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)!
Books Completed This Month:
📚 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.
📚 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
Books 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):
- finish Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) ✔ and Writing with Style (John R. Trimble) ✔
- The Fall of Candy Corn by Debbie Viguié ✔
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ❌
- The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery ❌
- I couldn’t find a copy.
- Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (audiobook) ✔
- A book set on a continent I haven’t yet read from this year (Africa, Asia, Australia, Antarctica, or South America) ❌
- Apparently I don’t have any in my personal library, and with the public library being closed all month, this one is a miss.
- Re-read Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy ✔
- Re-read Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble ❌
- Read the entire New Testatment in a month ✔
- I have 7 chapters left, which I am certain I will read today
- Post 3+ book reviews ✔
- Knit, sew, and crochet things to give away ✔
- several masks to give away
- other knit and crochet projects as gifts for Easter, a birthday, and other upcoming celebrations (some pictures upcoming in May’s Yarn Along linkup)
- Plant vegetables ✔
- Stay ahead of the game with emails, ARCs, & other blogging things while spending so much time at home ✔
- Maybe “ahead of the game” isn’t entirely accurate, but I did at least keep up with everything that I need to.
- Be an encourager ✔
- Look for opportunities to bless others ✔
- Outline display and decoration ideas for Summer Reading ✔
- …sort of 😅
Favorite Podcasts This 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,