretty disappointed, cause last time I managed 18.
  • But, on the other hand, my yearly Goodreads goal is just like… a few books short from being reached???
  • And I went on a vacation which was pretty good.
  • I also got dangerously close to 500 followers on WordPress and 200 on Bloglovin’. I might reach it this month!
  • I feel like I might be forgetting something, because dang it was an exciting month…. Can you tell? 😀

So as you can see, I am not wrong in wanting to share this month’s update, even if it’s a little bit late! It was pretty great for book blogging. What’s new for this month? Well, that’s also exciting. Because this next friday, on May 15, I will be posting my FIRST EVER #NewBloggersWelcome feature! It’s geared towards introducing newbies to our community, so definitely come read it and say hi to all the new folks 🙂

Aaaaanyway. But let’s proceed to the books I read this month 🙂

~ 5-Star Miracle Books Read ~

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2)

I will be giving some more books 5 stars this month, but I this is the only one I could truly call a miracle. So it’s a pretty demanding category! You know how much I love Murderbot though, so it’s hardly any surprise. You can read about why I loved it so much here.

~ 4-Star Steady Good Books Read ~

Kindred Tess and Tattoos Zeru The Redemption of Marvin Fuster Vicious (The Villains #1) Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico

Click the images to go to the Goodreads pages for these books

I finally finished Kindred, and while it was a great read, it emotionally destroyed me. I am happy that I finished it, because it was taking months, and every time I’d read a little bit, and then just get an emotional breakdown. I will be reviewing it, but let’s just say that if you’re sensitive, you shouldn’t even consider reading it. It’s too hard 🙁 anyway, next on the list is Tess and Tattoos, a short story, but one that sure packs a punch emotionally (plus, twists!) It was truly beautiful, sad and touching. I can say the same about Zeru, a story about an albino child living in a landfill in Tanzania. It shines light on the horrifying treatment and objectification of albino people in Africa, and also tells a story on an unlikely friendship between man and beast. It was amazing, fast-paced and truly very, very emotional. Then follows The Redemption of Marvin Fuster, a very honest and humorous tale about unexpected events – you can read the review here. And of course, Vicious, my first V.E. Schwab read, which was… about the oddest book I’ve ever read, but in a very good way. I must also not forget the collection of Mesoamerican myths, Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky, which I will be reviewing next week – truly recommended, if you have any interest in the Mayan/Incan/Aztec cultures at all, or myths.

~ Okay Books Read ~

The Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys #1) The Breedling and the Trickster (The Element Odysseys #2) Real Life Super Heroes Beacon (Lantern #2) Torch (Lantern #3)

Florence Nightingale: A Life From Beginning to End The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart #1) The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1) The Million

The Breedling book #1 was a reread, and you can find the review for part #2 here. It was an alright read. Real Life Super Heroes was also a good, quite different nonfiction read which I’ll be reviewing along with Vicious, cause they both have similar topics. The two sequels to Chess Desalls’s Lantern Series, which is the ABSOLUTE CUTEST OF ALL TIME, were alright reads – although notably less original and lovely than Lantern itself. I also enjoyed reading about Florence Nightingale’s life, and Ruby in the Smoke was a buddy read with boyfriend – we read it aloud, so I might have enjoyed it more if I’d read it the way I normally read books. But it felt like a great start to the series we will be continuing. The Strain was pretty original and strong, but it has its drawbacks in the female rep department, more about that when I review the whole series (I still have book #3 to read). And I will be reviewing The Million in the summer, it was an interesting concept, but maybe would have been better if it wasn’t a novella, but rather a full-fledged novel.

~ Totally Meh Books Read ~

The Little Friend The Fall (The Strain Trilogy #2) The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old (Hendrik Groen #1)

The Little Friend was alright, maybe it didn’t deserve the 2 stars I gave it, but I just expected so much more from the brilliant Donna Tartt! I absolutely loved The Goldfinch, in fact, it’s one of my all-time favorites, so The Little Friend was just too disappointing. You can read why here. And I hated the sequel to The Strain – The Fall, because it didn’t have the spark of the first book, and I got SO tired of the thing that there’s basically ONE female character in the entire series and all she does is whine and sit there to listen to the guys talk. ARGH male writers, would you just stop it with that bull..? As for Hendrik Groen, well, I just didn’t get it. Also, I think I might have read book #2 instead of book #1 (translations with different names…), but nonetheless, it was still a book about nothing and I felt like it wasted my time. I finished it just so I had the right to say that (LOL)

