Wrapping Up April 2020

April 2020 has been a mess, but we made it! Today’s the day for seeing how we did with this month’s goals, and outlining next month’s. Here is my April wrap-up; May’s TBR list and goals will be posted soon, probably on Monday (May 4)!

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Books Completed This Month:

34438271📚 Heartland Skies by Melody Carlson; Contemporary Clean Romance; ⭐⭐⭐⭐ My Review Here

📚 Bound by Victoria Lynn; Contemporary Fiction; ⭐⭐⭐ My (sort of) Review Here

📚 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; Historical Fiction; ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jane Eyre is SO much better than Wuthering Heights and I love it! I’m extremely glad I finally read it.

📚 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms by Laura Danner; Historical Fiction – 1800s ⭐⭐⭐ My Review Here

12842828📚 Writing with Style by John R. Trimble; Nonfiction – Writing ⭐⭐⭐

📚 Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger; Middle Grade Fantasy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Total: 6 📚s, 3.83⭐s

 

269Books Read But Not Completed This Month:

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; Classic, Historical/Literary Fiction – 1800s

 

TBR/Goals Check In (originally posted here):

 

Favorite Podcasts This Month:

The usuals, Deck the Hallmark and Speaking with Joy (this one mostly at the beginning of the month).

I also listened to a few episodes of Overdue, but I don’t think I could do that all the time. I only find it enjoyable when they’re discussing a book I have already read.

 

Other Random Highlights from April:

☕ I tried the whipped coffee trend because of Amie Anne’s post. It was fun to try once, but I don’t understand what the hype is. Granted, because I (mostly) don’t eat sugar, I’m sure that most people who make this end up with a much richer treat. For me it was just strong coffee, partially in a different texture.

☕ Because I had almost an entire container of instant espresso left over after making whipped coffee, I played around with a few iced coffee recipes and finally figured out how to make a flavorful pour-over that isn’t too strong. It’s now my afternoon go-to!

🎹 I learned a few new songs on piano for Easter, and enjoyed playing them all month. Okay, by “learned” I do not mean memorized — I still have to use sheet music every time, but hey! I’m not a professional.

💻 I finally remembered how to add a link to a review in Goodreads on my own, without using the quick help!


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I am very happy with how this month turned out as regards my reading and blogging! It was an unusual month in nearly every way, and I am proud of my ability to keep up with what I want to be able to do.

Tomorrow I’m going to share the first line of a fabulous middle-grade book I recently read, and Monday look for my May TBR and goals!

What are you proud of yourself for from April? Did you read anything interesting? 

Until the next chapter,

Jana

 

4 thoughts on “Wrapping Up April 2020

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  1. Wow you did a lot and you must now be in Revelations, oh my. I think just getting through April without permanently falling out with anyone is my biggest achievemnt, that and re-reading Gone with the Wind.

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    1. I need to read Gone with the Wind! Its length has been intimidating to me, but with getting through Jane Eyre and The Portrait this month, maybe I’m about ready to take it on…maybe 😅 And definitely just getting through this April is an accomplishment in itself! It’s been an odd one!

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