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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 πŸ˜€ 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 asΒ 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 gotΒ 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? πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

Aaaaanyway. But let’s proceed to the books I read this month πŸ™‚

~ 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 ~

KindredΒ Tess and TattoosΒ ZeruΒ The Redemption of Marvin FusterΒ Vicious (The Villains #1)Β Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico

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

I finally finishedΒ 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 πŸ™ anyway, next on the list isΒ 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 aboutΒ 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 followsΒ The Redemption of Marvin Fuster, a very honest and humorous tale about unexpected events – you can read the review here. And of course,Β Vicious,Β 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,Β Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky,Β 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)Β The Breedling and the Trickster (The Element Odysseys #2)Β Real Life Super HeroesΒ Beacon (Lantern #2)Β Torch (Lantern #3)

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

The Breedling book #1Β was a reread, and you can find the review for part #2 here. It was an alright read.Β Real Life Super Heroes was also a good, quite different nonfiction read which I’ll be reviewing along withΒ Vicious, cause they both have similar topics. The two sequels to Chess Desalls’sΒ Lantern Series, which is the ABSOLUTE CUTEST OF ALL TIME, were alright reads – although notably less original and lovely thanΒ Lantern itself. I also enjoyed reading aboutΒ Florence Nightingale’s life, andΒ 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.Β 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 reviewingΒ The MillionΒ 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, 83ΒΌ 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 lovedΒ The Goldfinch, in fact, it’s one of my all-time favorites, soΒ The Little Friend was just too disappointing. You can read why here. And I hated the sequel toΒ The Strain – The Fall,Β 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 forΒ 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 thatΒ #BeatTheBacklist is also helping matters πŸ˜€

~ 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 forΒ The Sunday Lunch Club andΒ The Long Way Down, which were both amazing books! Feel free to read these posts:

Β happily chauncey rogersΒ Β sugar money

quick guide to bloglovinΒ Β Β doorways in the sand

the lost castleΒ  Β book blogger fears

too much contentΒ  Β sunday lunch club

the long way downΒ  Β little friend

dewey's TBR 2018Β  Β 

~ 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.Β The one I am most proud of is 3 Things You Might Not Know About Marilyn Monroe.

Β artificial conditionΒ Β Β the girl marilyn monroe

Β 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!!

Β #NewBloggersWelcome

As usual, I’m linking up withΒ 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!

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3 years ago

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

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

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 πŸ˜‰ <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 πŸ˜€ Have a wonderful… Read more Β»

3 years ago

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… πŸ™‚

Looking forward to your NewBloggers Welcome post, what a great idea!

3 years ago

Congratulations on such a successful month! You achieved so much-19 books is amazing! You definitely deserved the book blogger award nominations.

Bee (Quite The Novel Idea / Novel Ink)

Congrats on the nominations AND reading more books than you hauled! I’m so glad you liked Vicious. I should re-read it some time before the sequel comes out.

Lydia Tewkesbury
3 years ago

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.

Lydia Tewkesbury
3 years ago

Haha that’s true! Oh The Secret History is wonderful. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Chloe @ Book Dragons
Chloe @ Book Dragons
3 years ago

Glad April was a great month for you! Congrats on reading more than you hauled and being nominated! Hope you have a good week πŸ™‚

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

Wow, you read a lot of books! Enjoy the upcoming week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

3 years ago

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.

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

I wish I had time to read HALF of 19 books, but my life is crazy right now. Also I’m stuck on some not so great books so I’m in a bit of a reading slump. But it looks like you have some good plans for the month

Trin Carl
3 years ago

Great post Evelina. I love all things Donna Tartt and Vicious is on my reading list thanks to the first novel in the series.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

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!

3 years ago

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 πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful day!

3 years ago

Congratulations on all your successes! You are definitely super active and deserve your nomination. And 19 books is amazing! It must feel great to read more than you add to your shelf (this never happens to me).

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

That’s a lot of reading! I love it when I read more than I bought too. LOL I want to get into Martha Wells’ books. And I’m reading the first Breedlings book now. A slow start so far. Great stats and great reads!

3 years ago

Congratulations on reading so much! It sounds like you had a great month! What is your secret? πŸ˜‰

Lucy //

Ashley in Wonderland
Ashley in Wonderland
3 years ago

What an amazing month! Congratulations on reading 19 books in one month, that’s such an incredible accomplishment!! πŸ™‚ It has certainly inspired me to get some more reading done this month!

Jennifer | Book Den
3 years ago

Amazing month! I read the first Murderbot book this past week. I love seeing the second one getting 5 stars, too.