~ The Stats! ~

april stats fever 2018

Yeah! I am SO close to reaching my yearly goals, and these are only April’s numbers! We can also conclude that #BeatTheBacklist is also helping matters 😀

~ On The Blog In April ~

I have posted a few discussions this month, and the most popular ones seem to have been about book blogger fears and also the one where I wonder if we create too much content and keep running like little hamsters in a wheel. Aside from that, I am also proud of the reviews for The Sunday Lunch Club and The Long Way Down, which were both amazing books! Feel free to read these posts:

 happily chauncey rogers  sugar money

quick guide to bloglovin   doorways in the sand

the lost castle   book blogger fears

too much content   sunday lunch club

the long way down   little friend

dewey's TBR 2018   

~ Books Hauled ~

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) Redemption Song (Daniel Faust #2) Spinning Silk
The Things We Learn When We're Dead The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) No Fourth River. A Novel Based on a True Story. A profoundly moving read about a woman's fight for survival.

So as I said, not many this time! Maybe my numbers can start actually going down now.

~ Last Week ~

And I know this is supposed to be a monthly update – but I posted some posts I was really proud of last week! So in case you missed them, please check them out. The one I am most proud of is 3 Things You Might Not Know About Marilyn Monroe.

 artificial condition   the girl marilyn monroe

 redemption of marvin fuster

~ Next Week ~

I will be posting some reviews of books I really liked, but MOST IMPORTANTLY – please visit for the first #NewBloggersWelcome feature!!

 #NewBloggersWelcome

As usual, I’m linking up with Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews, Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

And that’s it for my April! Oof, that was a long post. What about you? Share your links with me in the comments!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

51 thoughts on “[Monthly wrapup] April Stats Fever! 2018 Nope, I'm Not Posting Late... Well, I *May* be... May? Get It..? No..?

  1. I still need to get my hands on those Martha Wells books
    And the illuminae series
    Also… 19 books?! Wow, what’s your secret?

    1. Yes you do, I can not recommend these books enough 🙂 both the Martha Wells and The Illuminae Files 🙂
      Also, I don’t know xD I think it was because I picked some short books, and also work was more relaxed? I don’t know xD I think I’ll be reading much less books in May xD

  2. Congratulations on such a successful month! So many books read, wow, I have no idea how you do this, I’m so impressed haha. And YAY for getting physical ARCs, congratulations, I knew you’d make it, you deserve it for sure. Not really surprised about all of the book bloggers awards nominations, you’re doing amazing and will certainly win at least one of these 😉 <3
    I'm glad you enjoyed Vicious – I have read the ADSOM series from the author and admire her world-building and writing skills so, so much. Hope you'll read more from her 😀
    Have a wonderful day and month! <3 <3 <3
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    1. Thank you, Marie 🙂 and I just broke 500 followers, yeahhh xD (saved the screenshot :D)

      TBH, I also have no idea how I read this many. It was a really, REALLY light month at work – I work based on hours, so I guess I just had more time off to actually read 🙂 I’m gonna be compensating this month though, I’m afraid xD because work has picked up and now I have almost NO time to read 😀 except for when I steal time off sleep 😀

      And thank you! And yes, agreed, Schwab is great and creating atmosphere 🙂 I hope I can snag a sequel review copy too!!

  3. Happy weekend! Glad it was a great month!! 19 books is awesome, and congrats too on the nominations! I’ve got Murderbot on deck for my next read- can’t wait. And of course Rogue Protocol should be fantastic as well… 🙂

    Looking forward to your NewBloggers Welcome post, what a great idea!
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  4. Congratulations on such a successful month! You achieved so much-19 books is amazing! You definitely deserved the book blogger award nominations.

  5. Congrats on breaking your reading record, your nominations AND your 500 followers, which I see you’ve now reached. So few bloggers really make the effort to engage (myself included – when I get busy it’s the first thing to go), especially with newbies, so it’s very much deserved.

