Memo Pad: April Wrap-up

I know I keep saying that this ridiculous run I’m on with my reading challenge is going to end soon but this month has been another scarily awesome month for books. Not only did I read the eight books I’ve been averaging a month so far this year but I actually ended up reading….13? Granted not all of them were novels but wow.

One of the things that definitely bumped that number up was taking part in the awesome A-spec April readathon in the first two weeks of the month. It was all about reading books with asexual and aromantic characters and there are so many amazing books that even a mood reader like me had plenty to pick from. I did a wrap up post with all my reviews from it here. But I’ll also list them with my ratings below.

April has also been Autism Acceptance Month. Two of the books I read for the A-spec readathon had autistic characters but I also read Testing Pandora which is a prequel to one of my all time favourite books that has an autistic MC. I also read two non fiction books about autism. I don’t normally mention non fiction books on the blog but as it’s the month for it I’ll review them below.

Away from reading…. We’ve accepted an offer on the house! And everyone’s fingers are crossed that it goes through okay. Right now we’re waiting for everything to get sorted.

Writing wise, I finished editing my short story and I’ve managed to get two thirds the way through my YA Scifi novel. It’s been hard going the last couple of weeks. Lots of doubts and meltdowns about it but I’m still on plan to have this edit done before my birthday in June.

Onto the books for this month!

Read: 13 (6 novels, 1 novella, 4 short stories, & 2 non-fiction books)

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Aspec April Readathon Wrap Up

The last two weeks I’ve been talking part in an amazing readathon hosted by Kitty. Her blog post about the readathon is here but it’s mostly been hosted over on Twitter under the @AspecApril. There are lots of discussions over there and also author interviews over on her blog.

The readathon spanned two weeks, the first of which was all about reading books with Asexual characters and the second all about reading books with Aromantic characters. These can obviously overlap and did in quite a few of the books I read during the last two weeks. In the end I managed to read a whole 8 books!!!! Okay, I’m cheating in multiple ways, a) I actually finished reading my first book the day before the readathon started and b) 4 of the books are short stories. Overall, I still think it’s an impressive amount (for me!).

There were two group reads. The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke, which I read and loved. And Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman which I didn’t read for the readathon but only because I’d already read and loved it last month!

There were also lots of challenges to attempt and I did manage to mark off all of them (a lot of books ticked multiple boxes!). The challenge card can be found both on twitter and on Kitty’s blog. But for now, onto the reviews…..

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Memo Pad: March Wrap Up

I’m late with my monthly wrap up. Oops. It’s April already. Luckily I am currently still a European citizen so things could have gone worse (although there’s still time!). I read a lot of books in March which is the main reason this post is late. While I haven’t found it difficult to fit reading time in between my editing time, I have found it difficult to find time to write the reviews…. Or, you know, I’m just being lazy. I should really write them as soon as I finish a book but that almost never happens!

Anyway. Other goings on that happened in March include going back to Lanzarote to sort out some minor paperwork and steal some of the sunshine (and the ice cream.yuummmm.) but we still haven’t sold our house. Sigh.

I’ve also managed to edit one third of my #ExcitingSpaceWIP so far. I’m hoping by the end of April I’ll be able to tell you all I’m two thirds through! We’ll have to see.

Next month I will also be taking part in the Aspec April readathon happening over the first two weeks. Which is a readathon focusing on books with asexual and aromantic characters in them. I’ll hopefully be posting a separate wrap up for that at the end of the two weeks. April is also Autism acceptance month so I’m planning on rounding out the month with a couple of autistic books but again we’ll see. I’m the epitome of a mood reader so this much planning may be my downfall!

I probably won’t be posting anything for autism acceptance month even though it’s my first year of being diagnosed. I wouldn’t know what to write! But if anyone has any questions about Autism or my experiences I’m happy to answer them, just leave a comment below.

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I should have read that Book Tag

Or the one in which Liz from Travel in Retrospect called me out by tagging me. The tag was originally created by Booksnest. And I have way too many books I should have read by now so feel like maybe they made it with me in mind!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

I really don’t read much that people tell me to read and I also don’t get people telling me to read much which may be related? Who knows! (People should definitely give me suggestions so I can ignore them more!) But a family member has suggested History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. Which does sound good.

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Memo Pad: February Wrap up

Somehow I’m keeping up the amazing reading record I started last month. I thought reading 7 books in one month was a one off but I’ve actually bested it this month, even though it was shorter! I could say this had something to do with the fact I went on holiday for a week and I normally read a lot on holiday but in actual fact I only read 2 books on holiday which is the least I’ve read on a holiday in over ten years.

So why? I’m not sure. Honestly, I think I’m just getting better and better at finding books I’ll love!

I also took most of the month off of hard writing stuff. I did write a fun short story at the start of the month but other than that I’ve not had anything to do which meant I had a lot more time to read. I’m diving back into the writing stuff now. It’s nerve-racking as hell because I’m starting revisions on #ExcitingSpaceWIP and trying to make something better when you’re not sure what’s ‘better’ is scary!

Other stuff that happened this month was that holiday I mentioned. It was lovely to see the sun again! We did some house hunting, looking at property (and by me I mostly mean my parents but I did see a couple of the best ones) which was SO EXCITING and we found an amazing place BUT we haven’t sold our house yet so now that’s nerve-racking too because we don’t know that place will still be there for us.

Basically everything in my life is nerve-racking now! Is it any wonder I’ve been burying myself in books? haha

So back to the less nerve-racking subject of this month’s books starting with my stats….

Read: 8 (!!) Acquired: 7

I didn’t mean to get so many new books but at least the number of unread books I own didn’t go up! Plus 6 of them were arcs and the other one was free with a bookclub so I couldn’t resist!

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Underrated books I loved

I’m back from my holidays, which were lovely and warm (I’m so sad I’m back in the cold), I read some great books but today I’m going to talk about a bunch of my favourite books that are criminally underrated.

Top Ten Tuesdays is a book meme currently hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. It has a new topic every week which you can find here. This weeks topic is Books I LOVED with fewer than 2000 ratings on goodreads.

Fair warning some of these I did originally get for free in exchange for an honest review (I’ve marked them as arcs) but they’ve remained on my favourites because they were awesome.

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Memo Pad: January Wrap up

I’ve had an excellent start to my reading year this month. I finished a whole 6 books and that’s only because I made myself stop reading towards the end of the month so I wouldn’t have too many reviews to write! Four of them were five star reads although towards the end of the month things went down hill a little with a DNF.

Away from reading, I’ve been taking the month off from writing and by that I mean I draft zero’d a 10k short story, started writing myself an edit letter for #ExcitingSpaceWIP and did more planning and plot hole hunting for my next wip…..whoops. (i’m officially naming the new one #ChronicallyWitchyWIP). Anyway, it actually was a lot of time off even if it doesn’t sound like it hence all the reading.

Our house is also officially on the market, so we’ve had lots of people coming and going for viewings. All the waiting is very nerve-racking.

But back to books. I think one of the reasons I had such a good reading month is that I read whatever I felt like at that moment which meant I bought quite a few books but I did read most of them as soon as I bought them which meant I kept my owned books under 50 which is my aim.

Books Read: 6 DNF: 1 Books Acquired: 7

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