A big thing that happened this month is I scheduled my last two terms of grad school. They’re going to be a little busier than I anticipated (what I was planning to do in three terms I’m trying in two) so I’m not going to be continuing any of my regular posts. I’ll do plans or wrap-ups as I feel like. If I do any updates they’ll just be what I’ve read recently (I’ll give the timeframe in the update). I’ll still be keeping track of my reading on Goodreads and posting my bookish thoughts on Twitter. I’ve also got some review copies I’m still planning to review, but I don’t have any schedule idea for that; they’ll happen when they happen.
With that update, here’s some stats for the month!
Books read: 6
Physical books: 1
Other (Scribd or ALA ARCs): 1
2019 releases: 4
5 stars: 2
4.5 stars: 1
4 stars: 2
3.5 stars: 1
100-200 pages: 1
300-400 pages: 5
I didn’t even a little bit try to do the Buzzwordathon. 🤷🏻♀️ It just didn’t work out.
My other reading challenge of April was a new idea: reading books some of my favorite bookish people had on their TBRs that month, AKA Reading my Faves. As a reminder, these were the books I was hoping to read:
Madalyn: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Destiny: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Cece: Real Queer America by Samantha Allen
I read… none of these. In my defense I am planning to read Cry Wolf right at the beginning of April for the O.W.L. Readathon, and I couldn’t get audiobooks for the other two. I definitely need to keep audiobook availability in mind when trying this in the future.
Books: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. I read an eARC from Edelweiss so I’m planning to have a review for this up this week. Spoiler, it was five very enthusiastic stars. I also get to attend Caitlin’s launch event on Tuesday (if nothing goes horribly wrong) so I’ll get to gush at her in person.
TV show: True Blood. I don’t think I can say this is a good show, but I enjoy watching it (I might make a lot of jokes at the show’s expense). I’m running out of steam for the rewatch, though, so my current goal is to get to a very certain point in season 4 (I’m at the beginning of that season now) and be done.
Podcast: Still binging Books in the Freezer. I only have three episodes left in their backlist and it’s an every-other-week podcast, so I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I’m caught up… maybe I’ll get to more audiobooks. 😂
Craft project: I completed my first crochet project without any hooks and I had a blast. It’s a super soft cowl I’ve gifted to a friend who’s going to Antarctica. At the moment I’m making one for another member of her team, then I might make one for me. I’d tell you what yarn I’m using but I definitely threw out the label a while ago. It’s either chunky or super chunky and I think it’s name has something to do with being quick to work up.
People: Caitlin Starling, for one. I chatted with her a lot while reading her book and it was the best. Also, I love following her Twitter and seeing all her yarn projects.
A small side note with favorite people: There are some folks who always qualify for this category like my best friends and my wife. I’ll still probably throw them in now and then, but know that even when they don’t get listed they’re still incredibly important to me.
(AKA Destiny, I’m going to stop tagging you every month, but you firmly fall into the best friend category. 😂 💜)