    There’s a bad Donna Tartt book?! I’m not sure I can deal with that! I LOVED The Goldfinch and I just recently finished The Secret History (LOVED, also), so I kind of figured she was incapable of putting out a dud.

    1. It’s very hard to engage, agreed. Especially when you’re busy! Thank you 🙂

      And I wouldn’t say it was a ‘bad’ Donna Tartt book, but it was… very disappointing. Especially because The Goldfinch was also my favorite. So I’ve only got The Secret History left now. But you know, all those books are like ten years apart, so that’s like 30 years of a life! A person can change a lot in 10 years 🙂 so I’m still hoping for the best for The Secret History xD

  6. Can’t wait to read your Kindred review. I’m amused by our different styles. It tore me to shreds but I decided to rip the bandaid off and power through it. I kept hoping for things to get better so I kept reading. I had a book hangover afterward though, haha.

    Also- 19 books?! Holy cow! Congrats on the Goodreads goal too. I set mine as the same as last year (36) and am woefully behind. I usually catch up in the summer so we’ll see.
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    1. I am actually going to pair my Kindred review with the review for Homegoing! I am just reading that right now, and I’ve realized that they are great companions on this topic. They talk about the same issues in very different ways, and it complements the narrative so well. Have you read Homegoing?

      And I hope the summer helps your Goodreads goal this year as well 🙂

  7. Congrats on reading 19 books! I wish I could do that. I’m barely reading anything right now, and books keep showing up at my house. It sucks that you didn’t like The Little Friend because that’s one of the books that showed up at my house yesterday. I hope you’re having a great May!
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  8. Congrats on reading so many books and receiving print arcs! I can’t imagine reading more books than I haul, I did not have that problem before joining the book community 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!
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    1. Oh, you’ve already started! Yeah, the Breedling is VEEEERY slow to start. Actually, I felt that way about the second book – and as it turns out, the author is planning 9 books 😀 so now I know why it’s a slow mover!

    1. To be honest, I really don’t know what it was that one magical month 😀 probably the fact that work was a little more free than usual, so I had more spare time! May isn’t going to well in that regard so far xD

  9. Congrats on having such an amazing month Evelina! You deserve every single one of those stupendous bullet points 🙂 I’m really happy to see that you liked Vicious. I haven’t read any Schwab yet, but so many of her books have great summaries that they all wind up on my TBR! I hope May is even better than last month 😀
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    1. I don’t even know how it happened 😀 yes, I read that many while working, blogging and even vacationing (which I didn’t really read much during!) I think it was actually mostly the readathons that I did that month, and I did three 😀 and yes, I think I might actually be a robot – that would explain all my emotions towards Murderbot 😀 😀 😀

    1. Thank you! I actually am not doing so well during May 😀 but I expected that, since I have a much heavier workload, as well as other life stuff, apart from the blog and books. So April will have to stay a unique month, and I’m happy about that 😀
      And thank you!

  10. Fabulous roundup for April! And 19 books in one month is a HUGE achievement! I’m not sure that I’ve ever managed that… I average somewhere between 9-14, depending on the book and how busy I am… I’ve got the first of the Murderbot series – and I MUST try to get around to it sooner rather than later. Thank you for a great article and I hope this coming week is a wonderful one for you:)

  11. I appreciate your comments and your blog. So Congratulations on being nominated for the most active in the blogging community. You deserve the award and I’m happy that you were able to reach your reading goals. Have a great day !

  12. ahaha I find a bit funny how you say it was mother’s day and you posted it on *Our* mother’s day !! heheh..

    OH wow 19books read !! congrats !! I upped from one to three .. im not there yet, but i’m on my way ..
    Congrats again for thoses nominations, I voted for you in different ones as much as I could ; you do deserve them xx

    yayy for new bloggers !! I’m eager to see who they are and to follow/welcome them 🙂
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  13. Wow, you had a great reading month. That’s awesome!! Congrats on being nominated too – how exciting is that??

    I own Vicious but I still need to read it. I’m currently reading the second in the Shades of Magic series though!!!

    -lauren
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    1. I did, I don’t even know how 😀 I think it’s the prereadathons that helped! And I don’t know how I do it 😀 I’ve been juggling work, the blog, reading and now mom’s Etsy shop lately as well. It’s not been easy xD

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