Monthly wrap-up: April 2014

I read quite a bit, but I need to do better with the blog again. I started out like gangbusters and then fell off the wagon.

Looking back...
List of April reads

Anne Blankman - Prisoner of Night & Fog (Prisonger of Night & Fog #1)
Jen Calonita - Belles (Belles #1) audiobook
Kiera Cass - The Selection Stories (The Selection #2.5)
                  - The One (The Selection #3)
Abbi Glines - Bad for You (Sea Breeze #7)
Jenny Han - To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys... #1)
Rachel Harris - My Not So Super Sweet Life (My Super Sweet... #3)
Leila Howland - Nantucket Red (Nantucket Blue #2)
Tahereh Mafi - Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)
Johnston McCulley - The Mark of Zorro audiobook
Katie McGarry - Red at Night
J.K. Rock - Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
                 - Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2)
Gabrielle Zevin - In the Age of Love and Chocolate (Birthright #3) audiobook

Looking ahead...
May releases I'm excited about:

The Chapel Wars - Lindsey Leavitt
The One - Kiera Cass
Wish You Were Italian - Kristin Rae
The Warrior - Victoria Scott
Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson
After the End - Amy Plum
Biggest Flirts - Jennifer Echols
The Art of Lainey - Paula Stokes
City of Heavenly Fire (It is about FRIGGING time!)

May TBR:
I need to make up for some of the ones I missed in April!
Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor (started reading this one, but because it's so big, I'm going to savor rather than binge)
The Forever Song - Julie Kagawa
The Treatment - Suzanne Young
In the Shadows - Jim di Bartolo & Kiersten White
What I Thought Was True - Huntley Fitzpatrick

Resolution Progress:
You can check out my full resolution post HERE, but I'm just going to gloss over these really quickly.
1. Post more reviews: *unfunny laughter*
2. Create a backlist for schedule-able reviews: *headdesk*
3. Read 150 books: 57. I'm still ahead of pace, but I need to do better.
4. Reread 20 books: 15.
5. Listen to 20 audiobooks: 14.
6. Read 5 classics: Nope nope nope
7. Blog redesign: As I mentioned last month, I'm making this a second-half-of-2014 goal.
8. Make more blogger friends: Because I met a lot of bloggers face-to-face at TLA, I consider this a success. Also, I have become a lot closer to blogger friends I already have, which is awesome. You know who you are, and you guys rock!
9. Read at the gym: I know of a really good cheap gym nearby so I'm hoping I'll have something to report in May's wrap-up!
10. Be more organized: HA.
Challenge Progress:
I signed up for a LOT of challenges this year. I wondered if I was crazy or suddenly decided I liked masochism, but so far, it's going really well. The good thing is that some of my books count for multiple challenges, which is really helpful. You can check out the full details of my challenges HERE or track my progress in the challenges tab at the top, but here's a quick rundown on where I am today:

2014 New Challenges:
Standalone Challenge: 6/15
Series Challenge: 19/12 COMPLETED!
Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge: 18/25 I'm working on actually getting the reviews done for these now
Real Book Challenge: 26 of 21-30. Definitely need to increase this goal
Jumble Your Genres Challenge: 2/12 I missed March and April :(
TBR Pile Challenge: 20 of 11-20 BAM! Time to up that goal!
A-Z Challenge: 8/26

Challenges already in progress:
50 State Challenge: 33/52
50 Countries Challenge: 19/50
YA Challenge: 8/25


  1. I couldn't wait for In the Age of Love and Chocolate to come out, but have just not had the time to read it. Maybe an audio book would be the thing for me, too, because I could cook and fold laundry at the same time!

  2. You read some amazing books in April! I looooooooooved My Not So Super Sweet Life! And I still need to read Tahereh Mafi's trilogy.. I meant to binge it back in March and fell behind on my own challenge -_-

    For May releases, I have The Warrior by Victoria Scott and After the End by Amy Plum on my TBR! They both look amazing!

    Your May TBR looks amazing! The Forever Song will kill you with the feels! I imagine The Treatment will, too, but I haven't read it yet - I loved The Program though!

    You have a LOT of challenges going on! Good luck!!! :)