I can not believe it’s already May, wow.
Part of that is because Mother Nature seems a bit confused and is still living in March. Weather here has been so weird, bouncing from highs in the 70s to having snow the next day. It’s not totally unheard of or anything, but it’s definitely been the chilliest spring we’ve had for a while, which hasn’t upset me (I hate the heat). But, because it was still spring and things were still starting to bloom and such, my allergies were horrendous and I felt awful most of the month. Which meant I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted.
Oh well, things still worked out pretty well. I participated in two read a thons over the weekend (Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon as well as the monthly read-a-thon in the goodreads group All About Books), and read five books 😮 Total pages was 927 (894 for the books I started and finished, plus a chapter from LOTR).
While I’m really happy about those numbers, I’m a little irritated that life got in the way on Saturday and Sunday, because I was soooo close to topping 1k pages. That’s petty, I know. But I was so close 😛
Ok, on to the rest of the wrap up…
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo– I loved this one and I highly recommend it. 5/5 stars, reviewed here.
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff– Not my favorite from the trilogy, but still 4.5/5 stars, reviewed here.
- Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday by Justin Richards– I’m really liking the Time Lord Fairy Tales, but not quite loving them. I gave this one 3.5ish/5 stars.
- Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine– Goosebumps were my obsession when I was a kid, and I’m enjoying revisiting some of them. I think I liked this one better 20 years ago, but it was still a fun 3/5 stars read.
- She Who Destroys the Light: Fairy Tales Gone Wrong by Shahida Arabi– I talk more about why I gave it 3ish/5 stars in my review.
- It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett– This one was a fun and quick read that I gave 4/5 stars. Reviewed here.
- Tales of the Peculiar by Ranson Riggs– I love the Miss Peregrine’s series, so I’ve been wanting to read this for ages. I finally got around to it and gave it 5/5 stars.
- Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams– This was a re-read for me and just as much fun the second (third?) time around. 5/5 stars and this one might be my favorite of the 5 part trilogy 😛
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson– I never read this as a kid, so I got to count it for a prompt in both the PopSugar and Book Riot reading challenges, whoo! I didn’t love it, though, so 3/5 stars.
- Deadpool, Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way– I. Love. Wade Wilson/Deadpool. I’ve unfortunately only read a few of the comics, but I’m working on slowly remedying that by grabbing volumes when they’re cheaper for Kindle. I really liked this one (5/5 stars) and I can’t wait to get through the next two volumes because volume 3 has the comic that was the first one I ever read ❤ (And I am ridiculously excited for the new movie! If you are, too, let me know in the comments!)
11 books isn’t my best, but it’s the best I’ve done all year so I’m pretty happy with it.
I’m hoping to get through even more in May because I’m woefully behind on my yearly page goal. I keep trying to get to 30k pages in a year, and I never make it 😦 I got so close back in 2013 (29,521), but missed it because I got really ill the last week of December.
As of right now, I’m almost 3,600 pages behind. Ouch
But I have a plan, which, if successful, will get me back on track hopefully by mid May. (Spoiler alert: I’m going to binge my way through the Heroes of Olympus series, then hopefully get in a few graphic novels and a comic trade or two.)
Usually this is the point where I’d post my Bookish Bingo progress, but I think I’m going to start just posting those separately when the season wraps up.
I haven’t really examined my Book Riot or PopSugar lists to see what else I can cross off, but the children’s book prompts weirdly stuck in my head, so I know I can cross those off. Or at least I’m 90% sure I can
Since we’re almost halfway through the year, I think it’s time to compare my mental/wishful TBR with prompts on both lists (and the Bingo card) so I can work on prioritizing some of them.
Ok, I think that’s enough babbling. Time to go grab some coffee and hopefully dive into a new book. Happy reading, everyone 🙂
How was your April?
What was your favorite thing you read?
If you participated in Dewey’s and posted about it, leave a link so I can check out your TBR and/or wrap up!