Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Wrap-Up

Ah, April. You were a very strange month, indeed. Most of my highlights from this month were not reading or blogging related and having a social life and two little boys on Easter holidays meant that reading and blogging took a slight backseat this month. Still, I am very pleased with what I did accomplish this month! Let's take a look:

Books read in April:

1. True Face by Siobhan Curham (4 stars)
2. Othergirl by Nicole Burstein (3 stars)
3. Gypsy Girl by Kathryn James (4 stars)
4. Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy (4 stars)
5. Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry (4 stars)
6. Deep by Kylie Scott (3 stars)
7. A Brighter Fear by Kerry Drewery (3 stars)
8. Notebooks from a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot (4 stars)
9. The It Girl by Katy Birchall (4 stars)
10. Cleo by Lucy Coats (4 stars)
11. Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally (4 stars)
12. Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper (4 stars)
13. Truckers by Terry Pratchett (4 stars)
14. Asa by Jay Crownover (3 stars)
15. The List by Kate L. Mary (1 star)
16. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent (4 stars)
17. Panther by David Owen (4 stars)

Total read in April: 17

Total in 2015: 57

I'm really happy with the number of books read this month. I think it is my highest number total so far this year. And what a selection. No 5 star reads this month sadly and unfortunately there is that 1 star read. Can't win 'em all!

My favourite book of the month...

April Book of the month:

Panther by David Owen

Panther by David Owen is a book that I read this month that made me feel such a strong connection to the story and characters. I finished Panther and it sort of threw me into a book hangover that I couldn't shake. Such powerful feelings in this book. 

British Books Challenge and UKYA in 2015:

The first and second of every month look roughly the same! Look out for the monthly link-up for the British Books Challenge on the 1st of every month. And on the 2nd, keep an eye out for those UKYA books being published that month. And don't forget to let me know which books you're most looking forward to reading! 

Author Spotlight

Siobhan Curham

My aim with the Author Spotlights has been to write them every other week for a particular (usually UKYA) author. But I've only been managed this once a month.  Are you enjoying them? Do you think I should continue?! 

Love Libraries

Gerbils, Hurdles and Ski Boots by Cat Clarke

Letter to My High School Librarian

A huge thank you to Cat Clarke for being a special guest on the blog this month and taking part in my Love Libraries feature. I loved reading her experiences in her library growing up.  Do you love libraries? Would you like to write something for me about what libraries/librarians mean to you? Let me know!

Celebrating British Bloggers

Sarah from A Bit Behind on Books

Kelly from The Book Faerie's Nook

What's this? An old feature brought back to life?  Recently I attended a wonderful blogger event hosted by MiraInk and met a whole bunch of bloggers who I'd never come across. And they were all lovely and friendly and passionate about books and I knew at once that I wanted to shine a light on some of them.  Here are the first two interviews, do go forth and meet Sarah and Kelly!

And of course, if you are a British book blogger who has not yet taken part in this feature and would like to, do let me know in comments, on Twitter or send me an email!

Books reviewed in April:

All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Mini-reviews: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Urban Legends by Helen Grant
Mini-reviews: Othergirl by Nicole Burstein, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed
Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper
Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy
Truckers by Terry Pratchett #TerryPratchettBlogTour
If You Were Me by Sam Hepburn
The It Girl by Katy Birchall

I really feel like I fell really behind this month and didn't do everything that I wanted to do. Especially in terms of writing reviews. Which just seems ridiculous thinking about it considering that I did in fact review 12 books this month. Still, that's how I feel.

Other posts in April:

Underrated UKYA Authors #UKYADay
Keeping the Home Fires Burning... by Mary Hooper #CountdownYA
Diversity Matters: Being Mixed Race

Being A Stranger by Sam Hepburn: If You Were Me Blog Tour
Summoner: Origins by Taran Matharu Chapter Extract + Arcturus Character Card

My most post this month (and one of my most popular posts of all time) was this post I wrote about diversity and being mixed race. I was stunned by the responses to it and I've decided to definitely continue writing different posts involving books and diversity. I want more diversity in books and it sounds like you do too! I'm thrilled.

I did also take part in several exciting things this month. #CountdownYA which was a blog tour hosted by Jim from YAYeahYeah about some amazing books published on 7th May. I reviewed a Terry Pratchett book for the blog tour that Vivienne from Serendipity Reviews organised #TerryPratchettBlogTour and had a chapter extract from Taran Matharu and a guest post from Sam Hepburn! Really exciting month for extra content on my blog!

Booktube videos in April:

Michelle's Top 10 Favourite Books of 2015 So Far
Michelle's All-Time Favourite Authors
Bookish Brits Book Club Announcement

British Books Challenge | March
Massive March Book Haul

Definitely more booktube videos than I'd though for the month of April! Do you have any suggestions for future videos?! I'd love to hear them.

Progress in my reading challenges in April

LGBT Challenge in 2015:

Total for April: 0
Total for 2015: 10

Oh noooooo! Absolutely zero books read in April for the LGBT reading challenge. Something needs to be done. I feel sad. And slightly guilty.

British Books Challenge 2015:

True Face by Siobhan Curham
Othergirl by Nicole Burstein
Gypsy Girl by Kathryn James
Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy
A Brighter Fear by Kerry Drewery
The It Girl by Katy Birchall
Cleo by Lucy Coats
Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper
Truckers by Terry Pratchett
Panther by David Owen

Total for April: 10

Today for 2015: 26

Whereas this challenge was well-represented in my reading this month! Really interesting selection of books by British authors this month! 

What was your favourite book(s) read in April?


  1. You've had a really good month :) Congratulations on the diversity post. I really enjoy your blog as it's not just reviews, you add extra things to it. Keep up the good work :) x

    1. Thank you! And I'm so happy you said that, I do my best to post different types of content and it's always nice to hear that readers enjoy that :)


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