My April

my-aprilWhere has April gone? What happened to half the spring? The days were gorgeous here but they fly by and I find myself swamped by (freelance) work and obligations. But it’s good to get back on track with my professional life, too, I feel like I have to jump-start my motivation and get on with it! You can find my March recap here.

The best read of the month was Half the World by Joe Abercrombie (my review here). I’m trying to make a dent into my physical tbr pile but I’ve also been reading some romances, I can’t help it, they’re so good and relaxing… I’ve started watching iZombie – it’s great, give it a try if you haven’t already.

In baby news: He’s eight months old today. He’s grown so much! He’s crawling around on hands and knees and it’s all we can do to keep him away from cables, shoes, hard-edged furniture and such. He still puts everything in his mouth (I suspect this will last for a while) so we’ve been cleaning a lot! :) I’ve been taking long walks each day because it’s so great to be outside and enjoy the sun. It’s fun to see how he starts noticing stuff like dogs, birds and bright flowers.

In blog news: I turned 28 so I’m celebrating with a giveaway. You have until May 4 to enter – and I have a surprise for my blog’s anniversary which is May 5! :)

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On the blog:

Discussions

Reviews

Tough Travels

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Challenges progress report:

Four months (OMG how is one third of the year already over??) have passed so it’s time to see where I am with my challenges!

Flights of Fantasy (info): I reviewed HoundedShadow Scale, World After, The Thief, A Darker Shade of Magic, Half the World, Angelfall, Stardust, Heir of Fire,  Gates of Thread and StoneThis means I’m up to 11/24 books, which is ahead of schedule – the only challenge where I’m making a good progress!

Dusting Off the Shelves (info): I read AllegiantEleanor & Park and Eleven on Top, which is 3/12This means I’m behind the schedule.

Fairytale Retelling (info): I reviewed Scarlet and I wrote about why I love fairytales, but I’m still behind schedule (1/5-9 books).

Re-reading (info): This one is the worst. I re-read half of the Sweep series but I haven’t written any reviews yet :( I wrote a mini review for How to Entice and Enchantress. Waaay behind.

In terms of Classics – which was my self-imposed challenge – I read The Handmaid’s Tale.

Overall: rather bad. Since this is my first year of blogging, I kept my challenge goals really low, but I’m still having trouble keeping up! Eh. We’ll see how the other two thirds of the year go!

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New books:

I’ve been good this month in regards to romance binges (though I did request three Entangled romances and was approved, much to my surprise, so expect some reviews soon!) and even better

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Link love:

  • I’m a freelance translator so I often struggle with how to determine a price for my work. While this is in a different branch altogether, I liked some of the ideas.
  • Jen turned 27 and shared 27 beautiful thoughts.
  • I just discovered Gemma Corell and I love her illustrations!
  • These cookies look so amazingly good I can’t wait to try them out! I have a favourite choc-chip cookie recipe already but there’s always room for improvement.
  • These creative CVs are a great inspiration to revamp my own. I need to find the time to do this.
  • 20 things to write about when you’re stuck – these aren’t all book related but I like them as (post)-writing prompts.
  • Fun facts about red pandas – your daily dose of cuteness.

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Whew! I think these monthly recap posts are the most time-consuming of them all. But I like taking stock at the end of every month, seeing what I wrote about and where I’m at in life.

How was your April? 

I’d love to hear from you! :)

  • You had a really good looking month, but you’re right: April definitely flew by in the blink of an eye! I still need to get into reading some Joe Abercrombie but he’s on the old tbr shelf ;) LOVE Victoria Schwab AND Laini Taylor ♥ Oh and that cover for Ime Vetra is GORGEOUS! Patrick Rothfuss is ANOTHER author I need to read soon. Here’s to a wonderful May^^

    • You have a lot of good books on your tbr, it seems :) I hope you’ll enjoy them!
      Yeah, April was a good month. I like spring anyway but this one is especially good to me. I hope the rest of the season will be as nice!

  • You had a really good looking month, but you’re right: April definitely flew by in the blink of an eye! I still need to get into reading some Joe Abercrombie but he’s on the old tbr shelf ;) LOVE Victoria Schwab AND Laini Taylor ♥ Oh and that cover for Ime Vetra is GORGEOUS! Patrick Rothfuss is ANOTHER author I need to read soon. Here’s to a wonderful May^^

    • You have a lot of good books on your tbr, it seems :) I hope you’ll enjoy them!
      Yeah, April was a good month. I like spring anyway but this one is especially good to me. I hope the rest of the season will be as nice!

  • Looks like you had a great month! And yeah, it’s unbelievable that we’re in May already. Where has the year gone?!

    ~Mogsy

    • Gah, I know… It’s worse every year and though I don’t want to sound like an old fart, I definitely feel like I had more time when I was younger.

  • Looks like you had a great month! And yeah, it’s unbelievable that we’re in May already. Where has the year gone?!

    ~Mogsy

    • Gah, I know… It’s worse every year and though I don’t want to sound like an old fart, I definitely feel like I had more time when I was younger.

