Oh hey, April. You’ve been around a few days now and I’m just getting to my March That’s a Wrap recap. Oops.
I blame ApollyCon for getting me this far behind on the blog. That’s ok, right? Between the event itself and then the (painful) re-entry into real life after, it was tough making time to blog. Over the past week, I’ve gotten back into posting more regularly so it’s only a matter of time before things are back up and running as normal.
My favorite thing about March, without question, was ApollyCon. Between time spent with friends prepping for the event — stuffing tote bags, schlepping books, sorting books and everything else — and then the event itself, I had a great time. I took a ton of books with me – I mean, my stack was taller than me — and managed to get all of them signed. (A huge thank you to the organizers for allowing staff to drop their books in the virtual signing room so I didn’t break my back!) Steph, Hannah and Jen do such a great job with this event. It was great to see some of my favorite authors again — as well as meeting new ones who were on my bucket list! — and I always love seeing my bookish friends. These are my people. It’s so great to spend time with them.
Told y’all I had a lot of books.
Rebecca Yarros and Sierra Simone! <3 <3
So ApollyCon was wonderful. I could go on and on and on about all the awesome, but I won’t. I’m already counting down to next year’s conference.
Another fun thing from March was the March Book Madness competition I ran on Instagram. I had SUCH A BLAST seeing everyone vote on the upcoming releases they were most excited about. I’m already thinking about how I can make next year’s even better. Here’s the final bracket, in case you’re interested in such a thing. (Click to enlarge.)
Congrats to Penny Reid! Dr. Strange Beard is one of my most highly-anticipated books of 2018, too!
I also launched a new thing that you might be interested in! (I mean, I did it in April but since I’m so late getting this monthly recap up, I can talk about it.) I’ve been kicking around the idea of a weekly newsletter for awhile now and decided there was no time like the present. Click the image below to subscribe. I promise I won’t spam you or sell/share your email address, obviously. I value your privacy as much as I value my own.
March seemed to go on forever — with the exception of ApollyCon weekend, which flew by — but it was a pretty good month.
If you want to know more about what’s going on in my world, follow me on Instagram. There you will find photos of my books, my cats and all the others I take during my travels around DC and elsewhere.
Now, here’s the breakdown of my month of reading/blogging.
- Total number of books read: 20
- New adult: 2
- Adult: 18
- Reviews posted: 13
- Discussion posts: 0
Man oh man this was REALLY tough!
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Reading Challenges Update
First up, the Goodreads Reading Challenge! I didn’t snag a screenshot on the first day of April, so this one isn’t exactly accurate. I’ve read several books so far in April, but I was on track at the end of March. Promise. Ha! (And woo hoo for being this far ahead! Seriously!)
My goal for the Tackle My TBR is three books each month. I read NINE in March. (And I even reviewed a couple of them.)
The 2018 Audiobook Challenge is a new one for me this year and I just barely snuck in two books in March. Here’s hoping I’m better in April! (But hey, the coordinate! Ha!)
The Ultimate Reading Challenge was a late addition to my 2018 reading challenges, but I got back on track in February and read my March book, too. March’s topic was new-to-you author. I read several of those this month, but my pick was One Last Time by Corinne Michaels. (I still need to review it! Oops!)
I’ve only really got one thing of note on the calendar for April and it happens next week. The Inn Boonsboro (owned by Nora Roberts!) started a new series called A Novel Adventure and Mariana Zapata is going to be there on April 11. Since Boonsboro is only about an hour from me and I love love love Mariana, I jumped at the chance to go. I’m looking really forward to this whole thing. It should be a great night! Other than that, I’m hoping the weather will finally turn to spring and I can get out and about a little more often. I’m tired of being cold.
Now, onto the books!
April Book(s) I Need in My Life Immediately!
Some of my most-anticipated book(s) of the month… or the one(s) I haven’t received an early copy of, anyhow. 🙂
April releases I need to read immediately!
These upcoming releases are at the top of my TBR! Soon, my pretties, soon.
Book(s) YOU need in YOUR life immediately!
Welp, I spent so much time reading my backlist in March I didn’t get to any April releases. Whoops!
That’s all for now! I hope you have a great month!
How’d your March go?
What are some of your favorites you read?
What are you looking forward to this month?
Leave your thoughts in the comments!
I’m linking my That’s a Wrap post to Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up, hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction.