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Looking Ahead: April 2015

What’s on in April?


April, in comparison to March, should be pretty relaxing.  I’ve got one assignment due, but other than that, I’ll just be starting on my project work, which although busy, means I don’t have any deadlines for a while!  I’m also not going into uni everyday which saves me about 15/20 hours a week when I’d normally be driving.  I normally use that time for audiobooks so it might have a small impact on my reading, but the fact I’ll have gained some time back means I should also be able to do a bit more blogging which I’m very excited about!

In terms of blogging/reading events, there are two (so far!) that I’m planning to take part in.  The first is the 24 hour readathon on April 25th which I never do amazingly at, but which is great fun to participate in.  I honestly have no idea what I’ll be doing at that kind of time, but I’ll manage to find at least a few hours to join in!  I haven’t picked out my books or anything for that yet, I’ll choose a day or so before.

The other event I’m taking part in is the We Won’t be Intimidated reading challenge hosted by The O.W.L. and Winged Reviews.  The idea is to read and review a book that scares or intimidates you, which sounds like a brilliant idea for a challenge to me!  I’m planning to try and read King of Thorns (Mark Lawrence), which I have to admit I’ve been putting off.  I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book, so I wasn’t in any hurry to pick up the second.  Then I read the first in Mark’s other series and adored it!  I keep meaning to give King of Thorns a try, but I’m intimidated by a) the fact it’s quite dark, which is probably what put me off the first book, b) the fact it’ll probably take me all month to read and c) the fact I remember pretty much nothing from the first book.  Eep.

BUT I figure now is as good a time as any to give it a chance, since I’ve only got one assignment this month, and I have been in the mood for a good epic fantasy.  Wish me luck!

Last month’s TBR list

The Cuckoo’s Calling | Completed
Leaving Time | Started
Firefight | Completed
Shadow Study
| Completed

Read & unplanned

Not a Drop to Drink | Completed
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown | Completed
Not Otherwise Specified | Completed
The Nonrunners Marathon Guide for Women | Completed

I had pretty great success for my March TBR list – maybe I’m getting the hang of these monthly TBR lists 😉  I finished three out of four of my planned reads, and I’ve started the fourth.  I also, thanks to being a pretty useless blogger (sorry!), found time to fit in four extra unplanned books which is a nice feeling!  I think my biggest surprise read this month was The Coldest Girl in Coldtown which I know a lot of people didn’t get on with, but I actually quite enjoyed (perhaps because I had lower expectations?).  It was a quick, easy read and a very pleasant revision break!


April’s TBR list

King of Thorns | From my shelves
Leaving Time | On my Kindle
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (no image) | Review Copy
Crimson Bound | Review Copy

I’ve already started Leaving Time, and King of Thorns is my book of choice for the We Won’t be Intimidated Reading Challenge.  Two review copies on this month’s list too, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, which is out towards the end of April and Crimson Bound which is out early May.


Personal goals

  • Organise my wardrobe: This is my biggest goal for the month because my wardrobe situation is kind of crazy. Between the fact I have far too many clothes (despite a uniform of geeky tee + skinny jeans + boots) and the fact that Matt and I are sharing one wardrobe, we’ve pretty much had a permanent situation of my clothes all over the floor since I moved in.  This month I want to go through and get rid of some clothes, put things I don’t wear often somewhere out of the way, and find a way to sensibly organise my clothes.  I’m not looking forward to it, but I am looking forward to being able to see the floor….
  • Keep exercising: Getting some exercise in last month was one of my goals, and I did do some (not as much as I should have, but definitely more than usual).  My aim for April is to keep that up and try and make exercise more of a habit.

What do you have planned for April?

3 thoughts on “Looking Ahead: April 2015

  1. It’s good to see that school and studies will finally calm down a bit for you! And less travel time is a big plus too 🙂 Hopefully you can stick to being so awesome with your reading – I’m actually quite envious of what you got through in March 😉 I should really get into some blogger events and challenges…they kinda scare me, I feel like I’d fail just because I *have* to do it during that time hehe And organizing your wardrobe! That sounds like a must on my end too, hopefully you’ll inspire me to do so as well. Best of luck with all your goals for April Faith and happy reading ^^ xx
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  2. I really like the idea of a challenge to read an intimidating book. I was planning on participating as well, but I’m still not sure on what book to take on (there are so many to choose from!)

    Organising is terrible when you’re doing it, but the result is often amazing. So I hope you can find a way to fix that clothing situation ^_^
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