And wow, we are onto April! The year’s going so fast, and I’m slightly in disbelief that we’re already a quarter of the way through 2017.
Last month, I managed to read 16 books, 9 of which were from my TBR for last month, which I was pleased with. These books were:
- Damage by Eve Ainsworth -> read my review!
- Take Two by Perdita and Honor Cargill -> read my review!
- The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
- Doing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex… by Hannah Witton -> read my review!
- See How They Lie by Sue Wallman
- Economics: A Very Short Introduction by Partha Dasgupta
- Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
- The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury
- Is Your Neighbour a Zombie? by Jeremy Stangroom
- Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman
- The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
- Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
- Gillian Vermillion: Dream Detective by Chris Chalmers
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This month’s reading was probably skewed a little bit towards YA, so there’s not as much non-fiction on there as I’d like – but there’s always next month, I guess! There were also quite a lot of boos that I wanted to read so I could review them, which should partially explain my slant towards YA. Of the list, my favourites were probably The Unexpected Everything, Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined, Truth or Dare, and Take Two, although We Should All Be Feminists is one I would 100% recommend to absolutely everyone, and it’s a very quick read, only 50 pages or so.
With regards to the various challenges I’m doing, I read 12 books for the British Books Challenge, 2 of which I reviewed last month. I also read 8 books for the Beat the Backlist Challenge, but I didn’t read any for the Retellings Reading Challenge.
I’ve had loads of fun content on my blog this month; I participated in the blog tour for The Scarecrow Queen, and had a guest post from Sue Wallman around the release of See How They Lie. I wrote a post about opinions on whether or not friends and family read your blog and why, which had loads of great responses, and I was asked by Eventbrite to write a post on my dream author panel, which was exciting! I also did some cool stuff which I didn’t blog about, like go to the launch of The Scarecrow Queen, which was super fun and meant I got to meet and re-meet a lot of awesome bookish people.
Some really interesting posts that I read this month were:
- Let’s Chat: DNF-ing Books – The Well-Thumbed Reader (a really interesting discussion around all things DNF-ing, from whether or not you should rate them to why you might DNF a book)
- Let’s Talk: Improving Your Blog Commenting Game – She Latitude (discussion and tips on how and what you should comment on blog posts)
- Books with Memorable Mother/Teen Relationships – My Shelf and Myself (a celebration of Mother’s Day which discusses some really notable family relationships in YA)
- The Perks Of Being A Book-Nerd | Going to the Library/Bookstore – Lost In A Story (a super funny, and actually pretty relatable, post on what it’s like to go to a bookshop as a bookworm)
This month, I’m hoping to read:
- Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics by David Smith
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Margot & Me by Juno Dawson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Puzzle of Ethics by Peter Vardy
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
- Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
- Chase by Linwood Barclay
- Troublemakers by Catherine Barter
- The Puzzle of God by Peter Vardy
- Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf
As ever, I’ve transferred over the ones I didn’t manage to read last month. Let’s do this!