April Blog Wrap-Up

I think I've decided to do something a little different. Well, I'm going to try it out and see how well it works. Instead of focusing just on my reading challenge progress, I thought it might be a good idea to do a summary of what happened during the month. Sound like a plan? Ideally, these monthly posts will go live on the last day of the month, but I'm a little behind. Sorry! And we're moving on...

So what happened in March? Well, I think the most significant thing to was happen was getting a co-reviewer! I am so excited to have Naomi join the blog. If you'd like to see the introduction/announcement post, check it out here.

I took part in a giveaway hop called Showers of Books hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, which was a hit! The winner of the giveaway is...

She's chosen Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik, which I am seriously excited about. That book was so much fun! Happy reading, Nurma!

As for my reading, well... I was able to finish 4 books and reread 1, so I think it was a fairly productive month! Here's the break down.

I completed two more books for the TBR Pile Challenge, but I didn't finish the mini-challenge. Boo. Anyway... Which books did I read in March? Here they are (click the cover for more information about the book):

I really enjoyed Clockwork Prince and I hope to read Clockwork Princess before too long. I want to see how it all ends! Wings was a surprise for me. I had attended a signing (there were 11 YA authors there!) and picked this one up. Then it sat on my shelf... for a while. I finally picked it up on Sunday and finished the same day. I really liked this one! I'm really wanting to read the second book soon, too.

I haven't read any books for the Don't Let it End Challenge yet. I'm hoping to get one knocked out this month, but we shall see. I might have to accept defeat on this one or find another, similar challenge that has a longer time frame. ... Or I could just continue doing the challenge for the rest of the year on my own. We shall see, I s'pose.

As for non-reading challenge books, I was able to finish two:

The Madman's Daughter was a book club pick... and boy am I glad! I don't think I would have picked it up otherwise. Mostly because I was afraid it was going to be too creepy. Maybe I'm getting used to creepy books? I don't know. Regardless, I really liked this book and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. As for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, well, that one was purely for fun. I guess I could say it was for my kids book research (you know, being the kids book person and all), but I just really wanted to read it. It was super fast, super funny and super enjoyable.

This month I took part in a read along which enabled me to reread Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. I love this trilogy, so it was no surprise that I jumped at the chance. Read it! Each book is better than the previous one... and they're all spectacular! I was also able to host one of the discussions. If you'd like to check this out, go here. Beware! It's spoilery!

I think I've made some progress! I've read a total of 10 books so far this year, making me 3 books ahead of my planned 30 (according to Goodreads). I think it's going to be a good reading year, guys!

Happy reading, all!

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