Monthly Wrap Up

April Wrap Up


In April I read 14 books for a total of 2,941 pages and an average of 98 pages per day. Wow! This month felt like it was off to a slow start, but I managed to finish strong.

Well, strong at least in overall books read. The last two books I squeezed in – by Block – were totally terrible. They were too short to bother DNF-ing, but man. I read some excellent books though – like The Hero and the Crown, Trail of Crumbs and Jolly Foul Play! I also really enjoyed all the comics/graphic novels I read. This has been my best reading month so far. Hoping to keep up the momentum – I acquired a stupid number of books this month, making my backlog worse!

The Hero and the Crown
By Robin McKinley
First Sentence:
She could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it.
YA fantasy

By Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau   

Graphic novel, contemporary romance (MM)

Hilda & the Hidden People
By Stephen Davies
First Sentence:
The wind blew.
Middle-grade modern fantasy

The Book of the Damned
By Tanith Lee
First Sentence:
How fast does a man run, when the Devil is after him?
Victorian fantasy

The Case of the Missing Marquess
By Serena Blasco
Graphic novel, middle-grade, Sherlockian

Moonstruck vol 2
By Grace Ellis
Comic, contemporary fantasy

Trail of Crumbs
By Lisa J. Lawrence
First Sentence:
Greta always thought of Patty as a person of gaps – gaps between her teeth and her skinny thighs, gaps in logic.
YA contemporary

The Chalk Man
By C.J. Tudor
First Sentence
: The girl’s head rested on a small pile of orange-and-brown leaves.

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
By Deborah Hopkinson
First Sentence:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of our greatest writers.
Children’s, non-fiction

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon vol 3
By Naoko Takeuchi   

Graphic novel, futuristic fantasy

Jolly Foul Play
By Robin Stevens
First Sentence:
We were all looking up, and so we missed the murder.
Middle-grade, Victorian mystery

The Book of the Beast
By Tanith Lee
First Sentence:
By the end of the first night, he knew that his lodging was haunted.
Victorian fantasy

Weetzie Bat
By Francesca Lia Block
First Sentence:
The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school was because no on understood.

Pretty Dead
By Francesca Lia Block
First Sentence
: Teenage girls are powerful creatures.
YA paranormal

Better Reads Challenge:

I think I missed 5 days this month (I’m actually too lazy to go check my notebook and, let’s be honest, ya’ll don’t care xD ) which isn’t too bad considering how much reading I still accomplished.

April: 25/30
Year-long: 111/365

TBR Tear Down:

I did better this month because I actually read the two books that I assigned myself. The sequels would have been bonuses if I had made time for them. I’ll get to them next month…probably. Who knew it would be so hard to just assign myself a couple specific books to read a month!?

Non-Review Highlights:

Reader Survey

On Illustrations

*cover images from Goodreads

4 thoughts on “April Wrap Up”

  1. Kudos to you for having your best reading month this year in April!

    I haven’t read any of the books you read in April. I always appreciate that you read books that I am not familiar with. How was The Chalk Man? Everyone seems to be raving about that one…

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    1. Chalk Man was middling for me. I don’t read a lot of mystery/thrillers so it’s kind of a novelty for me. The end was a bit wild. But I only cared what happened out of curiosity, not because I enjoyed any of the characters. I think some people mind find some of the twists cheesy or predictable if they read often in the genre.


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