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:
- 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 ~
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 ~
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 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 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! ~
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:
~ Books Hauled ~
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.
~ Next Week ~
I will be posting some reviews of books I really liked, but MOST IMPORTANTLY – please visit for the first #NewBloggersWelcome feature!!
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.