Hey all, Dani here.
Okay, this might end up being a slightly longer post, because I’m combining my usual weekly wrap-up with my monthly wrap-up. Otherwise I would just end up having two posts that have a 50% overlap and that seemed silly to me. Anyway. Wow, we made it through March and we have reached April. After all the crap of last month in the world, I am sincerely hoping and putting all the good vibes and positive thoughts that I can to the universe so that April is better.
As usual with my monthly wrap-up, let’s start off by checking in on my overall goals for the year.
- Reading: I finished 25 books in March, which is pretty awesome. So I’m up to a total of 71 books read so far in 2020. This puts me in a very good spot for my Goodreads challenge of reading 125 books in the year–I always start low on my challenge goal and then increase as needed throughout the year. It will probably end up being somewhere around 200-230 like last year, I hope anyway.
- Blogging: Well, I’ve done really well with this category for the month. I posted every day, and have been doing well with my Manga Monday bonus posts, as well as bringing in a handful of other bonus posts. I’m hoping to keep up this momentum in April, but my job parameters are changing again next week so I have no idea how that will end up affecting things. I mean, I know I’m going to have to deal with major muscle soreness, but aside from that, there’s the stress of working around other people.
- Writing: Oh man, I pretty much failed on the writing front again this month; I mean, unless you count the blogging, because I did manage quite a few words on the blog. I have thought about writing, and I guess technically I have done a lot of mental writing, which is worth nothing in reality, but at least I have more of my book thought out.
- Conventions: Lexington Comic and Toy Con was postponed until mid-May, and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to go then, but depending on world events, it might get postponed again or cancelled all together. My friends at Colorworld Books are trying to continue with their business as a digital affair, but 99% of the profits were made from attending conventions, so this has been a struggle for them. If you want to go check out their online store, that would be great. They have metal art prints and bookmarks, geeky t-shirts, and books. Oh, and you can use ConLife30 for 30% off of all metal, or CORONACON for 10% off any shirts.
With that done, I’m going to jump into the standard watches and other activities wrap-up from my weekly posts. I’ve been playing Animal Crossing on my Switch. Not a whole lot. Maybe a half-hour or so a day, because I also have to work and read and blog and all of that, but I’m enjoying it so far. Oh, and for our 3 year anniversary I bought Damian an air fryer and got myself an Instant Pot, so I’m going to be trying some Instant Pot recipes here soon; I’m really excited about that. As for watches, we finished Season 1 of “Grimm” and started Season 2. Damian is really enjoying this show, so we pretty much watch it whenever we have time together. But I guess we’ll be getting more time together starting next week since we’ll finally be on the same shift again. Other than that I finished watching Season 2 of “Shadowhunters,” and I’ve been keeping up with the latest season of “Survivor” and with awesome and musical new show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
All right, let’s jump into the reading portion of the wrap-up. If I have a review up already for the book, I will include a link to that post, just in case you missed it or want to check it out.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente — 4 stars
Black Clover Volume 20 by Yuki Tabata — 5 stars
Magus of the Library Volume 3 by Mitsi Izumi — 5 stars
My Hero Academia School Briefs Volume 1 by Anri Yoshi — 4.5 stars
My Hero Academia School Briefs Volume 2 by Anri Yoshi — 4 stars
My Hero Academia School Briefs Volume 3 by Anri Yoshi — 5 stars
My Hero Academia School Briefs Volume 4 by Anri Yoshi — 4.5 stars
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows — 4.5 stars
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon — 4.5 stars
Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell — 4 stars
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer — 4 stars
Light the Dark edited by — 4 stars
The Adventurers Guild: The Night of Dangers by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos — 5 stars
The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures by Noelle Stevenson — 5 stars
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell — 5 stars
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco — 5 stars
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace — 4.5 stars
Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell — 5 stars
Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen — 4 stars
City of Bones: 10th Anniversary Edition by Cassandra Clare — 4 stars
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton — 5 stars
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams — 5 stars
The Girl from the Other Side Volume 8 by Nagabe — 5 stars
Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa — 5 stars
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas — 4 stars
For the books I haven’t reviewed yet, I have most of them already planned for April–aside from manga, which I have planned out through like June already. So that’s pretty exciting, if I can keep up with my blog schedule anyway. I’m hoping so. I’m a bit more organized than I have been in previous years.
Okay, let’s talk about current reads. I’m trying to bounce between the topics of my weekly and monthly wrap-ups so I remember to include everything. I’m in the middle of a few pretty great reads already, so April is already feeling like a pretty darn amazing reading month and it literally just started. Like, one chapter into Bonds of Brass and I was hooked. The Winter Duke was a little bit slower to start, but I’m liking it well enough. And of course, I’m doing a Shadowhunters re-read right now, so I can maybe catch up on the series by finally reading the books I’ve put off for several years.
All right let’s move on to the book haul portion of the post. I don’t exactly have an unhaul portion right now, which is okay because I wouldn’t have anywhere to unhaul them to anyway. That has to wait until all the businesses are able to open back up and all that. But, I have been trying to support authors and indie bookstores and such, so I have temporarily cancelled my book-buying restrictions.
And now for the OwlCrate unboxing. This was a special edition of the book subscription box because it was their 5 year anniversary. They celebrated with a different colored box and an extra special item inside. Plus, the OwlCrate edition of the book has shiny silver edged pages.
From there, I guess it’s time to talk about my TBRs for the month. Yes, TBRs, because I’m hoping to do a bunch of reading in the month of April.
First, I’m participating in the OWLs Magical Readathon, and going for the wizarding career of Trader of Magical Tomes. This means I have to read 4 books: Ancient Runes, Charms, History of Magic, and Transfiguration.
Then, I’m hoping to spotlight books about books and libraries for National Library Week April 19-25, so I have a separate TBR planned for that week. If I manage to get these books read, expect plenty of bonus posts that week.
Finally, there’s a couple other readathons. First I’m hoping to participate in the Basically Readathon this weekend. It is a 24 Hour Readathon hosted by Basically Britt. This is a 24 Hour Readathon on Sunday, and the goal for this round is to read a book that has been on your TBR forever. I don’t know if I’m going to tackle that specific goal, and I won’t get to read the whole 24 hours because I’ll have to go to bed so I can wake up for work Monday morning (yuck), but I’m hoping to do some good reading anyway.
Then there’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, which is April 25th. I haven’t selected my TBR for this one yet, because I’ll probably wait until closer to the day of the readathon, but I have loved participating in this event for the past few years.
And there might be one more readathon I’m participating in, but it hasn’t been announced just yet, so I’ll keep you posted on whether it’s happening in April or if we’re pushing it back to May.
But, as you can see, there’s a whole lot of books that I am hoping to read in the month of April. Okay, just counted, and there’s 26 books. I read 25 in March, so that isn’t out of the realm of possibility. I think my best month since I started this blog was a May a couple years ago where I read 31 books in a month. I feel pretty good about that.
Oh man, I just looked at my blogging calendar and I have 41 posts planned for April. I sincerely hope I can keep up with all of those posts.
All right, well that’s it from me for now. I hope you all had a good reading month in March, and I hope your April reading is even better. Are you participating in any readathons this month? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.