Michelle@Because Reading

You had an awesome month and lots a few pretty interesting books!
I hope you have a fantastic Week, Evelina! Happy Reading!

JJ @ This Dark Material

Congrats on having such an amazing month Evelina! You deserve every single one of those stupendous bullet points πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

19 books???? You’ve been a reading machine Evelina! And congrats on the award and on the followers!

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

19 books… That is just insane. And to do all that reading while doing all that blogging stuff? Clearly you’re a robot or something.

Jenn @ Bound to Writing

Great job on such a fantastic month! I’m not sure how you will beat it for May, but I hope you do! Congratulations on being nominated 6 times for the book bloggers awards!! That’s so exciting!

3 years ago

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:)

Jackie Briere
Jackie Briere
3 years ago

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 !

3 years ago

19 books?!! I’m both very proud and very jealous of how many books you managed to read in a month!

Congrats on all the nominations as well! You really do deserve it

Uptown Oracle

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
3 years ago

Congratulations on 3 physical arcs! And in one month Evelina, super cool. β™₯️ Plus a new feature, that’s so exciting.

3 years ago

So I am still trying to learn new things and so I am doing my first Sunday post. I’m enjoying seeing all the other blogs but I worked today so I might have to finish looking at them all tomorrow (as I don’t work tomorrow). You have read some interesting books! I haven’t yet look at your spreadsheet but I use a TBR spreadsheet and I find it very helpful. I first used a list when COYER had a list portion and I was surprised how much I loved it. Now I use it all the time. Anne – Books… Read more Β»

3 years ago

Congratulations on your follower count rising! As well as the physical ARCs you received :D.

I hope you had a great time on your vacation! And yessss, post whenever you feel like it. It’s your blog! Your rules! Haha πŸ™‚

Kaleena β˜… Reader Voracious

I also hauled The Things You Learn When You’re Dead last month, and I cannot wait until I can pick it up because it sounds SO INTERESTING!

You had a great April, and I hope you have a magnificent May as well. xoxo

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Congrats on a great April! 19 books in the month is awesome and it is even more awesome when you consider the fact that you only added 7 to the tbr pile during the month. You had a lot of great things going on with vaction, milestones, and receiving print books. I hope you May is just as good!

Cam @ Camillea Reads
3 years ago

What an exciting month, Evelina! How did you manage 19 books? The most I’ve read in a month is twelve, I think?

You completely deserve those nominations! Congratulations :* :*

3 years ago

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 πŸ™‚

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

Wow!!! Your April was AWESOMETACULAR!!! 19 books is seriously the goal I wanted to reach, but I can never reach that number in a month! Whhhhyyyyyy!!!!???? Anyway, I hope your May is AWESOME!

3 years ago

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!!!


Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

Nineteen books is fab! I’m interested in Zeru and the Mexican myths one so will look closer at them.
And congrats on such a great month overall. I can feel your enthusiasm through the ether πŸ™‚

Barb (boxermommyreads)

Sounds like you have lots to celebrate. I’ve not read The Strain books but did watch the series and I think I know the character you speak of and she was annoying. Oh no, I have the Henrick Groen book out from the library now.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

Wow, you had a pretty great reading month! I’ve never read anything by Martha Wells before but I definitely want to since everyone I know raves about her books.

3 years ago

Wow!!! Sounds like you had a great month πŸ˜€ 19 books is unbelievable!! Congrats πŸ™‚ And #NewBloggersWelcome sounds awesome! I can’t wait to check it out!

3 years ago


19 books?!?!

You are a superhero!
So glad that you had a good and productive month πŸ™‚ And congrats on the nominations and followers!

Cahleen Hudson
Cahleen Hudson
3 years ago

You read so many books! Dang! And you were nominated for all these awards for all the cool stuff you do on top of reading. How do you do it? Out of all the books you read I’ve only read Kindred, but I want to check out some of the others you’ve mentioned now, too.

3 years ago

19 books in a month? That’s amazing!

Caro @ bookcheshirecat

Oh it looks like you had a really great month! 19 books is a very impressive number of books to read! I think my highest count is somewhere among 14 books.

Cee Arr
3 years ago

Well done on all of the things!!!!! XD *claps eagerly*

3 years ago

You had an amazing April! And not just the amount of books read, but all the excitement with ARCs and blogging awards and being featured in polls with Cait. I hope May is treating you just as well. I haven’t read any of these books, but I’m intrigued by the ones you rated 5 stars. Off to check them out now!