That’s a Wrap: April 2018

Posted May 1, 2018 by Kim in That's a Wrap / 6 Comments

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My goal for May is to post my April recap on the 1st or 2nd of the month. Huzzah! Success!

Was it just me or was April the longest month ever? Maybe it’s because I’m a boring person who really did nothing of note the entire month. (With the exception of my trip to Inn Boonsboro (owned by Nora Roberts!) for A Novel Adventure with Mariana Zapata, which was AMAZING.) My goal for April was to get my life — blogging and otherwise — back in order and I think I’ve got most of it under control. Or, as under control as it’ll ever be. I read a ton of books and found several amazing “new to me” authors to love. I’ve been hitting Instagram hard lately and, in addition to my daily #bookstagram challenge posts, I’ve created a few bookish story templates. If you’re into that kind of thing, make sure you check them out in my highlights. Here’s a sneak peek:

The evening at Inn Boonsboro was definitely the highlight of the month. It was such a fun, small group. Counting Mariana and her assistant, Eva, there were 15 of us (including the Inn’s staff). We were able to chat with her individually for awhile and she signed anything we brought. Then we had an awesome Q&A session. She’s the best. I met some really cool people and had a total blast. (And got some great swag!) The Inn itself was wonderful. I wish I’d spent more time there, to be honest. I’m definitely going to have to go back. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

 

I feel like I need to mention again I started a new weekly email newsletter, too. If you’ve not signed up, you should. 🙂

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. (Plus, again, if you’re into story templates, I have a whole bunch of bookish ones for you to share.)

Now, here’s the breakdown of my month of reading/blogging.

  • Total number of books read: 22
    • Young Adult: 3
    • New adult: 6
    • Adult: 12
    • Women’s Fiction: 1
  • Reviews posted: 27 (hot damn!)
  • Discussion posts: 0

Top Reads

This was seriously hard this month.

The Hate U Give At the Stroke of Midnight Love and Other Words Christina Lauren Burn for You Grip

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Reading Challenges Update

First up, the Goodreads Reading Challenge! I’m rocking the hell out of this one! I guess all that rain and cold weather in April was good for something. It’s hard to believe I’m this far ahead, tbh.

My goal for the Tackle My TBR is three books each month. I read TWELVE in April. (And I reviewed quite a few of them.)

Total: 31/36

Grip Still The Anatomical Shape of a Heart Scoring with the Wrong Twin On Hart's Boardwalk  At the Stroke of Midnight One and Only Burn for You The Hate U Give Intermediate Thermodynamics Misadventures with My Roommate

The 2018 Audiobook Challenge is a new one for me this year and I just barely snuck in two books in April. Whew.

Total: 8/24

 Intermediate Thermodynamics Misadventures with My Roommate

The Ultimate Reading Challenge was a late addition to my 2018 reading challenges and it kinda feels like I’m destined to fail at it each month. The April topic was “one word titles” and I selected Fiona Cole’s Voyeur for it, but I just couldn’t totally stick with the book. I made it to the 70% mark before sitting it aside for now. I could cheat and say I picked Grip or Still for my challenge book this month, but I’m trying to keep myself honest. 😉 If I end up unable to finish Voyeur, I’ll probably pick another book and add it to my May challenge.

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Looking Ahead

Once again, I’ve got a whole lot of nothing planned for May. I may be a planner at work and for the blog, but when it comes to my real life I prefer to take things a little more as they come. I think I’m going to try to take a long weekend and go home to Pennsylvania at some point this month. I’ve not been home since Christmas, so I’m long overdue. Otherwise, we’ll see what the month brings!

Now, onto the books!

May 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. 🙂

Speakeasy Making Up

May releases I need to read immediately!

These upcoming releases are at the top of my TBR! Soon, my pretties, soon.

Jock Row Melt for You Hot Asset

Book(s) YOU need in YOUR life immediately!

Welp, I spent so much time reading whatever I wanted in April that I didn’t get to any May releases. Whoops!

That’s all for now! I hope you have a great month!

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Let’s Chat

How’d your April go?
What are some of your favorites you read?

What are you looking forward to this month?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Kim Sig

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6 responses to “That’s a Wrap: April 2018

  1. Kim i wish we had such intimate Author retreats in Sydney. We are hard pressed for big events let alone little ones. I really enjoy reading your April wrapup just enjoy the formatting although these books are not familiar to me, I still enjoy it.

    April to me went by really fast, despite being home most of the time. I was in a reading slump, didnt read anything till march, and still 19 books behind schedule. Hopefully ill catch up soon.
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  2. You had a good reading and blogging month! I’m jealous! I wasn’t following you on instagram but now I am. You are doing amazing on your goodreads goal. I hope May is just as good or even better for you.
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  3. Rebecca

    Looks like you had an awesome bookish month in April. So far, The Hate U Give is my favourite book of the year. Glad to hear you loved it 🙂