Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April in review

Ah, April. You were not a great month. I am very happy to see the back of you! I'm hoping it was a better month for you... Here's how things went, reading and blogging wise for me:

Books Read in April 2013:

Fall Guy by Liz Reinhardt
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Existence by Abbi Glines
Wait For You by J. Lynn
Through Dead Eyes by Chris Priestley
Flat-Out Matt by Jessica Park
Release Me by J. Kenner
Dead To You by Lisa McMann
Where You Are by Tammara Webber
Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting
What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Heroic by Phil Earle
The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
This Northern Sky by Julia Green
Confessions of An Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett
The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles
After Eden by Helen Douglas

Total: 17

I'm being generous with the total number of books read this month. I probably shouldn't count Flat-Out Matt or What Really Happened in Peru as whole books, but there you go.  I'll admit, up until this past week, I didn't think I'd even make it to double digits this month but I managed to find my reading stride again finally!

Surprisingly, the format of books that I read the most this past month were e-books (of which 12 of the 17 books I read this month were e-books). I'm having a lot more success reading them than I am with physical books. Possibly because I'm reading them on the Kindle app on my iPhone rather than the Kindle itself? I'm not sure. Whatever the reason, it's effectively destroyed my reading slump!

And the book I read in April that was the best of the bunch...?

April Book of the Month:

It has to be Heroic by Phil Earle. He's a wonderfully consistent author for me. All three books by Phil Earle that I've read have finished with me quietly crying into my pillow at night. He writes stories that mean something to me with characters and relationships that feel very real and important.

Books reviewed in April:

Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
By Any Other Name by Laura Jarratt
Heroic by Phil Earle + Giveaway

Non-review posts during April:

UKYA in 2013

UKYA in April

UKYA in 2013 Giveaway

Non-Linear Plot Structure by Laura Jarratt (By Any Other Name Blog Tour)
Murder: the Musical by Helen Grant, author of Silent Saturday

Celebrating British Bloggers

Sophie from So Many Books, So Little Time (Celebrating British Bloggers)
Bella from Cheezyfeet Books (Celebrating British Bloggers)
Anya from An Awful Lot of Reading (Celebrating British Bloggers)
Kerrie from Read and Repeat (Celebrating British Bloggers)

Book of Questions

Would you be willing to move to a distant country for a person you loved deeply?
If you could take a month-long trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Waiting on Wednesday

Half Lives by Sara Grant
You Don't Know Me by Sophia Bennett
The Drowning by Rachel Ward

What I'll Be Reading Over the School Holidays
Books that make me want to travel ... to Amsterdam
Books I'd Like to see as Film Adaptations

Embracing My Inner Geek (1) - Literary Artwork
Introducing Hayley, my new guest reviewer
No Books Allowed (2)

British Books Challenge update in April

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Through Dead Eyes by Chris Priestley
Heroic by Phil Earle
This Northern Sky by Julia Green
After Eden by Helen Douglas

Total in April:5
Total in 2013: 24

Yep. I'm not at all surprised that there aren't more titles on this list after the month I've had. In fact, I'm pretty surprised that there are any books on the list at all!

Personal challenge to read 10 non-review books a month:

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Dead To You by Lisa McMann

Total in April: 2
Total in 2013: 24/120

And again with the massive fail on this personal challenge.  I should be at 40 books by now. Instead, I'm at 24. Which is 16 books behind.  Oh well. Maybe I can get caught up slowly over the year..?

What was your favourite book that you read in April? 


  1. I'm glad that you have finally tackled your reading slump. It is a great feeling when that happens. I read What Happened in Peru too, it was a great short story :) Heroic sounds amazing. Have a great May, Clover!

    1. Thanks Zoe, I hope you have a great May too! I've written quite a lengthy review of what I thought of What Happened in Peru...


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