April 2016: Month in Review

May 2, 2016

This month, I finished seven books:

April 2016 books

 

  • A Tangle of Gold (The Colours of Madeleine #3) by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Princeless, Vol. 3 by Jeremy Whitley
  • Princeless, Vol. 4 by Jeremy Whitley
  • Demigods & Magicians by Rick Riordan
  • Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud

I did way better reading toward Diversity on the Shelf this month. I’m at 47% of books read so far counting towards the challenge, which means I’m much closer to my 50% goal than I have been. Also, 5 out of 7 of the books I read this month count. I’m not counting Tangle of Gold, though I probably should. There’s a great commentary on Ko and her dad’s race/ethnicity in the book, and since she is a POV character and owns my heart, I really really should count it. My hesitation is just that it comes so late in the series. But still. I’ll have to give it a little more thought.

I was going to say I feel vaguely dissatisfied about my reading, but that’s not true. I think it’s just that I’m not excited about reading anything else yet. I have book club books lined up, which is both a plus and a minus because, usually, once the semester is over, I do not want to do ANY assigned reading of any sort, even if I had a hand in choosing the books. So we’ll see how that goes. But I have nothing that I’m super looking forward to reading. I should probably change that.

Most of my April books had a real touch of whimsy and fun to them, and I want to keep that going. I NEED FUN BOOKS. I need whimsy, darn it.

I also probably need a nap.

 

Armchair BEA

 

Looking ahead, I have signed up for this year’s Armchair BEA. If I learned nothing else from the A to Z Challenge, I now understand the importance of planning ahead, so I am going to start working on those posts this week. Right after I finish prepping for my summer course that starts next week (on Monday!). And writing my A to Z wrap-up/reflection post.

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4 Comments

  1. Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

    Based on your metrics, good to hear you enjoyed Fikry! And thanks for reminding me that ABEA is starting up next week–almost forgot.

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    • Akilah

      I wasn’t sure about Fikry at first, but I was quickly charmed. Glad I could remind you! It should be fun!

      Reply
  2. Nicola

    Planning ahead can be useful but sometimes spontanaiety works a treat. I’m glad you enjoyed the A to Z Challenge. Even though it was a hard slog (not enough planning :)) I really enjoyed. The best part about the challenge for me was that new daily writing. I’ve been editing so not much new stuff been happening of late. However yesterday, I missed the new writing so much, I wrote a new short story. More editing required now 🙂 Have a great week.

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  3. ihath

    Impressive list of reads. Well done!

    Reply

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