Coffee and… A Bookish April

Another month almost over, so it’s time to sit down with a coffee and reflect on this month’s reading. Join me?

The Coffee:

This week, we’re drinking another Workshop coffee. The Rwandan Mahembe is sweet, juicy, and tea-like with tasting notes of crisp red fruit and delicate florals.

The Books:

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April has passed by in a complete blur. We had two weeks off work for S’s Easter Holidays; the first week was a quiet one as we all caught S’s cold. Then we spent the second week doing some serious work on our garden, and I got to spend some time with my wonderful best friend after far too long separated. Work has been busy but not unmanageably so. I just have no idea where the time has gone.

This month saw me choosing my own TBR as I took on two readathons: Series Crackdown, and Viperthon. I have managed to read a lot more this month than I have in a long time, and it’s been very enjoyable. I’ve enjoyed all the books that I read this month.

reading stats

Number of books read: 16

StoryGraph Stats: This month I read exclusively fiction books. I mostly read fast-paced fantasy books between 300 and 499 pages long that were categorised as adventurous, mysterious, dark and emotional books.

Usually I would list all the books I have read here with short reviews for them. However, as the majority of them have been for readathons, I have or will be summarising them in my readathon wrap ups, so I won’t be repeating them here.

For Series Crackdown, I read: Green Angel by Alice Hoffman, Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Owl and the Lost Boy by Amy Wilson, All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue, Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn, Red Sky Burning by Teri Terry, Jungledrop by Abi Elphinstone, and Vulture by Bex Hogan. You can see my thoughts on those here.

All of these apart from Green Angel were also used for my Viperthon readathon (wrap up coming Friday). In addition for Viperthon, I read: Victoria Stitch Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster, The Wolf Road by Richard Lambert, Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall, Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw, Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker, and The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson.

I also managed to read two books which weren’t linked to either readathon:

  • Madam Squeaker by Pip Jones, which S and I shared full reviews of here.
  • Little Doubt by Rachel Lynch: Another brilliant book from Rachel Lynch. I really enjoyed the investigation in this one and the developments in Kelly’s team and the wider police force. It ended on quite the cliff hanger so I’ll be picking up book 8 imminently. 

challenge updates

My 2021 book resolutions are still going well. I’m still enjoying StoryGraph and not giving star ratings is going well. I have been struggling a bit to write reviews but not feeling like I need to catch up by fully reviewing every single book I read is definitely helping me to not pressure myself.

Storygraph: 47/100. This puts me 16 books ahead of my challenge total. This month with the readathons gave me a huge boost in that regard. I’m not going to increase my goal at the moment, because I’d like to see how the next few months go first.

Read Diversely Challenge: 7/20 Diverse Reading Challenge: 9/38

TBR: was 131 is now 112. I’ve reduced this by 19 this month, which the eagle-eyed amongst you will notice is a few more books than I read. There were a couple more I found on my shelves that I really didn’t want to read any more so I cleared them out. This month I added 6 books to my shelves. Four were pre-orders which fit into my book buying rules. The fifth and sixth were outright rule breakers – I bought Destransition, Baby by Torrey Peters after the uproar from the transphobes about her being included in the Women’s Fiction Prize. I’m not even sorry. Then I put an order in for S and realised I was under the free postage limit, so I added Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gysai. I’m not sorry about that either.

Unread Shelf: 6/24 Beat the Backlist: 24/52

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Next month I’m excited to receive my Kindle preorder of Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar, and Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson.

I’m also excited for Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman, The Yearbook by Holly Bourne, Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee, and Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

6 thoughts on “Coffee and… A Bookish April

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  1. Those challenges really got you motivated to read! I’ve slowed down over this last year, so am only reading between 8 and 12 books a month but I’m enjoying them more, which is what counts.

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