Where 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:
- This month’s Author Addiction was all about Victoria Schwab who has become one of my all-time favourite authors! Our choice for May is Laini Taylor.
- Un-recommending books – this is my ramble about how I don’t want to be responsible for you missing out on great books just because they were a bad fit for me!
- Things I love about reading. This one is pretty self-explanatory.
- A birthday and a giveaway!
- Spring love, in which I share some photos from my many walks.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab was amazing. I can’t recommend it enough.
- Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen. This is a retelling of Robin Hood and it’s great! Last month was full of great books.
- Eleven of Top by Janet Evanovich. Classsic Stephanie Plum <3.
- Wilder series by Jill Shalvis – definitely worth a binge read! She’s my favourite contemporary romance author!
- Half the World by Joe Abercrombie. SO GOOD!
- Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden. Eh.
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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 Hounded, Shadow Scale, World After, The Thief, A Darker Shade of Magic, Half the World, Angelfall, Stardust, Heir of Fire, Gates of Thread and Stone. This means I’m up to 11/24 books, which is ahead of schedule – the only challenge where I’m making a good progress!
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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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
- Then Came You and Still the One by Jill Shalvis (bought for Kindle).
- The Duchess War by Courtney Milan (Kindle freebie).
- A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper (bought for Kindle).
- The Werewolf Wears Prada by Kristin Miller (Entangled books via Netgalley!).
- Taking What’s His by Jen McLaughlin (Entangled books via Netgalley!).
- Ime vetra, the Slovenian translation of Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind – I have a post coming up about this soon so come back in a couple of days! :)
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- 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! :)