  • I admire your courage in looking at where you are with your challenges, lol! I’m afraid to examine mine because I think it will stress me out. It’s only a 1/4 of the year gone, so there’s time! I really really want to read A Darker Shade of Magic – I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately and the premise sounds super interesting. This is of course why I’m behind on my challenges – I get distracted by new (to me) shiny things. Happy May!

    • I have to keep myself accountable somehow… Otherwise, I’d just feel bad once December rolled around and all my challenges remained unfulfilled. I didn’t set any goodreads challenge (in terms of a number of books) but I did pick these to connect with other bloggers and get out of my comfort zone a little.
      I get distracted by new and shiny things, too! I have several ARCs to read and my physical tbr pile is disgraceful, but I just received A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I pounced on it like I was starved for books!

  • I admire your courage in looking at where you are with your challenges, lol! I’m afraid to examine mine because I think it will stress me out. It’s only a 1/4 of the year gone, so there’s time! I really really want to read A Darker Shade of Magic – I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately and the premise sounds super interesting. This is of course why I’m behind on my challenges – I get distracted by new (to me) shiny things. Happy May!

    • I have to keep myself accountable somehow… Otherwise, I’d just feel bad once December rolled around and all my challenges remained unfulfilled. I didn’t set any goodreads challenge (in terms of a number of books) but I did pick these to connect with other bloggers and get out of my comfort zone a little.
      I get distracted by new and shiny things, too! I have several ARCs to read and my physical tbr pile is disgraceful, but I just received A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I pounced on it like I was starved for books!

  • I’m glad you can find some time to work.
    April was a month where I read a lot of romances too. Must be something in the air. LOL
    My son is 14 months old and still puts everything in his mouth. I was cleaning everything a lot in the beginning, but I am starting to be more laid back. You can not clean everything. And when he sits on a park bench, after walking around, and leisurely bends his leg and starts nibbling on his shoe… *sigh*
    Happy birthday! :)

    • Haha, I know, babies keep stuffing things into their mouths for a long time! And I understand what you wrote about being laid back – in the beginning, we ran to wash his pacifier every time he dropped it to the floor but now that he’s crawling around anwyay and then chews on his fingers… It’s a loosing battle anyway and I guess it makes him more resistant. Sterile environments don’t exist!

      • Haha yeah the pacifier. We used to sterilize it whenever fall on the floor then once a day. Now I wash it in tap water briefly twice a day. :D
        And I do think it makes them more resistant. My friend sterilized and cleaned everything and now when her kids started going to kindergarten they are sick all the time.

  • I’m glad you can find some time to work.
    April was a month where I read a lot of romances too. Must be something in the air. LOL
    My son is 14 months old and still puts everything in his mouth. I was cleaning everything a lot in the beginning, but I am starting to be more laid back. You can not clean everything. And when he sits on a park bench, after walking around, and leisurely bends his leg and starts nibbling on his shoe… *sigh*
    Happy birthday! :)

  • Anya E. J.

    Awww, the baby sounds so cute if good at making things chaotic ;-). I love watching them and seeing the gears turn in their little heads as they are processing all the new things they see :D.

    So glad you loved Scarlet, you must read Lady Thief now!!

    • Heh, thanks, he is cute – but then I think it’s an evolutionary imperative that parents always think their baby is the cutest ;)
      Yep, I will get Lady Thief soon but I’m doing my best to reduce my physical tbr first :( It’s pretty bad. And I want to get the paperback so my copies will match :)

  • I have the same feeling – where did the spring go? How is it May already, and almost time for summer break? Enjoy your Patrick Rothfuss book – he is AWESOME! As for challenges, it can be hard to keep them all going at the same time, I’ve found. I’m doing well on some of mine, not so well on others.

    • I read Rothfuss already, both books, in English – I just bought this one to see what the translation’s like because I was hoping, at one point, to be the one to translate him into Slovenian.
      Yeah, I have some challenges that overlap but I still have to make up for lost time with the others.

      • I’m so impressed that you are able to translate from one language to another! Your English is excellent. I’m embarrassed that I don’t speak any other languages well. I studied Spanish for several years in college and got reasonably good at speaking back then, but I’ve lost so much of it through not using it regularly. And I was never that great at idioms.

  • Ooohh iZombie! Have you seen Veronica Mars? It’s by the same show-runner and it has a very similar style of wit and humour (although it’s contemporary). It’s strange to think that only a quarter of the year has passed – since I’m still a student, I usually mark the year as September to September. I’ll be interested to hear what Patrick Rothfuss’ writing is like in translation, since his style (in English) is such a big part of his appeal. Is Slovenian translation a “small world” type of deal? Do all the English/Slovenian translators know each other? I kind of picture you all hanging out in cafes and arguing over diction, haha.

    • Yeah I watched VM :D I had a binge-watch a couple of years ago. Good but cheesy :p Have you seen the movie?
      Yep, Slovenian translation scene is tiny – I have a post all written up and scheduled for next week where I bemoan the situation.
      Umm I know several of the translators because I work (freelance) for the largest publishing company in Slovenia (sounds glamorous – it’s really not) and we do meet several times a year at events because I make a point to go (“see and be seen” is CRUCIAL in a world where everybody knows each other…). It’s cool but also feels cramped sometimes. It’s like living in a small town and knowing all your neighbors…