Sunday, May 4

April Wrap-Up

Well, a little late, but it's finally up. I'm having a lot of trouble staying on target and getting this done this year. I'm reading, but not as much as I'd like, but maintaining the blog side, is harder for me this year. Things in the life are fine, just busy. At least the weather has finally turned nice, so getting outside is also priority - as I also like to garden and play in the dirt.

The Books

Not a bad haul this month, but not great. I did read a lot of new to me authors this month, and many were well worth it and I look forward to reading more by them. Especially Ian Rankin. Annihilation and The Heart Goes last are my favourites for the month. Miranda's Vines was my least favourite read.

1. Miranda's Vines - Kimberly Kafka - 5/10
3. Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs - 7.25/10
4. Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer - 8.25/10
4. Chronicle of a Death for Told - Gabriel García Márquez - 7/10
6. The Blue Guitar - Ann Ireland - 7.75/10
7. Black and Blue - Ian Rankin - 7.75/10
7. The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood - 8.5/10
8. Silver Linings Play Book - Matthew Quick - 8/10

The Challenges

Stay Calm. Don't Panic! I'm still okay with the challenges. I'm living in the magic world of this will all work out and everything will be fine and save for on or two challenges, I think everything will be fine. I'm flying through the new author and ebook challenges and The Read Scotland challenge will be completed soon too. Although for that one, I plan on moving up a level. I also see myself actually completing the Mount TBR challenge this year too. So thing may have had a rocky start, but they're looking good now.

1) 100 Books in 2014 - 26/100 Books - 26%
2) 2014 Category Challenge - 26/140 Books - 19%
3) 2014 GoodReads Reading Challenge - 27/140 books - 19%
4) 50 Book Pledge - 27/100 books - 27%
5) 7th Annual Canada Book Challenge - 52/13 books
6) Alphabet Reading Challenge - 12/26 books - 46%
7) Chunkster Reading Challenge - 2/5 books - 40%
8) EBook Reading Challenge - 14/50 books - 28%
9) Finish That Series Challenge - 0/3 Series, 0/9 books
10) Mental Illness Reading Challenge - 3/8 books - 38%
11) Mount TBR Challenge - 16/60 books - 27%
12) New Author Challenge - 16/25 books - 64%
13) Read Scotland Reading Challenge - 3/6 books - 50%
14) War Reading Challenge - With a Twist - 0/6 books

Countries Visited

This month, I visited, Canada, England, Scotland and Columbia on my reading travels.

Create your own travel map - TravBuddy

Books That Followed Me Home

During this month (April), I attended Ad Astra, an annual Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and all that good stuff convention, mainly directed towards books, fiction and all things literary. There's a few other things to see and do there, but the focus is on authors and books and reading. It's a fantastic convention, and if you're in the Toronto area, well worth coming down. So the majority. The Book seller table, Bakka Phoenix, must just love me when they see me stopping by the table. I always by too many books j) of my books came from the convention (okay all but the ebooks, including Patricia Briggs, who was one of the Guest of Honour this year. So, next year, make sure you check it out. It's an awesome convention, I'm part of the team to run it, and it's great fun!

Sea of Shadows - Kelley Armstrong
Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs
Hunting Grounds - Patricia Briggs
Fair Game - Patricia Briggs
Frog Music - Emma Donoghue (EBook)
Red Girl Rat Boy - Cynthia Flood (EBook)
Bleeding Hearts - Alyxandra Harvey
Blood Moon - Alyxandra Harvey
The Darwin Elevator - Jason M. Hough
Going Down Swinging - Billie Livingston (EBook)
The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
Lullabies for Little Criminals - Heather O'Neill (EBook)
Trains and Lovers - Alexander McCall Smith (EBook)
On The Prowl (Anthology)

1 comment:

  1. There's a fair bit of overlap between your list of read and your list of followeds and my TBR stack(s). I've also got the new Heather O'Neill beckoning because I haven't heard even one negative comment yet. I'm quite curious about the new Kelley Armstrong, but I haven't tried any of her kids'/teens' books yet, and am torn as to whether I should backtrack first. Oh, decisions, decisions! (Nice problems to have.) Good luck with your challenges; I'm trying to ignore the fact that it's nearly June, because I will have to reconsider my "still plenty of time left" comments sometime soon.....