April has been manic, which is why I took the month off from blogging. Between work, a holiday, running training and a bunch of social events, I feel like I haven’t really stopped! I only managed to finish 6 books this month, but three were pretty large Robin Hobb books, so I managed a lot more pages than last month.
Fool’s Assassin | Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2. Prelude | Fool’s Quest | Ghost Story | Assassin’s Fate | Release Me
6 (1 more than March)
3367 (1195 more than March)
Average pages per day:
112 (42 more than March)
Average book length
: 561 pages (127 pages more than March)
: Assassin’s Fate
Watching & Gaming
This month I watched Sing, which I enjoyed more than I expected – I was worried all the funny bits had been shown in the adverts, but I thought it was pretty good. I finally got a chance to see Passengers, which I thought was pretty good too – the ending was a bit iffy, but overall I really enjoyed the tension, the acting and the premise. I also saw Beauty and the Beast, which I really liked, and Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2, which I loved so much I’ve seen it twice in the 4 days since it came out!
I did however, totally fail to do any gaming – oops?!
– Didn’t track at all this month!
Bought: 0 (1 less than January)
Review copies: 2 (1 more than January)
Borrowed/Freebies: 6 (3 more than January)
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NetGalley % change: -1% (74%)
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Books purchased this year to date: 1
Books purchased and read this year: 1
Target ratio: 61-80%
Goal: 10 books
Books read this month: 1
Books read so far: 2
Goal: 12 books
Books read this month: 1
Books read so far: 3
How was your April?
So as usual, I ummed and ahhed about whether to sign up for the 24 hour readathon – I find that inevitably with the 24 or 48 hour readathons I’m either working most of it, or I’ve jam packed my days off with plans. This time around I’ve got work, a haircut, and family plans, so I definitely won’t be reading for 24 hours, but I’m going to use the readathon to push myself to read as much as I can!
I’ll definitely be mood-reading, but these are probably top contenders at the moment:
I’ve been trying to average 100 pages a day so far this year, but I want to push myself despite the busy day, so I’m setting my goal for the readathon at 400 pages.
1pm-2pm: 30 minutes audioboook listening
4pm-5pm: 25 minutes audiobook listening
10pm-12am: 120 pages of Of Fire and Stars
8am-9am: 25 pages of Of Fire and Stars
9am-10am: 40 minutes audiobook listening
12pm-1pm: 50 pages of Of Fire and Stars
195 pages of Of Fire and Stars
95 minutes of listening to Cold Days =44 pages
So I didn’t hit my 400 pages goal – in fact I barely passed my usual 100 pages a day target, managing a total of 239 pages. Mostly what this readathon drilled home is how much slower audiobooks are compared to physical books, but still, 239 pages isn’t bad for 24 hours.
What’s on in April?
Seriously, April is a manic month, so a bit of an announcement – I’ll be taking the month off from blogging. I’ll be on holiday for some of the month, and I’m looking forward to getting away, recharging, brainstorming, and coming back to blogging fresh and energised! Since you won’t be seeing much of me, I’m setting my reading TBR a little higher – not too much higher, because I’ll be doing some blogging ahead towards May, but a little. I’m going on a pretty busy holiday with something planned for basically every day, so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done, but I’m optimistic.
Last month’s TBR list
Turn Coat | Finished
Changes | Finished
Feedback | Finished
Fool’s Assassin | In progress
Dawn Study | Finished
The Colour Purple | Finished
Target pages: 2831
Actual pages read: 2623
April’s TBR list
Fool’s Assassin (208 pages remaining) | Owned (re-read)
The Girl with Seven Names (304) | Owned
Ghost Story (481) | Owned (audiobook)
Flame in the Mist (368) | Review copy
Fierce Kingdom (288) | Review copy
Target pages = 3000
You can probably tell that the books above don’t add up to 3000 pages – not even close in fact, they only come to 1649. Since I’m taking the month off blogging, I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done, but I’m not really sure what I’m in the mood for at the moment, so I’m leaving my TBR list pretty small so I can just pick up whatever I fancy as the month goes on! 3000 is a pretty arbitrary goal really, but 100 pages a day made for a nice round number, and it’s higher than last month which is what I’m hoping for 😉
April’s Gaming plans
So I played a grand total of 0 games in March. I’m taking my DS on holiday so I might get some Pokemon played, but no particular plans other than that.
Last month’s Goals
- Lose 5lbs: wow I’m rubbish at this… Fail.
- 15 blog posts: 12. Fail.
- Reach week 9 of C210K: Success!
- End the month at the same weight (this might seem like a naff goal, but I’m thinking holiday food and cocktails will probably put me up a bit, and then I’m hoping to do some damage control when I get back).
- Blogging calendar for May
- Complete a 5K (using Jeff Galloway’s walk/jog method)
What do you have planned for April?