Sunday, May 18, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up - April 2014

Welcome back to another monthly wrap up here on the blog! I'm sorry this one is super delayed, but I didn't want to have many posts going up in the midst of Bout of Books, since I knew I wanted to do a lot more of the challenges this time. So, now I am happy to bring you my monthly wrap up!

What I Read...
Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I read this along with Kerrie, and I rated this book 3.5 stars, but rounded it to four on Goodreads. I also reviewed it on Goodreads, which you can find here.

Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, #3)
3 Stars
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
5 Stars, also reviewed on Goodreads. You can find my Goodreads review here.

Rebel Belle
4.5 Stars

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)
4 Stars

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
4 Stars

The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High, #2)
No Rating Given

Love Letters to the Dead
No Rating Given
Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy, #3)
4 Stars, you can find my Goodreads review here.

So, in total I read 9 books in April. Considering how much I had going on, and getting back into blogging along with everyday life, I was really happy with how many I read that I loved. I continued on with quite a few series (Emerald Green was a great series finale) and started several that I'm going to enjoy continuing on (To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Stolen Songbird!). There are two I didn't rate this month, and whenever I don't give a star rating, it's because I'm not entirely sure of how my thoughts on the book. Most of the times, it's either a younger series that I find difficult to review as a YA blogger, or a book that is incredibly complex and I find difficult to review. However, not giving a rating does not mean I do not recommend the book. On the contrary, it probably means this book has given me a lot to think about and I don't want to confine it to a rating. Or, sometimes reviewing middle grade and younger books that are targeted for a younger audience than the YA I usually read means I don't rate the middle grade in comparison to the YA and adult novels I read.

What I Reviewed...
I mentioned in the What I Read section that I have several Goodreads reviews. In the past I haven't highlighted those before as much, but if I do post a review on Goodreads that typically serves as my review of the book unless I write a completely different review for the blog. So, I'm going to start including those reviews in this section as well.

What I Posted...

Challenge Check In...

I'm now including my reviews posted on Goodreads!

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
15 Reviews Posted for Bookish's 2014 TBR Pile Challenge

No Reviews Posted for The 2014 Debut Author Challenge, now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl and Books Devoured. (I have finally read some 2014 debuts, and I even have a review of one scheduled to go up shortly, but I only count already published reviews in the Challenge Check In Count)

8 Reviews Posted for 2014 Prequel & Sequel Challenge
Hosted by Writer Grrl Reads and Novel Heartbeat

Since this challenge uses a points system, I'm currently at 24 Points.

1 Review Posted for Fiktshun's 2014 Don't Let It End Reading Challenge.

Have I met the goal I set for any of my challenges so far?

YES!! I have met my points goal for the Prequel & Sequel Challenge! 
I set myself the lowest points goal challenge because I knew how many challenges I was doing, and I'm proud to say I accomplished my goal of 10-25 points, and at this point it definitely looks like I'll exceed my goal!

What I Did...
This month was a little blog slump for me. I'm disappointed about that, but I've got a lot of fun events and things to look forward to in May, and many posts already lined up for the month, so I'm excited and motivated to be back! I did, however, post my first discussion post and it was a very different experience for me. Basically I just sat down and wrote down my thoughts in one creative burst, and I'm happy with how it turned out. I have some other ideas written down, but I'm not sure if it will end up becoming a series or anything like that. It's just something I do when I have a book blogging or book related topic on my mind I have to discuss.

What's Next? Hosted by IceyBooks
I also joined the What's Next feature. I did my first post a little differently, since I asked about reviews to have next instead of books to read, but I love this idea and will probably post one sporadically in the future.

In Conclusion...
I'm so happy to have readathons coming up in May, and updating my Challenges (I've just posted a new Challenge Review tab you can go explore), and just getting back into blogging and reviewing in general! Hope you all had a great April!

From the paper world,

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