Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April in Review

April where did you go? You sped past me so very, very quickly!  And with April gone, so is the first FOUR months of 2014. That's 1/3 of the year already passed by. I'm just going to let that sink in.

Here are the books I read in April...

Books Read in April:

1. April Showers by Karli Perrin (2 stars)
2. A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke (5 stars)
3. Huntress by Malinda Lo (4 stars)
4. Ask the Passengers by AS King (4 stars)
5. Adaptation by Malinda Lo (4 stars)
6. Rebel Heart by Moira Young (4 stars)
7. Raging Star by Moira Young (4 stars)
8. Business As Usual by Denise Grover Swank (3 stars)
9. The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer (DNF)
10. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (5 stars)
11. The Fearless by Emma Pass (3 stars)
12. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (4 stars)
13. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (4 stars)
14. The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning (4 stars)
15. Hate by Alan Gibbons


Total for 2014: 68

I read 5 books this month for LGBTApril and I absolutely loved every minute of it.  It was a great event and I'm so glad that I took part in it. Towards the end of the month though I had to focus a little bit more on some review books and I didn't quite get to as many books as I would have liked. Even so, I had a great reading month in April! I also finished two of the series I had on the go: the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and the Dustlands trilogy by Moira Young! 15 books in total? Not bad.

What was the best of the bunch though?

April Book of the Month:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Every other 'winner' of my book of the month this year has been a UKYA title and I really wanted that to continue ... but nothing else compared to the amount of feelings I had during and after reading Allegiant. I actually cried myself to sleep after reading this book with the events of what happened still on my mind hours after finishing it.  *grabs tissues*

Books reviewed in April:

Gold Rush by Jordan Lynde
A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke
Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Rebel Heart by Moira Young
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Shadowplay by Laura Lam

A lot of the books (6) reviewed this month were read for #LGBTApril which was an event I took part in during April. I was really excited to take part in this and read some fantastic books for it. I also loved reading and reviewing four really fantastic UKYA this month. That's important to me.

Non-review posts during April:

March in review
Bisexual Characters #LGBTApril
Some of My Favourite LGBT YA #LGBTApril
My Favourite UKYA Characters
Designing the cover for The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss 
Vote for Clockwork Princess as the Bookish Brits Book of Feels 2014 
#NewToMeMay Reading Challenge

A Disney Education...
Song-Writing Ambition

I've always been somebody that encourages other book bloggers to do non-review posts so here is a round-up of MY non-review posts in April.  The first half of the list are bookish related and the two below that are not. I hope to continue to write more non-review posts always.


March Book Haul
March Wrap-Up
Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout Review
Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan Review
Severed Head, Broken Heart by Robyn Schneider
Introducing #NewToMeMay
April Book Haul

Bookish Brits Book of Feels Nomination: Clockwork Princess
Michelle's Favourite Emotional Authors
April Book Club: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

I think it's pretty amazing that I've written 20 reviews and other blog posts for my blog but also filmed, edited and uploaded 10 booktube videos on both of my channels. Please do support my booktube adventures by subscribing to both my own booktube channel, cloveryness, and my collab channel, BookishBrits.  Thanks, guys!

UKYA in 2014

My Favourite UKYA Characters
Designing the cover for The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss

If you are an author of UKYA and are published in 2014 and would like to write a guest post or take part in one of my features, please do let me know! I'd love to have you. 

British Books Challenge update in April

A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke
Rebel Heart by Moira Young
Raging Star by Moira Young
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning
Hate by Alan Gibbons

Total in April:7
 Total in 2014:26

I'm really pleased to have read 26 books already in the first four months of 2014. Do you think I can make it to 100 by the end of the year? I really do love reading UKYA. It is my favourite and I really stumbled across some great books in April!

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

Huntress by Malinda Lo
Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Total in April:2
Total in 2014:8

Yikes! Only two of my own books read in all of April. My yearly total is still under 10! Which is what I've originally challenged myself to read in a month. Tell me again why I'm bothering with this :( Hopefully in May, with my #NewToMeMay challenge I can whip through lots more of my own books. Hopefully.

What was your favourite book that you read in April?


  1. A busy month by the looks of things! I wish read books as quickly as you- I could speed through my mammoth TBR pile :)
    (And I know what you mean- I can't believe that we're 1/3 of the way through the year now either!)

    1. Yes, it was a pretty busy month, Sally! I have my own crazy pile of books to speed through myself. Have you thought about joining me in #NewToMeMay ? Could be fun to target the books by authors on your pile that you've never read before?

  2. Wow that is quite a month, Clover. I read all of 2 books, my worst total in a very long time. I just couldn't settle down to read. I was doing so well before too!

    Is Allegiant out there in softcover yet? I've been waiting for it and Insurgent to come out in paperback, but so far no luck. I really enjoyed Insurgent so am anxious to see how the series goes. I'm happy to see the final books was your book of the month!

    1. Ooh, I hope you get your reading mojo back soon! And no, I don't believe it is in softcover as yet (though Insurgent is!) I bought it on my Kindle though and will have to buy them at some point as physical books :) I hope you love it as much as I did when you get around to it!

  3. I'm so glad to find someone else who loved Allegiant - it seems like so many people hated it! I was definitely a fan!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Really? I've been so good at avoiding everything about the book that I haven't even been aware!


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